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NextEra, Con Ed warn patent dispute could roil US solar sector

Renewable Energy News - Vie, 03/22/2019 - 19:13
Two of America’s biggest solar-farm owners are warning that a patent dispute between panel makers could roil a sector already shaken by President Donald Trump’s import tariffs.

The Week in Energy: Energy Transition in Outer Space

renewableenergymexico.com - Vie, 03/22/2019 - 17:38

Clean and renewable energies were the protagonists this past week in Mexico City at the Wind Power Mexico and Solar Power Mexico expos, where the government reiterated its commitment to the energy transition and the industry showed its strength for the future. Internationally, China said it is considering the construction of a solar plant in space, taking advantage of an old NASA project inspired by the theories of Isaac Asimov, while experts recommended the US focus on offshore wind energy.

No doubt the winds of modernity are blowing through the industry … Keep reading!

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Collaborating for a more resilient energy future in Puerto Rico

Renewable Energy News - Vie, 03/22/2019 - 14:07
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) this week unveiled a vision to collaborate with communities, technical experts, businesses and investors to build low-carbon microgrids in Puerto Rico, and bring reliable, clean and affordable electricity to rural areas of the island. As described at the “BlackStart 2019: Future of Energy Summit” in San Juan, the new initiative will help modernize Puerto Rico’s electric grid and improve the system’s resilience.

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure, Desjardins acquire Regional Power hydroelectric plants

Renewable Energy News - Vie, 03/22/2019 - 13:36

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure (CC&L Infrastructure) and Regime de Rentes du Mouvement Desjardins, Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company, and Certas Home and Auto Insurance Company (together, Desjardins) have acquired Regional Power Inc. from The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife).

New York Governor Cuomo unveils $30 million zero-carbon buildings initiative

Renewable Energy News - Vie, 03/22/2019 - 12:53
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched an initiative to advance the design, construction and operation of low- or zero-carbon emitting buildings in the state.

Interview of the Week: Ramón Basanta, ATCO Energía

renewableenergymexico.com - Jue, 03/21/2019 - 16:55

ATCO Energía is the supplier of qualified services division of ATCO México. The permit to be a qualified service supplier was awarded by CRE on June 28, 2018, and the company is already setting a strong foothold with its activities.

Q: What sparked ATCO’s interest in becoming a Qualified Services Supplier (QSS) in the Mexican Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM)?

A: ATCO entered Mexico purely as a developer, since its DNA is utility-oriented. We came to develop monolithic projects such as cogeneration and natural gas infrastructure. As a result of the Energy Reform, the electricity market changed radically. No plant has a perfect match of generation and demand, leading to energy deficits and surpluses, which is why the need for commercialization was clear. It was evident that ATCO’s generation could not be optimized without a trading arm, so we started with a QSS arm. In the new market, trading entities do not yet exist. The synergy between a generator and a QSS maximizes profit margins, which is what companies like CFE, Iberdrola or Enel Green Power are doing. The vision was then to create two companies: one called ATCO Servicios y Energía focused on generation and another, ATCO Energía, as a QSS.

Q: How does ATCO Energía’s portfolio look now, and what would the perfect portfolio for the company look like?

A: We have more than 40 years of experience operating power generation plants. Initially, ATCO Energía was created to give ATCO Servicios y Energía’s projects a way to sell energy with more certainty. However, we want to start trading processes with third parties as well. The strategy is to develop activities to the extent that the law allows. This means not being tied to ATCO Servicios y Energía’s generation and therefore, looking for PPA schemes. Trading is all about having diverse and strong energy generation portfolios. We need portfolios with technological, geographical and price diversity, as well as in contract terms and conditions. We can own our generation assets, work with third parties to sell their generation or even establish import/export arrangements. The point is to create a strong generation portfolio to offer much more diversity to our clients. At the moment, we have identified a number of clients that satisfy these characteristics.

Q: What key differentiators make ATCO Energía’s services as a recent QSS unique?

A: ATCO’s great advantage is that as a QSS, we are supported by our own generation arm, ATCO Servicios y Energía. We can approach a client as ATCO Energía and offer electricity services but if we notice that the client has strong thermal capabilities then we can tell ATCO Servicios y Energía to propose a cogeneration installment that will provide electricity and steam to the client and possibly an energy surplus that can be sold in the market.

Clients in the new electricity market not only require energy as a commodity. They need reliability factors, transparency and strong customer support. We not only look forward to signing contracts but also to establishing long-term relationships. Clients need to know with which company they are entering the market, as a QSS is a figure that reduces risk for both the generator and the consumer. We are responsible for managing our client’s and the generator’s risks. Our division works under that principle.

Q: What lessons has ATCO Energía learned from its activities in terms of CELs trading?

A: At the end of the day, trading is not something that can be learned from books. It involves expertise and market knowledge that can only be learned by doing. In this particular case, CELs had a strong presence during the long-term auctions but many projects have not yet started. Also, projects resulting from the long-term electricity auctions will enter into a regulated market and QSS are not related to those, meaning that we cannot trade those CELs. As of now, CELs serve as an instrument that show CFE’s generation of clean energy and the market response to it. As the market is still dominated by CFE’s generation, we are facing a lack of liquidity. At the moment, we consider the development of these mechanisms quite immature.

Q: What milestones has ATCO Energía settled for in 2019?

A: For 2018, our objective was to create and establish ATCO Energía’s base structure. The focus was to develop market intelligence as trading services are based on pure knowledge, and this expertise acts as the most valuable asset for a QSS. We have already created a solid base in terms of the team in charge of ATCO Energía, intelligence platforms, market analysis and the required balances of each of them. 2018 therefore represents our first steps into becoming a QSS. For 2019, our goal is to launch activities as a QSS and our target is to develop and maintain long-term relationships with our clients. Over the course of this year, we are going to sign our first contracts. We want to keep the learning process open but maintain a conservative profile for now.

 

Forming joint ventures to construct US offshore wind farms

Renewable Energy News - Jue, 03/21/2019 - 10:49
The U.S Jones Act affects the construction of U.S. offshore wind farms by limiting certain activities in U.S. waters to U.S.-registered vessels owned and operated by qualified U.S. citizens. Much of the expertise in the construction of offshore wind farms is European based. The logical mechanism for marrying European expertise with U.S. firms qualified to operate where the U.S. Jones Act applies are joint ventures. Such joint ventures must take into account the stringent U.S. citizenship requirements applicable to the ownership and operation of Jones Act vessels.

EIA: Renewables double U.S. generation over 10 years; gas still reigns

Renewable Energy News - Mié, 03/20/2019 - 16:38

Renewables-including biomass and other resources-accounted for 17.6 percent of electricity generation in the U.S. last year. Natural gas prices, however, will continue to dictate the overall direction of the U.S. power generation market.

Bill to boost renewable energy advances in Maryland

Renewable Energy News - Mié, 03/20/2019 - 16:35

The Senate voted 34-12 for the amendment before giving the bill preliminary approval

Norsk Hydro recuperating from cyberattack

Renewable Energy News - Mié, 03/20/2019 - 16:30

Norsk Hydro has suffered from a cyberattack that has crippled some of its infrastructure. Norsk Hydro is primarily an aluminum manufacturer, but the company also owns and operates 17 hydroelectric power stations in Norway.

Missouri regulators OK Midwest wind energy power line

Renewable Energy News - Mié, 03/20/2019 - 16:24

The transmission line also would need regulatory approval in Illinois

Entergy New Orleans pilots residential rooftop solar program

Renewable Energy News - Mié, 03/20/2019 - 16:16

The Residential Rooftop Solar Program is a way for New Orleans customers in need to participate in the benefits of distributed renewable energy 

North Carolina’s solar power output grew 36 percent in 2018

Renewable Energy News - Mié, 03/20/2019 - 11:40
Annual solar energy production in North Carolina jumped 36 percent in 2018, according to the latest government data – firmly placing North Carolina as the No. 2 solar-producing state in the nation.

North Carolina’s solar power output grew 36 percent in 2018

Energy Efficiency News - Mié, 03/20/2019 - 11:40
Annual solar energy production in North Carolina jumped 36 percent in 2018, according to the latest government data – firmly placing North Carolina as the No. 2 solar-producing state in the nation.

Chile tests floating solar power island

Renewable Energy News - Mar, 03/19/2019 - 15:58

The 12,917-square-foot array of solar panels was inaugurated Thursday by Chilean Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica

Juhl Energy pairs wind and solar power in hybrid project

Renewable Energy News - Mar, 03/19/2019 - 15:53

The pairing is expected to start producing power this month

Prysmian to connect floating offshore wind farm to local power grid

Renewable Energy News - Mar, 03/19/2019 - 15:47

All submarine cables will be produced by Prysmian 

Energy storage firm Highview Power partnering with TSK on global projects

Renewable Energy News - Mar, 03/19/2019 - 13:50

The partners will work together to develop projects in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa. The projects could add several gigawatt hours of storage capacity by 2022.

World’s largest utility joins EWF’s energy blockchain ecosystem

Renewable Energy News - Mar, 03/19/2019 - 12:23
Last week, the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) announced it had officially signed more than 100 affiliates in an effort to become the world’s largest blockchain ecosystem.

World’s largest utility joins EWF’s energy blockchain ecosystem

Energy Efficiency News - Mar, 03/19/2019 - 12:23
Last week, the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) announced it had officially signed more than 100 affiliates in an effort to become the world’s largest blockchain ecosystem.
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