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DOE reboots marine hydrokinetic energy program to push commercialization

Though the marketplace has backed off from wave, tidal, and current energies, the Obama Energy Department has rebooted its effort to grow them. These marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energies could potentially provide power for more than half of the U.S. population that lives along the coast, but they have one big barrier: No one’s come close to developing a cost-effective model for MHK deployment in the U.S.

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Clean Power Plan to get unanticipated en banc review

Monday, acting on its own initiative, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced that it would hear challenges to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan sitting en banc. As per the court’s order, the challenges will be heard by the full court in September. A three-judge panel had been scheduled to hear arguments June 2.

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New DOE accelerators target CHP, low-income clean energy

Continuing its focus on building efficiency, the U.S. Department of Energy is launching three new accelerator programs focused on boosting energy resiliency in communities, including one that will focus on sustainable combined heat and power projects.In another accelerator focused on low-income communities, local and national partners will work to expand installation of energy efficiency and distributed renewables, ultimately looking to lower utility bills. The new accelerator programs are a part of DOE's Better Buildings Challenge, which since 2011 has resulted in more than $1.3 billion in energy cost savings.

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Department of Energy expands solar training for veterans

The Department of Energy is expanding its training program for veterans looking to enter the solar power industry. Officials said Tuesday that five new military bases will join the Solar Ready Vets program, a effort to train veterans and outgoing service members for jobs in the solar sector. Ten solar training projects will split $10 million in grants from DOE, the department also announced, calling it a way to build the potential workforce for a growing industry in the energy sphere.

“At DOE, we are committed to training the solar workforce of the future through our partnership with the Department of Defense, the solar industry, and community colleges around the country,” Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said in a statement.

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Germany Just Got Almost All of Its Power From Renewable Energy

Clean power supplied almost all of Germany’s power demand for the first time on Sunday, marking a milestone for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Energiewende” policy to boost renewables while phasing out nuclear and fossil fuels. Solar and wind power peaked at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday, allowing renewables to supply 45.5 gigawatts as demand was 45.8 gigawatts, according to provisional data by Agora Energiewende, a research institute in Berlin. Power prices turned negative during several 15-minute periods yesterday, dropping as low as minus 50 euros ($57) a megawatt-hour, according to data from Epex Spot.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Four New NY Green Bank Transactions to Generate Up to $220 Million in Clean Energy Projects

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the closing of four new NY Green Bank transactions, which are expected to generate up to $220 million in clean energy projects, including more than 6,200 residential rooftop solar installations across the state. NY Green Bank investments will also result in up to eight large, ground-mounted solar installations for commercial and industrial users, and 400 residential energy efficiency projects.

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