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IEA, IRENA says renewables can provide 80% global power by 2060

Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2017 will see the presentation of a joint report by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and International Energy Agency (IEA), their first ever collaboration with an eye on decarbonization of global energy system.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are scheduled to present their latest findings on Monday, exploring how the globe‘s carbon footprint can be reduced by 70% by 2050, and completely phased out by 2060, bringing major economic gains.

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DC mayor to propose green bank for efficiency, renewables investments

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser last week announced she is planning to introduce legislation to establish a green bank, in order to fund efficiency upgrades, add renewables, lower emissions and create jobs.

Washington would be the first city to establish a green bank, though states like New York and Connecticut already have moved to establish similar financing authorities.

The bank, which The Washington Post reports would be funded with $7 million in city dollars, could offer loans, leases, and other financing services to give green energy projects more security.

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The Largest Solar Farm In Alabama Is Now Online

The largest solar farm in Alabama history is now online and contributing about 75 megawatts of clean renewable energy to the electrical grid maintained by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The TVA service area includes 9 million customers in seven southern states.

Jay Stowe, vice president of distributed energy resources for the Tennessee Valley Authority, says, “It is a 640-acre solar energy center. There’s about 300,000 solar panels that will be able to produce enough power to supply about 15,000 homes with carbon-free electricity.” The River Bend solar farm cost $150 million and is the largest in the TVA system or the state of Alabama.

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EDF Renewable Energy Joins the Fray With New Distributed Energy Business

EDF Renewable Energy, a leading developer of large-scale wind and solar projects in the U.S., has entered the distributed energy arena with the launch of a new business unit named Distributed Electricity and Storage.

The new division is focused on deploying solar and energy storage projects up to 30 megawatts, and leveraging the experience of French-owned parent company EDF Group to provide a suite of products and services to commercial, industrial and utility customers.

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Avangrid wins auction to develop offshore North Carolina wind farm

Avangrid is no stranger to North Carolina, but it was only back in January the company was hinting that the business climate in the state might not be favorable as it struggled to complete its inland wind farm for Amazon. Republican lawmakers lobbied then President-elect Trump to shut down the virtually-complete facility, citing national security concerns. Now, the Portland-based energy company with a Spanish corporate owner is set to invest again, this time in offshore wind.

Avangrid CEO James Torgerson said in a statement that "between our leading position in the United States, including North Carolina, where we operate a wind farm near Elizabeth City, along with the expertise and experience of our international affiliate, Iberdrola Group, in developing offshore wind in Europe, we felt we were well positioned to secure this bid."

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There’s Vast Untapped Potential for Solar Rooftops in the US, Says Google

When Google first launched a website two years ago that collects data on solar rooftops, called Project Sunroof, it only covered a few cities. But this week, the search engine giant announced the solar site is now crunching data for every single U.S. state, including 60 million rooftops across the country.

The expansion means that Google’s Project Sunroof is starting to get a much clearer picture of how much rooftop solar capacity there actually is in the U.S. Project Sunroof uses data from Google Maps and Google Earth, combined with 3-D modeling and machine learning to determine the solar electricity potential of individual roofs.

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Utility wind rush set to strengthen as low prices allow resource to spread across nation

Wind’s growth has been so rapid and its price has dropped so fast that a more important long term trend is often missed: It is quickly expanding its addressable marketplace.

Deployed wind energy capacity grew almost 19% in 2016, to 5.53% of total U.S. generating capacity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). By year’s end, it was the nation’s most plentiful renewable resource by capacity, surpassing hydropower. There is now wind generation in 41 states. In the fourth quarter alone, 19 states brought new projects online.

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US Navy Wades In With Another Pitch For Low Cost Renewable Energy

The Trump Administration is no friend to renewable energy, but it seems that the US Department of Defense has other ideas. The Air Force is forging ahead with solar projects in California and New Jersey, and now the Navy is giving itself a big pat on the back for helping to develop a new device for harvesting ambient energy from rivers, tides, and ocean currents.

The Navy seems particularly excited about the potential for providing remote villages in Alaska with relief from the high cost of diesel fuel for heating and power generation.

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Trump’s Business Council Is a Who’s Who of Renewable Energy Investors and Climate Champions

If Donald Trump asked the executives sitting on his business advisory council for advice about energy policy, what kind of answer would he get?

Judging by the billions of dollars those executives are pouring into renewables and carbon reduction programs, they'd probably tell him to emphasize the clean stuff.

In other words, the exact opposite of what he's doing now.

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Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves

Brooklyn is known the world over for things small-batch and local, like designer clogs, craft bourbon and artisanal sauerkraut.

Now, it is trying to add electricity to the list.

In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of the borough, dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across rowhouse rooftops are wired into a growing network. Called the Brooklyn Microgrid, the project is signing up residents and businesses to a virtual trading platform that will allow solar-energy producers to sell excess-electricity credits from their systems to buyers in the group, who may live as close as next door.

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