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Clean Energy Makes Up Record Share of UK Power with Coal-to-Biomass Conversions

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:05

U.K. electricity from low-carbon sources accounted for almost a quarter of the country’s generation in the fourth quarter as Drax Group Plc converted a second coal-power plant to burn wood.

Press release: UK and Norway: Building links to deliver energy security and prosperity

Department of Energy - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:03
The joint statement was issued by the British and Norwegian Prime Ministers on the North Sea Network (NSN) electricity interconnector.

NRC Inspector General Looking Into Diablo Canyon Allegations

Nuclear Power - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:46
Several people contacted by the Inspector General's Office of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said they had been contacted in connection to an investigation as to whether the NRC colluded with Pacific Gas & Electric to downplay concerns that the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant could be unsafe...(read more)

Lifting State Limits on Local Power

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:41

In the first half of 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25 percent of new power plant capacity. This impressive growth continues several years where solar power has grown by leaps and bounds, producing power right where it's needed and juicing up local economies. But many states have limited how much of their electricity can come

Chart: Every (Solar) Customer Demographic Prefers Email Communications

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:39

Whether you’re marketing to solar installers or consumers, you should probably pay attention to this chart, which reveals that every age demographic overwhelmingly prefers to be contacted by email. From 18-year-olds to retirees above 65, they all want you talking to their inbox, and very few want you talking on the phone. Based on this chart, the b

Federal Government Re-thinks Nuclear Waste; Sen. Alexander Pushes For Solution

Nuclear Power - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:20
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said this week that the the government would begin a consent-based process this year for the purpose of siting two nuclear waste repositories, one for high level defense radioactive waste and one for one for spent fuel originating from commercial operations. Moniz...(read more)

News story: Earth Hour 2015

Department of Energy - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:11
Earth Hour is a global annual event, run by WWF, where hundreds of millions of people switch off their lights for one hour in a symbolic display to show their commitment to the planet.

GE acquires a 16MW project in UK

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:06
UK: SSE has sold GE its Langhope Rig project in southern Scotland for an undisclosed amount.
Categories: Wind Power

Biomass Electricity + Carbon Capture = Carbon-Negative Energy

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:02

Generating electricity from biomass, such as urban waste and sustainably sourced forest and crop residues, is one strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions because it is carbon-neutral: it produces as much carbon as the plants suck out of the atmosphere.

Press release: Third release of popular Green Deal Home Improvement Fund fully allocated

Department of Energy - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:30
The £70 million available through the third release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has been fully allocated.

Yingli Joins $1 Club as China Solar Sector Continues Consolidation

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:48

Looming signs of new trouble are brewing in the solar panel sector, with shares of Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE) taking a bath after the company reported widening losses and slowing revenue growth. The 15 percent sell-off saw Yingli’s shares re-approach an all-time low from just 2 and a half years ago, as the company joined a small but growing cl

Press release: The heat is on to ensure warmer, healthy homes for everyone

Department of Energy - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:04
Central Heating Fund enables up to 8,000 fuel poor homes to stay warmer for less.

Vestas wins 40MW deal in US

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:43
UNITED STATES: Vestas has secured an order for a 40MW project in the US from Quantum Utility Generation.
Categories: Wind Power

News story: Energy trends and prices statistical release: 26 March 2015

Department of Energy - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:31
The latest provisional monthly energy statistics produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change were released on 26 March 2015 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

News story: UK energy statistics: statistical press release - March 2015

Department of Energy - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:31
Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices published.

Nordex wins 111MW South African order

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:09
SOUTH AFRICA: Nordex has won a contract to supply the turbines for a 111MW wind project in South Africa.
Categories: Wind Power

Press release: Cold water could heat one million homes

Department of Energy - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:53
One million homes could be tapping into clean renewable heat hidden in our waterways.

The Renewable Electricity Grid: The Future Is Now

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:48

Even a few years ago, renewable energy played only a small role in most countries’ energy planning. While governments and publics were eager to increase the share of renewables in their energy systems, the economics of doing so were challenging. There were also serious concerns about the impact on the electricity grid of adding too much capacity from variable renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind.

Hitachi completes 5MW offshore prototype installation

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:52
JAPAN: Hitachi has completed the construction of its 5MW downwind offshore turbine at a coastal site near Kashima city in central Japan.
Categories: Wind Power

SunEdison Recruits Imergy Flow Batteries for Microgrid Rural Electrification Initiative

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:30

Earlier this year, SunEdison announced a goal to bring power to 20 million people in rural India by 2020. To forward this mission, it announced today that it will use more than 1,000 flow batteries from Imergy Power Systems for its solar-powered minigrid projects.