Meet the new 'renewable superpowers'—nations that boss the materials used for wind and solar

Imagine a world where every country has not only complied with the Paris climate agreement but has moved away from fossil fuels entirely. How would such a change affect global politics? …read more

Enel starts operations at 103MW Brazil solar park

Credit: Enel Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGPB), a subsidiary of Italian power giant Enel, has begun operations at its 103MW Horizonte solar park, in the municipality of Tabocas do Brejo Velho, in the north-eastern state of Bahia, Brazil. Enel invested approximately US$110 million in the construction of Horizonte and was also supported by long-term financing … Read more

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Electric Car Myth Buster — Well-To-Wheel Emissions

Batteries Published on February 19th, 2018 by Steve Hanley 0 February 19th, 2018 by Steve Hanley  This article is part of our “CleanTechnica Answer Box” collection. In this collection of articles, we respond to dozens of common anti-cleantech myths. Myth: electric car well-to-wheel emissions are larger than gas car well-to-wheel emissions. Short answer: Electric car well-to-wheel emissions are … Read more

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Australia’s first large-scale grid-connected solar and battery project comes online

The project will be a test case for deliberately ‘islanding’. Credit: ARENA The first large-scale solar and battery storage project to be connected to the grid in Australia has started providing power to 3,000 homes and businesses in Far North Queensland (FNQ) while forming a test case for deliberate ‘islanding’. Conergy’s AU$42.5 million (US$33.6 million) … Read more

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Pushing the Limit: How demand flexibility can grow the market for renewable energy

RMI iStock As the share of U.S. electricity generated from coal plants continues its steady decline, the question remains as to what will ultimately replace this resource in meeting U.S. electricity demand. Low natural gas prices driven by advances in extraction technology over the last decade position gas as a potential winner. Yet technology breakthroughs … Read more

Turnbull slammed for “absolutely pathetic” electric vehicle vision

Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice has slammed the federal government’s failure to drive electric vehicle uptake, describing its vision of just one million EVs by 2040 as “pathetic,” and its policies as not even adequate to meet that low-ball target. Speaking at the Alternative Technology Association’s 2018 EV Expo in Port Melbourne on Sunday, Rice … Read more

Know your NEM: NEG still a poor mechanism, conjured in haste

There will be lots more to be said about the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) and we urge those that are interested to read the NEG consultation paper. Our simple view is that it’s a poor mechanism, being introduced with undue haste. Fundamentally we simply don’t see that the responsibility for system wide issues should rest … Read more