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Nordex acquires blade firm SSP Technology

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:00
DENMARK: German turbine firm Nordex has continued its spending spree by acquiring SSP Technology, a Danish blade designer and manufacturer.
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SEPA and SGIP To Merge

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:56

On Tuesday at a breakfast meeting during DistribuTECH, Julia Hamm, CEO and President of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), and Sharon Allan, CEO and President of Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), announced their intent to merge the two organizations under the SEPA brand and organizational umbrella.

Energy Storage Fleet Demonstration Completed in Hawaii

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:28

Testing for the demonstration of a first-of-its-kind energy storage collaborative project in Hawai‘i now is complete. The customer-sited storage fleet provides 1 MW of storage services across 29 customer sites to accommodate renewable energy resources on the O‘ahu grid.

Electricity Cooperative Association to Demonstrate 200-kWh Energy Storage Project in Texas

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:14

An electricity cooperative association in Texas last week said that it will host a 200-kWh energy storage system at its distribution center in Georgetown, Texas, to support training and education for its members.

Siemens upgrades forecast after Q1

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:03
GERMANY: Turbine manufacturer Siemens has increased its financial year forecast after a strong first quarter, which saw net income rise by 25% year-on-year.
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EMEC Wins Award for Wave, Tidal Work

Renewable Energy News - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 17:58

European Marine Energy Centre announced it won the Marine and Hydro Energy award presented at the Rushlight Awards 2016-17, according to an EMEC press release.

Research Reactor MURR Given 20 Year License Extension

Nuclear Power - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 17:54
The University of Missouri Research Reactor Center (MURR) has been granted a renewed operating license, the school said, allowing the 10 megawatt facility that opened in 1966 to continue operating for another 20 years.(read more)

This Week in Washington: The President and Congress Set to Move on Environmental Regulation

Renewable Energy News - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 17:03

The week promises to see two important actions impacting federal environmental regulation. Continuing to churn out executive orders, President Donald Trump signed the long-promised order requiring federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every one proposed—starting in 2017.

A Huge Contributor to Clean Energy Has Left Us

Renewable Energy News - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:49

In the mid-1970s, following the oil embargoes as a U.S. Senate energy aide, those of us promoting a clean energy future were ridiculed. While we had public support, we lacked the analytical back-up because these technological approaches were so new, and the emerging industries were so immature. Visionaries like Amory Lovins and Dennis Hayes worked mightily to fill that gap.

China Expected To Dominate Nuclear Power Growth

Nuclear Power - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:08
With China currently building 21 new nuclear reactors, new reports indicate that the country will nearly triple its nuclear power capacity by 2026 and overtake the United States as the country with the largest generation capacity from nuclear power by that year.(read more)

Meet Susan Hamm: 5 Questions with the New Geothermal Technologies Director

Renewable Energy News - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 14:38

Dr. Susan G. Hamm brings with her an impressive portfolio that includes operations, budget and management, and a background in the geological sciences. The new director of the Geothermal Technologies Office sat down with me recently to discuss her new role as she leads efforts to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate deployment of geothermal technologies.

The Year of Climate Finance: 2017 Outlook

Renewable Energy News - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 13:39

In the year following the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015, there was an increased interest in building a broad spectrum of financial solutions that can both deliver on commitments to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and deliver in the unique markets of disparate countries.

EOWDC's suction buckets to be made in UK

Wind Power Monthly - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:16
UK: Vattenfall has announced the UK arm of steel fabricator Eiffage will manufacture the 11 suction bucket foundations for its 92.4MW European Offshore Wind Development Centre project off Scotland.
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Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Renewable Energy News - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:25

Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a powerful one—one that’s been used to help justify the company’s $5 billion factory near Reno, Nev.—but batteries have so far only appeared in a handful of true, grid-scale pilot projects.

Senvion wins Portuguese framework

Wind Power Monthly - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:13
PORTUGAL: German manufacturer Senvion has won a 216MW framework deal from local developer EDP Renovaveis (EDPR) stretching to 2019.
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TEPCO May Have Found Fuel Debris Under Fukushima Reactor

Nuclear Power - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 16:48
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said Monday that is may have found melted nuclear fuel below Fukushima Daiichi Generating Station's No. 2 reactor, which is one of the three that suffered meltdowns...(read more)

Offshore auction conditions announced by regulator

Wind Power Monthly - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 16:43
GERMANY: The framework conditions for Germany's first auctions for grid connection and support payments for offshore wind projects in the North Sea and Baltic Sea have been published by federal energy regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNA).
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Sources Say Toshiba To Stop Taking Reactor Orders

Nuclear Power - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 15:37
Japanese conglomerate Toshiba said Saturday that it would stop taking orders for nuclear plant construction projects, but finish the projects it has underway in the United States. The company owns Westinghouse Electric Company, designer and builder of the AP1000 advanced pressurized water reactors under construction in Georgia at Plant Vogtle and South Carolina at V.C. Summer.(read more)

Yorkshire, England Village Starts Solar Battery Trial

Renewable Energy News - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 14:17

There’s been much written about solar PV storage in recent months. Tesla and Elon Musk are working hard to develop it and other renewable companies, including British-born ones, are beginning to follow suit. The equation is fairly simple — if we can store energy for when the sun isn’t shining, then solar becomes a whole lot more viable.

Virginia’s Largest Solar Farm Will Help Power Amazon Operations

Renewable Energy News - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 13:32

Amazon Web Services will purchase power from what will be Virginia’s largest solar farm to power the company’s data centers.