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Interim FERC Chairman: Coal and Nuclear ‘Need to Be Properly Compensated’

One of Neil Chatterjee's top priorities in his new role as interim chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is to ensure coal and nuclear power receive some form of compensation for the "resilience and reliability" benefits they provide to the U.S. electric system. Resilience and reliability "are essential to national security," said Chatterjee, in an interview on FERC's Open Access podcast. "To that end, …

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Study: We’re Still Underestimating Battery Cost Improvements

Batteries have been beating expectations in recent years as costs continue to fall. That's good news for the storage industry, but reveals a shortcoming in the scientific understanding of the trend. That discrepancy prompted Berkeley professor Daniel Kammen to devise a new model, recently published in Nature Energy -- and it ended up predicting future cost declines at a pace faster than previous analyses. Scholars …

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Piauí Installs Largest Solar PV Power Plant In Latin America

For the past few years, Piauí, Brazil, has focused on generating jobs and generating renewable energy hand in hand. Piaui is captivated by the win-win-win-win of wind and solar power projects. (There are four wins since, aside from jobs and energy, renewables cut air pollution and global warming emissions.) Setting a notable milestone in this realm, Piauí has installed the largest photovoltaic energy project in Latin America

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Study: For food-waste recycling, policy is key

Food scraps. Okay, those aren't the first words that come to mind when you think about the environment. But 22 percent of the municipal solid waste dropped into landfills or incincerators in the U.S. is, in fact, food that could be put to better use through composting and soil enrichment. Moreover, food-scrap recycling programs, while still relatively uncommon, are having a growth moment in the U.S.; they've roughly doubled in size since 2010. Now, a national study by MIT researchers provides one of the first in-depth …

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Warnings of energy storage market chaos, as industry unites against home battery ban

Australian energy storage industry registers thousands of protests against Standards Australia's proposed home battery ban. Industry body says if draft adopted, the energy storage industry in Australia and globally will be “thrown into chaos.”

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Will Tesla Model 3 Become Top-Selling Car In USA? #2? #3? #5?

Much has been written about the Tesla Model 3, its expected sales, and its potential impact on the auto industry and other automakers. However, a comment today from "Dan" struck me and stimulated this article. The title alone is sure to get me slammed as a "Tesla fanboy." Top-selling car in the USA a Tesla? Sacrilege!

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Investors Warn Asian Factory Farms Risk “Financial Food Poisoning”‘ of Global Food Supply Chain

Industrial animal agriculture is a hugely devastating industry for humans, for animals, and for the planet. Growing feedstock for animals means acres of rainforest are cleared for soybeans; methane emissions from CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) are one of the leading causes of climate change; the resulting manure pollutes local waterways and air; and the crowded conditions of CAFOs lead to high rates of sickness and …

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These Boeri-Designed Vertical Forests Are Helping Milan To Breathe

How do you combat air pollution in one of the most polluted cities in Europe? By building vertical forests of trees and plants attached to apartment tower blocks, of course. These Boeri-Designed Vertical Forests Are Helping Milan To Breathe was originally published on

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Growth Prospects for the Global Grid-Connected Battery Market

The global grid-connected energy storage market could reach a total installed capacity of 28 gigawatts by 2022, from just 3 gigwatts in 2016, if an IHS Markit projection cited recently by AES and Siemens proves correct. By 2025, cumulative installations could grow to 52 gigawatts worldwide. IHS Markit also projects that lithium-ion storage prices will continue to …

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Who Wins When Bifacial, Thin-Film CdTe and Crystalline Silicon PV Face Off in the Field?

Solar module manufacturers one-up each other on a regular basis in the quest for the world's most efficient panel. The results usually come out of laboratories, where the modules undergo precise testing in a controlled environment at standard test conditions (STC). In the real world, however, the picture is more nuanced. Field conditions are far different from lab …

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A World Bank Group Solar Program May Unlock 1.2GW of Utility-Scale Projects in Emerging Markets

A solar program from the World Bank Group will lead to over 1.2 gigawatts of competitively-priced utility-scale solar PV in Zambia, Senegal, Ethiopia and Madagascar in the coming years, according to new research. Despite criticism from local developers, the program is a breakthrough risk mitigation and advisory mechanism that offers global solar developers a chance to secure a foothold in new markets with high growth potential and low rates of energy access. GTM Research and Blue Horizon ECS are out with a …