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Category: Smart Energy

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Cheap oil vs wind and solar: fight for future of energy

Cheap oil vs wind and solar: fight for future of energy

In a major new report, Citigroup says the slump in oil and gas prices may provide some road humps for wind and solar, but renewables will win out because of economics, energy security and environment issues. And it’s the cheapest way to substitute coal-fired power.

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Credit pressures growing on coal miners, power generators, warns Moody’s

Credit pressures growing on coal miners, power generators, warns Moody’s

Moody’s says increasing carbon liabilities and rise of solar power having a tangible impact on credit rating of carbon intensive industries.

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California grid operator envisions 50% renewables

California grid operator envisions 50% renewables

The California ISO has issued a blueprint for how the Golden State’s grid can meet Governor Jerry Brown’s call for 50% renewable energy by 2030.

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BP's extreme climate forecast puts energy giant in a bind

BP’s extreme climate forecast puts energy giant in a bind

BP Energy Outlook calls into question role BP and other international fossil fuel companies are playing in adapting to a carbon-constrained future.

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As California loses hydro resources to drought, large-scale solar fills in

As California loses hydro resources to drought, large-scale solar fills in

New solar generation made up for four-fifths of California’s lost hydro production in 2014.

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Solar's inconvenient truth - it's all about self-consumption

Solar’s inconvenient truth – it’s all about self-consumption

Mainstream consumer doesn’t care as much about environmental benefits of solar, or the coolness of the technology. The mainstream consumer only really cares about saving money. And right now they are being short-changed.

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A plan B for energy storage in your home

A plan B for energy storage in your home

EVs and home energy storage will be massive in the very near future, but 2 other possibilities may have an impact on the growth of the crucial battery market

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Utility business model that embraces efficiency and solar without sacrificing revenue

Utility business model that embraces efficiency and solar without sacrificing revenue

City utility aims for 80% cut in emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050, and learns that encouraging solar and energy efficiency does not mean a cut in revenue.

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Solar and battery storage tapped to power huge oil field in Qatar

Solar and battery storage tapped to power huge oil field in Qatar

High-tech industrial battery manufacturer Saft will supply Sunica plus batteries for a solar power installation at the Duhkan oilfield in Qatar.

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Electric car demand growing, global market hits 740,000 units

Electric car demand growing, global market hits 740,000 units

Demand for electric vehicles is growing around the world fairly rapidly, according to new analysis from the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research.

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Germany's cheap, green energy keeps aluminium sector healthy

Germany’s cheap, green energy keeps aluminium sector healthy

Dutch smelter Aldel aims to come out of bankruptcy, provided it gets direct connection to German grid. Such is the attraction of Germany’s cheap and green energy.