Legislation outlined the Department of Energy's $34.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2018.

Congress cleared a spending bill Friday for the 2018 fiscal year that allocates $1.3 trillion. Despite the Trump administration’s requests for drastic cuts, lawmakers set aside increased funds for clean energy programs. Trump tweeted Friday that he may veto the bill. 

In the final text, the Department of Energy actually received a $3.77 billion boost in funding, bringing the agency’s budget to a total of $34.5 billion. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) received $2.32 billion, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) received $353 million, and the Office of Science — which houses national labs like Lawrence Berkeley — received $6.3

Cree recently purchased Infineon Technologies AG Radio Frequency Power Business.

Cree, well known as an LED lighting company, is also becoming an important supplier of semiconductors that play an integral role in solar inverters, electric vehicle chargers and other clean energy assets through its Wolfspeed business unit.

Cree’s recent €345 million ($425 million) acquisition of Infineon Technologies AG Radio Frequency (RF) Power Business doesn’t play directly into these markets, but it does increase Wolfspeed’s market share in the two key semiconductor materials that make up an increasing share of grid edge energy devices — silicon carbide and gallium nitride.

To be sure, the deal announced earlier this month is more of a play

For an island nation trying to diversify its energy mix, offshore wind could be just the thing.

Analysts believe offshore wind could benefit from a renewables diversification plan announced last month by Japanese energy giant Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco).  

While offshore wind “is still not in the plan” for Tepco, according to Bikal Pokharel, principal analyst for Asia-Pacific power and renewables at Wood Mackenzie, “they are looking at investments.” Tepco’s major acquisitions in Japanese renewables will be a mix of solar and offshore wind, he predicted.

Tepco President Tomoaki Kobayakawa in February pledged “a dramatically new path for the company as it navigates the challenges posed by deregulation of Japan’s energy markets, the country’s declining population and the need to

Fluence will join Tesla in proving out business models for storage on the Australian grid.

Australia's energy storage market jumped from baby steps to the biggest battery in the world. Now it's filling in the gaps with smaller projects that are still among the world's largest.

The state of Victoria and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency each pitched in $25 million to support two new energy storage systems. One, supplied by Fluence, will sit at the critical Ballarat substation in a congested transmission zone, and another from Tesla will integrate into an existing solar power plant. Construction will begin this month for completion by the end of the year.

"Things have been moving really quickly in Australia, which is super exciting,"

Renault Helps an Island Ditch Fossil Fuels With Vehicle-to-Grid Technology

Cutting-edge grid innovation is coming to a small Portuguese island in the Atlantic.

French carmaker Groupe Renault said last month that it would collaborate with island authorities and grid operator Electricidade da Madeira (EEM) on a project called Sustainable Porto Santo—Smart Fossil Free Island, which will include vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. The project grapples with the challenges of increasing variable renewables on a small island grid.

In the first phase, costing €9 million ($11 million) the island will install 40 charging points for 14 Renault Zoe electric cars and six Kangoo electric vans.

At the end of this year, these vehicles will start

The developer of a duct-sealing system promotes a new technique to air-seal a whole house with a low VOC sealant in just a few hours

For 20 years, a company called Aeroseal has been marketing a technique to seal air ducts from the inside with an aerosol mist, eliminating leaks that degrade the performance of HVAC(Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Collectively, the mechanical systems that heat, ventilate, and cool a building. systems and waste energy. Aeroseal now says the same approach can be used to seal whole houses, and offers builders a way of simplifying and speeding up one of the most persnickety details of building a high-performance house.

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A massive winter storm tested the limits of the U.K.'s changing energy mix.

A Europe-wide freeze this month sparked concerns over U.K. gas reserves while shedding inconclusive light on how wind can help cope with extreme low temperatures.

The U.K.’s National Grid warned that gas supplies could run out at the beginning of March as Britain succumbed to what papers called the "Beast from the East," an Arctic anticyclone combined with a winter storm that sent mercury plunging across the British Isles.

With snow bringing much of the U.K. to a standstill, the wholesale price of gas went up by 108 percent to its highest level in at least a decade. Supply fears caused the country to rein

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