Greece this month announced a sell-off of about 40 percent of its coal-fired generation capacity in a move intended to help open its electricity market.

But finding a buyer, which Reuters reports will have to be “a European operator to safeguard energy supply security both for Greece and the European Union,” might be a problem because coal is going out of fashion in Europe.

On April 21, for example, the U.K.’s electricity system made headlines after running for an entire day without any coal-fired generation, something that had not happened since the 1800s.

“To have the first working day without coal

Bay Area Rapid Transit Will Run Trains on 100% Renewable Energy

Several mornings a week, I leave my home in sunny Oakland, board a Bay Area Rapid Transit train and shoot underwater to work at Greentech Media's San Francisco bureau. In time, that commute to write about clean energy will be powered by clean energy as well.

The BART board of directors just passed an electrical portfolio policy that requires half of the organization's power to come from renewables by 2025, and 100 percent by 2045. That has broader implications for the region, because the electric train system consumes roughly 400,000 megawatt-hours annually -- equivalent to a small city like Alameda. And, due to a unique legislative

Spain Is a Case Study in How Not to Foster Renewables

Spain’s renewable interests have labelled recent Spanish energy policy moves as a “case study in what not to do” following a new cut in subsidies.

José María González Moya, chief executive of the Spanish renewable energy business association (APPA) said, “Spain used to be a leader. Now the problem with Spain is that you don’t know what they will do after tomorrow. It’s a disincentive.”

APPA last month launched a legal challenge against a government review of plant remuneration rates that the association said will cost Spanish renewable energy investors more than €600 million ($657 million) in lost revenues over the next three years.

Algeria will soon issue a massive 4 gigawatt tender for solar projects, but it can expect to see less interest from international developers than from nations like Saudi Arabia.

Algeria can also expect that the prices developers bid to win contracts will be higher than in Saudi Arabia. The reason? In large part, it has to do with the impact of currency depreciation. In Algeria, power purchase agreements (PPAs) are denominated in Dinars, a currency that has depreciated annually by an average of almost 12 percent since 2014. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC), like the United Arab Emirates, have currencies pegged to the

The Story of Today’s Battery Technology in 12 Tweets

TWiB: All You Need to Know About Batteries in a Dozen Tweets.

A summary of batteries in a dozen bite-sized tweets: 
Guess which battery will power most phones, EVs, and home solar in 2025?  A lithium battery. Yes. Really. Good luck new chemistries.   Lead-acid (yes, that old dog), will destroy Li-ion for grid storage. Oh ya… there is that sulfation thing to solve.    The 2017 Li-ion battery is not your grandfathers one.  It is oh, so different on the inside. Don’t judge a book by its cover.   Is there a solid-state battery in your EV

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