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Public input to be sought for Keene’s renewable-energy plan

public input to be sought for keene’s renewable-energy plan

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Keene residents will soon have an opportunity to weigh in on a plan to move the city to 100 percent renewable energy within the next 30 years.Aiming to launch a public-outreach initiative this summer, Keene’s Energy and Climate Committee on Wednesday discussed ways to seek input from the community for its ambitious clean-energy plan, which it intends to present to the City Council by the end of the year.This plan, being developed under a nonbinding resolution the council passed in January 2019, would see the city transition entirely to renewable sources for electricity by 2030 and for heating/cooling and transportation by 2050. The program will include both the municipality of Keene and everyone who lives or works within the city.During Wednesday’s meeting, held via the teleconferencing application Zoom, the committee discussed how to reach out to the community and which stakeholder groups should be invited to participate.

“We’re not sure when we’ll be able to have in-person meetings again,” City Planner Mari Brunner said. “But given our time frame for getting a plan completed and starting an adoption process before the end of 2020, I’m not sure that we’ll be able to have a big, in-person …

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Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance and CleanTX Join Forces to Accelerate Growth of Cleantech and Renewable Energy in Texas

texas renewable energy industries alliance and cleantx join forces to accelerate growth of cleantech and renewable energy in texas

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AUSTIN, Texas, June 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Two of Texas’ most prominent nonprofits focused on clean and renewable energy join forces to form a more robust and strong organization with aligned goals: TREIA, the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance, founded in 1984 to advance renewable energy in Texas, unites with CleanTX, an economic development and professional association for the clean technology (“cleantech”) industry, continuing forward with the name CleanTX and a new, combined mission to accelerate growth of cleantech and renewable energy in Texas. For more information on CleanTX, see here.
TREIA, founded in 1984, has influenced the legislation that created Texas’ successful Renewable Portfolio Standard which ultimately led to Texas becoming a world leader in installed wind power capacity and was the innovator of GridNEXT, an annual conference to advance the discussion around modernizing the transmission grid to maximize renewable energy integration. CleanTX, founded in 2006, supports cleantech innovation and adoption through information exchange, thought leadership and strategic partnerships. Combining these two organizations will provide increased value to both member groups while also driving expansion throughout Texas. Key partners include nearly 75 organizations such as:

Austin Energy
Avangrid Renewables
Duke Energy
Electrical Consultants, Inc.
Husch Blackwell
North American Development Bank
Freedom Solar

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‘Path to 100%’ Community of Experts Pursue Solutions for Global Renewable Energy Goals

‘path to 100%’ community of experts pursue solutions for global renewable energy goals

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Today, Wärtsilä is announcing their efforts to put together an international community of renewable energy experts, researchers, business leaders, and journalists to power a “Path to 100%” initiative.
The reason: Cities, states, and countries around the world are setting ambitious renewable energy targets, with the ultimate goal of 100% clean or renewable power. To succeed, they need to not only increase renewable generation, but also rapidly reduce the use of fossil fuels.
The Path to 100% seeks to discover solutions, raise awareness and create a dialogue on how to achieve an operationally and financially realistic approach to a 100% renewable energy future rooted in science, data and engineering.
“Each member of this community brings valuable expertise from their industry and their country that we can use to fuel our discussions as we strive for global solutions to 100% renewable power,” says Jussi Heikkinen, Director of Growth and Development, Wärtsilä Energy Business. “When we get these different subject matter experts talking about what they are passionate about, we can help policymakers and industry leaders find their optimal path to 100% which benefits the ratepayers as well as the environment we are striving to protect.”
The Path to 100% Community of Experts consists of 30 members …

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We demand too much of renewable energy

we demand too much of renewable energy

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Hawaiian Electric details 16 renewable energy projects as clean energy transition moves forward – Daily Energy Insider

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Hawaiian Electric details 16 renewable energy projects as clean energy transition moves forward
Published on June 04, 2020 by Chris Galford

Insight into planned solar-plus-storage and standalone-storage projects on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island was provided this week by Hawaiian Electric, which is pushing ahead plans for a clean energy transition. © Shutterstock
In all, the projects total 16. The latest details released by Hawaiian Electric included their names, developers, technology, size, and estimated completion dates. If they proceed as intended, they should add nearly 7 percentage points to Hawaiian Electric’s renewable portfolio by 2025. This puts them on the path to reach a mandated 30 percent renewable energy goal by year’s end and to exceed 40 percent by 2030. The company intends to provide entirely clean energy by 2045.
Each project was chosen through competitive evaluation and represent the largest renewable energy procurement in Hawaii’s history. Oahu will host the majority of these projects, accounting for eight solar-plus-storage efforts and one standalone-storage project. Maui will host another three solar-plus-storage and one standalone-storage, while Hawaii Island will round things out with two solar-plus-storage and a single standalone-storage project. Total, the projects will bring 460 megawatts of solar energy and nearly three gigawatt-hours of energy storage to bear.
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Renewable energy stocks are the future. I’d buy these FTSE 250 shares

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Hedge shaped as the pound symbol inside a glass piggy bankMoreAs countries around the world seek a zero-carbon future, renewable energy is of ever-increasing importance. In fact, the third quarter of 2019 marked the first time in the UK that more electricity has come from renewable sources than from power stations. This has added to the misery of the oil sector, which is currently volatile and risky. As such, I believe that these two stocks are an ideal way to profit from the popularity in renewable energy.A diversified renewable energy stockThe Renewables Infrastructure Group (LSE: TRIG) is one of my preferred renewable energy stocks. TRIG is a FTSE 250 investment company with a diversified portfolio of over 70 wind and solar farms across the UK and Europe. This portfolio has the largest generating-capacity of the London-listed renewables investment firms.One reason I particularly like TRIG shares is because of its very strong balance sheet. To make acquisitions, the company uses its revolving credit facility (RCF) and this is repaid from new equity issues. This means that TRIG is debt-free. As such, I think that the firm is in a strong position to deal with falling electricity prices.TRIG revenues are also largely …

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Going above and beyond: the future of renewable energy leadership

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 For us, leadership is about maximizing the impact of commitments and actions. This can be viewed in two ways – how the company is progressing toward its own 100% goal, and how they are changing the broader system beyond their own operations.  

Leadership in reaching the 100% goal 

How and when companies achieve their RE100 goals is important. Each announcement of a new power purchase agreement (PPA) deal or onsite installation is a step forward in the clean energy transition, as is each announcement by an RE100 company that they have reached their 100% goal or milestone, or brought forward their target date.   

Our last RE100 annual report showed that 2028 is the average target year for members to reach 100% renewable electricity, with three in four targeting 2030 at the latest. One in three members have already switched more than 75% of their electricity use – with many experiencing cost savings as a result. 

Of course, companies do need to consider the context in which they are operating when setting target dates or determining which methods to use to purchase their electricity. For operations in mature markets, such as the US and Europe, a 2022 RE100 goal for 100% renewables would be considered highly ambitious (more than 30 RE100 companies have …

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Red tape thwarts South Africa’s green energy potential

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JOHANNESBURG – World-leading renewables companies are lining up to invest in South Africa’s energy sector and help remedy a chronic generation shortfall that pushed the continent’s most advanced economy into recession even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Wind turbines produce renewable energy outside Caledon, South Africa, May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mike HutchingsBut their investment proposals are on hold as red tape and political considerations delay procurement, undermining a government pledge to prioritise wind and solar generation. Indebted state utility Eskom’s coal-fired stations, which produce more than 80% of South Africa’s electricity, have long struggled to meet demand, culminating in rolling blackouts that last year hobbled industries central to the economy. Power experts say adding renewables would be one of the quickest and cheapest ways to end outages and reverse years of economic decline. Based on the government’s plan to add 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of as yet unprocured wind and solar capacity in 2022, the next auction could attract more than $2 billion in investment, a Reuters analysis of industry estimates found. Billions more could flow if procurements happen regularly, contributing to much-needed economic development when the new coronavirus has exacerbated budget constraints. “South Africa has a brilliant solar resource, and there …

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Hawaiian utility allocates 460 MW of PV and 3 GWh of storage in renewable energy procurement

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Last month, Hawaiian Electric named the winning projects in its largest ever renewable energy procurement  — 460 MW of solar power and nearly 3 GWh of energy storage on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii.This week, the Hawaiian utility posted the names and revealed the winning companies and groups that will develop this historic procurement — a 50% bump to the total solar megawatts on the Hawaiian Electric system. The name, location, developer, technology, size and estimated completion dates are listed on the Hawaiian Electric renewable project status board.Oahu will add eight new solar-plus-storage projects and one stand-alone storage project totaling 287 MW of PV and 1.8 GWh of storage. The projects include:Hanwha Energy’s 60-MW/240-MWh solar-linked battery system.Onyx Development (owned by Blackstone) won a bid for a 6.6-MW/26.4-MWh battery project.Longroad Energy won its bid for a 120-MW/480-MWh system.AES won a bid for a 30-MW/240-MWh system paired with a 46-MW solar plant.On Maui Island, three solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone project will bring 100 MW of generation and 560 MWh of storage capacity. Projects include:HECO proposed and won a “self-build” project for a 40-megawatt/160-MWh system.Bright Canyon Energy will build a 42-MW/168-MWh battery linked with 42 MW of …

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Energy Sources Replace Coal Ahead of Predictions

energy sources replace coal ahead of predictions

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Over the past two centuries, Americans have been through many energy transitions. And we’re in another one right now.
Up until 300 years ago, waterwheels and windmills powered what little industry there was. In 1712, English inventor Thomas Newcomen created the first steam engine. It was used to pump water out of a tin mine in England.
From there, about 2,200 steam engines were produced in the 18th century.
During most of the 19th century, Americans burned whale oil for light. And they primarily burned wood to heat their homes and cook.
Industries used wood to fire steam boilers. Those boilers powered steam engines that ran machinery.
In 1870, wood was still providing 70% of America’s energy needs.
By 1900, coal was providing 70% of energy in the U.S.
And by 1960, 70% of our energy was coming from oil and natural gas.
New energy technologies drove these changes. And now we are in the midst of another transition. We are moving from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
And coal is the biggest loser.
Out With the Old
2020 is going to be a record year for renewable energy. Both solar and wind are being installed at record rates.
And now we are reaping the rewards. …

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