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Xcel, steelmaker sign novel solar-tied power supply deal

The Pueblo Chieftain: Xcel Energy and EVRAZ Pueblo have agreed on a long-term electricity contract that guarantees the steelmaker price certainty for the next 22 years, the two companies announced Thursday. The agreement also clears the path for a potential major upgrade and expansion of the 1,000-worker mill. According to publicly available documents released in […]

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European data show wind, solar help balance the other’s production

PV Magazine: “What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow?” It is a well-worn objection to renewable energy as too intermittent and unreliable to provide a safe and constant power supply. It is an argument, however, that has not been heard too often in recent years, as the ranks of renewables […]

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WVU study sees continued decline in West Virginia coal production

WV Public Broadcasting: A new economic forecast shows the recent uptick in coal production is expected to level out during the next two years and decline precipitously during the next two decades. The annual coal production report, released today by West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, shows the recent uptick in coal […]

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German development bank to underwrite Indian wind, solar projects

Renewables Now: German state-owned development bank KfW will lend EUR 200 million (USD 228m) to India so as to help the country provide low-interest loans for around 200 MW of new renewable energy capacity. The bank has signed a credit line agreement with India’s Rural Electrification Corporate Ltd (REC), which plans to back solar and […]

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Australian zinc refiner opens 125 MW, onsite solar farm

Renew Economy: A 125 MW solar farm built to lower costs and underpin the expansion of Korean zinc refiner Sun Metals in north Queensland has been officially opened at its site, south of Townsville. The ground-breaking project, which was constructed by RCR Tomlinson, marked the first large-scale solar farm to be built directly by a […]

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Gas turbine sales falter in the face of renewable energy gains

Financial Times: Natural gas is still often described as “the fuel of the future”. If you are selling turbines for gas-fired power generation, it cannot feel that way. Sales of gas turbines have fallen sharply, under pressure from low-cost renewable energy, and are expected to remain weak for at least another couple of years. While […]

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Rhodium Group: More coal plant retirements looming

Greentech Media: The U.S. coal power plant fleet has been shrinking for years, with the official tally of coal plants closed exceeding those still open as of late last year. Another 43 gigawatts, or about 18 percent of the remaining 249 gigawatts of capacity, is expected to close by 2030.   Absent “market interventions at […]

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Federal judge orders updated environmental review for Keystone XL

Omaha World-Record: A federal court in Montana has ruled that TransCanada must conduct an additional environmental review before it moves forward with the alternative route that has been approved for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The decision is being hailed by those opposing the pipeline as a victory. However, it’s not clear whether the decision […]

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Solar helps Japan cope with sweltering summer

Nikkei Asian Review: As temperatures soared to record highs across Japan this summer and people scrambled to beat the heat, power companies turned to solar power to weather the surge in air conditioner usage. After the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which forced the shutdown of all nuclear power plants — most of which are […]

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Fluence announces largest Canadian battery storage project

Energy Storage News: A vast new energy storage system – thought to be the largest of its kind in Canada to date with 48 MW/144 MWh capacity, will be built in the city of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. Fluence, the venture jointly owned by developer AES Corporation and Siemens, will provide energy storage technology and […]

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