March 5, 2018

Here’s the World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine

GE Renewable Energy has announced what it calls the world's most powerful wind turbine: the 12 megawatt Haliade-X, which is 853 feet tall and has 45 percent more capacity than standard 8 MW turbines, according to GE. The company says it's due for commercial operation in 2021.

March 1, 2018

New Jersey Powers Up Plan for Offshore Wind Energy

New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities has approved a plan to implement Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order to prepare the state for offshore wind developments. It is preparing to solicit 1,100 megawatts of projects, enough to power about 540,000 homes.

February 28, 2018

Why Build Kenya’s First Coal Plant? Hint: Think China

China's huge coal sector is turning outward in search of new markets, with Chinese companies helping to build or finance hundreds of coal-fired power plants around the world. That includes the first coal-fired power plant in Kenya, a country that has been seeking to become a renewable energy hub.

February 27, 2018

February 26, 2018

NV Energy Proposes Operating Nevada Coal Plant Through 2025

NV Energy subsidiary Sierra Pacific Power plans to continue operating Nevada's North Valmy coal-fired plant through 2025, despite saying the early retirement of one unit would be cheaper. The Sierra Club says that if the company closed the unit in 2019 and replace it with renewable energy, customers could see $30 million in benefit.

February 22, 2018

Trump's Plan for Energy Star Sparks Industry Uproar

President Trump's proposal to eliminate $42 million in funding for the Energy Star program, which sets efficiency benchmarks for appliances, electronics and other products, is sparking backlash from industry groups. The proposal calls for future funding to come through fees to companies that use the program.

How General Electric Gambled on Fossil Fuel Power, and Lost

General Electric's power plant business projected that its profits would rise because natural gas, coal and some nuclear power plants were the lowest-cost producers of electricity. But the company's profit fell 45 percent last year as sales of wind and solar power have surged.

February 21, 2018

In Nigeria, a Template for Solar-Powered Mini Grids Emerges

In the small Nigerian village of Gbamu Gbamu, a new distribution system will deliver power from a 30-kilowatt installation of solar panels and a trailer full of batteries that keep electricity flowing at night. The project is a blueprint for communities not connected to the electrical grid to access reliable power.

February 20, 2018

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