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Final Form of Tax Bill, With Mixed Results for Energy

December 20, 2017 - President Trump and Republicans secured a long-anticipated win on Wednesday as the House passed a revised version of the final tax bill, sending it to the president’s desk for approval. The president called it "a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas." [ more ]

Renewable Energy Largely Spared in the Compromise Tax Bill

December 15, 2017 - Late Friday afternoon, Republican lawmakers unveiled the final version of their bill to rewrite the tax code. Here is a guide to the fate of provisions that most impact clean energy, updating our breakdown of the House and Senate bills published last week. [ more ]

PoweReliability-as-a-Service Enables DER Integration for Microgrid Applications

December 11 , 2017 - Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company, at POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas said that it has released its PoweReliability-as-a-Service platform powered by the newly launched Trident OP engine featuring a fuel-efficient opposed piston architecture. Let Murphy International assist in developing your next DER Microgrid with our design-build teams capabilities. [ more ]

Upcoming Webinar - Finance Mechanisms to achieve the SDGs – December 6, 2017

December 6, 2017 - Climate Action is delighted to invite interested stakeholders to register for the online webinar on Finance mechanisms to achieve the SDGs. [ more ]

Cop23 UN climate talks: Everything you need to know

November 20, 2017 - Climate change was again placed at the center of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks. [ more ]

The Caribbean Post-Irma and Maria: Relief, Reconstruction – and Resilience

November 8, 2017 - A complete picture of the Caribbean post-Irma and Maria is still yet to emerge. Some islands are still engaged in what looks a lot like battlefield triage. As we await the final reckoning, it is no exaggeration to say that some islands, including Puerto Rico, Dominica and Barbuda, have been decimated. [ more ]

Smart grid tech tested to balance Swedish solar, wind and battery system

October 31, 2017 - E.ON has implemented a solar, wind and battery storage microgrid for a Swedish village. The southern village of Simris, which features 140 households, now gets its power from 500 kW of wind power, 440 kW of solar PV panels and an 800 kW battery. [ more ]

Microgrids and Electric Vehicles: How One Will Drive the Other

October 30, 2017 - Schneider Electric’s Kevin Self illustrates the future of electrification by describing what it might be like in a coffee shop. Just as consumers today assume they will get Wi-Fi with their latte, those tomorrow might also expect some watts for the car. [ more ]

Microgrids and distributed power for system resilience

October 10, 2017 - The immediate aftermath of several extreme weather events in the US may not be the best time to highlight the role that distributed generation and microgrids can play in keeping power supplies available, at least to some users, during interruptions to grid supplies. [ more ]

Microgrids, Solar, Energy Storage Could Be Foundation of Puerto Rico’s Energy Recovery

October 6, 2017 - The devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean is an ongoing humanitarian crisis that underscores the vulnerability of traditional power grids in the face of an unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season. [ more ]

Microgrids, maintenance and major opportunities

October 5, 2017 - Operated on wide ranges of scale, from solar rooftops to military bases, microgrids are now being utilized on all seven continents. And the operations and maintenance market is set to capitalize, as Ross Davies reports. [ more ]

Tiny Island Lands Big Catch with Microgrid

September 12, 2017 - Cuttyhunk witnessed New England’s whale oil industry give way to kerosene and incandescent light bulbs. Now the tiny island is deep in another energy revolution — reducing diesel use by way of a solar plus storage microgrid. [ more ]

Road Map to 100 Percent Renewable Energy in 139 Countries by 2050

August 23, 2017 - Nearly 140 countries could be powered 100 percent by solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal energy by 2050, a group of researchers say. [ more ]

2017 Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum

Mexico City | October 17-18-19, 2017 - The 2017 Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum is a unique upcoming event, free of charge regional conference and exhibition to promote knowledge and information sharing while facilitating business opportunities among main climate finance and emission market stakeholders. [ more ]

Babson College to Expand to Miami

July 21, 2017 - Massachusetts-based Babson College, the recognized world leader in entrepre­neurship education, is expanding to Miami, Florida, with three graduate programs—including the Blended Learning MBA, ranked No. 1 for alumni earnings and top 10 worldwide by Financial Times, The Princeton Review, and Entrepreneur magazine. [ more ]

University of Virginia, Dominion Energy and Coronal Energy Announce Ambitious Solar Project

July 20, 2017 - The University of Virginia continues to expand its portfolio of carbon-free generation and achieve key sustainability targets with another partnership announced today with Dominion Energy. Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire output of a proposed 120-acre solar energy facility in Middlesex County. [ more ]

Scientists Provide Update on GSDR 2019

July 19, 2017 - On the sidelines of the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General to work on the Global Sustainable Development Report provided an update on progress to date and on plans envisioned for the 2019 edition of that quadrennial report. [ more ]

Another University Microgrid Goes Live, this One in Bridgeport, Connecticut

July 13, 2017 - Another university microgrid is live, this one in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the latest as higher education continues to show itself as a lead mover in microgrids. The project uses a 1.4 MW fuel cell provided by Connecticut based FuelCell Energy. [ more ]

Taxing Carbon — Letting Markets Work

June 29, 2017 - A new business-based climate advocacy group stepped into the CO2 spotlight this summer. The Climate Leadership Council took center stage with op-eds in the nation’s biggest dailies and a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal. [ more ]

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

June 13, 2017 - Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. [ more ]

IRENA Expands Effort to Drive Corporate Renewable Energy Use

June 7, 2017 — As part of its efforts to boost renewable energy use by businesses around the world, the International Renewable Energy Agency has today launched a global company survey questionnaire on the corporate sourcing of renewables. [ more ]

USD 110 Million of New Support for Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Resilience Projects Across the Caribbean as EIB and CDB Sign New Financing Agreement

May 24, 2017 - The European Investment Bank and Caribbean Development Bank have signed a USD 110 million financing agreement to support investment projects in the Caribbean under CDB’s climate action policy. [ more ]

Sustainable Energy for All - Energy Efficiency Forum

May 8, 2017 - Energy efficiency offers us one of the greatest opportunities to accelerate progress on #SDG7 and achieve our global energy goals by 2030. [ more ]

Social Movement in Action: Putting More Women in STEM Careers

May 3, 2017 - Encouraging women to join the science, technology, engineering and math workforce has become an important social movement that many hope will bring about significant change in STEM fields, where women are underrepresented. [ more ]

Mother Earth Day: Environmental and Climate Literacy Vital for a Cleaner, Greener Planet, Says UN

April 22, 2017 – Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs, the United Nations is emphasizing on Mother Earth Day. [ more ]

Sustainable Energy for All Forum 2017

April 5, 2017 - The Sustainable Energy for All Forum finished with global leaders from government, business and civil society uniting to push for greater urgency and action in achieving universal access to clean, affordable energy - and the historic economic opportunity closing this energy access gap offers. [ more ]

Can Technology Save The Climate? These Companies Are Betting $1 Billion It Can

April 4, 2017 - Last November, on the same day the Paris climate agreement took effect, 10 of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, including BG Group, BP, Eni, Pemex, Reliance Industries, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil and Total, announced a billion-dollar investment in climate solutions. [ more ]

NY Prize Announces Stage 2 Microgrid Winners; Sweetens the Pot by $50M Per Finalist

March 23, 2017 - In a much anticipated move, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced the microgrid winners for Stage 2 of the NY Prize, as well as significant new financial support for those who go on to win in the third and final stage. [ more ]

How Will New York Value Distributed Energy Resources Now?

March 10, 2017 - New York regulators issued an order Thursday that begins the process of phasing out net metering to instead value distributed energy resources based on a range of benefits they bring to the electric grid. [ more ]

Preparing for Emergencies with Wind, Solar, Energy Storage and Microgrids

March 6, 2017 - John Shenot, of the Regulatory Assistance Project, explains why wind, solar, energy storage and microgrids are becoming attractive to planners focused on resilience. [ more ]

Tasmanian Island Models Hybrid Microgrid for Australia

February 20, 2017 - A model hybrid microgrid in Tasmania is scheduled to begin operating this quarter, according to Electro Power Systems, which developed the project with Toshiba for Hydro Tasmania. [ more ]

Maldives Off-Grid Microgrid Performs 50% Better than Expected

February 9, 2017 - An off-grid microgrid in the Maldives is performing 50 percent better than developer Electro Power Systems (EPS) expected when it commissioned the project at a resort in October 2016. [ more ]

The Year of Climate Finance: 2017 Outlook

January 31, 2017 - With global commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions set, funding those commitments will require new, unique financial models, such as ones used by the handful of green investment banks in operation today. [ more ]

UAE Launches $50m Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund

January 17, 2017 - The UAE today announced a landmark new $50 million fund for renewable energy projects in Caribbean island countries. [ more ]

Quarterly Report: International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference

January 6, 2017 - The International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference Q4 2016 Quarterly Report focuses on the topic; “Off Grid Renewables Feed Agriculture Production’. [ more ]

Sustainable Agriculture: Impact Investment Niche or the Beginnings of a Global Mega-Trend?

December 29, 2016 - Whilst for years it has been clear that mankind will somehow need to grow 50% more food to feed the 9 billion people expected to live on our planet in 2050, it is much less clear how this can be achieved. [ more ]

Shifting to a Clean Energy Economy Would Bring Billions in Economic Benefits, Shows New Report

December 28, 2016 - We all know the science. The United States and the world as a whole must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent or more by 2050 in order to significantly reduce the risks posed by unabated climate change. [ more ]

With New Pledges and New Projects, Developing Countries Take Clean Energy Lead Globally

December 15, 2016 - Developing countries have made unprecedented pledges to consume more clean energy tomorrow even as they are leading the way today with record new wind and solar project completions, the latest edition of Climatescope concludes. [ more ]

IRENA Announces Funding Round for Renewables in Developing Nations

November 30, 2016 - The International Renewable Energy Agency and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development have opened a fifth round of funding for renewable energy projects in developing countries. [ more ]

How Corporates are Taking the Lead in Renewable Energy

November 15, 2016 - Over the last few years there has been a significant increase in the voluntary demand for renewable energy sourced by large corporations to supply their own operations and supply chains. [ more ]

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