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Upcoming Events

3rd Puerto Rico Grid Revitalization & Investment Forum (PR-GRID 2020)

March 24-25, 2020 - The 3rd Puerto Rico Grid Revitalization & Investment Forum (PR-GRID 2020) will take place in San Juan. With Act 17, Puerto Rico's legislature made its ambitions clear: 40% renewables by 2025, and 100% by 2050. But how do we get there, and do those goals mesh with the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), and with continued investment in natural gas ... [ more ]

12th Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF 2020)

October 21-23, 2020 - The 12th Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF 2020), 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 2019. 120 speakers populated three days of a rich and deeply interactive program. More than 25 Caribbean countries were represented by their government or by their utility, or in most instances, by both ... [ more ]

Current News

Caribbean Renewable Energy Trends to Watch in 2020

February 10, 2020 - A new decade, a new era for the Caribbean energy market? Correlating the arrival of 2020 with a watershed in the way in which the region operates is, arguably, a fool’s game. What’s undeniable, however, is that if evolution is sometimes slow, sometimes rapid, we are currently in a period characterized by the latter. Change is in the air. Many experts – on-the-ground practitioners who have been active in the Caribbean for years – provided insight and trends to look out for in 2020 ... [ more ]

February Solar Policy Snapshots

February 3, 2020 - A Guide to Recent Legislation and Research Throughout the Country ... [ more ]

15 States are Calling For 100% Clean Energy with Backing Of Environment America

January 30, 2020 - In 2019, Environment America and its state affiliates played a key role in convincing New Mexico, Maine and Washington to make commitments to 100% clean or renewable energy. On the heels of those landmark victories, the national nonprofit organization announced today it is calling on 15 additional states in 2020 to enact similar renewable energy goals ... [ more ]

AWEA Applauds Extension of Wind Energy Production Tax Credit

January 3, 2020 - The President recently signed into law a spending and tax bill that includes an extension of the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) for one year. The bill also raises the value of the PTC to 1.5 cents/kilowatt hour. AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan offered the following statement ... [ more ]

Battery Storage Could be Transformational for Renewables in 2020s

December 26, 2019 - Battery storage is one technology that could transform the global energy industry -- and renewables in particular -- in the next decade, writes Ellen Wald. "Our ability to generate power from solar and wind energy has increased over the years, but until we revolutionize battery technology, these improvements will have limited value," ... [ more ]

Microgrid to Provide Energy Resiliency/Security at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

December 17, 2019 - Hawaii Governor David Ige joined military dignitaries, legislative leadership and project engineers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) to celebrate the blessing of the Pacific Energy Assurance and Renewables Laboratory (PEARL). PEARL, which will be designed and built by engineering, architecture and construction firm Burns & McDonnell, is a state-of-the-art renewable energy microgrid developed in coordination with the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT), the Air Force Research Laboratory, National Guard Bureau, Hawaii Air National Guard and the Naval Facilities Command ... [ more ]

IRENA - Demand-Side Fexibility for Power Sector Transformation

December 12, 2019 - Power systems need to be increasingly flexible to accommodate rising solar and wind shares. One way to achieve this is by adjusting the demand for electricity to better match generation from solar and wind energy over the course of each hour, day, week or longer timeframe ... [ more ]

Latin America and the Caribbean Announce Ambitious New Renewables Target

December 10, 2019 - Latin America and the Caribbean holds tremendous renewable energy promise. IRENA's recent 'Future of Solar Photovoltaic (/publications/2019/Nov/Future-of-Solar-Photovoltaic)' report highlighted that the region's solar energy capacity alone could grow by a factor of 40 by 2050 to more than 280 gigawatts (GW) thanks to an abundant resource endowment and strong enabling policies. Today, during UN Climate Conference COP25 in Madrid, it took a giant leap towards realizing that potential ... [ more ]

Latin America and Caribbean on the Brink of Massive Solar Power Growth

November 12, 2019 – Latin America and the Caribbean could grow their installed solar capacity by a factor of 40 by 2050, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows. Annual investments exceeding seven billion would see the region's solar PV capacity rise from 7 gigawatts (GW) today, to more than 280 GW by mid-century ... [ more ]

As CCAs Take Over Utility Customers, Local Renewable Generation Emerges as the Next Big Growth Driver

November 04, 2019 - The demand for customer choice has the potential to quicken the power system's transition toward cheaper, cleaner electricity, and is moving beyond California. A renewed national expansion of community choice aggregation (CCA) is raising ambitions for transforming the U.S. power system ... [ more ]

New York Governor Announces $20M for Diesel Truck/Bus Replacement Program

October  25, 2019 -  New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that more than $20 million is available for a diesel truck and bus replacement program. A combination of more than $9 million from the state’s $127.7-million portion of the federal Volkswagen settlement and the New York State Department of Transportation’s allocation of approximately $11 million in federal funds will provide new funding for the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program to permanently remove older, polluting diesel trucks from New York’s roadways and replace them with new, cleaner trucks, including all-electric trucks. [ more ]

Redwood Coast Energy Authority Talks Microgrids, Biomass

October 18, 2019 - With last week's Pacific Gas and Electric Co. blackout in the rear-view mirror, local energy officials are looking ahead to how Humboldt County can rely on its own power supply long term. At a public workshop Thursday, staff for the Redwood Coast Energy Authority discussed alternate sources of power the county could tap into over the long run. Under its current plan, the county's future energy supply would be fully renewable by 2030 ... [ more ]

Funding Innovation to Support Science-Based Solutions: The Wind Wildlife Research Fund

October 17, 2019 - Continuous innovation and creative thinking are characteristics that define American wind power. A prime example of this is the Wind Wildlife Research Fund, a proactive approach led by the wind industry to achieve a sustainable clean energy future. The Fund is a unique, industry-led initiative managed through the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI). It pools resources to advance collaborative research on wind-wildlife interactions ... [ more ]

New York State Launches Process to Upgrade Port Infrastructure to Support Expanding Offshore Wind Industry

October 2, 2019 - The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Empire State Development (ESD), and the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced the issuance of a Request for Qualifications seeking proposals for pre-qualification from port operators and market participants who are interested in upgrading and investing in New York ports to support the state's burgeoning offshore wind industry ... [ more ]

Cocoa Cooperatives—and Their Farmers—Get a Fresh Start

September 25, 2019 - By his own admission, Kouassi Yao Hervey's cocoa cooperative in Côte d'Ivoire used to be in total disarray: The division of labor was unclear, the cooperative's finances were opaque at best, and "everyone stepped on each other's toes," he recalls. That all started to change in 2016, when Hervey enrolled in the Cargill Coop Academy, an educational program for cocoa cooperative managers that attendees describe as a cross between a mini-MBA and an organizational boot camp ... [ more ]

Clean Energy Hybrids More Cost-Effective Than New Gas

September 17, 2019 - Projects featuring a combination of wind, solar and other clean energy sources are more economical than most proposed natural gas projects. Companies could save ratepayers $29 billion by replacing proposed gas projects with clean energy ones, the report says. The economics guiding U.S. investments in electricity generation have reached ... [ more ]

Clean Energy Investment Set to Hit $2.6 Trillion This Decade

September 9, 2019 - The global energy supply is turning greener. Investment in new renewable energy is on course to total $2.6 trillion in the years from 2010 through the end of 2019, according to a study by BloombergNEF for the United Nations Environment Program and Frankfurt School’s UNEP Center published Thursday ... [ more ]

Renewable Energy Drives Need for Wind Turbine Industry Safety

September 4, 2019 - The Global Wind Organization has launched a North American committee to standardize wind safety featuring 11 executives from Vestas, GE Renewables, Acciona and other companies. A consortium of wind power companies are collaborating to provide standard safety training and ... [ more ]

Puerto Rico Microgrid Investment Expected to Double by 2024

August 8, 2019 - It’s time for another hurricane season to begin and yet, on the island of Puerto Rico, people are still rebuilding from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in 2017. It has been nearly two years since Maria destroyed the island’s electric grid and left its people without power, some for months and others permanently.  During that time there has been a shift in the way people ... [ more ]

Fertile Ground for Community Solar Gardens

August 1, 2019 - Community solar projects, also known as solar farms or solar gardens, are maturing and moving forward. Minnesota leads the nation with 559 MW of capacity on the ground, and other states are following with new policy initiatives ... [ more ]

Clean Energy Works for Farmers

July 30, 2019 - It’s not an easy time to be a North Carolina farmer. Volatile prices for commodities, variable extreme weather and trade wars make it tough to operate a farming business. That’s why we’re diversifying our harvest to stay viable. On soil that has long supported tobacco, cotton and corn, renewable energy is taking root. Across North Carolina, clean energy — like wind and solar power — now sustains ... [ more ]

Caribbean, OECS to Establish Green-Blue Economy Strategy and Action Plan with CANARI

July 26, 2019 - CASTRIES, St Lucia - The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) green-blue economy strategy and action plan, the first of its kind in the Caribbean and globally to combine green and blue economy strategies for sustainable development, will be advanced under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in June 2019 between the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) and the OECS Commission ... [ more ]

Connecticut Takes Steps Towards 2 GW Offshore Wind Solicitation

July 3, 2019 - The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and the Bureau of Energy Technology Policy have released a draft request for proposals for up to 2.0 GW of offshore wind. The draft RFP follows recently passed offshore wind legislation signed by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont that authorized offshore wind development in the east coast state. The legislation, which was approved in May ... [ more ]

Diversifying The Northeast Power Mix: Is Offshore Wind + Storage Key to the Region's Reliability?

July 2, 2019 - As more New England states roll out offshore wind mandates, bringing the technology to scale is a portfolio priority. Offshore wind and battery storage are about to come into the Northeastern power mix in a big way. With more states requiring offshore wind targets, almost 18 GW are mandated to come online by 2035 in states across New England. But how that intermittent capacity will fit ... [ more ]

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