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BOEM 'blown away' by offshore lease bidding frenzy

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 17:52
Records were shattered as operators bid a combined total of $405 million to secure three lease areas for offshore wind development off Massachusetts. Equinor, Vineyard Wind and Mayflower Wind Energy were the last names standing.
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Taiwan's first major offshore power deal signed

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 17:21
Macquare Capital and Swancor have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Taiwanese state utility Taipower for the output of the joint venture's (JV's) 376MW Formosa 2 project.
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WIPP To Suspend Incoming Shipments For Three Weeks

Nuclear Power - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 16:14
Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, said the plant would suspend incoming shipments for three weeks beginning January 7, so that maintenance tasks could be done.(read more)

More French wind will mean cheaper electricity

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:50
Large-scale deployment of wind and solar capacity, combined with progressive closures of nuclear plants, is the best way to reduce the cost of electricity, according to a new report by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe).
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First EPR Unit, Taishan 1, Reaches Commercial Status

Nuclear Power - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:23
The China General Nuclear Power Group and French subsidiary of EDF, Framatome, announced Friday that Unit 1 of Taishan nuclear power plant had become the world's first EPR to enter into commercial operation. The announcement was made at a press conference in Beijing.(read more)

IHA releases new sustainability guidelines to define good practice for hydropower

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:44

The Hydropower Sustainability Guidelines on Good International Industry Practice, released yesterday, present a definition of the processes and outcomes relating to good international practice in the hydropower sector.

 

'Volatile market conditions' in Portugal need reforming

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:36
Electricity market reforms are key to achieving the Portuguese government's 2040 target of producing 90% of energy demand from renewables, according to a report commissioned by the Portuguese renewables lobby Apren.
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SGRE and Aalborg Uni partner on new costs research

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:10
Suction bucket foundations, steel jackets, concrete transition pieces and cable connections are among the innovations to be put through their paces in a new EU-funded research programme to make offshore wind possible without subsidies.
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Siemens Gamesa Signs Second Russia Wind Deal with Enel

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:27

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has won an order from Enel Russia for 201 MW of wind turbines.

Long-distance wake affects nearly all US sites

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:22
Almost 90% of all operational US wind farms in 2016 were close enough to other projects to either cause, or be affected by, wake effects.
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Scientists Say Blockchain ‘Delivering on Energy Promises’

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:57

One of the first unbiased, major comprehensive reviews of blockchain has concluded that the technology is “actually delivering on its promises in a number of areas directly related to energy”.

Germany installation growth hits the buffers

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:32
Germany's onshore wind sector hit "negative growth" for the first time in July with a record low of just 22MW added, compared with 35MW of decommissioned, reported onshore wind agency FA Wind (Fachagentur Windenergie an Land), with only 4GW left in the permitted pipeline.
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Work On Kursk NPP-2 Ahead Of Schedule

Nuclear Power - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:06
Work on the reinforcing of the bed plate of the power unit No 2 reactor building has begun at Kursk NPP-2 ahead of the schedule set by Rosatom State Corporation, the Rosenergoatom subsidiary announced. (read more)

DNV GL Launches Mobile Solar PV Laboratory in India

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:47

Advisory and certification company DNV GL has launched a new mobile laboratory service for the onsite testing of PV modules in India.

Geothermal-powered Italian Town Asks Why Populists Are Abandoning It

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:45
Italy’s Five Star Movement used to rave about towns like Montieri, a village in the verdant Tuscan foothills that burns little coal or natural gas. Instead, the local power plant harnesses steam rising naturally from hot springs deep underground to generate electricity.

South Africa's Eskom Facing `Death Spiral' Driven by Distributed Solar Energy

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:28
Bloated by debt, bled by corruption and battered by structurally declining sales, South African power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. is facing what’s known in the industry as a “death spiral.”

Trump’s Solar Tariffs Blamed for 15 Percent Decline in Large-Scale Solar Installations in Q3 2018

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:18
On Thursday, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported results of their analysis of U.S. solar installations in the third quarter of 2018. While large-scale solar installations fell, the residential market continued to stabilize after falling in 2017, said the analysts. Overall, they said they expect 2018 growth to be flat.

30-hour Concrete Pour Completed At Hinkley Point C

Nuclear Power - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:45
French nuclear power giant EDF has announced the first major concrete pour for the Hinkley Point C construction project in Somerset, England, that is expected to supply Britain with 7 percent of its electricity for 60 years once it is commissioned.(read more)

German wind output to increase in 2018

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:18
Renewables are expected to cover 38% of gross electricity consumption in Germany in 2018, according to preliminary figures, up two percentage points from last year, with grid upgrades also on the horizon.
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Progress in French planning laws slow but sure

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:58
Legal challenges to onshore wind projects in France should move faster through the courts thanks to two measures enacted on 1 December, giving hope to 2GW of pipeline capacity.
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