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Germany’s Fallen ‘Solar Valley’ Sees New Life as Meyer Burger Buys Former SolarWorld Factory

By [email protected] Once bustling with PV research and manufacturing, Germany’s “Solar Valley” fell quiet in recent years as China gained control of the global PV manufacturing sector. But the fabled valley may soon spring back to life. Switzerland’s Meyer Burger, a long-time supplier of high-tech machinery to solar manufacturers, has acquired a former SolarWorld factory…

‘Enormous Step’ for Energy Storage as Court Upholds FERC Order 841, Opening Wholesale Markets

By [email protected] In a victory for the energy storage industry, a federal appeals court has upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841, clearing the way for transmission grid operators across the country to open their markets to energy storage, including aggregated batteries connected at the distribution grid or behind customers’ meters. Friday’s court opinion…

PacifiCorp Opens 4.3GW Renewables and Storage Procurement

By [email protected] PacifiCorp has opened bids for up to 4.3 gigawatts of solar, wind and battery storage projects, part of a massive clean energy growth plan that will open the utility’s six-state territory to third-party renewable energy developers. This week’s all-source request for proposals (RFP) puts hard details to the procurement plan released this spring,…

Beginning of the End for New Oil and Gas Pipelines?

By [email protected] In a series of major wins for environmental advocates, three multibillion-dollar pipeline projects — the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline — were recently delivered devastating setbacks. The business and legal decisions undermine President Trump’s multiyear effort to ease environmental regulations and expand oil and gas development…

An Anxious Accountant’s Journey to the Top

By [email protected] In 2004, Ted Gunther started a new job at a big accounting firm. He led the team overseeing transactions in newly deregulated electricity markets. On his first day, he met the “Green Book,” a thick, complex book that sets standards for derivatives, hedging strategies and contract structures. “I still remember it vividly. […]…

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