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U.K. to require companies to release energy use, CO2 data

Reuters: The British government will force large companies to report their energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and energy efficiency measures in their annual reports from April next year, it said on Wednesday. The government said it wants businesses and industry to improve energy efficiency by at least 20 percent by 2030. A previous company reporting […]

July 18, 2018 Read More →

Small off-grid solar offers big dividends, report finds

PV Magazine: Gogla has released a report showing the positive economic effects of deploying small-scale pay-as-you-go solar systems in off-grid regions. More than half of the survey’s respondents reported having increased economic activity, with many of those starting new businesses or significantly increasing their household income. The data shows that 58% of the households, which […]

July 18, 2018 Read More →

U.K. public pension fund to stop investing in coal

Financial News London ($): The UK public pension fund Nest will cut out coal, uranium and cobalt from its new commodity investments, it said on Monday, as it recruited US-based CoreCommodity Management to manage its money. Nest, which planned a move into commodity assets six months ago, said that CoreCommodity has agreed to take on […]

July 17, 2018 Read More →

Developer plans major PV plus battery storage project in Nevada

Bloomberg: A $1 billion solar project near Las Vegas may help light up the Strip and other parts of Nevada, California and Arizona as early as 2020. The proposed Gemini solar project would be one of the largest in the western U.S., located on almost 44,000 acres of federal land about 25 miles (40 kilometers) […]

July 17, 2018 Read More →

Denmark sees more price reductions in wind power—onshore and off

Nordic Business Insider: To guide the country’s energy strategy the agency has developed a calculator to compare the average costs of various energy sources based on input data and estimates for different future scenarios. The calculator is sophisticated in that it factors in lifetime costs beyond those associated with construction and production – like the […]

July 17, 2018 Read More →

Coal plant closures set to continue in Australia

Renew Economy: “King coal to rule for 20 more years” screamed the front-page lead headline in The Australian, following the release of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s 20-year blueprint for the future of energy, known as its Integrated System Plan. Hate to say this guys, but that’s not what the AEMO report says. Here’s the […]

July 17, 2018 Read More →

Japan’s Nippon Life to end lending for new coal projects

The Asahi Shimbun: Nippon Life Insurance Co. plans to become the first leading Japanese financial institution to reject investments and loans into new coal-fired power generation projects at home and abroad, a company source said July 12. The decision, made by Japan’s largest life insurance company, may have a domino effect across the financial industry. […]

July 16, 2018 Read More →

India looks to tech sector to boost renewables push

Quartz India: The rapid rise of renewable energy is exposing the shortcomings in India’s current power transmission infrastructure. As they increasingly produce and distribute this new kind of power, government agencies and companies—and their infrastructure—are grappling with the technical difficulties this transition ensues. These include frequent switching between conventional and renewable energy and forecasting demand […]

July 16, 2018 Read More →

Distributed solar cutting costs for California customers

PV Magazine: One of the most important aspects of the solar power revolution is how it is making daytime electricity cheaper, and thus lowering wholesale electricity prices more broadly. This becomes evident when electricity utilities project no new thermal electricity as the ‘lowest cost option‘. More evidence of this is contracts being signed today at […]

July 16, 2018 Read More →

More renewable energy records set in Europe

Quartz: This week, two of the biggest economies in Europe set new records for clean energy. The U.K.’s electrical grid has not burned any coal for about 1,000 hours so far this year. Though it’s just a symbolic achievement, the pace at which the UK is reaching such figures shows the pace of the energy […]

July 16, 2018 Read More →