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Would-Be Largest US Solar Project Hits Permitting Hiccup

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A contender for the largest solar plant in the U.S. is still waiting for a key permit after a federal agency missed its March issuing deadline.

Coronavirus Is Forcing Home Solar Companies to Sell Virtually. Maybe That’s a Good Thing.

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The coronavirus has halted many forms of commerce, but it poses a particular risk for rooftop solar. This is a product that, until a few weeks ago, relied on face-to-face contact for most transactions. Now such interaction is banned as a public health imperative.

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Even in Rosiest Scenario, Gigawatts of US Solar May Be Delayed by Coronavirus [GTM Squared]

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Wood Mackenzie: What Crashing LNG Prices Mean for Renewables [GTM Squared]

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Coronavirus Derailed COP26 Talks, But Not Europe’s Appetite for Climate Action

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The COP26 climate talks scheduled for Scotland this November will not take place due to the coronavirus. But like the talks themselves, Europe's aggressive push to reduce its carbon emissions has been merely postponed , not canceled.

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Knowns and Unknowns About the Energy Transition

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Feeling a bit stir crazy? Us too. We were looking for a way to close the social distance this week, so Interchange co-hosts Stephen Lacey and Shayle Kann hopped behind the microphone with Chris Nelder, host of The Energy Transition Show for some wonkery while in quarantine.

Does the Economic Crisis Shift the Clean Energy Calculus?

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This week: The coronavirus shockwave brings staggering losses of lives, jobs, and money. So many people applied for unemployment last week – 5 times more than ever before – that it was hard for graphic artists to draw a Y-axis that would fit them in historical comparisons.

How Coronavirus Is Altering Energy Demand and Bending Load Curves [GTM Squared]

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Iberdrola Plots Post-Lockdown Renewables Investment Spree

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Spanish power group Iberdrola, one of the world's largest investors in clean-energy projects, pledged to ramp up its investments in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. Iberdrola’s total investments in 2020 will hit €10 billion ($10.7 billion), up from €8.15

California Renewable Curtailments Surge as Coronavirus Cuts Demand

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California grid operator CAISO has been curtailing renewable energy at record levels this year, as the state’s ever-rising share of solar power during daylight hours increasingly outpaces electricity demand.

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WoodMac: Coronavirus Could Delay 5 Gigawatts of US Utility-Scale Solar

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A 5-gigawatt hit to utility-scale solar in the United States could be on the horizon due to the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus' impact on the utility-scale solar industry could play out a few different ways, according to a new Wood Mackenzie research insight.

Does Climate Change Still Matter in a Pandemic?

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Climate change didn’t stop while the world turned its attention to combating the coronavirus. On this week's episode of Political Climate we discuss: will leaders seize the moment to tackle more than one crisis?

‘No One Is Being Spared.’ Coronavirus Shutdowns Sap Demand for Residential Solar

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Large-scale solar and wind projects face possible coronavirus-related delays, but perhaps no part of the U.S. renewables industry has felt the outbreak's sting more quickly than home solar developers and installers.

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Solar Panel Landfill Deemed Safe as Recycling Options Grow

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) is to release research showing solar panels could be landfilled safely amid growing concern over the disposal of renewable energy components. Solar panels have a range of recycling options but none are perfect.

BlackRock Sends Huge Warning Shot at Companies Ignoring Climate Risk

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In a move that will resound across the world of energy investing, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, this week warned of a “fundamental reshaping of finance” as the impacts of climate change become better understood.

Why Most US Utilities Are Failing to Make the Most of Their Smart Meters

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Advanced metering infrastructure — the two-way communicating smart meters that now serve more than half of U.S.

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What the Renewables Industry Wants From the Next Stimulus Bill

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The U.S. renewables industry was left out of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed last week, but the battle is far from over.

Best of the Rest: 4 Emerging State Energy Storage Markets to Watch [GTM Squared]

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European Countries Postpone Renewable Auctions, Delay Deadlines Due to Coronavirus

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European governments are stretching auction and tender timelines and suspending penalties for delayed projects in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Germany, France and Ireland have all taken action to ensure existing projects, at various stages of development, are not negatively impacted.

5 Early Applications for Green Hydrogen

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Few energy-related topics are getting as much attention at the moment as green hydrogen. Europe's biggest natural-gas infrastructure firm recently launched a new hydrogen business. A hydrogen economy in the U.S.

Proof the Energy Future Is Here

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We’re now in the 2020s. Many of the tropes from films and literature about this era may not have come true, but there’s a lot happening around us that does feel futuristic.

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3 Predictions for US Renewables and Storage Markets in 2025

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With increasing climate change impacts and decades of power infrastructure neglect, we can lose sight of the extraordinary progress we are making with renewables and energy storage to build a clean energy future, healthier planet and more efficient grid. The U.S.

5 Tangible Advances for Long Duration Energy Storage in 2019

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Following long duration storage is like rooting for a home team that’s always about to win next year. Lithium-ion batteries utterly dominate grid storage deployments these days.

UK Developer Solarcentury Sells Its Residential PV Business

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developer Solarcentury sold its residential solar business to the Swedish firm SVEA Solar and continues to look for a buyer for its utility-scale operations.

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Sunrun Holds Its Ground at the Top of US Residential Solar Rankings

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Sunrun maintained its position as the largest residential solar installer in the U.S. in the last quarter of 2019.

Sungevity Lays Off 400 Workers Amid Job Warnings for US Solar Industry

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Residential solar company Sungevity quietly laid off hundreds of employees last week, eliminating most of its workforce as the U.S. solar industry grapples with the coronavirus outbreak's fallout.

New York’s Coronavirus Threat Pushes Grid Operators to Work and Live in Isolation

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The 5 Most Promising Long-Duration Storage Technologies Left Standing

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Rarely has such a crucial enterprise for the future of human civilization led to such little commercial success. Long duration energy storage holds great potential for a world in which wind and solar power dominate new power plant additions and gradually overtake other sources of electricity.

Germany’s Maxed-Out Grid Is Causing Trouble Across Europe

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The growing mismatch between Germany’s renewables capacity and the strength of its electricity network is leading to curtailment, crazy pricing and challenges for neighboring nations.

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Decarbonization Takes Center Stage in Mining as Renewables-Plus-Storage Become Cost Competitive

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Many of the topics discussed at the Energy and Mines World Congress earlier this month would have been borderline laughable just a few short years ago.

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SunPower to Cut 3% of Global Workforce

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SunPower will eliminate between 145 and 160 jobs, representing about 3 percent of its global team, in the next 12 to 18 months, according to a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Northland Power Acquires Early-Stage Offshore Wind Project on Canada’s West Coast

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Northland Power, the Canadian renewables operator, announced the acquisition of the long-gestating but still early-stage wind NaiKun project off the west coast of Canada — giving a dash of energy to the otherwise somnolent Canadian offshore wind market.

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Assessing the Downside Risk of the Coronavirus for the US Solar Industry [GTM Squared]

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California’s Wind Market Has All But Died Out. Could Grid Services Revenue Help?

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Utility-scale wind farms can do a lot more than just feed electricity into the grid. Could unlocking their ability to provide ancillary grid services help to stimulate California's moribund wind market?

Wind Giant Iberdrola Throws Its Weight Behind Floating Offshore Market

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Spanish utility giant Iberdrola has revealed a multi-pronged floating offshore wind strategy, announcing two pilot projects and hinting at grander ambitions for the future. Iberdrola, which controls U.S.

The US Wind PTC Cliff Keeps Looking Less and Less Scary

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For the past five years, the U.S. wind industry has been bracing for the phase-down and expiration of its production tax credit — haunted, always, by concerns about what comes next.

US Microgrid Market Slowed in 2019. PG&E Could Singlehandedly Reverse the Trend

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The burgeoning U.S. microgrid industry is set to install less controllable capacity this year than it did last year. But that setback may prove a temporary blip, especially if a new effort to back up the beleagured Northern California grid comes to fruition. The U.S.

Solar Technology Got Cheaper and Better in the 2010s. Now What?

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Solar energy grew by leaps and bounds in the 2010s. According to Wood Mackenzie, global annual solar installations grew more than sixfold this past decade, from 16 gigawatts in 2010 to 105 gigawatts in 2019.

NV Energy Gets Green Light for Massive Solar-Battery Projects

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Nevada regulators have given a green light to utility NV Energy’s plan to add nearly 1.2 gigawatts of solar and 590 megawatts of batteries, underscoring a broader push toward renewable energy and storage by other Western utilities also owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

The European Investment Bank Has Quit Fossil Fuels. Now What?

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COPENHAGEN — With an annual outlay in the energy sector of €15 billion ($16.6 billion), the European Investment Bank is one of the sector’s biggest lenders. And for every euro the EIB puts into a project or business, around seven more are invested by the private sector.