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‘Enormous Step’ for Energy Storage as Court Upholds FERC Order 841, Opening Wholesale Markets

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In a victory for the energy storage industry, a federal appeals court has upheld Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841 , clearing the way for transmission grid operators across the country to open their markets to energy storage, including aggregated batteries connected at the distribution grid or behind customers’ meters.

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Germany’s Fallen ‘Solar Valley’ Sees New Life as Meyer Burger Buys Former SolarWorld Factory

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Once bustling with PV research and manufacturing, Germany's "Solar Valley" fell quiet in recent years as China gained control of the global PV manufacturing sector. But the fabled valley may soon spring back to life.

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Investors Still Betting on Next Big Energy Storage Technology: Solid-State Batteries

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The U.S. may have fallen behind Asia and Europe in battery manufacturing, but a number of well-funded companies are looking to get the country back in the game with a technology that could supersede today’s lithium-ion chemistries.

Sunrun To Acquire Vivint Solar for $3.2B In All-Stock Deal

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California-based solar installer Sunrun plans to acquire competitor Vivint Solar for $3.2 billion, the companies announced Monday night. The price rivals that of other high-profile clean energy acquisitions; Tesla bought SolarCity for $2.6 billion in 2016, while Google acquired Nest for $3.2

Portland General Electric Jumps Into Virtual Power Plant Business

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Portland General Electric, the largest utility in Oregon, is jumping into the cutting-edge business of turning home batteries into grid resources.

Europe’s Green Hydrogen Revolution Is Turning Blue

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Green hydrogen may get all the headlines, but the prospect of it fueling Europe's future hydrogen economy on its own looks increasingly questionable. Blue hydrogen is produced from natural gas, with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology scooping up the resulting CO2.

WoodMac: COVID-19 Driving Down Solar and Storage Prices Faster Than Expected

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The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and coming recession is expected to drive down pricing for both front-of-the-meter solar and storage systems even faster than expected.

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Second US Offshore Wind Project Finishes Construction Off Virginia

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Dominion Energy and its partner Ørsted have completed installation of the second offshore wind facility ever built in U.S. waters, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot located 30 miles off Virginia Beach.

By 2029, Half of New US Wind Installations Will Be Offshore

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The United States offshore wind industry is set to ramp up from near-zero today to as much as 25 gigawatts in 2029, according to new Wood Mackenzie research.

Europe’s Thinking Shifts on Supporting Renewables as Part of Green Recovery Package

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The EU’s trillion-euro coronavirus recovery package may not support big renewable energy projects in the way that was expected. The EU is currently working through the details of a €1.85 trillion ($2.08 trillion) recovery package.

UK Government’s Advisers Urge It to Back Hydrogen Economy in Stimulus Plans

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The U.K. government’s official climate change advisory body is calling for fast-tracking investment in early-stage hydrogen infrastructure, as well as prioritizing carbon capture and storage and EV charging infrastructure, as immediate responses to the coronavirus outbreak.

BlackRock Leads $50M Investment Into Off-Grid Solar Technology That Generates Water

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A cleantech startup announced this week that it has raised $50 million to scale distributed solar technology — but not for electricity production. Zero Mass Water creates boxy solar panels that generate flows of pure, potable water instead of electrons.

Sunrun to Turn Home Batteries Into Grid Resources for 2 Major Utilities

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Sunrun, the leading U.S. rooftop solar installer, finalized two utility partnerships to turn home batteries into miniature power plants. The company is signing up existing customers in Southern California Edison territory for a year-long demonstration, expected to launch by the end of the month.

New Jersey to Build Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Port

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced plans on Tuesday to develop an offshore wind port on an artificial island along the Delaware River, potentially giving the state a leg up in the race to attract offshore wind jobs and manufacturers.

Data Centers Are the Epicenter of the Clean Energy Economy

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There is a widely-held perception that data centers ⁠— the giant facilities that hold networks of society’s supercomputers ⁠— are an out-of-control energy suck. It’s actually not true, says our guest.

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What the Coming Wave of Distributed Energy Resources Means for the US Grid

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Cumulative distributed energy resource capacity in the United States will reach 397 gigawatts by 2025, according to a new Wood Mackenzie report. The DER resource mix is evolving quickly away from non-residential load management, which made up two-thirds of all U.S.

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Fluence Launches Next-Generation Battery Storage Product with 800MW of Orders

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Fluence is launching the sixth generation of its integrated grid storage product, and has already signed orders for 800 megawatts/2,300 megawatt-hours.

India?s Adani Wins World?s Largest Solar Tender

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Adani Green Energy, part of India's Adani Group conglomerate, will build 8 gigawatts of large-scale solar capacity worth $6 billion in India over the next five years, after winning the world's largest solar energy tender award this week.

UK Struggles With Problem from the Future: Sagging Power Demand and Surging Renewables

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Smart electric vehicle charging and other flexibility services could have saved British billpayers £133 million ($104 million) this summer, power companies claim, as the U.K. grapples with surging renewables output.

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California Faces Battle Over Budgets for Backup Battery Incentives

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Should California reserve hundreds of millions of dollars in battery incentives for customers at the highest risk of being harmed by wildfire-prevention blackouts? Or should it or share the money with low-income and disadvantaged communities that will otherwise be denied support for projects?

So, What Exactly Is Building Electrification?

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Buildings were first electrified nearly 150 years ago. So, why is it that “building electrification” is now among the energy industry’s most popular buzzwords? Most buildings run on multiple fuels. They use electricity to power lights, refrigerators and electronic devices.

Germany and France, Europe’s Economic Giants, Bulk Up Offshore Wind Ambitions

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The European Union’s two biggest economies, Germany and France, both supercharged their offshore wind ambitions this week. Germany on Wednesday passed a new 2040 target of 40 gigawatts and boosted its interim 2030 target from 15 gigawatts to 20 gigawatts.

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Hawaiian Electric Reveals Full List of Winners From Its Big Energy Storage Procurement

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Hawaiian Electric this week revealed the full list of winners from its second large-scale procurement of energy storage and renewables for the islands of Oahu, Maui and Hawaii.

UK?s Largest Solar Project Approved, Will Snub Government Subsidies

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Cleve Hill, the U.K.'s 's largest-ever solar project, received its government planning approvals this week. The question is how the 350-megawatt development proceeds from here in a large-scale solar market that has all but died out.

Edison Electric Institute Declines to Support Petition Seeking Federal Overturn of Net Metering

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The Edison Electric Institute has battled against solar net-metering policies for years. But on Thursday the primary industry group for U.S. investor-owned utilities confirmed that it is staying neutral on a controversial petition asking federal regulators to declare net metering illegal.

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California Clears PG&E Bankruptcy Plan as Critics Call for Public Takeover

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Pacific Gas & Electric is on the cusp of ending its year-and-a-half stint in bankruptcy. But whether it can successfully rebuild its finances and make its power grid safer without drastically raising rates on millions of customers is far from clear.

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UK Blocks Offshore Wind Project, Three More Face Further Delays

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In the past few months, three British offshore wind projects have been delayed, a total of 6 gigawatts. On Tuesday evening a fourth was blocked altogether.

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WoodMac: How the Renewables O&M Market Is Adapting to the COVID-19 Crisis

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Renewables generation has proven largely resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as global electricity demand has declined, wind and solar PV penetration continues its growth in many regions. In the U.S.

Work at Tesla’s New York Gigafactory Restarts as Panasonic Readies Its Exit

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Tesla restarted work at its Buffalo, New York Gigafactory in May, not long after resuming production at its other U.S. factories in California and Nevada, according to a company letter first reported by Buffalo Business First.

FERC Might Rewrite Solar Net Metering. Here’s What That Could Mean

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A recent petition to FERC could trigger nationwide changes to solar net-metering.

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Amazon Clicks Buy on 615 Megawatts of Large-Scale Solar

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Amazon will add 615 megawatts of solar projects to its existing and announced renewables portfolio of more than 2.9 gigawatts, the technology and shipping giant said on Thursday.

Northvolt and Vattenfall Launch Mobile Battery System Capable of Patching Up Grids

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Swedish battery maker Northvolt and state-owned utility Vattenfall launched a new modular and fully mobile energy storage system on Friday, one they say will be able to patch up stressed grids during a period of rapid electrification.

Synthetic Fuels Are the Final Piece of the 100% Renewable Grid

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Electricity grids can handle a lot of wind, solar and water resources. But what will help us get from 80% renewable energy to 100% renewable energy? The missing piece may be renewable synthetic fuels.

Massachusetts’ Solar Industry Chafes at New Land-Use Restrictions

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Massachusetts issued emergency revisions to its main solar support program last month to help an industry struggling with the coronavirus lockdown. But developers say the changes will have opposite their intended effect, causing the cancellation of hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar projects.

Developer sPower Teams Up With Navajo Power to Replace Coal Plant With Solar

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For decades, the massive coal-fired Navajo Generating Station powered the great cities of the desert southwest: Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas. Yet the Navajo Nation that hosted it contains 75 percent of all the households in the U.S.

Grid Edge Mega-Trends: Bridging the Distributed Energy-Wholesale Market Divide [GTM Squared]

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Looming Coal and Nuclear Plant Closures Put ‘Just Transition’ Concept to the Test

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The coronavirus pandemic has not changed the grim reality facing workers at coal and nuclear power plants in the U.S. and Europe. How those workers will fare in the years ahead will vary greatly based on where they live and the prevailing political winds.

Using ‘Digital Twins’ to Boost Production, Cut Costs at Floating Offshore Wind Farms

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With assets installed far from shore in harsh conditions, offshore wind turbine manufacturers and project operators are turning to new digital tools to optimize performance, boost power production and minimize downtime.

Watt It Takes: Building Climate-Resilient, Restorative Hydropower

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Gia Schneider and her brother Abe started Natel Energy based on a hydropower turbine their father designed. And after more than a decade of R&D, pilots, software development and a project for Apple, Natel is preparing for the next level of scale. “Our objectives have actually not wavered.

Southern California Edison Contracts Mammoth 770MW Energy Storage Portfolio to Replace California Gas Plants

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Southern California Edison has signed seven contracts for a combined 770 megawatts of battery energy storage projects, one of the biggest single procurements of its kind. The utility also wants to turn them on by August 2021, which would be a record-fast turnaround for projects of that magnitude.

Sole US Nuclear Plant Under Construction Plods on Despite Virus Infections

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The modern American nuclear power industry is not known for its punctuality, but the spread of a tenacious virus certainly doesn't help.

World’s Largest Solar Project Will Also Be Its Cheapest

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Abu Dhabi has set a global record-low solar price as authorities confirmed the winning bid in a 2-gigawatt tender. Upon its expected completion in mid-2022, it is slated to be the largest single-site solar energy project in the world.

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Can the Clean Energy Industry Deliver On the Biden-Sanders Climate Plan?

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After effectively clinching the Democratic presidential primary, Joe Biden's campaign began work with Senator Bernie Sanders in May to create a “unity task force.”