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2019 Was a Record Year for U.S. Solar Power

The expansion of solar-powered electricity in the U.S. broke major records last year, accounting for nearly 40% of all new generating capacity. And total installed photovoltaic (PV) power is expected to more than double in the next five years, according to an annual report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie…

For grid operators, this can be of value for keeping the voltage and current of the grid within required boundaries.

DNV GL report

Coronavirus in India: Amidst gloom and fear, power demand picks up

Despite the COVID-19 virus fears and a slowing economy, power generation in the country improved by 11 percent in February, thanks to improved coal stocks at coal-fired power plants and improvement in solar power generation. Total power generation growth was 10.8 percent in February. However, it is only a 1.5 percent growth in the 11 months…

This is the second straight month of demand uptick after four consecutive months of decline.

Motilal Oswal research analysis on power demand

CPV: New decade requires software savvy approach to asset management for power producers

The new decade presents the energy industry with a host of challenges. The increasing rate of energy consumption, the modernization of the electric grid, the record-setting demand for renewable energy sources, and the need for environmentally-responsible generation in a changing climate will require new and better modes of generation…

Bright Near-Term Outlook for Alternative Energy Industry

The Zacks Alternative Energy industry can be fundamentally segregated into two sets of companies. While one group is involved in the generation and distribution of alternative energy and electricity from sources like wind, natural gas, biofuel, hydro and geothermal, the other set is engaged in development, design, and installation of renewable projects…

UK deals for vanadium redox flow merger and electric vehicles announced

With the need for urgent sector coupling to drive down emissions increasingly under focus, the U.K. has witnessed two recent announcements related to electric transport and energy storage. London-based redT energy and Avalon Battery Corp, from Oakland, California, have announced plans for a £57.7 million (€63.4 million) merger to form the…

We will export the electric vehicles to Commonwealth countries and talks are already underway to supply the electric buses to Egypt and Nigeria.

Wave Industries CEO Martyn Wheeler

Energy from renewables will soon be cheaper than from coal—in many world regions

Renewable energy is not just better for the environment, it’s also becoming cheaper than coal for electricity generation in many parts of the world, according to a new report. Over 60% of current coal-fired power plants are producing electricity at a higher cost than new wind or solar installations would, according to findings of the Carbon…

Investors should be wary of continued government support for coal when a phase-out will save their voters billions and make their economies more competitive.

Sriya Sundaresan, co-author of the report

Governments have ‘historic opportunity’ to accelerate clean energy transition, IEA says

Political and financial leaders have “a historic opportunity” to usher in a new era for global climate action with economic stimulus packages to confront the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said. In an interview with Climate Home News on Tuesday, Fatih Birol said stimulus packages to prop up…

I am talking with several governments and international financial institutions leaders because they are all busy designing stimulus programmes for the economy – the plans they will put together will be extremely important.

Fatih Birol

GM starts retooling its Detroit plant for electric vehicles despite coronavirus

The last internal-combustion car produced at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant rolled off the production line on Feb. 20. That final 2020 Chevy Impala signaled the end of an era – and the beginning of the plant’s electric-car future. The work to begin retooling the production line for EVs started yesterday. Workers took precautions to protect themselves…

Things are being wiped down, and cleaning supplies are being made available. There’s definitely no panic, but a concern. I’ll have a better feel tomorrow about people and if they have hyper concerns about working.

Mike Plater, plant chairman of UAW Local 22 at Detroit-Hamtramck

Ego versus eco—is vanity compromising the impact of Asia’s sustainability leaders?

As a journalist covering this beat since 2016, I get the sense that ego and the pursuit of recognition are a growing presence in the sustainability community in the Asia Pacific. There’s the rising expectation of coverage for sustainability initiatives from contacts (“I’ve just launched Asia’s first green loan, so you must write about it…”). The relentless pursuit of awards…

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