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80% of power generation growth in Texas seen as coming from wind or solar

S&P Global Market Intelligence: More than 80% of the new power generation capacity expected to come into service in 2019 in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas region will be either wind- or solar-driven, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis. Overall, the region, which encompasses most of the state of Texas including major […]

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After slight dip, more growth seen in 242,000 U.S. solar jobs, up from 93,000 nine years ago

The Guardian: The solar energy sector lost 8,000 jobs in the US last year, the second consecutive year of declines, hit by uncertainty over the Trump administration’s energy and trade policies and a 30% tariff on imported solar panels, according to a report released on Tuesday. But according to the Solar Foundation the future is […]

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L.A. steps back from plans to expand power generation fossil-fuel footprint

Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles is abandoning a plan to spend billions of dollars rebuilding three natural gas power plants along the coast, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday, in a move to get the city closer to its goal of 100% renewable energy and improve air quality in highly polluted communities. The mayor’s decision marks […]

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On the blogs: Policy remains key to solar expansion

International Energy Agency: China’s success in this sector has been thanks to a virtuous cycle of strong policy support and falling technology costs. For example, China’s 2020 targets for solar PV have been ratcheted up several times, rising from an initial target of 1.8 GW set in 2008, to 105 GW in the 13th Five-Year […]

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A wind-tech boom in Texas

Houston Chronicle: Wind turbine service technicians will be in high demand from now until at least 2026, according to the government-funded Projections Managing Partnership that uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between 2017 and 2019, the number of jobs to service wind turbines will increase 20.1 percent, the data shows. And by […]

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TVA assessment recommends closing Paradise, Bull Run coal plants

Times Free Press: The Tennessee Valley Authority is proposing to close two more of its coal-fired power plants due to stagnant or declining power demand in its 7-state region. Despite opposition to the plant closings from President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday night, TVA’s final environmental assessments released Monday concluded that TVA should shut […]

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Westmoreland bankruptcy raises questions about future of Colstrip coal plant

Bloomberg Environment: One of the largest power plants in the West could be at risk if Westmoreland Coal raises the price of coal as the utility’s sole supplier as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. Nearly three-quarters of the Colstrip Power Plant’s electricity production could grind to a halt, its owners say, if Westmoreland’s potential new […]

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Massive Hornsea One offshore wind project to generate first electricity this week

The Guardian: An offshore windfarm on the Yorkshire coast that will dwarf the world’s largest when completed is to supply its first power to the UK electricity grid this week. The Danish developer Ørsted, which will be installing the first of 174 turbines at Hornsea One, said it was ready to step up its plans […]

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Indonesian presidential candidate looks to move past coal, boost renewables

The Jakarta Post: The camp of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has expressed the wish to cut the use of coal and to revamp the 35,000 megawatt (MW) electricity program if Prabowo and running mate Sandiaga Uno are elected in the April election. Campaigner Ramson Siagian said recently that Prabowo wanted coal-fired power plants (PLTU) to […]

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New Zealand grid operator sees big potential for rooftop solar

PV Magazine: Transpower, New Zealand’s state-owned transmission grid operator, says falling solar and storage costs have sparked interest in PV for a market already well served by wind and hydro power. The nation already uses renewable energy for almost 90% of its electricity demand, according to live transmission data on Transpower’s website, but PV is […]

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