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European Parliament Adopts Measure to Hike EU Renewables Target to 35% by 2030

 A draft law backed by the European Parliament on January 17 proposes to raise the European Union’s (EU’s) renewable targets to 35% by 2030—substantially higher than a 27% target proposed by the European Commission and EU Council. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted 492–88 (with 107 abstentions) to increase the share of renewable sources […]

A consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power ordered 157 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines for three projects in South Africa in February 2016. The 140-MW Khobab wind farm and the 140-MW Loeriesfontein 2 wind farm are both located in the Namakwa District Municipality, and the 80-MW Noupoort wind farm is located in Umsobomvu Local Municipality. Courtesy: Siemens

Report: Clean Energy Investments Hit $333.5 Billion in 2017

Though some countries, including the U.S., have moved to support coal-fired power generation over the past year, investments in renewable energy continued to rise, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The research group on January 16 said global investment in clean energy such as wind and solar reached about $333.5 […]


Tampa Electric Will Convert Big Bend Coal Plant to Natural Gas

An executive with the parent company of Tampa Electric said the utility plans to seek regulatory approval to convert its Big Bend Power Station in Florida, the oldest and last major coal-fired facility in its fleet, to natural gas. Rob Bennett, speaking at a breakfast gathering in Tampa on January 12, said an engineering analysis […]

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CPUC Backs PG&E Plan to Retire Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

California regulators have approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E’s) application to retire the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant by year-end 2025, ending a protracted battle over the generating station that pitted local economic interests against environmentalists and other opponents of nuclear power. The state Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on January 11 voted unanimously to accept PG&E’s […]

Swinging into action. A control system demonstrated in three trials on the western grid last year damped inter-area oscillations on the western grid. The system could allow utilities to push more power through transmission lines. Source: Sandia National Laboratories

Decade-Old Power Grid Problem Solved by Smart Grid Technology 

A control system that smooths out inter-area oscillations—a problem affecting power systems connected by relatively weak tie lines—has been successfully demonstrated by researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and Montana Tech University. The system that uses smart grid technology could allow utilities to push more power through transmission lines, possibly nixing the need for new transmission […]

SGD&E's 30-MW, 120-MWh system unveiled in February 2017 in Escondido, California,  was supplied by AES Energy Storage. The facility was part of an expedited response by the state and the California Public Utilities Commission to the loss of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility north of Los Angeles in 2016. Source: POWER/Tom Overton

AES and Siemens, Two Power Giants, Join Forces on Energy Storage 

Underscoring energy storage’s new vital role in power company operations, Siemens and AES Corp. have launched a joint company, Fluence Energy, that provides technology solutions paired with engineering and services capabilities. AES and Siemens on January 11 announced that Fluence, which merges AES Energy Storage and Siemens’ energy storage team, received all government approvals for the […]

In a joint press briefing on January 10, U.S. President Donald Trump and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg talked to reporters briefly about the Paris Agreement, the environment, and its impact on their countries’ economies.

VIDEO: Trump Says U.S. Could Re-Enter Paris Agreement, Praises Norway’s Hydropower

In a press briefing held with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on January 10, President Donald Trump said that U.S. could “conceivably” re-enter into global climate change mitigation efforts under the Paris accord. While he has “no problem” with the accord itself, he felt the agreement negotiated by the Obama administration treated the U.S. unfairly, […]

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EIA Report: Gas-fired Generation Will Continue to Outpace Coal

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its first look at expected power generation in 2019, and its conclusions are much the same as those it expects in 2018—the use of natural gas to produce electricity will continue to rise, and the use of coal will continue to decline. EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook, released January […]

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Several Milestones Reached at Nuclear Power Projects Around the World

The world’s nuclear power industry has been busy in the new year, with several construction projects reaching key milestones as 2018 began. EPR Units Making Progress Four EPR nuclear units are under construction in three countries: Olkiluoto 3 in Finland began construction in August 2005, Flamanville 3 in France began construction in December 2007, and […]

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FPL Closes Coal Plant, Brings More Solar Online

Florida Power & Light (FPL) began the new year by opening four new solar power plants, along with officially retiring one of its two remaining coal-fired plants in the state. The utility on January 8 said the four solar plants began operating on January 1, 2018. They are the Horizon Solar Energy Center, in Alachua […]