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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 ]

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

November 14, 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 ]

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