FERC takes a firm stand in PG&E bankruptcy filing

Friday, 22 February 2019

The California-based utility requested that a federal bankruptcy court prevent FERC from enforcing the conditions of the more than 380 power purchase agreements (PPAs) that the utility may want to exit under its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Direct Energy signs PPA for 75-MW solar array in California

Friday, 22 February 2019

California-based solar developer Sunpin Solar said that Direct Energy Business, a subsidiary of Centrica PLC, signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the full output of the recently completed 96.75-MW DC / 74.8-MW AC ColGreen North Shore Power Plant.

What to do about PG&E? Cities and others offer ideas

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Plenty of people, it seems, have plans for PG&E Corp. Even before the California utility giant filed for bankruptcy facing $30 billion in potential liabilities from wildfires, state regulators began studying whether it needed to be reformed, restructured or even taken over by the government. They asked interested parties -- city officials, unions, consumer groups and trade associations -- to chime in.

27 MW of distributed solar to be installed in New York and Rhode Island

Thursday, 21 February 2019

This week Standard Solar announced that it would be acquiring five distributed solar energy projects totaling 27 MW of generation capacity set to be built in New York and Rhode Island. Standard Solar will engineer, build, finance, own and operate all five projects which are expected to commence construction over the next six to nine months. Standard Solar is acquiring the projects from developer Freepoint Solar.

ComEd installs off-grid renewable lighting at Bronzeville schools

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

This week ComEd said that it’s furthering innovation in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood with the installation of renewable energy powered lights along the walkway to the Beethoven Elementary School. Bronzeville is home to the first “microgrid cluster” in the United States.

Japanese businesses test blockchain to trade renewable energy

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

This week independent power producer Marubeni and LO3 Energy said they have started a pilot project in Japan where LO3 will administer an energy marketplace using blockchain to connect a number of Marubeni’s power production facilities, including renewables, with offices and factories around Japan in a virtual marketplace. The project will simulate energy transactions to test the viability of the concept with the ultimate goal of creating a full-scale commercially operational network in the future.

Consumers Energy plans renewable push for HQ; seeks ideas

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The Jackson Smart Energy District aims to achieve the parent firm’s 2040 clean energy goals some 15 to 20 years earlier. Those goals include producing 40 percent of the district’s energy needs from on-site renewable sources.

First national lithium-ion battery recycling R&D center launched

Monday, 18 February 2019

With lithium-ion battery technology expanding across the world, through electronics, Electric Vehicles and stationary storage, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have launched the first lithium-ion battery recycling center, called the ReCell Center, at Argonne National Laboratory. DOE says the center will help the U.S. grow a globally competitive recycling industry and reduce the country’s reliance on foreign sources of battery materials.

Alberta government signs PPA for 94 MW of subsidy-free solar

Friday, 15 February 2019

This week, Canadian Solar said that it has won three solar power contracts with Alberta’s Ministry of Infrastructure, for a total of 94 megawatts (MWp) of solar power system in southeast Alberta, with an average contracted PPA price of 48.05 Canadian dollars [US 36.27] per MWh. When in operation in 2021, these solar plants will provide 55 percent of the electricity needs for Alberta provincial government.

2,115-MW Rufiji hydro project construction launched in Tanzania

Friday, 15 February 2019

The government of Tanzania has officially handed over the area around the 2,115-MW Rufiji hydro project to joint venture contractors Arab Contractors Company and Elsewedy Electric Company. This marks the start of project construction.

Shell buys sonnen batterie

Friday, 15 February 2019

Residential energy storage provider sonnen batterie said today that Shell New Energies will be its new owner.

Source: renewableenergyworld.com