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SunPower Planning New 700-MW Factory as Demand Swells
01.08.2014
SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is planning a new factory that will expand production capacity by more than 50 percent from current levels, in an effort to increase market share.

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Tesla Breaks Ground for Its Gigafactory in Nevada
01.08.2014
Tesla Motors Inc. said it’s broken ground near Reno for a $5 billion battery plant, signaling Nevada has vaulted to the lead of five states vying for the so-called gigafactory and its promise of 6,500 jobs.

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New China Solar Storm Brewing in the EU
01.08.2014
The war of words against Chinese solar panel makers is heating up from both sides of the Atlantic, with growing signs that Europe may reconsider anti-dumping duties as the U.S. moves closer to imposing its own new duties on the beleaguered manufacturers. Meantime, two of the biggest Chinese victims of the sector’s recent turmoil have risen from the

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Arizona Public Service Performs 180, Decides to Install Rooftop Solar
01.08.2014
Arizona Public Service (APS) decided this week that they would like to get into the rooftop solar business. I think they should too, but not like this. Their proposal is terrible for customers. After spending over $10 million in an attempt to impose a $50-100 monthly fee on solar customers, APS has decided to pay you $30 per month for 20 years if y

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Geothermal Visual: Comparing the Geothermal Permitting Process to Other Technologies
01.08.2014
The visual below, prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), shows the average length of time for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process for geothermal projects as compared to the timelines for average solar and wind development, as well as for oil and gas. The longer lead time for geothermal projects is something that re

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Can Small Islands Show the World How To Fight Climate Change?
01.08.2014
Island populations may bear the brunt of climate change more than other populations, so it should be no surprise that some islands have ramped up efforts to convert to non-fossil fuel energy sources. In the brief span of five years, the U.S. Virgin Islands have cut their oil consumption by 20 percent.

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Kasvuyritys uhoaa puolittavansa aurinkoenergian hinnan
01.08.2014
Keksinnön ytimessä on materiaali, jonka heijastavuus muuttuu sen mukaan, kuinka paljon auringonvaloa siihen osuu. Innovaatiosta kertoo Technology Review.

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Combined Heat and Brewing Power
01.08.2014
What do megajoules have to do with hectoliters? Everything, if you are considering the energy intensity of manufacturing beer. And after a recent tour of the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, I’ve learned that when it comes to a commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency in beer brewing, Colorado’s thriving craft brewing scene is a great example.

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Renewable Energy Expansion Continues in Ukraine with New Biogas Capacity
01.08.2014
American investor-backed LNK has added the fifth biogas power facility to the already four operating in war-torn Ukraine. Since the outset of the LNK presence in Ukraine the company has seen the country’s need to gain more energy independence and sought to help provide more sources for domestic energy.

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Arevan tulos painui tappiolle vuoden alkupuoliskolla
01.08.2014
Olkiluodon ydinvoimalaa rakentava ranskalainen Areva painui vuoden alkupuoliskolla tappiolle tehtyään viime vuonna vastaavaan aikaan nollatuloksen.

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Kaleva: Pohjanmaalaiset yritykset sijoittavat Fennovoimaan
01.08.2014
Pyhäjoen ydinvoimahanke on saamassa rahoitusta joukolta pohjanmaalaisia yrityksiä, kertoo sanomalehti Kaleva.

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Taming Renewables with Storage
01.08.2014
Renewable resources can become dispatchable with sufficient energy storage systems. read more

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Our Future Grid Is Shaping Up
01.08.2014
Applying rooftop solar directly to the distribution system is somewhat like trying to fit the proverbial square peg in a round hole. read more

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Big Renewables Need Big Transmission
01.08.2014
Renewables are not the issue; more wire is needed in the air. read more

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Three Geothermal Bills Look to Speed Up US Development
31.07.2014
On Tuesday, July 29, there were two hearings in U.S. Congress subcommittees that are significant to the geothermal industry. A House subcommittee discussed three bills, with two specifically relating to geothermal development, while a Senate subcommittee looked at permitting needs.

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Panasonic Agrees to Help Tesla Build Battery ‘Gigafactory’
31.07.2014
Panasonic Corp. agreed to help set up the battery factory that Tesla Motors Inc. Chairman Elon Musk needs to sell more electric cars, without settling its share of the investment costs.

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Beating the Heat: Hotel Reduces Cooling Costs by 44 Percent with New Solar Carport
31.07.2014
  It’s hot in Bakersfield, California, especially during the summer months when temperatures regularly hit 110 degrees. But as The Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport is discovering, the sun also has its advantages for reducing utility costs and increasing customer acquisition and satisfaction when the hotel goes solar. The attractively

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Grid Battery Storage: Four Reasons to Invest
31.07.2014
Think of a product — chances are that Hawaii has to import it. From food and cars to electronics and building materials, there are few areas where the U.S. state is self-sufficient — and energy is no different.

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Case Study: Using OPC Software To Operate Wind Farms in Spain
31.07.2014
Wind power is increasingly becoming an established source of energy. High oil prices, global warming concerns and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima have all contributed to more people looking at renewable energy sources such as wind power. Germany, for example, has decided to gradually phase-out nuclear power by 2022. Wind power will be the backbone of this energy transition — by the year 2050 it should cover about half of German electricity.

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Arizona Utility Opposing Rooftop Solar Seeking to Provide Panels
31.07.2014
Arizona Public Service Co., the first U.S. utility to charge extra fees for customers with solar systems, is requesting permission to own its own residential systems and to pay rent for the rooftops.

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Nyt se on virallista: Panasonic ja Tesla sopivat tehtaasta
31.07.2014
Panasonic ei ole vielä päättänyt, miten paljon rahaa se sijoittaa Teslan tehtaaseen.

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Putin sai toisen miljardilaskun Jukosista
31.07.2014
Euroopan ihmisoikeustuomioistuin määräsi Venäjälle 1,9 miljardin euron sakot öljy-yhtiö Jukosin haltuunotosta. Määräys kasvattaa Venäjältä vaaditut Jukos-korvaukset noin 39 miljardiin euroon.

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Liuskekaasulla kauppasotaan
31.07.2014
Nyt kun EU on lähdössä rankaisemaan Venäjää taloussanktioilla, sen on pakko pohtia myös energiatulevaisuuttaan. Monet EU-maat ovat kiusallisen riippuvaisia Venäjän kaasusta, vaikka omakin maaperä olisi liuskekaasua pullollaan.

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31/07 - Energy Newsletter July 2014
31.07.2014
The Directorate-General for Energy regularly sends the e-mail newsletters " Energy in Europe " to its subscribers. If you would also like to take advantage of this free service you just need to ask to be put on our mailing list . This service is available only in English.

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Norja osallistuu Venäjä-pakotteisiin
30.07.2014
Öljymaa Norja aikoo osallistua EU:n Venäjä-pakotteisiin. Norjalaisfirmat tekevät merkittävää yhteistyötä etenkin venäläisten öljy-yhtiöiden kanssa.

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Pankki: Venäjä voi sulkea Ukrainan kaasuputken Eurooppaan
30.07.2014
Venäjä voi vastata pakotteisiin lopettamalla kaasutoimitukset Ukrainan läpi Eurooppaan, Morgan Stanleyn analyytikot kirjoittavat Business Insiderin mukaan.

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Fossil fuels have unfair advantage over renewables on US capital markets
30.07.2014
In 2012, MLPs raised over $23 billion of new capital, most of which is thought to be for oil and shale gas projects... read more

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Power below the waves
30.07.2014
Subsea transformers are an ABB innovation. Deployed in extreme conditions in ultra-deepwater, these high-tech workhorses provide the power for heavy-duty equipment on the sea floor ... read more

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Building a business case
30.07.2014
Capital investments in grid reliability There's no cookie-cutter template for building a business case for long-term grid reliability investments. read more

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SMA Solar to Cut 600 More Jobs and Lower Full-Year Forecast Citing Weak Demand
30.07.2014
SMA Solar Technology AG, Germany’s biggest solar company, said it may lose as much as 45 million euros ($60 million) this year because of “stagnating” demand in the solar industry. Shares fell the most in seven months.

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