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House Foregoes New Tax Credits for Storage, Offshore Wind as it Approves $1.4T Spending Bill

Utility Dive Summary Renewable energy stakeholders were disappointed in the deal, having hailed the previous House Democratic draft bill as a crucial way to advance clean energy deployment. The Senate is expected to pass the package, which includes an extension of a biodiesel tax credit, a...


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Geothermal funding of $69m announced in new U.S. budget bill

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Summary Congressional negotiators in the U.S. legislative have unveiled a $1.4 trillion year-end package that would boost spending for energy and environmental agencies. The House of Representatives passed the legislation, which was then approved by the U.S...


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New Jersey Seeks Feedback this Week on Town Center Microgrid Funding

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary New Jersey regulators seek feedback by Dec. 13, 2019 on the second phase of the town center microgrid program, which will allot $4 million for project design. Two years ago, in the program’s first phase, the Board of Public Utilities distributed $2...


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European Commission loan to support waste-to-energy plant in Bulgaria

Power Technology Summary The European Commission (EC) has approved around €94m to support the construction and operation of a waste-to-energy cogeneration plant in Bulgaria. Bulgaria informed the EC in October 2019 that it intends to build a high-efficient cogeneration plant in Sofia that...


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EU approves EUR 57 million Croatian support for HEP District Heating

Balkan Energy News Summary The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Croatian plans to support the EUR 57 million modernization of a district heating system in the city of Zagreb (Croatia) by the city’s district heating operator HEP Toplinarstvo (HEP District Heating)...


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World Bank funding to accelerate energy efficiency in Belarus

Power Engineering International Summary The World Bank has signed a deal to fund the new Sustainable Energy Scale-Up Project , an initiative designed to improve energy efficiency in Belarus. The $99.3m in World Bank funding will be coupled with $99.3m from the European Investment Bank and...


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EU approves €64m Polish support for waste-to-energy plant

Priyanka Shrestha, Energy Live News Summary The European Commission has approved €64 million (£55m) of public support from Poland for the construction of a highly efficient waste-to-energy facility. The funding will be used by municipally-owned company Port Czystej Energi (PCE), with...


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Businesses offered £2.2m to develop affordable urban heat networks

Priyanka Srestha, Energy News Live Summary A share of up to £2.2 million is being offered to businesses to develop lower cost district heating networks and water infrastructure in Wales . Bridgend County Borough Council is launching a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)...


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New Jersey Prepares for Second Round of Microgrid Funding

Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge Summary New Jersey expects to begin accepting applications in November for its second round of microgrid funding, part of a program that already has 13 towns studying the feasibility of microgrids. As a precursor, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities plans...


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Lessons Learned from California's Pioneering Microgrids

Justin Gerdes, GreenTechMedia Summary Four years ago California funded seven microgrid demonstration projects, from fire stations to a college campus. How have they performed, and what do they say about the future? California is several years into a push to help commercialize microgrids in...