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Industry Report: 40% Increase in U.S. Wind Projects Over Q1 2016

UPI: About half of the population in the state of Kansas could now be drawing energy from wind power as the U.S. sector gains momentum, an industry report showed. A quarterly report from the American Wind Energy Association found the sector is gaining traction. Compared with last year, there were 40 percent more wind energy […]

July 28, 2017 Read More →

A 400-Acre, Multi-Company, Zero-Carbon Microgrid Is in the Works Outside Denver

E&E News: The idea is to attract a bunch of different entrepreneurs to a power system relying mainly on solar energy, a king-sized lithium-ion battery and various energy efficiency schemes so the city has few, if any, outside energy needs. Denver and Denver County, which own Denver International Airport, will contribute financial support for the […]

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Analysts ‘Underwhelmed’ by Latest Arch Coal Earnings

SNL: Arch Coal Inc. results underwhelmed analysts, despite improved coal markets, in the first earnings release of major U.S. coal producers in the second-quarter earnings season. Seaport Global Securities LLC analyst Mark Levin called the results “disappointing” in a July 27 note, basing his assessment on reported EBITDA of $95 million. He wrote that Seaport […]

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North Carolina Is Open for Solar Business, and the Governor Says Wind Is Next

Bloomberg: North Carolina passed a clean-energy bill Thursday that could spur a wave of new solar projects in the country’s second-biggest solar state — but at the expense of wind. House Bill 589, which Governor Roy Cooper signed Thursday, places a moratorium on new wind development through December 2018. The law creates a competitive bidding […]

July 28, 2017 Read More →

As Global Energy Economy Shifts, Royal Dutch Shell Lays Out ‘Pessimistic Vision’ for Oil Industry

Wall Street Journal: Royal Dutch Shell PLC laid out a pessimistic vision for the future of oil on Thursday, even as the company reported success in generating cash during a prolonged downturn. Shell has cut costs and said it is preparing for a world in which crude prices never return to precrash levels and petroleum […]

July 27, 2017 Read More →

In $4.5 Billion Wind-Farm Deal, AEP Joins Trend Taking Hold Across U.S. Utility Sector

Bloomberg: There’s a new model emerging for growth-starved utilities looking to profit from America’s solar and wind power boom. American Electric Power Co. is using it for a $4.5 billion deal that’ll land the U.S. utility owner a massive wind farm in Oklahoma and a high-voltage transmission line to deliver the power. NextEra Energy Inc.’s […]

July 27, 2017 Read More →

A Surge Since Jan. 1 in Battery-Storage Investment

Utility Dive: The first half of 2017 saw a nearly 24% increase in funding activity for the battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency sectors compared to the year-ago period, a new report from Mercom Capital Group finds. Funding, for battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency hit $1.03 billion in the first half of […]

July 27, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Setbacks for Pipeline Developer ETP on Numerous Projects

Motley Fool: Energy Transfer Partners’ (NYSE:ETP) has had its share of difficulties over the past year. The headliner was the problems it faced in building the Dakota Access Pipeline, which endured several months of setbacks due to protests that caused a delay in getting a key permit. While that project finally entered service last month, […]

July 27, 2017 Read More →

State Electricity-Generation Requirements Call for a 50% Increase in U.S. Renewables

InsideClimate News: Renewable electricity generation will have to increase by 50 percent by 2030 to meet ambitious state requirements for wind, solar and other sources of renewable power, according to a new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The report looked at Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs)—commitments set by states to increase their percentage of electricity […]

July 27, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: ‘The Revolution Is Here Now’

Quartz: Recent statements from Washington suggest that grid reliability will be threatened if old power plants using coal continue to be replaced by modern power plants using natural gas, wind power, and solar power. This is simply not true. Let’s start with the basics. The planners and operators of the grid, mostly highly trained electrical […]

July 26, 2017 Read More →