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Vestas tipped to 'top' 2019 turbine charts Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables principal analyst Shashi Barla said: "Chinese leaders, Goldwind and Envision, are popular due to product reliability and track record, strengthening domestic market share in China to more than 50%.

Boralex targets 2.8GW of clean power by 2023 Boralex unveiled the target as part of its strategic plan and financial objectives for 2023. It said the company would target renewables growth in markets where the company is already active, including France.

Mainstream books 293MW Chilean PV grid link Mainstream Renewable Power has signed a contract with Chilean transmission company Transelec for the design, construction and delivery of a grid link for former's the 170MW Rio Escondido and the 123MW Valle Escondido solar projects. Works will start on the 220kV transmission line later this year.

Norway mulls 3.5GW offshore wind drive Two potential areas are being considered offering up to 1.5GW and 2GW each.

New BNDES boss told to open 'black box' at key Brazil wind financier BNDES, which has a R$500bn loan portfolio, is Brazil's main financier of infrastructure projects, and especially of wind power, having lent over R$30bn to help build over 10% of Brazil's 15GW wind capacity.

Hywind Scotland feeds Danish trader Danish energy trading company Danske Commodities is to buy all of the electricity generated by the 30MW Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm under a 20-year power purchase agreement. Danske Commodities, as sole off-taker, will take over balancing and trading of the power generated by the project, which is owned by Equinor and Masdar.

French fund shows Brazilian wind interest French infrastructure investment fund STOA is to buy 35% stakes in two Brazilian wind farms with combined capacity of 291MW from renewable energy developer Voltalia. The projects are the 163MW VSM 1 and 128MW VSM 2 wind farms currently under construction as part of Voltalia's Serra Branca cluster in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

Price falls at oversubscribed German solar auction The average price for successful bids went down to €54.70 per megawatt hour, down from €65.90 at the previous solar auction. The run on solar tenders comes as Germany nears a cap of 52GW of accumulated solar capacity after which no support is planned to be paid for new solar projects.

'Wind's big-five to seize two-thirds of market as Vestas leads': WoodMac A global 'big five' of wind turbine OEMs - Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, GE, Goldwind and Envision - will control two-thirds of the global market as soon as 2020 as industry consolidation reaches its conclusion, said analysts at Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables.

Norway eyes opening up 3.5GW to offshore wind in North Sea The oil-rich Nordic country's energy ministry said it would will send a proposal "before summer" for a public hearing regarding the Utsira North zone off the coast of Norway's Rogaland region that would have a capacity of 500MW-1.5GW.

'Wind and solar have nothing to fear from price cannibalisation' Green hydrogen, or ammonia derived from that hydrogen will have an important role in the future green economy, but only for energy storage and industrial heating, not road transport, Liebreich says. "I'm a big skeptic of hydrogen for cars.

EC urges Romania to set higher 2030 renewable energy share The European Commission recommended Romania to increase the renewable energy target from 24% in 2020 to "at least 34%" in 2030, compared to a lower target of 27.9% proposed by Romania. The EC set a 32% overall target for the European Union, as one of the binding climate and energy targets for 2030.

Shift To Renewable Energy Could Have Biodiversity Cost, Researchers Caution - Analysis Climate change has widely reported negative consequences, including exacerbating severe weather patterns, harming wildlife and potentially worsening human conflict and migration.

Transmission missing piece for New York's offshore wind hopes "Something has to happen. Transmission in the water doesn't exist and the transition onshore doesn't exist," said John Rhodes, chair of the New York State Public Service Commission, referring to offshore wind electricity delivery and integration to the land-based grid.

Utility-scale batteries give renewables a big lift in US while undercutting coal and challenging fracked gas Dennis Wamsted, an IEEFA editor / analyst and lead author of the report, said recent evidence of utility-scale storage adoption is most likely the beginning of a trend that will take hold broadly across the industry, benefitting renewables at the expense of gas - and coal-fired plants.

Full capacity test a success for concentrated solar power plant in China The country's first 100-megawatt molten salt concentrating solar thermal power plant in Dunhuang, Northwest China's Gansu province, has successfully generated power while operating at full capacity. Nearly 20 hours of operating records show the systems at the concentrated solar power plant have been normal and stable.

Greece named among Top 10 countries producing renewable energy When it comes to producing power the environmentally friendly way, Greece is ahead of the game. Greece has been recognised as one of 10 countries in the world that is producing over 20 per cent of the country's total electric energy from solar and wind power, according to the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report released this week.

New York 'political deal' to allow ramp of clean energy ambitions Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration believes it has political support in the legislature to statutorily mandate New York's electric power be 100% carbon-free by 2040 and target significant ramps in offshore wind and energy storage procurement.

ScottishPower looks to invest almost £90m in Irish renewables The Spanish parent company of ScottishPower has announced it will launch it's 100% renewables business into Ireland. Iberdrola revealed yesterday that it will look to plough almost £90 million into entering the new energy market by 2025.

Trump's Unhinged Behavior Makes Perfect Sense It appears that ICE is preparing to execute a plan that Trump and senior immigration adviser Stephen Miller have reportedly been pushing for months, to arrest and remove thousands of families, which prompted sharp criticism from some former ICE officials, not to mention the vast majority of Americans.

Energising Communities Community renewable energy schemes have been on the rise globally. In this blog article, John Knight writes about CRE and how much communities are actually engaged in - and served by - such schemes. A range of CRE schemes is introduced, among others schemes from the UK and other parts of the EU, from Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Renewable Energy Update - June 2019 #2 Focus - NextEra loses bankruptcy court jurisdiction fight with PG&E over renewables contracts - Utility Dive – June 11…

Germany to Close Its Coal-fired Power Plants and Rely on Renewable Energy Many nations are beginning to recognize the importance of acting now to minimize the threat of climate change. Germany, long a leader in renewable energy, declared in January 2019 that over the next 19 years, it would shut its 84 remaining coal-fired power plants and replace them with alternative, greener energy sources.

Petoskey City Council approves renewable energy plan The Petoskey City Council unanimously approved a city-wide energy plan on Monday. It sets a goal of 100% renewable energy city-wide by 2035. The plan is to replace fossil fuels with solar, wind and hydro-power to supply electricity for all Petoskey residents and businesses.

NY Stock Exchange hosts 1GW auction The Project Sales and Cocktails event was co-hosted by FTI Consulting's investment banking subsidiary FTI Capital Advisors, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP, DNV GL and Novogradac.

Engie reaches Seymour Hills summit in Texas Engie has started commercial operations at the 30MW Seymour Hills wind farm in the US state of Texas. The project features 12 GE 2.52MW turbines with 127-metre rotors and was constructed by Blattner Energy.

RPT-ANALYSIS-South Korea fires up on renewables, to close more coal plants * Less coal dependence needed to meet carbon emission targets. SEOUL, June 18 - As renewable energy powers up in South Korea, coal-fired generation, long the bedrock of the country's electricity supply, is being tapped to give up room.

Minesto Receives Funding from Swedish Energy Agency "Climate change and the transition to renewable energy is a global challenge in which Swedish technology like ours can play a significant role. It is therefore crucial that the Swedish innovation system is involved and supports the development of what could be a new Swedish export industry," said Doctor Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto.

RWE, Innogy eye Dutch power-to-gas play The power-to-gas project would be built at RWE's power station in Eemshaven and be supplied by Innogy's nearby 156MW Westereems wind farm. The German companies said they would assess the feasibility of the project in the coming months alongside supply chain partners and local authorities.

European Commission calls out EU countries on insufficient renewables ambition, lack of policy measures in their National Energy and Climate Plans The European Commission today released its assessment and recommendations on the EU-28 countries' National Energy and Climate Plans for 2030. These Plans aim to drive investments into the energy transition and ensure that Europe meets its collective 2030 target of 32% renewable energy.

The global transition to clean energy, explained in 12 charts As you might have heard, the planet is warming up, and in response, people are trying to switch to cleaner energy, to heat it up less, or at least more slowly. So how's that going? A report released Monday goes into that question in considerable detail.

'Falling costs to power wind and solar surge' The two technologies will be capable of reaching 80% of the electricity generation mix in a number of countries by mid-century, with the help of batteries, it said.

Researchers Develop Two-Step Method for Green Fuel The researchers published their results on April 10th in the American Chemical Society journal, Industrial and Engineering Chemical Research. The breakdown process is called saccharification. The single sugar components produced, called monosaccharides, can be fermented into bioethanol or biobutanol, alcohols that can be used as fuel.

Nations named and shamed as EU says renewable plans won't hit 2030 goal Ireland - one of the nation's named - this week unveiled a hugely ambitious Climate Action Plan, calling for 70% renewables in its electricity mix by 2030, including up to 8.2GW of onshore wind.

RWE and Innogy study large-scale green hydrogen production As a first step, the companies are starting a feasibility study to build an up to 100MW hydrogen plant on the site of RWE's Eemshaven power station, which is close to Innogy's Westesreems wind farm that would supply the renewable electricity. "RWE and Innogy focus on climate friendly technologies.

EU states climate plans 'need more ambition' The commission said in recommendations to the member states based on an assessment of countries' draft plans that the current proposals would only deliver between 30.4% and 31.9% of renewables by 2030. The plans lack informed policies and measures to scale up renewables, provide energy savings and phase out fossil fuel subsidies, it added.

Poop power: livestock byproducts turn into renewable energy If you turned on your light switch today, thank a farmer! That's the impressive sentiment I felt after touring a poultry processing facility in South Carolina. I was there as a guest with Brightmark Energy, my latest social media partnership where we are working together to make the planet a little greener.

Renewable energy investment in 2018 hit USD 288.9 billion, far exceeding fossil fuel investment Global investment in renewable energy hit USD 288.9 billion in 2018, with the amount spent on new capacity far exceeding the financial backing for new fossil fuel power, according to new figures published today. These numbers, produced by BloombergNEF, are being published today as part of REN21's Renewables 2019 Global Status Report.

Banks plans Lethans boost The revised plans will optimise the electrical generating efficiency by increasing the height and the rotor diameter of the turbines and extending the project's lifespan to 30 years from 25 years.

Minesto wins €1m tidal boost Tidal energy outfit Minesto has been granted more than €1m from the Swedish Energy Agency to develop its Deep Green turbine technology. The SEK12.5m grant will be used to further Minesto's Deep Green 100 commercial-scale turbine rated at 100kW.

Slim-lined Inch Cape gets Scots' nod in dash to UK CfD tender Chinese-owned developer Inch Cape Offshore has secured consent from the Scottish government for a slimmed-down version of its long-simmering Inch Cape project, clearing the way for a bid in the UK's upcoming Contract for Difference tender later this year.

REA welcomes the news that the UK will likely be hosting COP26 News - Rea Welcomes The News That The Uk Will Likely Be Hosting Cop26: The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK.

Google data centres seven times more energy efficient due to 100% renewable energy push The company revealed that addressing climate change will require adding renewable energy wherever possible, and making decisions that have an impact beyond our walls. Google announced that it is the first organisation of its magnitude to achieve 100% renewable energy two years running.

Iberdrola plans €100m development drive in Ireland Three repowerings first on the agenda as utility looks at partnership options.

Wight Shipyard enters offshore wind Wight Shipyard Company is breaking into the offshore wind farm support vessel market with the launch of its new Vortisea brand. The Vortisea vessel, designed in collaboration with Australia's Incat Crowther, is specifically geared towards European and UK offshore wind farms being developed further offshore.

Prysmian scoops DolWin 5 cable prize Italian outfit secures €140m deal to supply and install wires at 900MW German offshore platform.

BOEM seeks interest for NY-NJ wind grid link The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has published a 'Request for Competitive Interest' for the development of a wind energy transmission line for New York and New Jersey on the US north-east coast.

Orsted halfway through Hornsea 1 turbines Some 87 of the project's 174 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines are now installed and commissioned, the developer said. Fred Olsen Windcarrier jack-up Bold Tern and DEME Offshore Sea Challenger vessel continue to install hardware from the project's turbine marshalling port at Hull's Alexandra Dock.

GE Renewable Energy to 'struggle to return from losses': analysts The JP Morgan analysts reckon GE Renewable Energy is over-optimistic for the prospects for its onshore wind business, given the ramp-down expected in the US market as the market-fuelling production tax credit incentive disappears after 2021.

Vanguard completes planning exam The Planning Inspectorate will send its recommendation to the UK Secretary of State for Business Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy by 30 September. A Vattenfall spokesperson told reNEWS the Secretary of State will then have until 10 December to green light the project.

TenneT taps Prysmian for giant offshore wind cable deal The grid link to the DolWin5 offshore wind cluster in the German part of the North Sea will enable the connection of multiple offshore wind farms to the German grid, the company said.

BayWa raises €500m renewables war chest German developer BayWa has successfully issued its first green bond, with the proceeds to be used to finance new and existing wind and solar power plants around the world. A total of €500m was placed for domestic and international institutional investors, the company said.

Orsted radios Atos for Changhua comms Atos will initially supply communications infrastructure based on terrestrial trunked radio technology for two offshore wind farms, off the coast of Changhua County in Taiwan. Orsted is developing the 900MW Changhua 1&2a wind farm, to be located 35-50km from shore, which is expected to be constructed in 2021 and 2022.

Concentrated Solar Power increasing cumulative global capacity more than 11% to just under 5.5 GW in 2018 An estimated 550 MW of concentrating solar thermal power came online in 2018, increasing cumulative global capacity more than 11% to just under 5.5 GW. CSP is also known as solar thermal electricity.

Scots give green light for Inch Cape facelift Red Rock hails ‘key step’ as developer prepares CfD bid for 700MW offshore wind project.

Nordex triumphs in Texas with 300MW deal The order is for the supply and installation of 100 AW140/3000 turbines for the Prairie Hill project near the town of Mart, which will be delivered in 2020. The machines will be hosted on 82 metre high towers, representing the largest swept area wind turbine available in the marketplace with a tip height below 500 feet.

Vestas bags 445MW Brazil bounty "This is key to optimise our customer's business case certainty in Brazil's free energy market." Rio do Vento is the second order Casa dos Ventos has placed with Vestas in less than six months.

New-look generator opens door to 25MW offshore wind turbines GreenSpur's cost-cutting 'rare earth-free' design could be market-ready by 2022.

Nordex wins 300MW US order from Engie The Nordex Group has signed a contract with the North American unit of French utility Engie to supply and install turbines for the 300MW Prairie Hill project near the town of Mart in Texas.

Vestas clinches record Brazil deal as V150 smashes 1.5GW The latest 106-unit order - Vestas' largest yet in Brazil - came from local wind power pioneer Casa Dos Ventos, which will use the turbines at its Rio do Vento project in the state of Rio Grande do Norte - a site the developer claims has "some of the best wind resources in the world".

Renewables now supply more than a quarter of global electricity The report confirms that for the fourth consecutive year, more renewable power capacity was installed than fossil fuel and nuclear power combined - 100 gigawatts of solar PV alone was added in 2018, enough to meet more than 25% of electricity demand in France.

U.S. solar market soars in Q1 2019 In the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics, making it the most solar ever installed in the first quarter of a year. With the strong first quarter, Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables forecasts 25% growth in 2019 compared to 2018, and it expects more than 13 GWdc of installations this year.

Synergy caught between high gas costs and falling renewable prices In figures revealed to the WA Parliament, Synergy has forecast record losses totaling almost $180 million over the next three years, as low energy prices, and the emergence of greater amounts of solar and wind generation put pressure on Synergy's coal and gas heavy generation fleet.

Ireland commits to 70% renewables with new action plan June 18 - The Irish government on Monday released the country's Climate Action Plan for 2019, which calls for a 70% renewables share in the total power mix by 2030.

Statkraft forges UK storage links Norwegian utility Statkraft is partnering with battery developer Statera Energy to deliver 1GW of flexible power supply. Under the 15-year strategic partnership, Statera will provide 50 megawatt-hours of storage capacity for a UK facility.

Erratic policy 'stymying' renewables growth The report - 'Renewables 2019 Global Status Report' - by REN21 said that for the fourth year in a row more clean power capacity was installed than fossil fuel and nuclear power combined.

Will solar panel owners struggle to get new renewable energy payments? – Which? News New solar panel owners will be paid for electricity they put into the grid from 2020, the government announced. The smart energy guarantee replaces the feed-in tariff scheme. Octopus Energy, Bulb and Eon have solar pv tariffs now.

UNDP and IRENA Join Forces to Advance Low-Carbon Energy Transition The United Nations Development Programme and the International Renewable Energy Agency announced a global partnership today to accelerate low-carbon energy transition and offer concrete steps to achieve sustainable development.

Legislation introduced to encourage marine energy research in the U.S. Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Angus King, Brian Schatz, and Jack Reed, have reintroduced The Marine Energy Research and Development Act, intended to increase production of low-carbon, renewable energy from the natural power in ocean waves, tides and currents.

Cuba-Germany Renewable Energy Project Starts with New Design 17 de junio de 2019, 16:44Havana, June 17 The German company EFF Solar SA has launched Monday its first solar photovoltaic park in Cuba, a project with a novel design to generate five megawatts for the electrical system in the western province of Mayabeque.

AutoGrid Announces Major VPP Agreement with Japan's ENERES Under the partnership, AutoGrid will supply Japanese energy services and trading company ENERES with VPP and customer engagement software to aggregate, dispatch and market energy from demand response and distributed energy resources.

Safety Harbor will vote on transitioning to 100% renewable energy The Pinellas County city of Safety Harbor will vote Monday on transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy. The discussion and vote will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Safety Harbor City Hall, which is at 750 Main Street. If it advances, Safety Harbor would become the 4th city in Pinellas County, the 9th in Florida and the 127th in the U.S.

Commentary: Let's Get Real About Efforts To Derail Renewable Energy One recent day the two "guest columnists" in our local newspaper both savaged the renewable energy movement. Local citizens with strong feelings on these issues? Nope. One Op-Ed was attributed to Larry Behrens, with no further information. The second writer, inadvertently unnamed, was State Senator Rod Montoya.

German PV crew delivers Egyptian hat-trick German developer Ib Vogt started commercial operations at three solar farms with a combined capacity of over 166MW at the Benban complex in Egypt. The projects are the MMID 30, Phoenix 50 and BSEP 50 and were awarded under the second round of Egypt's feed-in tariff programme.

RWE lodges 105MW power-to-gas bid RWE said it had applied for German government support to build a 105MW power-to-gas project driven by renewable energy. The local utility said the project is one of three that it has entered into a tender competition for emerging technologies offering up to €100m of support a year.

Ireland's new climate plan calls for 70% renewables by 2030 Until now, the government had said that the RESS, which is "expected to open for applications by the end of 2019", will be technology-neutral, with winners determined by cost alone - which would have given onshore wind the competitive edge.

Iberdrola to launch Irish retail arm, invest $112 million in renewables by 2025 Spanish utility Iberdrola will this week launch an Irish retail business and plans to invest over 100 million euros in renewable energy and storage projects in Ireland and Northern Ireland by 2025,… - June 18, 2019.

Modelling Solar Overcapacity Solar generated electricity, along with wind power is cheaper than fossil fuels. These renewable energy sources are being deployed rapidly at many scales. We've been working toward these developments for the last seventy years. Solar power has one very challenging feature: it is, by definition, intermittent.

5 Innovative Energy Storage Solutions of Tomorrow Living in a world entirely dependent on solar energy requires solutions for energy storage which creates an obstacle when the sun isn't shining.

Bill Gates Sets His Sights on Energy Here's an article from the American Energy Society that discusses Gates' main focus today: averting climate disaster with "miraculous" developments in clean energy. "I've seen miracles," says Gates, "the personal computer, the Internet, the polio vaccine." Yes, but what's at stake here is based on laws of physics that seem to defy scale.

Neath Port Talbot Council tops chart on renewable energy generation Neath Port Talbot Council has topped the list of all 22 Welsh local authorities when it comes to renewable energy generation. Latest Welsh Government figures show Neath Port Talbot is the local authority area with the highest total renewable energy capacity and the greatest renewable energy generation with an estimated 1122 GWh.

GreenSpur plots wind generator revolution GreenSpur Renewables is testing what it says is the world's largest ferrite-based direct drive permanent magnet generator at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult facility in Blyth, England.

Tri-State ups ante in search for renewable resources Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has issued its sixth request for proposals for renewable energy resources. Tri-State is the not-for-profit cooperative power supplier to 43 member electric cooperatives and public power districts that serve rural communities in four states.

First twin-rotored floating wind turbine ready for Atlantic test The world's first twin-rotored floating wind turbine has been moored and hooked up at a testing site in the Atlantic Ocean off the Spanish island of Gran Canaria.

Dublin triples 2030 renewables goal to 12GW A streamlined consenting and connection system will also be introduced for both onshore and offshore wind, according to the 'Giving Ireland a Sustainable Future' document. The action plan, which deals with several other areas of the economy including agriculture and transport, sets Ireland on a path to net zero emissions by 2030.

Dutch take more time on HKZ 3&4 decision The Netherlands Enterprise Agency has extended the assessment of bids for the 750MW offshore wind tender for the Hollandse Kust Zuid 3&4 project in the Dutch North Sea. The agency said the maximum extension of 13 weeks had been taken to complete the assessment of the bids.

Renewable energy jobs on the rise Worldwide employment in the renewable energy industry grew and shifted to new markets in 2018, according to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Rotech wraps up North Sea gig Scottish underwater excavation outfit Rotech Subsea has completed cable de-burial and retrenching for an undisclosed client at an unnamed offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Another General Electric Business May be ‘Gone With the Wind’ GE has said it has some ability to manage through the renewable-power declines after 2020 by reducing costs to operate the wind turbines it services, thus helping its renewable-energy customers compensate for the loss of tax credits and continue to produce power at an attractive cost.

Renewable transportation fuels from water and carbon dioxide The transition from fossil to renewable fuels is one of the most important challenges of the future.

Enel Green Power top recipient of World Bank wind finance The subsidiary of Italian utility Enel has deployed most of that capital - $3.33bn - in Brazil and Mexico, while also investing in South Africa, Romania, Morocco, Bulgaria, Peru and Russia. It is the only company to have invested World Bank wind-power cash across four continents, says the Global Wind Energy Project Finance Trends Report.

The Paradox of Declining Renewable Costs and Rising Electricity Prices There are several reasons for the steep reduction in renewable costs. One is the improvement in basic product design. Wind turbines are now much larger and have much higher capacity factors than a decade ago.

Senate introduces bill to reauthorize marine renewable energy programs - Daily Energy Insider Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate seeks to increase domestic production of renewable energy from the natural power in ocean waves, tides, and currents. The Marine Energy Research and Development Act would reauthorize marine renewable energy programs at the Department of Energy.

EGEB: Florida solar challenged in court, Germany's renewables record, US offshore wind - Electrek Florida's Supreme Court makes a ruling on solar development. Nearly half the electricity generated in Germany this year has come from renewables.

World Wind Energy Association launches 100% renewables appeal In the appeal, being launched in Bonn, Germany next week, WWEA writes: "In light of the urgency of climate change, we underline that the shift to a 100% renewable energy world has to happen as soon as possible, that the current pace is not sufficient and that renewable energy deployment needs to be accelerated substantially.

REA welcomes the Mayor of London's electric vehicle infrastructure plan News - Rea Welcomes The Mayor Of Londons Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan: The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK.

From the Strait of Hormuz to the Port of Philadelphia - It's All One World Two attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz have sent the energy world, and the world at large, on edge. It also shows the folly of the unilateral energy disarmament being practiced on the West Coast and in New England, in the United States.

Single hand on the tiller at LOC Group He has served as executive vice president of the renewables advisory division at DNV GL, president of GL Garrad Hassan and managing director of GL Noble Denton in the Americas and Europe, before joining LOC Group in February 2016. Ahilan said: "I am really excited to take the helm today.

US offshore could be 'held back' unless states cooperate: BNOW Liz Burdock said while the US was "on track" to be a 10GW-plus offshore wind marketplace by 2030, areas including grids and transmission lines, an embryonic supply chain, and outdated port infrastructure remained hurdles that the states would have "compete… and cooperate on" to overcome.

Japan urged to boost renewables ambition Twenty major companies, including Sony, Aeon and Fujitsu, have called on the Japanese government to source at least 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030, up from the current goal of 22-24%. The call came during a renewable energy summit organised by the Japan Climate Leaders Partnership.

EU green light for Italian clean power scheme Auctions for 6GW of new capacity expected between now and 2022.

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Top 5 ways the UK government can support onshore wind and meet net-zero emissions by 2050 In early June, the UK enshrined into law a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making Britain the first major economy to do so. Meeting this target will require substantial reliance on renewable energy from solar, tidal, hydro, and wind sources, both onshore and offshore.

New-look rules will speed up offshore wind in France: FEE chief A redesigned and more efficient regulatory framework with a diminished possibility for lengthy legal procedures as well as earlier consultations with local stakeholders will speed up the development of offshore wind in France, Pauline Le Bertre, chief executive at wind power federation FEE said.

Energy veteran Ahilan takes on top job at LOC With the appointment, Ian Cummins, who joined LOC last year from BP, become the head of LOC's London business, in addition to leading the consultancy's oil and gas division, while Andrew Squire will handle its shipping unit. Ahilan, a Recharge Thought Leader, will continue to head up LOC's renewables business activities.

Irena boss: 'Nimbyism' may drive renewable lines underground New high-voltage lines and increased interconnection will be critical for Europe's energy transition, Francesco La Camera tells Recharge.

EDPR, Engie secure consent for 800MW Moray West The Scottish government has granted planning permission to EDPR and Engie for the 800MW Moray West offshore wind farm off the country's west coast. The developers have secured the green light for up to 85 turbines 22km from shore in water depths of between 35 and 54 metres.

Wensleydale Creamery waste to be turned into renewable energy to power 4,000 homes The innovative move should supply energy to heat 4,000 North Yorkshire homes, as well as cutting carbon emissions for the Creamery. The process has been used since the 19th century to capture natural gases created when food waste breaks down.

Siemens Gamesa on point for 376MW Taiwan offshore order "We are delighted to continue our close collaboration with Swancor and Macquarie in Taiwan, which started on Formosa 1, Taiwan's very first offshore wind power project," said Niels Steenberg, executive general manager of Siemens Gamesa Offshore for Asia-Pacific.

The Green New Deal has reshaped the US debate: Acore chief OPINION - US is on course to spend $1trn on private-sector renewables investment by 2030, writes Gregory Wetstone.

Round-up of renewable energy PPA news June 17 - In the first two weeks of June, most power purchase agreement announcements we covered came from the US, while Europe was the main source of major tender updates. We start with the most recent stories. Target commits to 100% renewables, inks solar and wind PPAs.

Acore $1trn campaign on track but hindered by Trump policy limbo Other key findings included:. "The new report found high near-term confidence for renewable energy growth over the next three years and a strong appetite for increased investment," said Wetstone.

Another Australian renewable energy first planned in Yackandandah If Yackandandah can raise $150,000, TRY will install a community rooftop solar system.

Investors remain ready to back renewable projects, survey finds Sydney headquartered MinterEllison has released a wide-ranging international survey that found that renewable energy investors stand ready to increase their activities in the next two years. Australian renewable greenfield projects are particularly sought after, with U.S.

11 Million People Now Have Jobs In Renewable Energy The trend should inspire confidence in renewables by other countries as technologies improve and costs go down. "The prospect of job creation bolsters the global Sustainable Development Agenda," says IRENA Director-General, Francesco La Camera, "and should encourage all countries to make bold commitments to renewable energy.

Poll: Will the majority of future energy jobs be in renewables? The global energy industry is a major employer of technical and engineering professionals across a variety of sectors, from Oil and Gas to Nuclear and Renewables. But as governments around the world embark on the energy transition, will the majority of future energy jobs be in renewables?

Green power: Renewable energy use rises, but still behind target Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra and Telangana — which have 56% of the country's installed renewable capacity — could not fulfil the RPOs in FY19, though they all met the target in FY18.

Defending the Environment Requires Understanding Science The same isn't true of the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. One could say that this is purely administrative position, but it's hard to imagine how one could be make solid decisions regarding the defense of the environment with no understanding of biology, chemistry, physics, climate science, toxicology and the rest.

Is Trump's Elimination of Science Advisory Boards "Nonsensical?" From NBC News: President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Friday to cut the number of government advisory committees by a third across all federal agencies, a move that the White House said is long overdue and necessary to ensure good stewardship of taxpayers' money.

Development bank boss resigns as Brazil's crisis deepens BNDES financed more than 10GW of Brazil's 15GW wind installed capacity and the resignation of its CEO raises questions about its future direction.

State recognizes renewable energy and energy efficiency work - The state of Rhode Island has recognized several public sector groups for their renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources honored the winners Friday.

Renewable energy will only be possible with massive increases in the supply of critical minerals The recent threats by Beijing to cut off American access to critical mineral imports has many Americans wondering why our politicians have allowed the United States to become so overly-dependent on China for these valued resources in the first place.

Renewables: A focus of the UAE and the Caribbean One of the challenges encountered these days in the Caribbean is access to energy. This region is highly dependent on imported oil and other fossil fuels for transport and electricity, accounting for huge amounts of money spent every year in this sector.

Renewable Energy: Votes Matter According to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency, unsubsidized renewable energy is now most frequently the cheapest source of energy generation.

Renewable Energy Is Now The Cheapest Option - Even Without Subsidies Over recent years the march towards an energy industry ruled by renewables has been on the agenda of many countries and international bodies. Aside from their non-depleting and replenishing nature, renewable energy is poised to lessen the world's carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Energia looks at renewable energy acquisitions as part of future plans In a presentation to investors seen by this newspaper, Viridian said that it planned to increase its investment in renewable energy assets and that decarbonisation wou…

New Artificial Photosynthesis Breakthrough Uses Gold to Turn CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Scientists have developed a new way of achieving artificial photosynthesis, producing high-energy hydrocarbons by leveraging electron-rich gold nanoparticles as a catalyst. In photosynthesis, plants convert energy from sunlight into glucose by rearranging molecules of water and carbon dioxide.

Mining Methane In Lake Kivu, Rwanda: An Unusual Source Of Renewable Energy KivuWatt, a 34 MW power plant in Kibuye, Rwanda, was conceived to help reduce the risk of an overpressure gas outburst at Lake Kivu. The first-of-its-kind integrated methane gas extraction and production facility has since become a critical regional producer of power.

Moray East cleared for UK CfD round with Scots' marine consent The wind farm in the outer Moray Firth, being developed Portugal's EDPR and France's Engie - which last month formed a joint venture for the global offshore market, could move into construction as early as 2022, should it win acreage in this summer's tender round.

IRENA to Present Innovation Pathway to Renewable Energy Growth at G20 The G20 group of countries, whose members represent nearly 80 per cent of global energy consumption and hold 75 per cent of global renewables deployment potential by 2030, are well positioned to lead the global energy transformation.

Google, GM, and more than 300 other companies launch Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Google, GM, Facebook, Walmart, Disney, and more than 300 other companies have launched the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, an organization that aims at making renewable energy purchases easier for large-scale buyers.

When Will Renewable Energy Prices Stop Dropping? Clean technology costs just keep dropping. People want to know how long that will go on. There is a way to predict it.

Renewable progress slow in Iran Financial Tribune - Iran has taken baby steps in expanding renewable energy and its development requires changing the economic policies and creating a lively market so that it can compete with polluting fossil fuels, which produce the lion's share of energy in Iran, head of the Energy Research Institute said Tuesday.

New round yields 'notably low' bids for renewable power projects 'The bids presented notably low prices,' Zawati said, adding that the current round's average bid was 37.4fils/kWh.She noted that this figure is 47 per cent less than the highest price of 70fils/kWh given to the government."These figures reflect Jordan's success in attracting investors from within the renewable energy sector, especially those...

New council investment in renewable energy at Omega MORE than 3,000 solar panels - covering an area almost as big as a Premier League football pitch - have been installed on the roof of a factory building on Warrington's Omega site. The panels on the roof at French automotive supplies company Plastic Omnium has been installed by Warrington Borough Council following an agreement with the firm.

Renewable energy employs 11M people worldwide - Latest News The global renewable energy sector employed 10.98 million people in 2018, up 6.6% compared to 10.3 million in 2017, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency from an International Renewable Energy Agency report.

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Exelon's status as renewable power force teeters Now a decision the Chicago-based energy giant made two years ago to pull hundreds of millions in cash out of those renewable assets while retaining operational control has put Exelon's continued ownership of at least 26 of those wind projects-and its status as a player in the renewable industry-in jeopardy.

G20 energy ministers in Japan discuss global renewable energy and environmental reforms Energy ministers from G20 nations meet in Kuruizawa, Japan, today to discuss environmental issues, with a particular focus on transitioning to clean energy. The International Energy Agency's study on hydrogen will likely top the meeting's agenda.

Commentary: Despite Trump, renewable energy capacity now exceeds coal's You probably didn't notice, but April marked a threshold for the nation. For the first time, our capacity for creating electricity from renewable sources crept past that for coal. Yes, that's a good thing.

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Cubico closes Carolinas solar cash 105MW project is located in Pender County and will be online later this year.

Allete makes Oklahoma power play Allete Clean Energy is to supply Smithfield Foods with 75MW of electricity for 12 years from the 300MW Diamond Spring wind farm in Oklahoma. Construction of Diamond Spring will start late this year or in early 2020, Allete said. Smithfield is a $15bn global food company and the world's largest pig producer and pork processor.

New IEA Report Focuses on Hydrogen Use The study, which analyzes hydrogen's current state of play and offers guidance on its future development, is being launched by Doctor Fatih Birol, the IEA's Executive Director, alongside Hiroshige Seko, Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, on the occasion of the meeting of G20 energy and environment ministers in Karuizawa, Japan.

Hydrogen is the fuel of the future. For real this time, IEA Says Hydrogen, which has been touted as the fuel of the future much of the past five decades, may finally be on the verge of converting its potential to reality.

The Price of Power Ever since solar power first made its debut in the 1960s the development of this technology has evolved immensely and today there are various products out there in the world of luxury camping products, whilst also providing power for glamping sites.

Lawmaker wants to raise 2030 Argentine renewables goal to 35% New target would ensure the continuation of current policies that have attracted $7.2bn in investments, say supporters.

Argentine oil group PCR completes nation's largest wind farm Adding to the 2.5GW contracted under regulated market tenders, known as RenovAr, projects contracted by corporations in the non-regulated market - which also have to meet the target - add up to 1GW, while another 500MW from renewable power projects from the failed GenRen programme have been revived.

More Than 100 Cities Worldwide Now Powered Primarily by Renewable Energy Burlington, Vermont, gets 100 percent of its power from renewable energy, including from solar farms like this one, built on locally made systems that track the sun. Credit: Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images. As the price of renewable energy drops, more cities are cutting the cord with fossil fuel-based electricity.

Saint-Nazaire musters substation crew A consortium of Atlantique Offshore Energy, GE Grid Solutions and SDI has been selected by a subsidiary of Eolien Maritime France to deliver the offshore substation for the 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm off the French coast. The partners will design, manufacture and install the offshore substation for the project.

Orsted and Macquarie help launch Taiwan offshore wind body Membership of the new body includes Orsted, CIP, Northland Power, Yushan Energy, Woshen Energy, Jera, Macquarie Capital and Dade Energy Group, said Semi. Among the most promising new markets for offshore wind globally, the sector's relations with the island's government hit a bump this year in a row over permitting delays and feed-in tariffs.

Winners toast Dunkirk victory EDF has welcomed the French government's decision to award a consortium led by the company the rights to the develop the 600MW Round 3 Dunkirk offshore wind farm off northern France. Together with partners Innogy and Enbridge the consortium will design, build, operate and maintain the project 10km off the coast of Dunkirk.

Argentina opens 122.4-MW Bicentennial Wind Farm The 122.4-MW Bicentennial Wind Farm has been inaugurated in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina and is currently the largest wind farm in the country, according to BNamericas. Provincial and national authorities and directors of Petroquimica Comodoro Rivadavia, the company that developed the project, were present.

Energising Employment: Renewable energy sector created 11 million jobs in 2018 Asia accounts for 60% of the total global employment generated, with China generating the highest-around 39% of the total global employment. The report says that 32% of the new jobs because of renewables growth went to women.

BOEM Announces Path Forward for Offshore Wind Leasing The agency said in planning for future commercial lease sales, other uses in potential sites must be taken into account. These include commercial and recreational fishing, vessel traffic and military mission needs.

Why Siemens Gamesa is putting offshore wind first It made €108m of investments in the second quarter - the majority of which was for offshore turbine development, and in recent months, the company has been highly successful in cementing its position as the leading global supplier of offshore turbines.

France maps 10GW offshore wind vision French environment minister Francois de Rugy has outlined today how France intends to meet its new 10GW offshore wind target by 2028. A 1GW fixed-bottom project to be built off Normandy will soon be open to public consultation, he said.

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Steelwind secures Yunlin foundation package Steelwind Nordenham has received an order from WPD and its Taiwanese subsidiary Yunneng to provide foundations for the 640MW Yunlin offshore wind farm off Taiwan. The order is for 40 monopiles, as well as 120 segments for Formosa Heavy Industries.

Walmart, Starbucks and Smithfield join for US wind power US corporates Walmart, Starbucks and Smithfield have signed up for all the output from the 300MW Diamond Spring wind farm in Oklahoma. The trio will buy power for between 12 and 15 years from the wind farm, which Allete Clean Energy will begin operating next year.

US backs Lekela wind plan in Egypt The US Overseas Private Investment Corporation has approved $87m for renewables developer Lekela to support a 250MW wind farm in Egypt. OIPC, the US government's development finance institution, said the support will help mobilise more than $250m in additional capital to finance the project.

France confirms new offshore wind target at 1GW per year François de Rugy, France's minister for ecologic and solidary transition, has confirmed plans by the government to raise the country's offshore wind target to 1GW per year, up from an average allocation of about 750MW per year planned by 2024 so far.

EDF wins 600MW Dunkirk offshore wind farm A consortium led by EDF Renouvelables, with Innogy and Enbridge has been awarded the rights to develop the 600MW Dunkirk Round 3 offshore wind farm off the coast of France.

11 Million People Employed in Renewable Energy Worldwide in 2018 Eleven million people were employed in renewable energy worldwide in 2018 according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency. This compares with 10.3 million in 2017.

Wärtsilä delivers GEMS to German energy storage project Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä Company, was brought into the project by Leclanché for their expertise in designing, building and intelligently managing utility-scale energy storage systems. Energy storage will play a vital part of Germany's future as intermittent resources including wind and solar are introduced to the grid.

3.4GW Vietnamese giant clears survey hurdle Enterprize Energy Group has secured a licence from the Vietnamese government to survey the site of the up to 3400MW Thang Long offshore wind farm off the coast of Vietnam. The site is located at Ke Ga Cape off Binh Thuan province in the south of the south-east Asian country.

US seeks offshore innovators One area is plant technology advancement, such as optimising the performance of wind farms, reducing the costs of foundations, developing innovative mooring and anchoring technologies for floating wind, and reducing the cost and risk associated with the transmission and distribution of electricity from offshore wind projects.

EDF-led group wins Dunkirk offshore wind tender A consortium led by French utility EDF has won the tender for the Dunkirk offshore zone in the French part of the English Channel.

Vietnam OKs survey for $12bn offshore wind plan The licence allows Enterprize Energy to start investigations for a 600MW first phase of the project, part of a huge development that's envisaged for the Ke Ga development zone 20km-50km off Vietnam's Binh Thuan and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces, VNA said.

'Ambitious action' needed to unlock hydrogen potential Hydrogen can enable renewable to provide an even greater contribution to the low-carbon transition but governments and companies need to take "ambitious and real world actions" to unlock the full potential of the gas, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency.

Crypto in Africa: Nigerian CoinCola P2P exchange & managing Africa's renewable energy CoinCola exchange offers its services to Nigeria. In addition, the use of distributed ledger is helping to manage renewable energy in rural Africa.

US Senate introduces Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act According to the US Department of Energy, if the country used even 1 percent of its technical potential offshore wind capacity, it could power nearly 6.5 million homes. The United States' first wind farm, the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island, creates enough electricity to power 17,000 homes.

German state secretary Bareiss says 20GW offshore target possible The German federation of offshore wind park operators proposes meeting of stakeholders to make higher target possible.

Iowa officials consider energy storage tax credit, 'value of storage' study Iowa economic development officials are tentatively endorsing a tax credit for battery storage to complement the state's wind and solar generation. The tax credit is one of several recommendations made in a recent report on energy storage opportunities by the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

IEA: World needs major investment in clean hydrogen A landmark report from the International Energy Agency suggests widespread use of hydrogen for renewable-energy storage, long-haul transport, heating and industrial processes may be essential to meeting global climate targets. "This is a critical year for hydrogen," says the introduction to the IEA's The Future of Hydrogen report, released today.

Germany renewable energy share jumps to record 47% for first five months of year The German energy transition continues to gather pace, reaching a record 47 per cent of total electricity produced in the first five months of 2019, putting it well ahead of its target for 2025, which requires it to meet between 40 and 45 per cent of total electricity consumption from renewables.

Proposed changes to state's renewable energy regs stir controversy NORTHAMPTON - Proposed changes to state renewable energy regulations have created controversy and re-ignited a debate about biomass. Like many other states, Massachusetts has a renewable energy portfolio regulation that requires a certain percent of the electricity sold by utilities to be renewable.

Brazil registers 101 GW of renewables for Oct 17 tender June 12 - Brazil's state-owned energy research firm EPE unveiled on Tuesday that 100,874 MW of renewable energy projects have been registered for the next auction that will be held on October 17, 2019. Dubbed A-6, the auction will contract hydro, wind, solar, biomass, coal and natural gas power projects.

What will it take to get the state to 100% renewable energy? The Danish company Ørsted has opened an office in Atlantic City to support the firm's Ocean Wind Project, a 250 square mile patch of sea some 10 miles off Atlantic City's coast that would be the future site of wind turbines. Norwegian company Equinor is eyeing wind farms off Sandy Hook that it says could be up and running by 2024.

California Energy Commission gives $3M grant to pair energy storage and fast EV charging Natron Energy said that the California Energy Commission awarded it a $3 million grant for "Advanced Energy Storage for Electric Vehicle Charging Support." Natron will use the money to manufacture and install a high powered, long cycle life energy storage system at an EV Fast Charging station.

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Renewables still setting strong pace in South Australia In the past three months, applications for almost 1.7 gigawatts of renewable energy generation across six projects have been assessed by the South Australian Government's State Planning Commission.

Seychelles, home to Africa's first IPP floating solar PV project Source: The Clinton Foundation. Implementation of Africa's first utility-scale independent power producer floating solar photovoltaic project is continuing in Seychelles.

New White Paper explores grid parity and the solar renaissance Today, solar power has become cheaper than the production cost of any other existing conventional power generation technology. The arrival of grid parity heralds a milestone in the history of energy production.

Target commits to 100 percent renewables; signs PPAs to purchase wind and solar energy On June 12, Target corporation said it was increasing its renewable energy goals by committing to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The goal applies to all of Target's domestic operations.

European offshore O&M costs to fall as global market booms Northern seas operational spend to drop 57% by 2028 as global build-out drives O&M to €11bn, says WoodMac report.

Vattenfall issues first green bond Swedish energy company Vattenfall has issued a €500m green bond, its first such issuance, with the proceeds earmarked for a number of projects, including renewables. The bond, which has a tenor of seven years, is also the first international issuance under an EMTN programme under Swedish law listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Vattenfall said.

State cooperation 'key' to US offshore success The Leadership 100 report said that there are several areas for cooperation, in particular to overcome problems associated with grids and transmission lines needed to deliver offshore energy to homes.

Prestige Funds Finances £22.7 Million Biogas Plant Prestige has approved over £60 million of new lending into the UK AD sector since the beginning of the year. As an important source of finance for the expansion of this green energy generating capacity, Prestige provides active consulting to the businesses involved in bringing AD plants online and managing their ongoing success.

Enel beats the clock in Brazil Enel Green Power has completed the expansion of the almost 210MW Delfina wind farm in Brazil, four years ahead of schedule. The company has brought a further 29.4MW online, raising total capacity to 209.4MW. Enel said the expansion involved an investment of $40m, with the construction work having started in October last year.

Kenya - Coal Plant Project Sparks Protests Campaigners and experts criticise the venture as costly and damaging, while the government sees it as a way to spur economic growth. Scores of Kenyans on June 12th protested against a project to build a coal power station near the Lamu archipelago, a popular tourist spot that includes a UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts vibrant marine life.

Trump exempts bi-facial solar modules from import tariffs In an announcement that was celebrated by the solar industry, yesterday U.S. trade officials said that bi-facial solar modules, which are solar modules that produce energy on both sides of the panel, would be exempt from import tariffs.

Yorkshire offices of Knight Frank back 100% renewable power Property consultants Knight Frank, who have offices in Leeds and Sheffield, has committed to purchasing only 100% renewable electricity for all the properties it manages. Knight Frank has entered into a contract with Total Gas and Power to purchase only 100% renewable power for its properties under management through until 2021.

Scots MSPs unite behind onshore wind Members of the Scottish parliament from across political parties gave their backing to onshore wind this week. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse, together with MSPs Elaine Smith, Colin Smyth, Mark Ruskell and Liam McArthur, showed support for the sector during Onshore Wind Week.

Statkraft announces plans to build 51.6-MW Los Lagos hydropower plant in Chile Statkraft announces it has decided to start construction of the 51.6-MW Los Lagos hydropower plant in Chile. The construction is planned to commence in August and completion is scheduled for second half of 2022. The total investment cost of the Los Lagos hydropower plant is estimated to be about US$204 million.

Bill Seeks To Expand Master Limited Partnerships To Renewable Energy Lawmakers have reintroduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would give clean energy projects access to a tax advantage currently available for fossil fuel projects. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and U.S. Reps.

Six Flags Great Adventure now powered by 23.5-MW solar array On Wednesday in New Jersey, the world's largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America said that its New Jersey park, Six Flags Great Adventure, is now powered by solar energy.

Statkraft sets August date for Chile hydro build "We want to capitalise on our combined expertise in power generation and market operations to best serve the market and provide energy to large industrial customers in the country." Statkraft added that it is also assessing wind and solar opportunities in the country and evaluating possibilities for bidding in future renewable energy auctions.

GE Renewable Energy's 12 Megawatt Haliade-X Begins Shipping Towers GE Renewable Energy announced this week that it has begun shipping four tower sections which will be part of its 12 megawatt Haliade-X wind turbine prototype which is soon to be installed in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

2 Million to Boost Cyber Power Behind Wind Energy Production The two-year project will involve 12 partners from across Europe and Brazil with a proven track record of HPC hardware, wind energy, numerical methods, software development and industrial applications. Annual energy production by wind turbines reached around 10.4 percent in the EU by the end of 2016.

UK 'could deploy 80GW of PV by 2030' The report, by Solarcentury in collaboration with LUT University and Energy Watch Group, said 80GW would meet 20% of the country's electricity demand and could create 200,000 'green' jobs. Solarcentury chief executive Frans van den Heuvel said: "As a country, we are proving that solar works, and can be deployed both at scale and speed.

Wpd plans 1.2GW wind complex across Bosnia and Croatia Wpd Adria, a unit of German developer Wpd, plans to build a 1.2GW wind complex across the border region between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.

Industry leaders scale up vision to meet Net Zero According to the study, the UK could have the potential to increase solar deployment by 2030 to 80GW, more than six times current levels. Such scale of deployment could lead to the creation of 200,000 green jobs in the UK. This would represent a step change and mean a significant proportion of UK buildings would have solar and battery storage.

Fastned opens its 100th fast charging station The two stations are situated in the Netherlands, on both sides of the A15 highway. "This is good news for electric drivers and a great milestone for Fastned" said Michiel Langezaal, CEO Fastned. "In 2013 we opened our first fast charging stations along the Dutch highway.

Kaiserwetter launches IRIS to accelerate M&A transactions for UK renewable energy assets Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management has launched IRIS - Analytics Machine, a technology spin-off of IoT platform Aristoteles.

Target Announces New Renewable Energy Commitment Target has announced a commitment to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The goal applies to all of Target's domestic operations. Today, an estimated 22% of the electricity the company uses to power its business comes from renewable sources.

French dish 516MW onshore spoils Country's latest auction sees 21 projects successful with an average price of €63/MWh.

USDA issues renewable energy grants to 12 Maine businesses Department of Agriculture Rural Development office has issued $156,000 in renewable energy grants to 12 rural Maine businesses. The grants will be used by the businesses to install solar panels to reduce their net energy usage, the office said Thursday in a news release.

We should stop telling governments how to act: Eurelectric boss One of the biggest challenges facing the energy transition in Europe is not getting governments to act, it's to first get governments to understand what is achievable, says Magnus Hall, chief executive of Swedish utility Vattenfall and the new president of electricity industry body Eurelectric.

German technology delivers data package German company Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management has launched new digital technology to provide data on operational wind farms. The so-called 'IRIS - analytics machine' is a spin-off of the Aristoteles platform, Kaiserwetter said.

Global renewables jobs 'hit 11 million' The increase in jobs came despite slower sector growth in key markets, such as China, the report added. IRENA said the diversification of the renewable energy supply chain is changing the sector's geographic footprint.

Onshore 'could save UK consumers £50 a year' Independent analysts Vivid Economics carried out the 'Quantifying the economic benefits of onshore wind to the UK' study, which showed increasing the country's onshore capacity to 35GW by 2035 from 13GW now, instead of building new gas plants, would deliver a 7% saving.

SPOT Group transitions to 100% renewable energy As part of the SPOT Group's dedication to a greener future, it is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our business; as such, it is pleased to announce a recent transition to 100% renewable electricity, sourced from UK wind.

Price edges down at third French onshore wind tender Average price falls slightly to €63/MWh as 516MW are awarded in 21 projects across the country.

Research shows future onshore wind projects save consumers £50 a year The study, "Quantifying the economic benefits of onshore wind to the UK", commissioned by RenewableUK, shows that building this capacity of new onshore wind instead of gas plants would save an average household £50 a year in 2035, reducing the cost of electricity by 7%.

Greenlink hires ex-ESB chief The company behind the 500MW Greenlink interconnector between Ireland and Wales has appointed former ESB chief executive Padraig McManus to its board. McManus served as boss of the Irish utility between 2002 and 2011 and also led telco group Eir between 2012 and 2017.

Renewable Energy Boost at Gothenburg Output from a new hydrogen gas unit will be connected up to the Swedegas network. The project complements the company's other alternative energy source in the Swedish port which delivers liquified natural gas to ships. Swedegas has built a gas pipeline between the Preem refinery - the site of the new facility - and the gas network.

Efficiency boost for Finnish wind New Finnish wind farms installed since 2018 are achieving capacity factors of up to 45%, compared with an average of 32% between 2011 and 2017, according to the Finnish Wind Power Association. The association cited figures from the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland that showed capacity factors in 2018 were on average 10% higher than 2011.

Paris to double offshore goal to 10GW Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told Parliament that Paris will now seek 1GW annually of fixed or floating wind over the next 10 years, totalling 10GW. This is up from the 5.5GW in the same period mapped in the country's draft energy roadmap that was published late last year.

Scots plan to make north-east 'global energy capital' Scottish economic development body Opportunity North East is to increase investment to support the region's push to become a "global energy capital", which includes a focus on offshore wind.

Renewable Energy Jobs Move South And East, As Industry Shifts To Middle Income Economies More countries are tapping into the economic potential of green energy, particularly in Southeast Asia.

VMware reaches the goal of using 100% renewable energy in its operations, a year ahead of their 2020 vision Yesterday, VMware announced that they have achieved their goal of achieving 100% renewable energy in their operations, a year ahead of their 2020 vision. VMware has always been optimistic about the power of technology to help solve societal problems. One of their key focus areas has been to change their relationship with energy.

World's largest sovereign fund asked to divest from RWE, Enel The changed investment criteria come as RWE is gearing up to become one of Europe's largest renewable energy producers once a deal with rival E.ON is approved by competition authorities, which will bundle the renewable generation assets of E.ON and RWE unit Innogy under the roof of a new RWE.

Japan to partially end feed-in tariff system for electricity from renewable sources Japan's industry ministry plans to partially end the country's feed-in tariff program, under which electricity produced by businesses and others from renewable energy sources - such as from solar and wind - is bought by power suppliers at fixed rates, it has been learned.

New Jersey’s plan for 100% renewable energy sets 100% doable policy standards New Jersey has declared it will use only zero carbon energy by 2050. Lots of other states and many municipalities have announced similar goals. The difference, according to PV Magazine, is that New Jersey has an actual plan to make its 100% renewable energy goal a reality.

Global renewable energy jobs hit record 11 million The growth of solar jobs in markets such as India and Southeast Asia helped offset more sluggish growth in established renewables markets such as China and the EU, said Irena's Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review.

France to double offshore wind tenders: Prime Minister The 600MW Dunkirk competitive round currently nearing its conclusion convinced the government that the industry could deliver cheap, well-planned projects after missteps in the country's initial batch of offshore wind developments. "We will be able to increase the pace of future calls for tenders to one gigawatt per year," said Philippe.

Renewable energy company Evergen appoints new CMO Infra-tech energy business Evergen has appointed its new chief marketing and analytics officer, Juliette Macauley. Prior to joining the Evergen team, Macauley was the executive manager data and decision science - home buying at Commonwealth Bank.

Regen's Merlin Hyman represents renewables on Queen's birthday honours list The leading renewable energy resource for all UK solar power and feed-in tariff information.

Zali Steggall issues call to arms to renewables sector Newly elected independent MP Zali Steggall has issued a call-to-arms to the Australian renewable energy sector to get behind like-minded candidates and political parties, and says she sees opportunities to replicate her successful campaign in Warringah.

Too many hurdles for local renewables investments While there is a boom in the renewable energy sector across the world, Global Infrastructure Partners managing partner Rob Stewart told The Australian Financial Review National Infrastructure Summit that Australia was considered too risky.

New Jersey 100% Renewable Energy Plan - More Fiber, Less Fluff It is not just about generating more renewable energy. The plan encompasses reducing energy consumption whenever possible and using energy more efficiently. Here are the seven bullet points. Strategy 1: Reduce Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Transportation Sector.

Tunisia is improving its power sector and deploying renewable energy This is the latest in a series of coordinated government spending on a refocused metering system as well as transitioning to renewable energy. The smart grid was first announced two years ago by the Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas, with a plan to connect the whole country by 2023.

Siemens Gamesa begins operation of its innovative electrothermal energy storage system In a world first, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has today begun operation of its electric thermal energy storage system.

Daintree community split over renewable energy microgrid The close-knit communities nestled amongst World Heritage-listed rainforest could soon go totally green with a new renewable energy microgrid, but it's the environmentalists who aren't happy.

Renewable Energy Vermont becomes first SEIA affiliate in New England SEIA announced that Renewable Energy Vermont is now an official affiliate. REV becomes the 15th SEIA state affiliate, and the first in New England, growing a network of organizations committed to building and advancing solar markets around the country.

US to hold initial California offshore wind auction in 2020 The US government in 2020 will hold a highly anticipated commercial lease auction for all or part of three wind areas off the coast of California, setting the stage for what could be record bids to supply electric power to the world's fifth largest economy.

Iron Mountain Announces Early Adopters for First-Of-Its Kind Renewable Power Data Center Solution These companies, along with GPP launch partners Akamai Technologies and Arizona State University, were recognized at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Detroit on June 6. The use of third party data centers can represent a significant percentage of an organization's overall environmental footprint.

US pushing offshore wind on forward path as demand 'skyrockets' Demand for US offshore wind energy is "skyrocketing" and the Trump administration is actively working with states to further develop existing pipeline projects and expand commercial lease offerings, according to a senior federal official.

Enel Lands 71 MW Wind Energy Contract in Russia "This latest award represents another major milestone for us in Russia, after the recent start of construction of the Azov wind farm," said Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel Green Power.

Iron Mountain Announces Early Adopters for First-of-its-kind Renewable Power Data Center Solution Green Power Pass is the first solution of its kind in the data center industry to offer colocation customers of any size the benefits of renewable energy procured by the data center owner.

Tunisia boosts renewables with 'game-changing' solar tender LISBON - Tunisia is set to select the winners of its "game-changing" 500 megawatt solar energy concessions tender by September as it seeks to attract more foreign investment in renewable energy, industry and energy minister Slim Feriani said on Wednesday.

SSC investments in power generation, renewable energy surpass JD100m AMMAN - The Social Security Corporation's investments in electricity generation and distribution projects has recently exceeded JD100 million, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Wednesday.

Norway’s Sovereign-Wealth Fund Boosts Renewable Energy, Divests Fossil Fuels Norway’s parliament steered its $1 trillion sovereign-wealth fund to pull an estimated more than $13 billion from oil, gas and coal extracting companies and move up to $20 billion into renewable-energy projects and companies.

Green Wind grows Danish arm German outfit Green Wind Group has acquired Danish companies Ecopartner and FWE Administration, marking its entry into the wind market in Denmark. The acquisitions add 150MW of capacity from 25 projects to Green Wind's management portfolio, bringing the total to over 550MW in Germany and Denmark.

Michigan Commission Approves Consumers Energy Clean Energy Plan The Clean Energy Plan puts Consumers Energy on a path to eliminate coal, reduce carbon emissions by more than 90%, and meet customers' future electricity capacity needs with 90% clean energy resources by 2040. The PSC-approved plan also had support from leading Michigan environmental and business groups.

Municipals harvest Illinois wind The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency is to receive 50MW of electricity from the 194MW Green River wind farm under a 15-year power purchase agreement. Green River, which is located in Lee and Whiteside counties in Illinois, is being developed by Geronimo Energy and is scheduled to come online in October.

Sweden's EV boom under threat as electricity demand outstrips capacity Sweden's ambitious plan to drastically cut emissions from transport by bringing millions of electric cars onto the road could be derailed by a lack of power capacity for new charging stations in major cities.

Solar and gas outstrip wind entries in second Brazil tender Volume of wind projects registered in Brazil's regulated-market tenders starts to decline as investors look for better prices in unregulated sector.

Jumbo joins Yunlin crew Dutch outfit Jumbo has received a contract from WPD's Taiwanese subsidiary Yunneng Windpower to transport foundations and transition pieces and install the latter at the 640MW Yunlin offshore wind farm off Taiwan.