News Archive

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 ]

Business and Policy Leaders Commit to Further Action on Global Energy Transition for a Just Climate Future for All

November 11, 2016 -With the Paris Climate Agreement having just come into force, leaders from a wide range of sectors are coming together on Energy Day at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech to demonstrate action on global efforts to decarbonise our energy system. [ more ]

Paris Agreement Enters into Force – Celebration and Reality Check

November 4, 2016 - Humanity will look back on November 4, 2016, as the day that countries of the world shut the door on inevitable climate disaster and set off with determination towards a sustainable future. [ more ]

Providence's Deepwater Wind Leads the Way in U.S. Offshore Power

October 28, 2016 - Not so long ago, a race was on to build the first offshore wind farm in the United States. Rewind five or six years and developers up and down the East Coast were competing against each other to reach a milestone known in their industry as "steel in the water." [ more ]

The Theme of the 71st Year Session of the United Nations General Assembly is "The Sustainable Development Goals: a Universal Push to Transform our World"

October 24, 2016 - In his last United Nations Day message as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon recognized the efforts of courageous UN staff members who are on the frontlines of disaster and violence and continue to respond to the plight of the vulnerable people across the world. [ more ]

Boosting Renewables in Cities is Vital to Achieve Climate and Development Goals

October 18, 2016 – Cities now have an unprecedented opportunity to transform and decarbonise their energy supply and use, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. [ more ]

From Risk to Reward: Accelerating Business Engagement Globally in Pursuit of the SDGs

October 6, 2016 - Achieving the SDGs will require up to $4 trillion in additional investment per year in developing countries. Panelists from the Business and Sustainable Development Commission will discuss bridging this deficit and adopting long-term, sustainable objectives. [ more ]

Join Us for Climate Week, September 19-25, 2016, New York City

September 16, 2016 - The eighth edition of Climate Week NYC will kick-off on September 19 with The Climate Group’s Opening Ceremony, featuring a series of high-profile climate leaders from the US government, the United Nations and world leading businesses. [ more ]

GGCI Event with IRENA's Presentation - "Unlocking Renewable Energy Investment: the Role of Risk Mitigation and Structured Finance"

September 6, 2016 - The Global Green Growth Institute organized the Global Green Growth Week, from September 5-9, on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. GGGW serves to identify practical, innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and strengthen partnerships that deliver growth that is pro-poor, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. [ more ]

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