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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA); renewables provided 23% Of US electrical generation in 2016, as wind and solar surged with an increase of 23%. Electrical generation by coal dropped by 8.30% and that from petroleum liquids & coke plummeted by 15.37%. (Solar-generated electricity is now more than double that from petroleum sources.) Electrical output attributable to natural gas and other gases increased by just 3.47% while growth in the nuclear power sector was an anaemic 1.02%. Beyond solar, wind, and hydro; geothermal also posted an impressive increase of 9.41% in 2016.

February 15th 2017
HERO Program Launching for 240,000 More Homes in 28 More California Communities

88,100 California households have already utilised $2.1 billion in HERO financing for energy efficiency, water conservation and clean energy upgrades. Now, more than 240,000 homeowners in 28 more California communities who want to go solar, or make efficiency-related repairs and upgrades can finance 100% of their home projects through the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program. Through HERO financing, homeowners can pay for projects with an additional line item on their property taxes. As a result, HERO financing payments may have tax benefits, and many homeowners see immediate savings on their utility bills by investing in efficiency upgrades.

February 9th 2017
US: Smart Electricity And Grid Join Forces With SEPA, SGIP Merger Announcement

The merger provides a single source for information and collaboration for utilities and distributed energy resources (DER) providers on the smart transition to clean energy. Julia Hamm, CEO and President of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), and Sharon Allan, CEO and President of SGIP, announced the intent to merge the two organisations under the SEPA brand, stating that given the increasing integration of DER and grid modernization, a merger of SGIP and SEPA makes sense. Hamm said. “Moreover, the combination of resources and expertise will accelerate grid modernization efforts and have an even greater impact on the industry.”

February 8th 2017
The US Now Employs More In Wind Power Than In Nuclear, Gas, Coal Or Hydro

Wind power employs just over 100,000 Americans according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), more than work at nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants. “Wind means opportunity and job security for over 100,000 Americans,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “The Department of Energy’s new jobs data underscore the incredible impact of wind power in creating American jobs for workers, who directly contribute to our nation’s energy independence and economic success story”.

February 6th 2017
INTERSOLAR SUMMIT USA East Returning To Brooklyn, New York On March 23, 2017

The development of the solar and energy storage industry at the U.S. East Coast has been very strong and dynamic over the past years. A total of 15,000 solar jobs are in Massachusetts, ranking 2nd in U.S. solar employment statistics, followed by New York and New Jersey in 4th and 5th place respectively. The State of New York has also pushed forward the energy transition by mandating 50% of renewable energy by 2030. In September 2016 New York City set its new target for solar capacity to 1 GW of solar PV by 2030 and its first energy storage deployment target to 100 MWh by 2020.

 
February 5th 2017
EDF RE Commences Operations at 225 MW Great Western Wind Project For Google

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has announced that the 225 MW Great Western Wind Project has begun commercial operation. The project’s output is provided to Google under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Tristan Grimbert, President & Chief Executive Officer, EDF-RE commented that, “the success of the wind industry in 2016 can be attributed in part to corporate purchasers, like Google, who demonstrate their commitment to affordable renewable energy. Their participation to directly procure wind power, along with the Production Tax Credit, benefits Americans through manufacturing job creation, energy independence and support to American farmers.”

January 26th 2017
Largest Offshore Wind Farm In US Gets Go Ahead: New York Makes Bold Commitment

The vote comes two weeks after Governor Cuomo announced an unprecedented commitment to developing up to 2.4GW of offshore wind by 2030 in his regional State of the State address on Long Island. This target, which is enough power generation for 1.25 million homes, is the largest commitment to offshore wind energy in U.S. history, bringing this valuable resource to New Yorkers on a scale unmatched in the United States. The 90 Megawatt Offshore Wind Farm, 30 Miles Off the Coast of Long Island Will Create Jobs and Power 50,000 Long Island Homes with clean, resilient and affordable Energy.

January 20th 2017
Launch Of Coatings That Turns Existing Buildings And Vehicles Into Power Sources

SolarWindow Technologies has announced plans to develop a superb problem-solving technology of electricity-generating flexible glass. It anticipates installing these sheets of electricity-generating glass veneers over existing skyscraper windows, turning entire buildings into vertical power generators and helping reduce their carbon footprint. These same veneers could be applied to flat and curved surfaces on automobiles, trucks, buses, aeroplanes, and boats to generate onboard electrical power.

January 19th 2017
Chile Marches On: Santiago Solar Awards Elecnor $117m Solar PV Plant Contract

Elecnor is to strengthen its Solar PV position in Chile. It has won the USD 117.2 million (equivalent to approximately EUR 110.8 million) contract to build a solar PV plant in Chile. The facility, with a capacity of 115 MWp, will be in the municipality of Til Til, to the north of Santiago, in the Metropolitan Region. The contract was awarded by Santiago Solar, whose shareholders are Andes Mining & Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles, and encompasses the engineering, supply, assembly and start-up of the plant and the high-voltage evacuation infrastructure via a GIS substation connected with a high-voltage line. The project will be financed by a syndicate of banks headed by Crédit Agricole in New York.

January 19th 2017
EDF Expansion In Americas. Clean Energy Projects Totalling 708 MW And 501 MWac

EDF Energies Nouvelles is announcing the commissioning of four wind farms in the United States with an installed capacity totalling over 708 MW. In North America, the Group has also accelerated its solar energy expansion drive in 2016 with notably a new 150 MWac project in the United States. It contributes to the EDF Group’s CAP 2030 strategy aimed at doubling its renewable energy capacity by 2030. There are 4 new wind energy projects with 3 of these linked to the commitments made by multinationals to reduce their carbon footprint.

January 16th 2017
Enel Signs $115m USD Loan Agreement To Promote Renewable Investments In Brazil

The Enel Group and the Brazilian Development Bank, the main financing agency for development in Brazil, have signed a 20-year term loan agreement worth around $115m USD to promote renewable investments. The funding will also cover part of the investment required to build the recently inaugurated 102 MW Apiacas hydropower cluster, located in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil’s Central-West Region. “We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of this transaction, which is a testament to the solidity of our Brazilian business,” said Francesco Venturini, Enel’s Head of Global Renewable Energies.

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