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How New York awarded more capacity than 34 states have installed

Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed the project award recipients for the New York Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) most recent renewable energy request for proposals (RFP). In total, 21 large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage projects were awarded across upstate New York, totaling…

What’s different under this program is that we’re really looking for large-scale renewables to compete against one another, within criteria the New York Public Service Commission established. That’s 70% price, 10% viability, 10% economic benefits to New York and 10% operational flexibility and peak coincidence. Renewables are competing against one another and against that criteria.

NYSERDA’s Vice President of Large Scale Renewables, Doreen Harris

Eco Wave Power Installs a Combined Wave and Solar System in Gibraltar

As part of the works performed, Eco Wave Power integrated eight solar panels, on the surface of its eight floaters, operational in Gibraltar. Each panel has an installed capacity of 330 watts; thus, all eight panels have an installed capacity of 2.640 kW. The equipment, installation and grid connection works added around 1.46% to the construction…

We are very grateful for the productive collaboration with the Government of Gibraltar, ERDF, the European Commission and Gibelectric. Without their support and assistance, the progress achieved by Eco Wave Power would not have been possible. We are pioneering a new sector and are truly making a change!

Inna Braverman, CEO of Eco Wave Power

COVID-19: UK power sector reacts to ‘extraordinary circumstances’ created by pandemic

As the world struggles to cope with the current COVID-19 crisis, the energy sector is adjusting to ensure a secure, reliable supply and a protected workforce. Supplier and the government has already pledged greater measures to protect the vulnerable through the pandemic. Together with other industry bodies they are also bringing in extra…

We have well-developed procedures in place to manage the effects of a pandemic and have analyzed anticipated effects on electricity supply and demand of mass self-isolation of the UK’s workforce. In fact, demand across the country is expected to reduce; largely owing to a decrease in energy use from industrial consumers, which is likely to be greater than the increase in domestic demand as people stay at home.

National Grid ESO’s director Fintan Slye

Energy communities are now allowed in France

A footnote of France’s Energy Code specified, until the end of February, that collective self-consumption projects could only be implemented in an experimental way for a period of five years. This footnote, however, has now disappeared, and the related disposition is no longer included in the article of law, meaning that self-serving energy communities…

The system excludes potential consumers, such as industrialists or salespeople who operate cold rooms, for example, those who use the medium-voltage network. This restriction is counterproductive for the deployment of such operations.

Enerplan spokesperson David Gréau

Investing in a more sustainable energy future

WE ARE IN unchartered conditions due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting global recession. Economic growth has slowed, the energy market has stalled, oil prices and the global stock market have crashed, and a virus without a vaccine is stalling human activity around the world. In this environment, governments must show…

Electric cars produce less CO2 than petrol vehicles, study confirms

Electric vehicles produce less carbon dioxide than petrol cars across the vast majority of the globe – contrary to the claims of some detractors, who have alleged that the CO2 emitted in the production of electricity and their manufacture outweighs the benefits. The finding is a boost to governments, including the UK, seeking to move to…

The idea that electric vehicles or heat pumps could increase emissions is essentially a myth. We’ve seen a lot of disinformation going around. Here is a definitive study that can dispel those myths.

Florian Knobloch of Nijmegen University in the Netherlands

This adorable tiny Swiss electric ‘bubble car’ fits two people and can charge with a regular power outlet — see inside the $13,000 vehicle

This tiny Swiss vehicle is the cutest way to get around a city, and it’s available for preorder now. Manufacturer Micro is adamant that the Microlino is not a car, but the vehicle still seems like a fun ride. Micro Mobility Systems is still waiting on a design approval for the US, but its European version is set to ship in 2021…

Micro assures customers that the vehicle fits everything you need: “Space for two adults and three beer crates.”

Micro Mobility Systems

India confirms green energy deadline extensions to counter COVID-19 fallout

Renewable developers from one of the world’s largest solar markets will be able to apply for time deferrals as they grapple with the COVID-19 fallout, under newly approved government plans. Over the weekend, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) released a decision ordering state authorities and green energy agencies to treat…

Energy storage roundup: If solar development was checkers, then storage is three-dimensional chess

If solar development was checkers, storage looks like three-dimensional chess: Storage is complicated, and a new study of the value of energy storage explains some patterns in storage adoption and deployment… Competitive solicitations in the western U.S. are selecting renewable energy projects with eye-popping low prices that include batteries able to…

Sonnen: Latest German VPP’s use of blockchain ‘proves energy storage can solve grid congestion’

Blockchain technology and a digital trading platform is enabling sonnen’s latest virtual power plant (VPP) project in northeast Germany to store wind energy that would otherwise be curtailed and ‘lost’. The company’s head of e-services, Jean-Baptiste Cornefert, told that the VPP, which allows wind power generated locally to…

For now, the project is running very well. Basically the need for grid services like network congestion [mitigation] is quite large. Proofing the technology under real-life conditions – and not in a lab – is the first step to participate in this market.

Jean-Baptiste Cornefert

COVID-19 Likely to Create Desire for Energy Self-Reliance: Australia

Concerns around the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the Australian solar industry have shifted from supply to demand as manufacturers in China resume business-almost-as-usual, but the local economy braces for a major hit. In a Smart Energy Council-led webinar on Thursday morning, industry leaders talked over the impact…


Toyota announced on Monday it is developing a heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell truck with its subsidiary Hino Motors. It will be based on the Hino Profia, a heavy duty cab-over truck that the company has been producing for decades. With its investment, Toyota might answer the question that the entire industry wants to know: can hydrogen fuel cell…

Toyota and Hino are determined to take proactive action toward resolving global environmental issues as one of the most important corporate tasks. The two companies have declared ambitious goals to reduce CO2 emissions by 2050 and are developing electric vehicle technologies for widespread use in society.

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