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Developers of 99.9-MW Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage project withdraw permit applications

Hydroelectric power developer Snowdonia Pumped Hydro has withdrawn its application for environmental permits for the 99.9-MW Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage plant from Natural Resources Wales. Snowdonia’s decision essentially halts development of the project as the NRW permits are necessary for construction … Continue reading

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EPAct 2005: A Game Changer for Transmission? Part Two

In part one of this article, we discussed Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). Section 1222, entitled “Third-Party Finance,” of EPAct 2005 is modeled on the successful example of the public-private partnership for the Path … Continue reading

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Drones Go Where Man Has Gone Before

Around the nation, that chatter you hear is the buzz about drones (or the more official term – small unmanned aerial systems – sUAS). Duke Energy is grabbing its share of buzz. It’s one of the few utilities testing drones … Continue reading

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SunEdison Sells Portfolio of Indian Rooftop Solar Projects

SunEdison Inc., the bankrupt clean-energy giant, sold a 7-MW portfolio of rooftop solar projects in India to Amplus Energy Solutions Pvt. The commercial and industrial rooftop projects are located throughout the country and provide power to corporate customers, Gurgaon, India-based … Continue reading

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Idemitsu to Begin Drilling Survey for Fukushima Geothermal Plan

Idemitsu Kosan Co., a Japanese refiner, is set to begin drilling surveys for a geothermal project in Fukushima with 10 other Japanese companies, highlighting efforts to promote clean energy in the prefecture after an earthquake in 2011 triggered the worst … Continue reading

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Raising Our Game in Clean Energy Innovation

Recently I traveled to San Francisco to participate in international efforts to meet the challenge of climate change and accelerate the global transition to clean energy. The main event was the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), a meeting of 23 … Continue reading

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New Research to Improve Molten Salt Applications for Renewables

Molten salt technology is being developed for use in mineral processing in the mining industry to reduce energy and water costs. The University of South Australia has formed a collaborative research funding partnership with Centrex Metals Limited in a bid … Continue reading

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Notes from the Solar Underground: Tesla and SolarCity: When Acquisition Strategies Run Amok

When two companies with negative financials and high debt marry a good response to the nuptials is … Huh? When Toto pulls back the curtain in the Wizard of Oz to reveal that the Wizard is just a normal man with … Continue reading

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Armenia Begins Drilling for Major Geothermal Station

In the second half of June, Armenia launched reconnaissance drilling of geothermal wells near Kyarkyar City in the southern part the country, according to a recent statement from Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia Hayk Harutyunyan. Harutyunyan … Continue reading

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What Will the Brexit Mean for Europe’s Clean Energy Future?

With the United Kingdom’s referendum gone to vote, the decision to “Brexit” has come at a critical time. The UK’s debate to leave the European Union is heavily rooted in history, with popular consensus at about an even split. While issues … Continue reading

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