Author Archive: IEEFA

Port Augusta paves the way in coal-to-renewables transition

The Guardian: The largest solar farm in the southern hemisphere lies on arid land at the foot of the Flinders Ranges, more than 300 km north of Adelaide. If that sounds remote, it doesn’t do justice to how removed local residents feel from what currently qualifies as debate in Canberra. As government MPs and national […]

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Green energy push gains steam in corporate Japan

Nikkei Asian Review: More Japanese companies are promising to source all of their electricity from renewable energy in 10 to 30 years, a trend that could in turn spur investment to bolster grid capacity to accommodate demand. Tech provider Fujitsu will as early as this month join RE100, the global initiative of major companies committed […]

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Australia’s largest steelmaker inks major solar power deal

ABC: Australia’s biggest steel company is investing in a major new solar farm in a bid to cut energy costs and improve reliability. Bluescope and ESCO Power signed a seven-year deal in Wollongong on Friday, in what is the country’s largest-ever solar power-purchasing agreement. It will result in the steelmaker underwriting the construction of a […]

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Report highlights spread of renewable energy across U.S.

Greentech Media: It was 1997, and stakeholders were working hard to help craft the first renewable energy standard in the State of Massachusetts, which ultimately passed as part of an electric utility restructuring act. At that time, the notion that Massachusetts would be one of the top solar states in the country was almost laughable, […]

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Investor group targets planned GE coal plant in Kenya

Thomson Reuters Foundation: A group of investors in U.S. conglomerate General Electric (GE) has publicly opposed its plans to buy a stake in a Kenyan coal-fired plant, claiming the project would damage the environment and undermine efforts to fight global warming. In a public letter to GE, nearly five dozen institutional and individual shareholders called […]

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Report: U.S. coal bailout would cost $34 billion a year

Houston Chronicle: A Department of Energy proposal to bail out struggling coal and nuclear power plants would cost $34 billion, according to a new study commissioned by a coalition of energy and technology companies opposing the plan. The analysis, by Massachusetts-based research firm The Brattle Group, looked at the costs associated with keeping the U.S. […]

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On the blogs: Former skeptics are now backing renewables

OilPrice.com: Who would have thought wind’s transformation from subsidy-supported to self-financing power source would happen so quickly—not this publication, that’s for sure. Apart from diehard environmentalists, most consumers have been opposed to renewables on the basis they cost significantly more, and turbines are an eyesore on the landscape. But in the span of less than […]

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Green Mountain Power: Residential batteries saved customers $500,000 during heat wave

WCAX: While other power companies were telling customers to reduce how much energy they used during the recent heat wave, Green Mountain Power was focused on a different tactic. For years, GMP has worked on creating a system of stored energy to rely on during peak energy days, and GMP Vice President Josh Castonguay says […]

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Facebook plans 437 MW of solar to power Oregon data centers

Associated Press: Facebook and Pacific Power said Wednesday they are teaming up to construct solar projects that will produce enough power to offset what the social media giant consumes at its data centers in Prineville, Oregon. The solar projects—two near Prineville and four in Utah—will generate 437 megawatts of power when completed by the end […]

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Norway’s Statkraft looks to ‘ramp up’ its solar, wind development efforts

Recharge News: Norwegian utility Statkraft has unveiled a revised strategy that will see it “significantly ramp up as a wind and solar developer” with ambitions in Europe, India and South America. The group will also look for new business opportunities in renewables and decarbonisation in Norway and beyond, as the hydro-focused group seeks to combine […]

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