DTE Energy announces ambitious renewable energy plan

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Company aims to double its clean power capacity by 2022 DTE Energy, a major energy supplier in Michigan, has announced plans to add some 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to its portfolios by 2022. This capacity will come from new solar and wind power projects. The company’s plans must first be approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission. The plan would represent a $1.7 billion in Michigan’s growing renewable energy sector. If the plan is successful, DTE Energy would use its new clean power capacity to provide electricity to…

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Fate of renewable energy may be in the hands of Arizona voters

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Two ballots may decide the future of clean power Arizona voters may need to determine the fate of renewable energy in the state this fall. Lawmakers are currently preparing new ballot initiatives that intend to increase the state’s clean power targets. Both of the ballots are nearly identical: Both seek to require Arizona to derive 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The issue, however, is that the ballots impose very little penalties on utilities that do not reach a certain mark with clean power. Ballots are identical…

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California legislation could be a boon for renewable energy

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Legislation seeks to increase access to clean power New legislation in California could expand the access that non-residential consumers have to renewable energy. Senate Bill 1399 aims to allow these consumers to facilitate the development of clean power projects that would be located outside of properties. Such projects could be very beneficial for those living in apartment buildings, providing them access to the renewable energy that they are interested in using. These projects would have a maximum capacity of 20 megawatts. Solar sector may benefit from the new legislation The…

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Renewable energy is vital to Japan’s future

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Japan plans to have renewable energy form the core of its future strategy Clean power will play a vital role in Japan’s long-term energy strategy. The Japanese government has unveiled a new strategy that is focused on the use of renewable energy and clean technology. Per the strategy, the country is poised to increase its use of solar and wind power while also making advances in battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology through 2050. The new strategy is based on the 2015 Paris Agreement, which calls upon countries to make…

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University of Hawaii announces commitment to solar energy

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University will receive all of its electricity from solar power The University of Hawaii will soon derive all of its electricity from solar energy. The university has been aggressively working to install solar panels and battery storage systems at its Maui College campus in an effort to become more environmentally friendly. These efforts are beginning to show results, as the university will receive 100% of its electricity from solar power, adding further momentum to Hawaii’s overarching endeavors concerning the use of renewable energy. Hawaii continues to show strong support for…

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Research team focused on renewable energy receives $1.2 million in funding

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Funding will help the development of new facility that will examine clean forms of power A multidisciplinary research team from the Concordia University has been awarded $1.2 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The funding will help the research team develop a new facility that will be focused on examining sustainable power. The new facility is meant to be powered from renewable energy sources. It will be equipped with solar panels, hydrogen fuel cells, and wind turbines. These clean power sources will also be examined by researchers…

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China continues its fight against air pollution with electric vehicles and renewable energy

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China is working toward a more environmentally friendly and healthier future China is fighting against air pollution like never before in its long history. The Chinese government is quickly enacting new policies that place strict regulations on emission production. These policies are forcing many large companies to make a dramatic shift in energy production, favoring clean power. China’s increasingly environmentally friendly policies align well with the government’s plans concerning clean and electric vehicles. These policies and China’s clean transportation endeavors are having a major impact on the world at large.…

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India seeks to promote solar energy throughout the world

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Government leaders flock to India for the International Solar Alliance summit Leaders from 40 countries have come to India to participate in the world’s first official International Solar Alliance summit. The International Solar Alliance is a non-profit, treaty-based organization comprised of some 121 countries. The organization is committed to promoting the use of solar energy throughout the world. The summit is meant to encourage cooperation between countries that have a strong interest in clean power and combating climate change in the coming years. India aims to help other countries embrace…

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Renewable energy wins a new ally in Visa

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Visa has announced that it has joined RE100 Visa has announced an ambitious new environmental goal. The company has vowed to derive 100% of its electrical power from renewable energy sources by the end of 2019. Visa has joined the RE100, a global initiative focused on embracing clean power. The organization is comprised of several large corporations and is lead by the Climate Group. As part of RE100, Visa has pledged to abandon fossil-fuels over the next two years, replacing old forms of power with cleaner alternatives. Initiatives will help…

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Massive solar energy system launched in India

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Kanataka becomes home to a new large-scale solar farm What may be the world’s largest solar energy farm has been launched in India’s Kanataka. The solar farm is called Shakti Sthala and covers an area of 13,000 acres. The project was developed by the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp., which is a joint venture from Karnataka Renewable Energy Development and the Solar Energy Corp. of India. The solar farm represents a milestone in participation among several villages, with farmers leasing their land so that solar panels can be installed. Farmers…

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Microsoft forms new renewable energy agreement in Singapore

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Microsoft has announced an ambitious agreement with Sunseap Microsoft has announced that it has entered into a new agreement with Sunseap, a renewable energy company based in Singapore. The deal is part of Microsoft’s ongoing effort to use clean energy to power its data centers throughout the world. According to the company, the deal will create the largest solar energy portfolio in Singapore. Microsoft and Sunseap will be working together for the next 20 years, with Microsoft purchasing all of the electricity that Sunseap’s solar energy system generates. Solar energy…

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Maryland lawmakers seek to revitalize state’s solar energy sector

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Lawmakers are looking to show more support for clean power Lawmakers in Maryland are currently working to weighing the cost of the state’s growing focus on renewable energy. Two new legislations have been introduced that could have a major impact on Maryland’s solar power sector. Solar companies have been having a difficult time in the state due to uncertainty coming from homeowners over how much more expensive solar energy systems will be if new tariffs are introduced. These tariffs were proposed earlier this year and became active in February. Tariffs…

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Pakistan’s first renewable energy institute could be built with the help of the US

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US government is prepared to assist Pakistan in developing a new clean power institute The United States government is set to assist Pakistan establish its first renewable energy institute. Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Power Awais Khan Leghari met with U.S. Ambassador David Hale this week to discuss various opportunities concerning this new plan. According to Ambassador Hale, the U.S. government is eager to explore new clean power opportunities and help Pakistan increase its focus on renewable energy. The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory may be offering expertise to aid in…

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Renewable energy makes impressive gains in the United States

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Report highlights the growth that clean power saw in 2017 Clean power saw impressive growth in the United States last year. The country’s renewable energy capacity grew significantly in 2017, with wind, solar, and hydropower finding greater degrees of success throughout the country. Efforts to embrace clean technology, such as hydrogen fuel cells, also grow more aggressive, as many states worked to make transportation more environmentally friendly. Last year, approximately 18% of all electricity generated in the United States was generated using renewable energy sources, according to a report from…

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Dubai will use solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel

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New hydrogen fuel production facility to be built in Dubai Siemens is set to aid in the development of a new hydrogen electrolysis facility in Dubai. The facility will be the first of its kind in Dubai and will generate the electricity it needs to operate from the power of the sun. Siemens will be working with the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. The facility itself will be located at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Facility will highlight how renewable energy…

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HyperSolar makes a breakthrough with its hydrogen production technology

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Catalyst improvements could help make hydrogen production more efficient HyperSolar, a prominent hydrogen technology company, has announced a major breakthrough with its catalyst technology. The company has made improvements to its 3D oxygen catalyst, which could make hydrogen production through the use of solar energy even more efficient. This improvement could help make fuel cells significantly more attractive in the coming years. By further optimizing fuel cell catalysts, HyperSolar could help add further momentum to the rapidly growing fuel cell industry. HyperSolar develops a stable oxygen catalyst The amount of…

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