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Eskom's coal-fired power struggle - Eskom’s closure of five old coal-fired power stations over the next 10 years, at a loss of about 30 000 direct and indirect jobs, was foreseen more than a decade ago....more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E expands renewables portfolio - Solar Industry Magazine - Mar 16 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has announced that 69.3% of the electricity delivered to its customers...more

Oregon selects 15 solar projects for development under Solar Development Incentive program

At least 116 megawatts of new solar energy development will soon be underway in Oregon, supported by the state’s Solar Development Incentive (SDI) program....more

Blockchain – A New Era for the Energy Market?

Blockchain is more widely recognised as the underlying software technology used for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. This technology is also being increasingly applied to alternative opportunities, including in the energy sector. ...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Can California go 100 percent green? - Scientific American - Mar 13 - Environmentalists are cheering California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León's (D) plan to double, and...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Sky is the limit for opportunities in renewable energy market - The global solar industry is a fascinating sector. For a technology that is essentially fairly...more

Maine net energy billing rules, 2017 revision

On January 31, 2017, the Maine Public Utilities Commission adopted revisions to its rule chapter 313, governing net energy billing. Net metering, or net energy billing, is the metering and billing mechanism that Maine and...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Microsoft tests deep-sea data centers for energy-efficient cooling, security - Construction Dive - Mar 1 - Microsoft researchers have developed undersea data centers that...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. solar market has record-breaking year - Greentech Media - Mar 9 - The U.S. solar market had its biggest year ever in 2016, nearly doubling its previous record and adding more...more

A better future for the Italian solar market

The rules for the management of the maintenance and technological renovation interventions on photovoltaic plants incentivized under the energy accounts (conti energia) have been published by the Gestore dei Servizi...more

CAISO Expects It May Need to Curtail Up to 8,000 MW This Spring and Up to 13,000 MW By 2024, Which Could Test Curtailment Risk...

At the most recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) held on February 16, 2017, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CAISO reported that because of the...more

Amendments to Japan's Renewable Energy Act

On April 1, 2017, substantial portions of the Amendments ("Amendments") to The Act on Special Measures Concerning the Procurement of Renewable Energy by Operators of Electric Utilities (the "Act") will become effective. These...more

Electric Utility and Solar Advocates in Arizona Reach Compromise Rate Settlement for Rooftop Solar

The Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) and solar industry representatives and advocates have reached a settlement on rooftop solar compensation and rate design, following years of heated policy debate. The settlement, which...more

“PACE” for Residential and Commercial Renewable Energy Projects – What is it?

“PACE” – Is it the new buzzword? Lately, it seems I keep hearing about securitizations backed by PACE financings. What is a PACE financing program, and what is happening in the securitization market?...more

Indonesia power sector: New regulation on tariff and tendering for renewable energy projects

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia (MEMR) recently issued regulation No. 12 of 2017 on the utilisation of renewable energy sources for electricity supply (Regulation 12/2017). Key...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

German-backed initiative to help increase use of solar energy in industrial processes - The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar generation hits new record high on California ISO grid - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 28 - On Feb. 24, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) reported a new...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017

Sustainable Development Focus - California city mandates solar or mitigation fee for all new-builds - PV-Tech - Feb 22 - Lancaster, a charter city in northern Los Angeles, has passed an ordinance that...more

Revamping, il GSE pubblica le nuove regole e apre a interventi di repowering: prime considerazioni

The GSE has finally published the new framework on maintenance and renovation of the photovoltaic plants benefiting from Conto Energia support regime (the “New DTR”) . The set of rules provided by the New DTR further...more

GSE publishes new rules and creates new opportunities for repowering preliminary considerations

The GSE has finally published the new framework on maintenance and renovation of the photovoltaic plants benefiting from Conto Energia support regime (the “New DTR”) . The set of rules provided by the New DTR further...more

Infocast Wind Power & Finance Investment Summit Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panelists at the Infocast Wind Power & Finance Investment Summit on February 28, 2017 in Rancho Bernardo, California.  The soundbites are organized by topic, rather than in chronological order, and...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

NERSA caps Eskom tariff hike at 2.2% - The National Energy Regulator of SA (NERSA) said on Thursday Eskom’s tariff increase for 2017-18 would be limited to 2.2% when the new prices come into effect on 1 April....more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - California Senate leader puts 100% renewable energy on the table in new legislation - Los Angeles Times - Feb 21 - Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is proposing...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later....more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms - Reuters - Feb 15 - A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will...more

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