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First Solar Sells Off Majority of Development Pipeline

By [email protected] First Solar will pass 10 gigawatts of in-development projects to wind developer Leeward Renewable Energy, the companies announced Monday, as the solar manufacturer continues to overhaul its business. The sale accounts for a majority of First Solar’s project assets, in an anticipated move underscoring the company’s plans to concentrate primarily on manufacturing. First…

Will Airborne Wind Power Finally Fly in 2021?

By [email protected] An energy technology that even Google parent company and tech behemoth Alphabet couldn’t get to work might finally achieve commercial takeoff this year. The German company SkySails Power last month announced that its energy kite concept would be taking to the skies this year on the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius. This…

President Biden Names Richard Glick as FERC Chair

By [email protected] President Joe Biden has named Richard Glick to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, giving leadership and agenda-setting authority to the agency’s longest-running Democratic member, a key opponent to some of FERC’s most clean-energy-unfriendly decisions under the Trump administration. Thursday’s appointment was welcomed by clean energy groups as a critical early step to…

How Long Will Coal Remain King in India?

By [email protected] This is the final piece in a three-part series. Read part one here and part two here. Despite market turbulence brought by the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 proved to be a formative year for India’s clean energy transition. Solar prices hit record lows, definitively ousting coal as the cheapest source of electricity. The government…

Trump’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule Is Out

By [email protected] The Affordable Clean Energy rule, a cornerstone of President Trump’s environmental deregulatory efforts, has been deemed “legally flawed” by a federal appeals court. A Tuesday ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. circuit vacated the regulation targeting power plant emissions, wiping away the administration’s replacement for the Obama-era Clean…

Final Analysis of California’s August Blackouts Yields Few Surprises and a Tight Deadline for Solutions

By [email protected] The final report on California’s rolling blackouts in August is out — and its key findings for what caused the state’s heatwave-driven grid emergency haven’t changed much from initial findings. Simply put, the heat waves that blanketed the U.S. West pushed electricity demand past available supply, and problems with California’s resource adequacy program…

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