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2nd Puerto Rico Grid Revitalization & Investment Forum

January 28, 2019 - Since the launch of PR-GRID in May, Puerto Rico’s energy system has continued to deteriorate. The legacy of Hurricane Maria lingers in daily power outages and households that are still without electricity. The country’s energy utility, PREPA, has been plagued by board upheaval. It is a predicament which demands direction, and yet it remains unclear which federal or state agency is at the helm. [ more ]


10 Takeaways from the IEA’s World Energy Outlook

January 1, 2019 - The International Energy Agency (IEA) deemed growth and disruptions of the world's power sector so significant to the future of energy, it dedicated—for the first time—a four-chapter "special focus" on electricity in its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO2018). The analysis of world energy trends by the Paris-based autonomous intergovernmental organization is studded with interesting findings. Here are 10 of the most relevant ones. [ more ]


Fourth US National Climate Assessment Report

November 23, 2018 - The full report of the National Climate Assessment provides an in-depth look at climate change impacts on the U.S. It details the multitude of ways climate change is already affecting and will increasingly affect the lives of Americans. Explore how climate change affects you and your family. Sections include Introduction on Our Changing Climate, Sections, Regions, and recommended Response Strategies. [ more ]


Leveraging innovative finance for Caribbean Blue Economy growth

November 15, 2018 - One of the more recent terms emerging from the kaleidoscope of colored economies (brownblackorange) is the ‘Blue Economy’. While it may seem like following on the latest buzz of the development community, there are very tangible advantages for small islands to pivot their national development strategy towards the sustainable use of the ocean. [ more ]


Murphy International's CHENACT AP Project Wins Best Energy Efficiency Project for 2018

November 14, 2018 - BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - The Murphy International contract project and report called Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme (CHENACT AP), created for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) to propel the Caribbean hotel sector towards energy efficiency, has won Best Energy Efficiency Project for 2018 at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) in Miami ... [ more ]


Blockchain: A New Tool to Accelerate the Global Energy Transformation

November 7, 2018 - Few technological innovations have captured the public interest in recent years as much as blockchain. Most of the attention has focused on the meteoric rise of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, part of a total cryptocurrency market that, at its peak in January, rose to over USD 800 billion and then almost as rapidly fell to a quarter of its size. [ more ]


National Scorecard Reports How States Stack Up on Shared Renewable Energy Programs

October 25, 2018 - A national scorecard released today by the independent Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) grades the nearly 20 state shared renewable energy programs (aka community renewables or community solar). IREC's National Shared Renewables Scorecard uses specific criteria to evaluate how each program stacks up to national best practices and one another. [ more ]


Off-grid Renewable Energy Solutions

October 19, 2018 - Off-grid renewable energy solutions have emerged as mainstream and support the expanding access to modern energy services in a timely and environmentally sustainable manner. Off-grid renewables are able to deliver a wide spectrum of electricity services for households, public services, commercial and industrial uses. [ more ]


For Puerto Rico, how many stakeholders are too many? Former energy regulator considers island’s recovery and future

October 15, 2018 - Jóse Román Morales, former Chairman of Puerto Rico's Energy Commission, sat down with New Energy Events recently and shared his views on the resilience of the newly reconstructed grid, impediments to investment, and the independence of the new Energy Bureau. [ more ]


Puerto Rico power company announces 15 percent drop in bills

October 4, 2018 - Puerto Rico’s power company has announced a 15 percent reduction in electric bills as people struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria amid an economic crisis. [ more ]


U.S. Biomass Power, Dampened by Market Forces, Fights to Stay Ablaze

October 1, 2018 - Though experts say biomass should continue to play a key role in the U.S. renewable power portfolio for its baseload properties, contributions to forest management, and other reasons, a swathe of uneconomic biomass power plants across the U.S.—especially in the West—have been recently idled or shut down. [ more ]


Small Island Developing States and IRENA to Take Energy Transformation to Next Level

September 28, 2018 - Heads of state and government and development partners to strengthen cooperation on renewable energy with the launch of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0 at the UN General Assembly. [ more ]


IRENA at UNGA73: Renewables Central to Global Climate and Sustainable Development Objective

September 26, 2018 - As leaders meet in New York for their annual gathering, IRENA is actively engaging with states and stakeholders during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. [ more ]


Energy Access and Sustainable Development Focus at Off-Grid Renewables Conference

September 25, 2018 – The central role of off-grid renewable energy in achieving universal energy access and sustainable development will be under the spotlight during the fourth edition of the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC). [ more ]


For Puerto Rico, how many stakeholders are too many? Former energy regulator considers island’s recovery and future

September 20, 2018 - Jóse Román Morales, former Chairman of Puerto Rico’s Energy Commission, sat down with New Energy Events recently and shared his views on the resilience of the newly reconstructed grid, impediments to investment, and the independence of the new Energy Bureau. [ more ]


Are Microgrids the future for utilities?

September 13, 2018 - There’s currently a lot of talk about how we support environmental legislation while balancing a grid under pressure, not to mention how to meet future energy demands. In answering those questions, there are many different solutions being discussed and explored. [ more ]


EPA Asked to Process RIN Applications for Electricity Generated Using Biomass and Biogas Fuel

September 6, 2018 - This morning, 111 organizations sent a letter to the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the immediate inclusion of renewable electricity in the Renewable Fuel Standard. In 2007, Congress approved the participation in the RFS of electricity produced using renewable feedstocks as fuel, including certain types of biomass, biogas and the biogenic portion of municipal solid waste. Despite this approval and EPA's approval of renewable electricity in 2014, EPA has yet to register facilities and recognize RINs for electricity producers, also known as "eRINs." [ more ]


Why Renewable Powered Mini-Grids Would be Better for Puerto Rico

September 4, 2018 - As we near the one-year anniversary of the devastation Hurricane Maria afflicted upon the residents of Puerto Rico, it’s concerning that post-hurricane efforts have been largely focused on restoring power with little progress on strengthening the already-weakened power grid against a future storm. [ more ]


The New Era of Absorption Chillers

August 29, 2018 - Although absorption chillers were introduced over a century ago, today it is worth examining what’s new and what’s next while dispelling some old misconceptions. Absorption chiller technology has evolved dramatically in recent years. Absorption chillers are being used around the globe as an efficient solution wherever waste heat recovery or a low-cost thermal driving heat source are available, especially as part of a natural-gas or a combined heat and power (CHP) syst [ more ]


Energy on demand: Microgrids can fulfill energy needs reliably and sustainably

August 18, 2018 - As the cost of sustainable energy sources has declined, the deployment of these sources of energy has grown rapidly. Once on the fringes of the energy industry, solar PV and wind are now mainstream technologies. [ more ]


Hybrid CSP-PV Gains Create Openings for 24-hour Solar Supply

August 15, 2018 - Activity in hybrid CSP-PV projects is growing as developers integrate design advantages and operational synergies to offer lower-cost baseload power, CSP experts told New Energy Update. [ more ]


Biomass Combined Heat & Power: Cutting Edge, Cutting Emissions

August 15, 2018 - How state-of-the-art boiler and automation technology were used in a new power plant that's right in the center of a capital city. Known by locals as the 'Wedding Cake' due to its multi-tiered form on the Stockholm cityscape, the boiler house at Värtaverket KVV8 biomass CHP plant has been shortlisted for two prestigious global architectural awards. [ more ]


Wind Energy Powers New Possibilities for the Dominican Republic

August 6, 2018 - Rising sea levels. Coral bleaching. Unpredictable tropical storms. These are just some of the environmental impacts associated with climate change—and the Dominican Republic is vulnerable to many of them. [ more ]


Webinar: A New Era of Investment in LAC Geothermal?

July 1, 2018 - To set the stage for the 5th Geothermal Congress for Latin America & the Caribbean (GEOLAC) on JULY 17-18 in Mexico City, New Energy Events and ThinkGeoEnergy are exploring the big trends in the regional and global geothermal markets and what those trends mean for the development of projects across the region. [ more ]


Solar+Storage, The Dynamic Duo Taking Energy Markets by Storm

June 10, 2018 - For years, renewable energy advocates have pushed utilities and regulators to consider adding battery storage to their electrical generation portfolios for flexibility and to reduce intermittency problems that come with solar and wind. [ more ]


Pay-As-You-Go Solar Provider Raises $2 Million for Myanmar Expansion

June 6, 2018 - More than 40,000 homes in rural Myanmar will have access to solar by the end of the year thanks to a new investment in Singapore-based pay-as-you-go provider SolarHome. [ more ]


Blockchain-based Democratization of Energy - Making Gains on Three Continents

May 30, 2018 - Pioneering blockchain company LO3 Energy is gearing up for international projects set to lay foundations for future of its distributed ledger system, Exergy. [ more ]


State of the Industry Webinar: Community Choice Aggregation

May 17, 2018 - The State of the Industry Webinar – Community Choice Aggregation offers the latest intelligence and analysis on renewable energy markets, finance and policy. This quarter’s webinar, coming up on May 17 at 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST, will reflect on how to finance the immense growth of community choice aggregation (CCA) in California as well as its emergence in other markets. [ more ]


GreenFaith Announces “Living The Change” Implementing Partners, Celebrating Faith-Driven Sustainable Lifestyles

April 20, 2018 - In celebration of Earth Day, GreenFaith has announced the inaugural partner organizations in Living the Change, a globally-connected community of religious and spiritual institutions working together with sustainable consumption experts to champion and mobilize sustainable ways of life. [ more ]


Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Guidance for Aligning Infrastructure Investments w/ Sustainability Objectives

April 13, 2018 - The past month has seen the release of several reports and publications relating to: aligning climate financing and sustainable infrastructure investments with sustainability objectives; announcements around solar energy, including the meeting of the International Solar Alliance; and project funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy in several countries and regions. [ more ]


Microgrid 2018: A Conference Like No Other for Microgrids

April 12, 2018 - Microgrid 2018 is coming up soon. Seats are selling fast for the May 7-9 event in Chicago. We’re describing it as a microgrid event like no other yet held. Here’s why… [ more ]


Reconstruction of Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica

April 12, 2018 - The Government of China joins UNDP to support the reconstruction of the islands of Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica with a funding of $5 million. This partnership contributes to the recovery from Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, which caused $52 million in damages, mainly to buildings and homes. [ more ]


From Billions to Trillions: Pledge Calls for More Green Bonds

March 26, 2018 - The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) annual conference in London on March 20 provided the backdrop for the launch of a new pledge for the use of green bonds for infrastructure investment. [ more ]


Bringing Clean Water to Haiti

Spring 2018 - With schematics and parts for a water-purification system in suitcases, a team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus in Florida took off for an eighth year of helping a Haitian community gain access to clean water. [ more ]


Climate Mitigation Finance Update: From Divestment to Investment, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

March 2, 2018 - The past month has seen the launch of new renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, investment in the green economy and capacity building, and climate finance approvals through the Green Climate Fund. [ more ]


Community Solar is a Growing Trend with Utilities in the Southeast

February 26, 2018 - The growth of consumer purchases of solar power via community-based systems is accelerating throughout the Southeast as more utilities develop and/or communities roll out offerings. [ more ]


Stable Electric Grid, 100% Renewables And Low Costs? It’s Possible, Says New Study

February 19, 2018 - Renewable energy solutions are often hindered by the inconsistencies of power produced by wind, water and sunlight and the continuously fluctuating demand for energy. [ more ]


U.S. Companies Implement Sustainability Strategies to Drive Revenues

February 15, 2018 - Survey Findings Show Firms with Enterprise-Wide Sustainability Framework Report Better Revenue, Borrowing and Credit-Rating Outcomes. [ more ]


Blockchain in Energy: Powering a Peer-to-Peer Ecosystem

February 12, 2018 - Blockchain has transformed the finance world, providing a decentralized platform to connect parties in entirely new ways. It is now set to be the game-changer in the energy market. [ more ]


Creating and Maintaining a Microgrid: Tools to Get You from Concept to Reality to O&M

February 8, 2018 - Increased interest in microgrids coupled with better and more robust digital tools to operate and maintain assets is leading to innovation in the microgrid design space. [ more ]


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