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Raising bar on renewables to get Ballarat off the grid - Opinion A vision of Ballarat and its surrounds, carbon neutral and powered by 100 percent renewable energy, off grid. The Australian Energy Market Operator, recognises our region as one of Australia's key renewable energy zones.

Philippines DOE considering stable pricing system for renewable energy The Philippines Department of Energy is pushing for a specific pricing system for renewable energy. With that the DOE is aiming to boost interest into investments in the sector in the country.

California utility reports savings for ratepayers by offering renewable energy These communities are now purchasing carbon-free electricity for their public buildings, streetlights and civic services - 100% of it from California solar and wind energy sources.

EU Bank Launches New Climate Strategy and Energy Lending Policy "Scientists estimate that we are currently heading for 3-4°C of temperature increase by the end of the century. If that happens, large portions of our planet will become uninhabitable, with disastrous consequences for people around the world. The EU bank has been Europe's climate bank for many years.

Why should renewables be billed for grid costs, when coal gets free ride on emissions? Vestas senior vice president “outraged” by claims that renewables developers should foot the bill for grid upgrade costs as more wind and solar comes online.

Suzlon auditor flags 'severe liquidity stress' as loss widens Losses widened at Indian wind group Suzlon, as its auditor said the company remains under "severe liquidity stress" that may cast significant doubt on its ability to continue as a going concern.

Report explores the most effective renewable energy development priorities for utilities ScottMadden released its latest edition of The ScottMadden Energy Industry Update. Themed "Everything Counts… In Large Amounts," this EIU explores key considerations for utilities in balancing or prioritizing development of utility-scale versus distributed renewable resources.

ORE Catapult adds financial nous Airlie is former chief executive of Scottish accountancy firm Martin Aitken and Co. "The offshore renewables industry will increasingly provide a greater share of the UK's generation mix and an affordable and secure source of energy.

What Do Solar Panels and TVs Have in Common? Remember the scene in "Back to the Future" about TVs? Marty, traveling back in time from the 1980is to the 1950is, tells Stella they have two TVs at home. Stella answers: "Oh honey, he is teasing you. Nobody in the world has two television sets".

First mono bucket sails to Deutsche Bucht The first of two mono bucket foundations has left Bladt Industries yard in Lindoe, Denmark, for Northland Power's 269MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. Seajacks jack-up Scylla is transporting the structure to the project site.

EDF Renewables sales up 1.4% According to EDF Group's quarterly financial information release, for the nine-month period ending 30 September EDF Renewables' sales amounted to €1.2bn, compared with €1bn in the first nine months of 2018, a rise of 1.4%.

RWE earnings hit €1.5bn RWE is raising its full-year earnings outlook for fiscal 2019, due to the reinstatement of the UK capacity market and the continued strong trading performance in the first nine months of this year.

Canadian Solar finds amigos for Mexico three Korea Electric Power Corporation, South Korea's largest electric utility, and fund manager Sprott Korea acquired 49% interests in the 119MW Horus, 125MW Tastiota and 126MW El Mayo projects located in the states of Aguascalientes and Sonora.

Siemens revamps German substation The commissioning of the turnkey solution at Daxlanden - one of the largest substations in Germany - will take place in stages and will be completed in 2029. The order is priced in the low triple-digit millions of euros range, according to Siemens.

Vestas wins order to complete New Zealand's largest wind farm Danish wind turbine OEM Vestas has won a 103MW engineering, procurement and construction contract with local electricity generator and retailer Mercury to boost the capacity of the Turitea wind farm to 222MW and thus make it New Zealand's largest.

City Roadmap 2050 Supports Low-Carbon Winter Olympics 2022 in China The Agency's first ever roadmap 2050 for the city of Zhangjiakou sets an example for Chinese cities to run their energy systems off coal and take advantage of renewable energy. Zhangjiakou, home to 4.4 million people in the Hebei Province, will play an important role in achieving Beijing's ambition for low-carbon Winter Olympic Games 2022.

Vestas serves 113MW second helping in NZ Danish manufacturer will supply V112-3.8MW turbines to raise capacity at Mercury's Turitea wind farm to 222MW.

Spain's ACS group may sell renewable energy unit The demand for 'pre-cooked' renewable energy businesses has again been illustrated, this time in Spain, where the Zero-E clean energy subsidiary established by civil engineer ACS in April has reportedly been the subject of offers from private equity firms and utilities.

Mammoet to support offshore wind from NY port Dutch heavy-lift outfit Mammoet has reached an agreement that will enable it to provide offshore wind services at the Port of Coeymans Marine Terminal, in New York. The agreement with port owner Carver Companies allows Mammoet access to the port's marine terminal facility, which is located along the Hudson River between New York City and Albany.

Letter: We should nurture jobs in renewable energy sources ON November 4, a writer proposed that new roads for more cars would solve local problems. One of the most treasured assets in Dorset is the World Heritage Jurassic coast. Should we build all over it? One problem is that more roads lead to more traffic.

ERG records solid Q3 ERG chief executive Luca Bettonte said: "The third quarter operating result for 2019, was slightly higher than last year, due partly to an increased in installed wind capacity abroad and increased solar capacity in Italy." However, Bettonte added that results were affected by factors include low wind levels in the summer months.

IRENA ease investments and renewable energy projects in Africa The International Renewable Energy Agency is increasing the Agency's on-ground impact with 15 regional and sub-regional platforms which aim at scaling up renewables deployment and investments.

French shipyard opens training centre A new training facility established by Chantiers de l'Atlantique has been set up that will train people with skills for marine and offshore vessels and structures fabrication. Chantiers de l'Atlantique general manager Laurent Castaing inaugurated the Chantiers de l'Atlantique School.

JDR, Equinor sign Hywind Tampen wires deal Under the deal's terms JDR will design and manufacture 11 66kV dynamic inter-array cables and two static export cables, each equipped with a breakaway system and cable accessories for delivery in 2022. Compared with conventional fixed foundation offshore wind installations floating turbines place cables under higher levels of dynamic stress.

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