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TVA board votes to close Paradise, Bull Run coal plants

Reuters: The Tennessee Valley Authority voted on Thursday to close two aging coal-fired power plants, including one supplied by a company led by a major supporter of President Donald Trump, who had urged the U.S.-owned utility to keep it open. “It is not about coal. This decision is about economics,” said President and Chief Executive […]

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AES sees $50 billion battery storage opportunity in India

PV Magazine: India presents a potential investment opportunity of $50 billion for battery storage facilities that could help integrate renewable energy into the grid, replace polluting diesel-fueled power and boost electric mobility, according to Andres Gluski, CEO of American energy firm AES Corp. “Battery-based energy storage has an essential role to play in helping India […]

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Four bidders vying for New York’s first offshore wind contract

Reuters: New York State said on Thursday it had received proposals from Norway’s Equinor and three joint ventures to build its first offshore wind power park of at least 800-megawatt capacity. The three joint ventures are Bay State Wind, between Danish Orsted and Eversource Energy; Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, consisting of France’s EDF and Shell; […]

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New wind dominates expected capacity additions in U.S. Midcontinent-ISO transmission region

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Nearly three-quarters of the power generation capacity expected to come into service in the Midcontinent-ISO region in 2019 is to be fueled by wind, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis. In the Midcontinent-ISO region, stretching from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana to the U.S./Canada border in the Upper […]

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Shell expands clean energy portfolio, buys home battery supplier sonnen

Greentech Media: Shell will acquire German startup sonnen, staking a claim on the home energy storage market and further expanding its ever-increasing footprint in the clean energy industry. Sonnen distinguished itself in the early home storage market, with thousands of units deployed across Germany, and a notable presence elsewhere in Europe, the U.S. and Australia. […]

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North Dakota tops Texas as largest U.S. lignite producer

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A sharp decrease in Texas lignite coal output handed North Dakota the title of top U.S. lignite producer in 2018 for the first time in at least a decade, as mine closures and alternative energy sources continue to reduce coal’s share of the energy mix in Texas. Year over year, […]

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Chevron CEO says low-cost shale has forced capital discipline on oil industry

Bloomberg: For Mike Wirth, the future of Big Oil lies at home, under the dusty fields of West Texas. As he celebrates his first year as chief executive of Chevron Corp., Wirth sees the Permian Basin as a plentiful source of high-quality crude for years to come, but that’s not all. The low break-even costs […]

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Wind, solar and battery storage linked in first-of-a-kind Oregon project

Electrek: A new energy facility in eastern Oregon will be the first of its kind in the U.S., combining wind power, solar power, and battery storage on a large-scale. Portland General Electric and NextEra Energy Resources announced plans for the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility today. The new facility will combine 300 megawatts of wind generation, […]

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Judge rules climate risk needs to be considered in Montana coal mine expansion

Associated Press: U.S. officials have again been faulted by a federal judge for failing to adequately consider the potential climate change effects of expanding a massive coal mine in the sagebrush-covered hills of southeastern Montana. U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan recommended in a Monday ruling that the Interior Department be given 240 days to re-analyze […]

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Over-budget, long-delayed coal plants put South Africa’s electric system on edge

Bloomberg: South Africa’s debt-laden power utility raced to stabilize the grid this week by resorting to the most intense supply cuts in four years. Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. implemented blackouts for a third day on Tuesday, removing 3,000 megawatts from the system after so-called stage 4 rotational power cuts, or 4,000 megawatts, on Monday as […]

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