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  1. IRENA boss urges faster pace on decarbonisation

    “As we advance deeper into a new energy paradigm, we need to pick-up the pace of our decarbonisation efforts.” That was the message todaty from the director-general of the the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Z Amin. Speaking today after the launch of an IRENA report called Rethinking Energy, Amin said that policies and regulations “continue to remain crucial to this end and to develop the renewables market ”. “We are seeing more and more countries hold auctions to deploy renewables, and as variable and distributed sources of renewables take on a greater role, regulators have implemented changes to enable grid integration at scale. Heating and cooling, and the potential of renewables for transport, are areas where future efforts are needed .” The Rethinking Energy report states that falling costs, driven by innovation in technology and policy, is spurring renewable energy deployment and on the back of this is a “myriad of socioeconomic benefits”. “Renewables are gaining ground by nearly every measure,” added Amin. “Accelerating the pace of the energy transition and expanding its scope beyond the power sector will not only reduce carbon emissions, it will improve lives, create jobs, achieve development goals, and ensure a cleaner and more prosperous future.” The report states that global investment in renewables has steadily grown for more than a decade, rising from less than $50bn in 2004 to a record $305bn in 2015. It highlights several key trends for the renewables sector, such as demand for battery storage is increasing rapidly and playing a larger part in integrating variable renewables; new capital-market instruments are helping increase available finance by offering new groups of investors access to investment opportunities; and institutional investors are moving into renewable energy as it offers stable returns over the long term; The report states that solar PV will grow the fastest in terms of capacity and output, and new ways to store electricity “will be a game changer for growing variable renewable energy generation”. Indeed, IRENA estimates that battery storage for electricity could increase from less than 1 GW today to 250 GW by 2030. Amin also stressed the importance of off-grid renewables in the bid to bring about global electrification. “Achieving universal electricity access by 2030 will require us to boost global power generation - nearly 60 per cent of that will have to come from stand-alone and mini-grid solutions.,” “Meeting this aim with off-grid renewables depends on the right combination of policies, financing, technology and institutional capacity. Making needed changes and accelerating deployment will allow countries to address global issues in sustainability, education, gender equality, health, water and food.” REthinking Energy was released at IRENA’s seventh Assembly, ahead of this week's Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

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    Sun, 15 Jan 2017

  2. Zinke says he would move land management authority out of Washington

    US Rep. Ryan Zinke said he would work to have more federal land management decisions reached outside of Washington, DC, as a product of closer collaboration with states and stakeholders if he is confirmed as the next US Secretary of the Interior.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  3. GOP members of Congress look forward to reforming federal policies

    US Senate and House Republicans anticipate working well with President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration to reverse energy and environmental policies and regulations they believe were imposed unconstitutionally during Barack Obama’s presidency and earlier, four GOP federal lawmakers said on ...

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  4. Report: Indiana's solar power policies among nation's worst

    Indiana and the nine other states received an "F'' in the nonprofit group's assessment of policies and regulations that could help boost their solar-rooftop industries 

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    Wed, 27 Apr 2016

  1. HydroVision International 2017 call for abstracts extended through Friday

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    Mon, 17 Oct 2016

  2. HydroVision International 2017 announces call for abstracts, panelists

    HydroVision International is now accepting abstract submissions for the Technical Papers track of the 2017 conference program, Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines managing editor and HydroVision International conference committee chair Elizabeth Ingram announces.

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016

  3. Canadian government reviewing environmental, regulatory processes for major projects, including hydro

    The Government of Canada has launched a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes for major projects, including hydropower, intended to ensure a clean environment and a strong economy are going hand-in-hand in the country.

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    Fri, 24 Jun 2016

  4. Winners of 2016 Women with Hydro Vision Awards announced, to be presented at HydroVision International

    PennWell’s Hydro Group is pleased to announce the third annual class of recipients of the Women with Hydro Vision award.

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  5. Solar power incentives sunset as state budgets tighten

    With the 10 percent tax credit now expiring at the end of the year, New Mexico joins other states where credits and other incentives have started to disappear 

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    Tue, 29 Mar 2016

  6. Solar Power News: Indiana's solar power policies among nation's worst

    A new report by a conservation group says Indiana has one of the nation's worst regulatory atmospheres for fostering the development of the rooftop solar power industry.

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    Wed, 27 Apr 2016

  7. Enviro Groups Do Deal for 2022 Retirement of Two Colstrip Coal Units

    The  Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) and Sierra Club said July 12 that they have reached a historic agreement with Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy to retire by July 2022 the oldest coal-burning units at the Colstrip coal plant in Colstrip, Montana.  

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  8. Environmentalists strike deal for 2022 retirement of two Colstrip coal units

    The deal was struck in a lawsuit filed over Colstrip emissions

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

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