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[1THING] Blog: Archive for January, 2018

[ Trump Approves 30 Percent Tariff on Solar Panel Imports; Trade Industry ‘Disappointed’ ]

President Donald Trump has agreed to a recommendation by the International Trade Commission to grant U.S. solar manufacturers relief from unfair trade practices in the form of tariffs on solar cells and modules imported to the U.S.

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[ Inside Renewable Energy: How Can Renewables, Climate Communities Make a Difference in 2018 US Elections? ]

In this episode of the Inside Renewable Energy podcast, we look at the issues the renewables and climate communities face before the midterms and the concrete actions they can take starting now to cause change.

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[ There Is Not Enough Transmission to Meet US Corporate’s Renewable Energy Demands ]

According to a report released on January 16 by the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF), U.S. corporations have committed to signing deals result in 60 GW of renewable energy capacity being added to the grid in coming years. However, transmission planners are not accounting for this large uptick of potential near-term procurement.

 

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[ Auto, Home, Grid Create Smart Energy Network in Audi Pilot Project ]

Audi last week said that it is participating in a pilot project that is testing a smart energy network that uses software to control solar and batteries and interact with the main power grid. Audi is working with the project’s partners to run the pilot project for homes in southern Germany and northern Switzerland.

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[ Landis+Gyr Provides Tech for Conway Corp’s Smart City Initiative ]

The utility plans to leverage the IPv6 communication capability of the network to streamline back-office management of multiple systems and expand consumer offerings in the future

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[ Bitcoins and Hydropower: What’s the big deal? ]

There is so much buzz these days about bitcoin mining, particularly with regard to the high amount of energy required and how hydropower can help.

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[ ‘Every New Vehicle Will Be Electric’ by 2025, Disruption Expert Says ]

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author has explained how electric vehicles will disrupt and change transportation across the world. But first, Tony Seba — who is an instructor in disruption and clean energy at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, explained to an audience at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, exactly what the nature is of a “disruptor.”

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[ Texas Cities, Businesses, and Schools Know the Economic Upside of Clean Energy ]

Recently, the message on Texas clean energy has been getting clearer — the market is driving the clean energy economy forward. And some of those spreading the message are making it loud and clear.

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[ San Francisco Startup Secures $55M to Expand Solar in Africa ]

Off Grid Electric, a San Francisco-based company that develops rooftop solar and battery systems in Africa, has raised $55 million as it expands into Ghana. The Series D round was led by Helios Investment Partners and included GE Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of General Electric Co., Off Grid said in a statement Thursday. The company’s Ghana expansion is part of a partnership with Electricite de France SA.

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[ Living Well Now: What Does It Take? ]

Blind pursuit of wealth and status is not conducive with happiness and sustainability, says guest commentator Randall Curren.

Shaping our lives around fulfilling social, intellectual and creative potential — keys to happiness — is more compatible with sustainability than pursuing unlimited wealth, says author Randall Curren.

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