Legislation aims to boost renewable energy in Virginia

Renewable Energy Legislation

New bill aims to trigger a major energy shift in Virginia Virginia lawmakers have introduced a new legislation that could have a major impact on renewable energy in the state. The legislation was introduced by Delegate Sam Rasoul and is being considered one of the most aggressive energy bills the state has seen in recent history. The bill would require the state to commit itself to 100% renewable energy by 2035. It would also establish a moratorium on the approval of all fossil-fuel projects. Several states are looking to embrace…

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New floating solar energy farm to be built in China

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Floating solar farm is helping China combat air pollution The Chinese government is working to combat air pollutions through the use of renewable energy. The government plans to invest no less than $360 billion into clean power by 2020. By that year, an estimated 13 million new jobs will have been created through this endeavor. The country recently completed a major solar energy project, which is one of several other projects that are set to be built in various parts of China. Solar farm will help power 15,000 homes A…

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Cost of renewable energy continues to plummet throughout the world

Renewable Energy Decline Throughout the World

Report predicts that clean power will be less expensive than fossil-fuels in two years Renewable energy is set to become less expensive than fossil-fuels within two years, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA). The report suggests that aggressive investments in clean power will lead to a steep decline in the cost of energy for consumers and businesses alike. Advances in technology have also made clean energy systems more efficient and less expensive to produce. This has made clean energy, as a whole, much more…

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Researchers develop new algae-powered fuel cell system

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New system is five times more efficient than other plant-based solutions Researchers from Cambridge University have developed a new fuel cell that is powered by algae. According to the research team, the fuel cell is five times more efficient than similar plant-based systems that are currently in use. This particular fuel cell does not use hydrogen to generate electrical power, but it does leverage the energy provided by the sun. Algae-powered fuel cells are quickly becoming popular due to their efficiency and use of renewable energy. New system uses algae…

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Cryptocurrency could unlock a new future for renewable energy

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Digital currency are beginning to establish a presence in clean power Cryptocurrency may be the way forward for renewable energy in 2018. Various types of digital currency have already embedded themselves in the clean power world, but these currencies may soon play a major role in the market beginning this year. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, an open-source blockchain organization, has already formed partnerships with major companies like BP and Microsoft, both of which have become heavily invested in renewable energy. Such partnerships may show that large corporations are ready to…

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China aims to use renewable energy to generate heat

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China launches a new heating plan for its northern provinces China intends to use renewable energy to provide heat for half of its northern provinces by 2019. By 2021, an estimated 70% of the heat generated in the north will come from renewable energy systems. Beijing is an aggressive supporter of this endeavor. The city has long been working to distance itself from fossil-fuels, largely due to its air pollution problems. By embracing clean power, Beijing may be able to accomplish its goal and focus more heavily on clean technology…

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Renewable energy community to be set up in Huntington Beach, California

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New partnership seeks to form an “Advanced Energy Community” Southern California Gas has announced that it will be working with the University of California-Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program. Through this partnership, Southern California Gas will help design what is being called an “Advanced Energy Community.” This community will take form in a neighborhood that is located in Huntington Beach. The initiative is meant to highlight the growing importance of renewable energy and how clean power can be used to provide communities with the electrical power that they need. New…

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Hydrogen fuel cells to gain more attention from South Korea and the US

Hydrogen Fuel Support - Hyundai Vehicle

Both countries seek to expand their cooperation concerning renewable energy South Korea and the United States are currently in talks to expand their cooperation in the energy space. Government officials will be meeting together this week in order to lay out plans to decommission old nuclear power facilities as well as replacing these facilities with clean power solutions. Notably, hydrogen fuel cells may be used in place of nuclear energy. These energy systems have become quite popular in South Korea, largely due to the government’s focus on clean power. South…

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New tax bill could disrupt the renewable energy market

Renewable Energy - New US Tax Bill

Senate passes tax bill that could have a major impact on the clean power sector The U.S. Senate has passed a new tax bill that could have a major impact on renewable energy throughout the country. Over the past few years, clean power has been growing relatively rapidly in the U.S. This growth is expected to slow significantly due to the provisions of the new tax bill. One of these provisions was introduced by the Senate finance committee just before the tax bill passed. This particular provision, called Base Erosion…

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MIT researchers develop new battery system that can store and release heat

MIT Research - Battery System

New battery system can provide thermal energy when it is needed most A research team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced the development of a new battery system that can store solar energy and release heat when it is needed. Researchers believe that the new system could be used to provide electricity for communities in developing parts of the world. In cities, the system could also be used to limit the amount of electricity that is consumed by residents, particularly during colder seasons. System can collect energy…

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South Australia offering up grants for renewable energy projects

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Government aims to fund promising projects from four companies South Australia is continuing its efforts to embrace renewable energy and will soon have more efficient storage solutions. The state government has plans to issue grants ranging from $1 million to $3.6 million to four companies that will be leading these efforts. Currently, companies have submitted more than 80 proposals seeking funding for their renewable energy and storage projects. The grants will be issued as part of the South Australian renewable energy fund, which has some $150 million available. Tesla has…

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Shell to double its clean power investments

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Oil company to make more aggressive investments in renewable energy Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to increase its renewable energy investments. The company has been growing more focused on clean power in recent years and intends to divest from oil and fossil-fuels in the relatively near future. Shell has vowed to significantly reduce its carbon footprint by 2050, replacing much of its old energy capacity with clean power solutions. In order to accomplish this, Shell will be significantly increasing its investments in clean power. Investments will show…

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Australian Northern Territory announces new plans for renewable energy

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Territory aims to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 Australia’s Northern Territory has announced plans to embrace renewable energy more aggressively. The government hopes to generate no less than 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Notably, the government intends to provide grants to homeowners that make use of clean power. According to officials, these homeowners may be eligible for grants up to $750, which will help them install solar panels, battery systems, and various renewable energy solutions. Renewable energy will allow territory to move…

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Tesla keeps its promise to build battery system in 100 days or less

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Company has built a large-scale battery system in South Australia Tesla has followed through with its promise to build the world’s largest battery system in South Australia. The company has successfully completed the construction of a 100 megawatt battery facility. The new facility will be capable of supplying some 129 megawatt-hours of electrical power. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk had promised the Australian government that the battery system would be completed within 100 days. Tesla was able to finish the project in less than two months. New battery system…

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India launches new renewable energy initiative

New Renewable Energy Initiative - Green Field

Country intends to reach 200 GW of installed clean power capacity by 2020 The Indian government has announced plans to show more support for renewable energy. The country intends to tender enough clean power projects over the next three years to reach its 200 gigawatt capacity goal by 2020. Initially, India’s plan was to have 175 gigawatts of clean power capacity in place by 2024. Now, however, the country believes that it can surpass this goal by embracing a range of new projects that generate electricity from the sun and…

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China announced new trade plan to support renewable energy

Renewable Energy Trade Plan

Trade plan aims to boost small and medium-sized clean power projects China’s National Energy Administration has announced that small and medium-sized renewable energy producers will now be able to sell their electricity directly to buyers. The direct sale of this electricity will mostly be seen in regions where energy demand is high and comprehensive transmission capacity exists. This is part of China’s overarching plan to have renewable energy play a much larger role in its future. The country is working to eventually phase out the use of fossil-fuels in order…

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