Solar Surges Past Wind, Hydropower as State's No. 1 Renewable Energy Source

By Pete Danko for KQED News:  In just a few short years, solar power has gotten big in California, and now it’s at the top of the renewable energy heap.

Data compiled from daily reports by the state’s major grid manager indicate that in 2015, solar became the No. 1 source of renewable energy in California. Not only did solar beat wind power for the first time, but it also topped drought-depleted hydropower, the long-standing leader in California electricity generation outside fossil fuels and nuclear.

The California Independent System Operator doesn’t cover the entire state, but it does manage about 80 percent of the California grid, including those portions served by PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, the state’s three big investor-owned utilities.

Every day, CAISO reports on the hourly electrical output from a long list of sources for the electricity used by 30 million Californians, ranging from biogas at the low end of generation to thermal — natural gas, essentially — at the high end.  Cont'd...

Japanese Towns Bank on Renewable Energy

By MAYUMI NEGISHI for the WallStreet Journal:  Japanese cities are entering the renewable-energy business, the latest phase in a shake-up of the nation’s power sector in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

So far, about 14 cities have formed companies to generate clean energy from local resources and sell it to area businesses and homes. With full deregulation of the nation’s electricity markets set to begin next year, the government aims to have 1,000 such city-operated companies up and running by 2021 in a direct challenge to regional power monopolies.

The move is part of Japan’s strategy for creating energy self-sufficiency, while helping revitalize communities with infrastructure investment.  Cont'd...

Obama pledges $120M toward solar power, clean energy

By Timothy Cama for The Hill:  The Obama administration announced Wednesday morning a series of efforts worth more than $120 million aimed at boosting solar and other clean energy sources.

The initiatives focus on the Department of Energy, where the bulk of the funding will go to programs to develop solar power technology and get it into homes, businesses and other facilities.

“President Obama and Vice President Biden are committed to promoting smart, simple, low-cost technologies to help America transition to cleaner and more distributed energy sources, help households save on their energy bills, and to address climate change,” the White House said in a fact sheet outlining the efforts.

“All told, this funding will drive the development of affordable clean energy throughout the country,” it said.

The actions aim to help out solar power in 24 states, officials said.  Cont'd...

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT "NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY SUMMIT 8.0 : POWERING PROGRESS" IN LAS VEGAS, AUG. 24

"National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress" at Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas Monday, Aug. 24.

DuPont and New Tianlong Industry Co., Ltd. Sign Historic Deal to Bring Cellulosic Ethanol Technology to China

Advanced Renewable Fuel Project will be China's First

Gov. Cuomo issues strong plan to advance renewable energy and tackle carbon pollution

The pollution reduction and clean energy targets would be the most ambitious in the nation, matched only by California.

New IRENA App Delivers Global Renewable Energy Data Straight to Your Pocket

Mobile app provides free data on renewable energy potential across the globe

2015 WORLD ENERGY TRILEMMA REPORT: AMBITIOUS CLIMATE FRAMEWORK NEEDED NOW, SAYS ENERGY SECTOR

--- Global policy uncertainty is one of the biggest obstacles to gaining the $48-53 trillion of investment needed to address climate challenges. --- Proactive engagement between climate negotiators and industry implementers will be essential to ensuring measures are deliverable and targeted. --- The World Energy Council Report calls for a stable and meaningful climate framework, guided by clear emissions targets and a flexible approach to the different needs of countries.

AEG Power Solutions' Thyrobox VR Avoids Grid Expansion Costs Due to Renewables Integration

No costly underground cable laying required by grid utilities ---Solves problem of voltage tolerance band violation ---Compact, robust design with easy installation

Energy Transition Fast Forward!

Report on Disruptive Innovation Opportunities in Renewable Energies Released

US power sector emissions poised to fall to two-decade low in transformative year

Annual records for renewable build, coal retirements and gas burn all expected to be broken in 2015

The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference

Will take place on July 16, 2015 at Illinois State University, Bone Student Center, Normal, IL

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