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New York City’s Biggest Power Producer Aims to Import Renewable Energy From Upstate

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After losing out on an early opportunity to build New York state's biggest battery, the owner of New York City's biggest power plant is taking steps to import renewable electricity generated upstate.

A Vibrant Cleantech Startup Ecosystem Takes Root in India

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This is the second article in a series. Read part one here. It’s easy to see what’s motivating India’s emerging ecosystem of sustainable technology startups with a glance out the window from the office of Sangam Ventures in Gurugram, just outside of Delhi.

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Ørsted Joins Efforts To Develop Offshore-Wind-to-Green-Hydrogen Tech

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Global offshore wind developer Ørsted has become the latest major player to pursue off-grid green hydrogen, a technology that could expand capacity for converting offshore wind power to zero-carbon energy.

10 Solar and Storage Trends for 2021

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Barry Cinnamon is CEO of California's Cinnamon Energy Systems. Dave Barry said it best when summarizing 2020: “This was a year of nonstop awfulness, a year when we kept saying it couldn’t possibly get worse, and it always did.

Cutting Concrete’s Carbon Footprint

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After years of slow headway, building design and industry professionals say sharp reductions in the climate impact of concrete are possible now.

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Nuclear Enters 2021 With Buoyant Global Outlook for Small Modular Reactors

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The nuclear industry is heading into 2021 with increased optimism around small modular reactors (SMRs) after a series of policy initiatives worldwide in recent weeks. The U.S., and Canada, three major nuclear markets, all signaled growing support for SMRs in the closing weeks of 2020.

PG&E’s Latest Energy Storage Procurement Includes Fleet of Behind-the-Meter Batteries

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Pacific Gas & Electric is asking state regulators to approve another massive round of energy storage procurements, including its first large-scale contract for behind-the-meter batteries to serve grid needs.

Solar Industry Pushed to Examine Supply Chain After Reports of Forced Labor in China

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Labor and resettlement programs targeting Uyghur populations in China’s Xinjiang region have been linked with companies producing a significant portion of the world’s polysilicon, according to a forthcoming report that draws a connection between the solar industry and forced labor in the region.

Why Offshore Wind and Energy Giants are Chasing Off-Grid Green Hydrogen

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The European Union wants to build 40 gigawatts of green hydrogen electrolyzers by 2030, and estimates that 80 to 120 gigawatts of solar and wind will be needed to power them. That’s a fresh headache for Europe’s grid operators.

Key 2020 US Solar PV Cost Trends and a Look Ahead

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solar PV system costs fell across all market segments from 2019 to 2020 as module prices continued to drive down system costs. While shortages of glass and ethylene-vinyl acetate laminate caused solar module prices to increase at the end of 2020, they still fell on an overall year-on-year basis.

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Shell, Volvo and Daimler Back Hydrogen as Europe Turns Sights on Truck Emissions

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A flurry of new vehicle releases, increased grants and tax benefits and plain old economics have helped electric vehicle sales boom in 2020. sales figures show battery vehicles tripled their market share among new vehicle sales from 3 percent to 9 percent.

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Can Onshore Wind Keep Pace With Europe’s Surging Solar Markets?

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From record-low solar prices in Portugal to an eye-watering pipeline over the border in Spain, solar has been dominating the energy transition conversation in Southern Europe. Once the economics of solar reached the point of attractive subsidy-free returns, it was all but inevitable.

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MIT Study Lays Bare Why Nuclear Costs Keep Rising

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A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team has shed light on a key challenge for the nuclear industry: the rising cost of new plants. And the answer provides support to those who believe small modular reactors ultimately may be the best route to cost reduction.

The Stretch of River Holding Spain’s Pumped Hydro Future

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Two developers are set to duke it out over a 24-mile stretch of water that is key to Spain becoming Europe’s leading pumped hydro market. The developers, Ingenieria Pontificia and Romero Polo Group, have put forward plans for pumped hydro facilities at opposite ends of the same reservoir.

Total Buys Stake in Adani Green Energy, World’s Biggest Solar Developer

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Total has acquired a stake in India’s Adani Green Energy (AGEL), a move that continues to push the French oil major ahead of its European peers when it comes to renewables. AGEL has 3 gigawatts of operating renewable capacity, another 3 GW under construction and 8.6

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Hawaii Will Power Its Clean Grid with 6,000 Home Batteries Installed by Swell Energy

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Hawaii's largest utility enlisted a new tool in its quest for a carbon-free electricity system: thousands of batteries installed in people's homes.

Leveraging Coronavirus Stimulus to Take a Giant Leap Towards Decarbonization

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The coronavirus pandemic has provided a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities posed by a more rapid transition to a 100 percent renewable energy future.

China Can Help Supersize Global Hydrogen Economy, According to Shell

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China could have a crucial role to play in the development of a global hydrogen economy, with its massive demand for decarbonization technologies likely to drive large-scale deployments that will help cut costs around the world, according to oil major Shell.

Sonnen Launches ‘Much More Accessible’ Battery for Home Backup and Grid Services

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After years of selling more expensive home battery systems, sonnen launched a new product Thursday to compete on cost with other mainstream options in the U.S. residential energy storage market.

Could Agri-PV Be Africa’s Next Big Solar Market Trend?

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Insiders predict agricultural companies could become major adopters of solar power in Africa as farmers seek to improve the cost and reliability of energy supplies.

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Chemicals Giant Ineos Targets the World’s Cheapest Green Hydrogen

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It seems everyone wants to get in on the ground floor when it comes to green hydrogen. Utilities and oil majors both have a head start with their mixture of renewable power capacity, gas transmission assets and an existing set of end users.

South Korean Firm Touts Novel Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Tower Concept

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South Korean firm Odin Energy hopes to carve out a new niche with a vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) tower designed for urban settings.

US Voluntary Clean Power Sales Keep Surging, With More Than a Little Help From Utilities

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Millions of retail electricity customers in the United States buy voluntary clean power, meaning renewable energy beyond what load-serving entities such as utilities otherwise provide.

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BP and Ørsted Launch Green Hydrogen Partnership

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BP and Ørsted will partner on a 50-megawatt electrolyzer in Germany in the first stage of a green hydrogen partnership. The companies announced the project in Lingen, northern Germany, on Tuesday.

What If Automakers Had Acted on Their Own Climate Science From 50 Years Ago?

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In the 1960s, scientists who worked for General Motors and Ford discovered that the exhaust from their cars was very likely changing the climate. They made presentations at conferences. They briefed senior executives. And then, they were publicly contradicted and their work was suppressed.

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UK Nuclear on Tenterhooks Pending Funding Announcement

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A small modular reactor ( SMR ) consortium is “eagerly awaiting” a government announcement that could help the U.K. regain its former leadership in nuclear technology.

How China Came to Dominate Clean Energy Technologies, and How the US Can Catch Up

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The United States’ competition with China, which last year escalated to a trade war that cost tens of billions of dollars , has been a primary focus of the current administration’s effort to "put America first."

California Sets $200M Budget for ‘Complex, Multi-Property Microgrid’ Projects

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California regulators have approved a microgrid plan directing $200 million to help communities build networks that can supply power through the state’s extended wildfire-prevention blackouts, a task expected to take years to move from planning to completing its first projects.

BP Signals Imminent Hydrogen and Offshore Wind Plays

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BP is readying offshore wind bids during the next six months with heightened hydrogen activity also in the pipeline, the oil major’s CEO said Tuesday.

So, What Exactly Is Long-Duration Energy Storage?

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Long-duration storage occupies an enviable position in the cleantech hype cycle. Its allure has proven more durable than energy blockchain, and its commercialization is further along than super-buzzy green hydrogen.

Revamped Energy Efficiency Programs Are the Key to Deep Carbon Reductions

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Across the U.S., governments at all levels are prioritizing climate action and setting intense carbon-reduction goals. New York and Pennsylvania, along with 24 other states, have joined the U.S.

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Siemens Gamesa Cuts 266 Jobs as Onshore Wind Restructuring Continues

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Wind turbine OEM Siemens Gamesa is cutting 266 jobs in Spain with the closure of two factories, it announced on Tuesday, with the falling appetite for smaller wind turbines cited as the chief cause.

Watt It Takes: BlocPower CEO Donnel Baird Wants to Electrify Buildings for Everyone

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BlocPower CEO Donnel Baird is on a mission to clean up old, inefficient buildings in America’s cities -- and help people who are exposed to the worst pollution. BlocPower was founded in 2012. It’s raised venture capital from Kapor Capital and Andreesen Horowitz.

Why ‘Too Much’ Wind and Solar Is a Feature, Not a Bug

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We are going to build a lot more wind and solar over the coming decades. It will inevitably lead to oversupply of these resources on the grid. But is that a good thing?

So, What Exactly Are Virtual Power Plants?

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We live in an increasingly virtual world. You can hold virtual meetings with virtual friends using virtual reality systems hosted on virtual servers. And in energy circles, one of the biggest buzzwords in recent years is the virtual power plant, or VPP.

Europe’s Energy Storage Market Is Fading, Right When It’s Needed Most

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European energy storage deployment is set to shrink compared to other global markets, even as the need for flexibility on the grid increases, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie.

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MIT Validates Science Behind New Nuclear Fusion Reactor Design

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A proposed fusion reactor design by Commonwealth Fusion Systems has received a boost after its underlying scientific principles were validated by peer review.

What’s the Future of Solar Development in Latin America?

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Despite coronavirus-related setbacks, 2020 will be one of the biggest years for solar demand in Latin America. The period 2020-2025 will see utility-scale distributed solar grow in many countries in the region, led by Mexico, Brazil and Chile, with distributed solar expanding most rapidly in Brazil.

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New York City Is About to Get an Injection of Tidal Power. Is This Time Different?

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New York City may be weeks away from seeing tidal power injected onto the local grid.

Wind Turbine Makers Tout Diagnostic Tech in Service Revenue Push

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Growing competition for wind turbine service revenue is forcing original equipment manufacturers to up their game in another important service for the equipment they make — remote diagnostics.