Air Liquide had a special gift for the U.S. on the little-known National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day this month: The French industrial giant announced plans to make renewably produced liquid hydrogen at an upcoming plant near Las Vegas.

The company said its facility will have a production capacity of 30 tons of liquid hydrogen a day. Most of this would be destined for California, where there are plans for 200 hydrogen filling stations by 2025, Air Liquide said

The announcement adds to the sense of a trend in the emerging sector.

“Green hydrogen seems like it’s at some sort of

In just a few short years, the focus at the annual Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation conference has shifted from issues around producing electricity from thermal capacity — usually oil — to what blend of renewable options are the best path forward.

It is not just a theoretical question for the future, says Risto Paldanius, director of business development for Wärtsilä’s Energy Storage and Optimization, business unit, and a long-time attendee of the conference.

“It has clearly shifted, and now that the LCOE (levelized cost of energy) for renewables is on par or lower than any thermal generation, it’s all about solar and wind,” said Paldanius. “Then the questions

Renewable energy sources generated more electricity than fossil fuels in the U.K. for the whole of the third quarter, the first time that has happened, according to research by the Carbon Brief.

Chunky capacity additions, largely from offshore wind, alongside a spate of coal plant closures and an overall decrease in demand have all accelerated the trend.

Fossil fuels’ share of the electricity mix was 10 times larger than renewables’ a decade ago, Carbon Brief's data shows.

The growth of renewable energy capacity in the U.K. has remained fairly steady in recent years, with sharp additions of solar and now offshore

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) launched an investigation into utility National Grid in a filing published late last month, which it says will “address the efficiencies of operations and productivity of National Grid’s management and personnel.”

The probe comes amid a controversial "cluster study" on distributed generation from the utility, which has added a dash of chaos to the state's solar development goals. The decision to initiate that study this spring, plus what the DPU called National Grid’s “failure to meaningfully engage with the Department and stakeholders” prior, added to the DPU’s concerns about a potentially uncoordinated approach to modern grid

Having won nearly 5 gigawatts of orders for its Haliade-X offshore wind turbines over the past month, GE is thinking about where its next production facilities will be built — and the U.S. looks like a prime candidate.

“For us, I think it’s inevitable eventually to do something locally,” Derek Stilwell, commercial leader for North American offshore wind at GE Renewable Energy, said Friday in New York.

For years, offshore wind executives have said the U.S. needed a larger pipeline of projects to warrant a local turbine factory. Europe’s mature supply-chain is expected to provide many of the most valuable components for the first wave of

Having won nearly 5 gigawatts of orders for its Haliade-X offshore wind turbines over the past month, GE is thinking about where its next production facilities will be built — and the U.S. looks like a prime candidate.

“For us, I think it’s inevitable eventually to do something locally,” Derek Stilwell, commercial leader for North American offshore wind at GE Renewable Energy, said Friday in New York.

A GE spokesperson later clarified that Stilwell was talking about the broader supply chain, and not GE specifically.* 

"It's premature to talk about whether GE will bring additional U.S. manufacturing capacity to the U.S. until the market matures and

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