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Maryland takes lead in forcing coal plants to clean up water discharges

The Baltimore Sun: Maryland is requiring three coal power plants to limit the amount of mercury, arsenic and other toxic metals they release into the Potomac and Patuxent rivers starting in 2020, amid uncertainty over whether the federal government will address the discharges. State environmental regulators issued the new water discharge permits to the Chalk […]

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Gigawatt-sized Cultana Solar Farm takes shape in South Australia

The Guardian: Billionaire UK industrialist Sanjeev Gupta has launched a $1bn, one-gigawatt renewable energy plan based in South Australia’s mid-north that he says will lead Australian industry’s transition to more competitive power. In the first of a number of projects slated for the upper Spencer Gulf region, which will also include a lithium-ion battery bigger […]

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China challenges U.S. solar tariffs at WTO

Associated Press: China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology. The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a […]

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Traverse City utility adopts 2040 100% renewable goal

Traverse City Record Eagle: Wind, solar and landfill gas could power all of Traverse City Light & Power’s customers by 2040 if the utility meets its renewable energy goals. Utility board members set the target when they adopted a 2018 strategic plan at their meeting Tuesday. It covers a wide range of topics, from maintaining […]

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Tesla wins another big battery project in Australia

Electrek: Tesla’s energy division is on a roll when it comes to large battery projects, especially in Australia since the success of its giant battery system in in the country. Now we learn that Tesla won another contract for a massive battery system project to deploy Powerpacks at another wind farm in Australia. Tesla’s 100 […]

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More maneuvering to keep Navajo Generating Station alive

Associated Press: A Chicago-based company in negotiations to take over a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona said it would run the generating station at less than half its existing capacity to ensure it’s economical, a company official said Tuesday. Fewer employees and a new lease and coal supply agreement also are in the mix […]

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Bids for Egypt solar project come in under ¢3/kWh

Renew Economy: The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company is currently reviewing six bids for the 200 MW Kom Ombo solar PV project including two bids both of which were below the $0.03 mark, causing an immediate publicity campaign from the two companies involved, Spanish solar developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and Saudi energy giant ACWA Power. On […]

August 14, 2018 Read More →

Rise in European carbon prices a ‘big win’ for renewables

The Guardian: The amount polluters pay for emitting carbon in the EU has hit a 10-year high, in a blow for coal power station owners and a boost for renewable energy. The price of carbon in the bloc’s emissions trading scheme reached €18 (£16) per tonne on Monday, triple the level a year ago. About […]

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Wisconsin utilities move ahead with clean energy plans

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin’s two largest public utilities are making bigger stakes in renewable energy and have pledged far deeper cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases than previous predictions. Madison-based Alliant Energy says it intends to stop burning carbon-intensive coal altogether in its electric power plants by 2050. Alliant and Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group recently […]

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Virginia regulators okay 1.8-million-panel solar PV facility

Richmond Times-Dispatch: A massive solar farm proposed in western Spotsylvania County has cleared one hurdle, but it has a few others remaining. In a filing Wednesday, the State Corporation Commission signed off on Utah-based Sustainable Power Group’s Pleinmont Solar LLC proposal to build an outdoor facility with 1.8 million solar panels. Microsoft Corp. plans to […]

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