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11th Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum - Miami, Florida

October 16-18, 2019 - CREF 2019, the largest annual gathering of the Caribbean energy market, will take place at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami. Over 500 attendees from 50 countries attended CREF 2018. 120 speakers populated three days of a rich and deeply interactive program. Over 25 Caribbean countries were represented by their government or by their utility, or in most instances, by both ... [ more ]

Blue Economy Caribbean - Miami, Florida

October 15, 2019 - Blue Economy Caribbean was launched in 2018 as a call for the region to prioritize coastal and marine economies that are sustainable, scalable, inclusive, and environmentally sound. Since then, interest has only intensified, with new finance tools and marine technologies poised to transform economies region-wide  ... [ more ]

Wind Energy Finance & Investment Conference - New York, NY

October 10 - 11, 2019 - Wind energy continues to grow, providing jobs, community value and a solid investment opportunity. Whether you are already in the business of wind or considering investing in this energy sector, you won't want to miss this timely new program detailing how to capitalize on the multi-billion dollar wind energy finance industry. Join us in New York City for high impact meetings, innovative sessions, and ... [ more ]

HOMER International Microgrid Conference - Cambridge, MA

October 7-9, 2019 - The HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC) brings together a global community of microgrid experts, customers, project developers, equipment suppliers, financiers and more for the purpose of advancing high-quality, affordable microgrids and distributed energy systems in off-grid, remote, and grid-tied settings ... [ more ]

Introducing the Renewable Electricity Standard Act

June 26, 2019 - Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and others have introduced the Renewable Electricity Standard Act of 2019 — a bill that would more than double the supply of renewable energy in the U.S. from 18% of electricity generation in 2018 to at least 50% by 2035.Starting in 2020, the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) would require electricity providers across the country to increase their supply of renewable energy, from sources such as wind and solar power every year ... [ more ]

Development Banks' Climate Financing Climbs to USD 43.1bn in 2018

June 13, 2019 - The six largest multilateral development banks (MBDs) committed last year USD 43.1 billion (EUR 37.9bn) in climate financing in developing and emerging countries in support of climate action initiatives. In year-on-year terms, this amount represents an increase of more than 22%, according to the 2018 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks’ Climate Finance ... [ more ]

Caribbean Countries Sign MOUs to Join the MRV Hub

May 29, 2019 - On the heels of scoping trips and training events, five Caribbean countries have now signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to join the MRV Hub in the Caribbean. These countries include: Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda, Belize and Jamaica. The Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub is a new cooperative regional institution for carbon management that will enable SIDS and other Caribbean countries to support each other by improving and aggregating technical expertise ... [ more ]

On Puerto Rico’s 'Forgotten Island,' Tesla's Busted Solar Panels Tell A Cautionary Tale

May 11, 2019 - VIEQUES, Puerto Rico ― After Hurricane María plunged Vieques into darkness, Tesla's arrival heralded the dawn of a microgrid future. But it wasn't that easy. It looks like something out a brochure advertising what renewable energy could offer a remote, storm-ravaged island. Electrical lines still hang perilously from poles across the street, but inside the mint-green, one-story Ciudad Dorada senior center, fans blow cool air and refrigerators stocked with insulin and other medicines ... [ more ]

REPORT: Puerto Rico Utility Scale Energy Storage Systems

In order to provide safe, reliable, and continuous electricity service to the citizens and visitors of Puerto Rico, there is a need to revitalize and modernize PREPA's assets and increase the efficiency and reliability of the current service. The deployment of utility-scale energy storage systems at a variety of critical PREPA substations that can provide grid stability and peaking capacity is a critical component of this effort. In order to achieve the desired objectives of the Proposed Project, the Authority is considering a public-private partnership ... [ more ]

New 2030 Energy Plan Relies on CCA’s to Procure 10,000 Mw to Meet Climate Goals

April 30, 2019 - Concord, Calif. – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on April 25 unanimously approved a new plan for achieving ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets within California's electric sector, primarily relying on Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) to procure the new clean energy resources the state needs over the next decade to meet its climate goals ... [ more ]

IRENA: Renewable Capacity Highlights

March 31, 2019 - At the end of 2018, global renewable generation capacity amounted to 2351 GW. Hydro accounted for the largest share of the global total, with an installed capacity of 1172 GW. Wind and solar energy accounted for most of the remainder, with capacities of 564 GW and 486 GW respectively. Other renewables included 115 GW of bioenergy, 13 GW of geothermal ... [ more ]

Puerto Rico Legislature Approves 100 Percent Renewable Energy Target

March 26, 2019 - Puerto Rico today joined a small, but growing, cohort of jurisdictions pursuing 100 percent renewables when its House of Representatives approved legislation (PS 1121) that revamps the island's energy system. Hawaii and Washington, D.C. are the only other U.S. localities that have the same ambitious target, although Illinois is currently considering legislation ... [ more ]

Combined Heat and Power: A Sleeping Giant May Be Waking

March 2019 - Combined heat and power (CHP) projects are proving their worth as a way to provide lower-cost energy with increased efficiency and lower emissions.  They also are being used to provide backup power during grid outages, with the ability to use a variety of fuels, with natural gas leading the way ... [ more ]

Building Puerto Rican Resiliency with LPG-Fueled Engines

March 2019 - It took months for some Puerto Rican residents to have power restored to their homes and businesses after Hurricane Maria, but those with on-site generation fared much better. That's why adding a containerized combined heat and power solution made sense for the ProCaribe liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal ... [ more ]

REPORT: Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub

Under the Paris Agreement, countries will be required to submit detailed data and supporting information every two years as a Biennial Transparency Report (BTR). To achieve this, countries are working to rapidly develop comprehensive climate measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) systems. The Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub ("MRV Hub") is a new regional institution designed to support Member Countries in their efforts to: improve MRV systems, build Paris Agreement reporting capabilities, and enhance  ... [ more ]

Why Community Solar Is the Future of the Industry

February 11, 2019 - If you haven't been paying attention to the solar industry, you're probably surprised at how much publicity community solar is currently getting. It would appear its popularity has been a recent development that has come out of nowhere -- so quickly, in fact, that people are just beginning to understand exactly what the whole concept of community solar is ... [ more ]

The Caribbean’s Untapped Renewable Energy Potential

February 8, 2019 - The global strategy for mitigating climate change is no secret. Most countries have embarked on an initiative to transition to clean energy sources. According to a study by scientists from the universities of Oxford and Utrecht, we will almost certainly pass a point of no return for dealing with global warming if governments worldwide don't transition away from fossil fuels ... [ more ]

IRENA: Strong Ties Between Public and Private Sectors - Key to Accelerating Renewables

February 5, 2019 - The rationale for pursuing 100% renewable energy has become increasingly compelling. As evidenced in a new strategic paper by the International Renewable Energy Agency's Coalition for Action, Towards 100% Renewable Energy: status, trends and lessons learned, more than 50 countries and over 280 states, regions and cities have already committed to some sort of 100% renewable energy target. The Coalition, a network of over 80 leading renewable energy players  ... [ more ]

PREPA Calls for Making the Island into 8-Minigrids

February 5, 2019 -  Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island’s electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan (IRP) that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) plans to finalize and submit to regulators February 12. [ more ]

2nd Puerto Rico Grid Revitalization & Investment Forum

January 28, 2019 - Since the launch of PR-GRID in May, Puerto Rico’s energy system has continued to deteriorate. The legacy of Hurricane Maria lingers in daily power outages and households that are still without electricity. The country’s energy utility, PREPA, has been plagued by board upheaval. It is a predicament which demands direction, and yet it remains unclear which federal or state agency is at the helm. [ more ]

10 Takeaways from the IEA’s World Energy Outlook

January 1, 2019 - The International Energy Agency (IEA) deemed growth and disruptions of the world's power sector so significant to the future of energy, it dedicated—for the first time—a four-chapter "special focus" on electricity in its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO2018). The analysis of world energy trends by the Paris-based autonomous intergovernmental organization is studded with interesting findings. Here are 10 of the most relevant ones. [ more ]

Fourth US National Climate Assessment Report

November 23, 2018 - The full report of the National Climate Assessment provides an in-depth look at climate change impacts on the U.S. It details the multitude of ways climate change is already affecting and will increasingly affect the lives of Americans. Explore how climate change affects you and your family. Sections include Introduction on Our Changing Climate, Sections, Regions, and recommended Response Strategies. [ more ]

Leveraging innovative finance for Caribbean Blue Economy growth

November 15, 2018 - One of the more recent terms emerging from the kaleidoscope of colored economies (brownblackorange) is the ‘Blue Economy’. While it may seem like following on the latest buzz of the development community, there are very tangible advantages for small islands to pivot their national development strategy towards the sustainable use of the ocean. [ more ]

Murphy International's CHENACT AP Project Wins Best Energy Efficiency Project for 2018

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - The Murphy International contract project and report called Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme (CHENACT AP), created for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) to propel the Caribbean hotel sector towards energy efficiency, has won Best Energy Efficiency Project for 2018 at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) in Miami ... [ more ]

Blockchain: A New Tool to Accelerate the Global Energy Transformation

November 7, 2018 - Few technological innovations have captured the public interest in recent years as much as blockchain. Most of the attention has focused on the meteoric rise of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, part of a total cryptocurrency market that, at its peak in January, rose to over USD 800 billion and then almost as rapidly fell to a quarter of its size. [ more ]

National Scorecard Reports How States Stack Up on Shared Renewable Energy Programs

October 25, 2018 - A national scorecard released today by the independent Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) grades the nearly 20 state shared renewable energy programs (aka community renewables or community solar). IREC's National Shared Renewables Scorecard uses specific criteria to evaluate how each program stacks up to national best practices and one another. [ more ]

Off-grid Renewable Energy Solutions

October 19, 2018 - Off-grid renewable energy solutions have emerged as mainstream and support the expanding access to modern energy services in a timely and environmentally sustainable manner. Off-grid renewables are able to deliver a wide spectrum of electricity services for households, public services, commercial and industrial uses. [ more ]

For Puerto Rico, how many stakeholders are too many? Former energy regulator considers island’s recovery and future

October 15, 2018 - Jóse Román Morales, former Chairman of Puerto Rico's Energy Commission, sat down with New Energy Events recently and shared his views on the resilience of the newly reconstructed grid, impediments to investment, and the independence of the new Energy Bureau. [ more ]

Puerto Rico power company announces 15 percent drop in bills

October 4, 2018 - Puerto Rico’s power company has announced a 15 percent reduction in electric bills as people struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria amid an economic crisis. [ more ]

U.S. Biomass Power, Dampened by Market Forces, Fights to Stay Ablaze

October 1, 2018 - Though experts say biomass should continue to play a key role in the U.S. renewable power portfolio for its baseload properties, contributions to forest management, and other reasons, a swathe of uneconomic biomass power plants across the U.S.—especially in the West—have been recently idled or shut down. [ more ]

Small Island Developing States and IRENA to Take Energy Transformation to Next Level

September 28, 2018 - Heads of state and government and development partners to strengthen cooperation on renewable energy with the launch of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0 at the UN General Assembly. [ more ]

IRENA at UNGA73: Renewables Central to Global Climate and Sustainable Development Objective

September 26, 2018 - As leaders meet in New York for their annual gathering, IRENA is actively engaging with states and stakeholders during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. [ more ]

Energy Access and Sustainable Development Focus at Off-Grid Renewables Conference

September 25, 2018 – The central role of off-grid renewable energy in achieving universal energy access and sustainable development will be under the spotlight during the fourth edition of the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC). [ more ]

For Puerto Rico, how many stakeholders are too many? Former energy regulator considers island’s recovery and future

September 20, 2018 - Jóse Román Morales, former Chairman of Puerto Rico’s Energy Commission, sat down with New Energy Events recently and shared his views on the resilience of the newly reconstructed grid, impediments to investment, and the independence of the new Energy Bureau. [ more ]

Are Microgrids the future for utilities?

September 13, 2018 - There’s currently a lot of talk about how we support environmental legislation while balancing a grid under pressure, not to mention how to meet future energy demands. In answering those questions, there are many different solutions being discussed and explored. [ more ]

EPA Asked to Process RIN Applications for Electricity Generated Using Biomass and Biogas Fuel

September 6, 2018 - This morning, 111 organizations sent a letter to the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the immediate inclusion of renewable electricity in the Renewable Fuel Standard. In 2007, Congress approved the participation in the RFS of electricity produced using renewable feedstocks as fuel, including certain types of biomass, biogas and the biogenic portion of municipal solid waste. Despite this approval and EPA's approval of renewable electricity in 2014, EPA has yet to register facilities and recognize RINs for electricity producers, also known as "eRINs." [ more ]

Why Renewable Powered Mini-Grids Would be Better for Puerto Rico

September 4, 2018 - As we near the one-year anniversary of the devastation Hurricane Maria afflicted upon the residents of Puerto Rico, it’s concerning that post-hurricane efforts have been largely focused on restoring power with little progress on strengthening the already-weakened power grid against a future storm. [ more ]

The New Era of Absorption Chillers

August 29, 2018 - Although absorption chillers were introduced over a century ago, today it is worth examining what’s new and what’s next while dispelling some old misconceptions. Absorption chiller technology has evolved dramatically in recent years. Absorption chillers are being used around the globe as an efficient solution wherever waste heat recovery or a low-cost thermal driving heat source are available, especially as part of a natural-gas or a combined heat and power (CHP) syst [ more ]

Energy on demand: Microgrids can fulfill energy needs reliably and sustainably

August 18, 2018 - As the cost of sustainable energy sources has declined, the deployment of these sources of energy has grown rapidly. Once on the fringes of the energy industry, solar PV and wind are now mainstream technologies. [ more ]

Hybrid CSP-PV Gains Create Openings for 24-hour Solar Supply

August 15, 2018 - Activity in hybrid CSP-PV projects is growing as developers integrate design advantages and operational synergies to offer lower-cost baseload power, CSP experts told New Energy Update. [ more ]

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