Blockchain's carbon footprint is becoming a problem.

The United Nations is supporting a startup that aims to get rid of the carbon footprint produced by blockchains — by using a blockchain.

Singapore-based New Era Energy has developed a blockchain-based framework called Carbon Grid Protocol that is intended to help other blockchain players offset emissions. In the case of bitcoin, these are estimated to equal more than 500 kilos of carbon dioxide per transaction.

New Era Energy is planning to open up carbon credit markets by making them more transparent and accountable, while removing the need for intermediaries such as brokers or funds. 

“We are trying to enable a

Yingli’s Slow-Motion Financial Crash Causes Another Stock Exchange Delisting

Vertically integrated Yingli Green Energy, once the largest solar module manufacturer in the world, has been on the precipice of financial disaster for years. Burdened with debt, the company finally saw its shares delisted from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) this week and relocated to the far less respectable OTC Pink Sheets.

The Chinese solar major was removed from the exchange for not maintaining an average global market capitalization over a consecutive 30 trading-day period of at least $50 million.     

It's not a huge surprise – Yingli has been in a slow motion financial crash since 2015, brought on by a massive debt load and bad

South Africa tries to get its renewable energy industry back on track.

Lawmakers are aiming to get South Africa’s once-buoyant renewable energy market back on track with a new bid window for 1.8 gigawatts of capacity. The bid window, South Africa’s fifth, is due to kick off in November and could be worth 50 billion rand ($4 billion).

Speaking at a Johannesburg conference in June, South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe made it clear the investment was aimed at creating jobs and stimulating the local economy.

“The intention is to enhance local manufacturing to ensure investment and economic growth as well as the opportunity to encourage opportunities for black industrialists and the development of black independent power producers,”

REC Silicon cut 40 percent of its remaining workforce this week.

REC Silicon announced cuts to 40 percent of its workforce this week, blaming trade disputes with China for the strain on its business. 

It’s a consequence that U.S. polysilicon manufacturers have warned about for years, since trade restrictions shut them out of their top market in China in 2014. About 95 percent of REC’s revenues come from sales outside the U.S.

“I’ve been telling the government for a long time. We’re kind of on the edge, and this is the start of it really,” said Francine Sullivan, vice president of business development at REC. “We meant it when we said it’s urgent, that we need

Massachusetts faces some tough decisions with its energy storage policy.

Massachusetts wants to use a forthcoming solar program to kickstart its energy storage industry.

The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) will deploy 1,600 megawatts of new solar capacity in the coming years, pending regulatory approval. The incentive contains an adder that pays more for solar generation tied to energy storage.

The storage industry has barely gotten started in Massachusetts, but it will play an increasingly valuable role by balancing out the gigawatts of new wind and solar the state has planned. Those intermittent resources are already reshaping the region’s electricity consumption.

"If we’re going to double the amount of solar we have,

REC Silicon cut 40 percent of its remaining workforce this week.

REC Silicon announced cuts to 40 percent of its workforce this week, blaming trade disputes with China for the strain on its business. 

It’s a consequence that U.S. polysilicon manufacturers have warned about for years, since trade restrictions shut them out of their top market in China in 2014. About 95 percent of REC’s revenues come from sales outside the U.S.

“I’ve been telling the government for a long time. We’re kind of on the edge, and this is the start of it really,” said Francine Sullivan, vice president of business development at REC. “We meant it when we said it’s urgent, that we need

JLM Energy Lays Off Workforce, Seeks Additional Funding

Rocklin, California-based JLM Energy laid off its workforce last week, halting one of the more unusual projects in the energy storage industry.

The startup, self-funded by founders Farid Dibachi and Kraig Clark, had scaled up a business around its Phazr battery, which attaches to solar racking and sits underneath the solar module. The company claimed it had thousands of units operational across California, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii and North Carolina, although its units are much smaller than typical battery products.

The Phazr concept applied the distributed logic of microinverters to the energy storage sector, promising modularity and easier installation. Its DC-coupled architecture eliminates the cost of a

How FERC’s New Ruling Is Upending the Country’s Biggest Capacity Market

For more than a year, clean energy advocates have been asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject market proposals from the country’s biggest grid operator, PJM, on the grounds that they could effectively bar state-subsidized clean power from participating in the country’s biggest capacity market. 

On Friday, FERC’s five-member commission voted on a 3-2 party line to throw out PJM’s proposals, declare its current capacity market as “unjust and unreasonable,” and start a proceeding to replace it with a plan that could be much more restrictive for state-sponsored clean energy — or, alternatively, much more open to states setting their own energy imperatives.

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