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GE's 12,000 Job Cuts Highlight Uneasy Shift to Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-12-11 09:39

After spending years building up its gas-power business, General Electric Co. is trying to figure out how to keep pace in a world that’s no longer all that interested in fossil fuels.


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China Three Gorges Starts World's Biggest Floating Solar Project

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-12-11 09:31

China Three Gorges New Energy Co. started building the 150-megawatt project in July and part of the plant has connected to the grid, according to a Dec. 10 statement. The project features panels fixed to floats on the surface of a lake that formed after a coal mine collapsed, according to the unit. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018.

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Trump Will Have to Wait Another Month for a Plan to Rescue Coal

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-12-11 09:22

The Trump administration, which was looking to have a plan in place this week to bail out America’s coal country, will instead have to wait until the new year.

Kevin McIntyre, sworn in Thursday as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asked for a 30-day extension to act on a sweeping proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants. Perry, who had called on the commission to come up with a plan by Dec. 11, granted the delay late Friday, saying he “respects the reasons” but “looked forward to swift action.”

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Can Utility-Scale Solar PV Help with Grid Reliability?

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-12-08 11:38

As soon as solar started being introduced to the grid, operators and engineers raised concerns about solar resources causing instability. Is it possible, however, for utility-scale solar PV plants to provide grid reliability services? Mahesh Morjaria, vice president of PV systems for First Solar, says yes.


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Letter from the Editor: Why the Energy Imbalance Market is a Billion Dollar Opportunity

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-12-08 10:13

Electric grids are mighty complicated. Of course, if you’re in the industry, you don’t need me to tell you that. When we created these huge networks of wires to pass electricity from generator to user, we simultaneously needed to track where the energy originated and where it went so we could figure out how to pay people for the energy they provided.

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Looking for New Solar Markets? Think Water.

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-12-07 17:39

So if solar won’t be growing in the United States, where should developers look for new markets? One place is in disaster relief. Yung Wong, engineering manager with WorldWater and Solar Technologies explained that when disaster hits, the first thing that the Red Cross and the military do is fly in water bottles. He said that the cost to transport water comes out to about $1.85 per gallon whereas his company can provide drinking water for just a few cents per gallon though a mobile self-sustaining system that purifies water from any source. The system includes 3 kW of solar PV capacity and a 31-kWh deep cycle battery bank and transports as a 7-foot cube.  

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POWER-GEN 2017 Keynote – Convergence and Collaboration

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-12-07 14:05

Though the power industry continues to endure rapid change in technology, demand and regulation, the five keynote speakers at POWER-GEN International 2017 focused on making the most of a changing market through convergence and collaboration.

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Variety of Opportunities for Next-Gen Energy Workforce Focus of Women in Power Luncheon

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-12-07 13:56

About 50 people gathered on Dec. 5 at the Women in Power luncheon during POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas to hear the Woman of the Year and other finalists discuss their roles in affecting change in the energy industry, and the variety of opportunities in energy for the next generation of leaders.

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Energy Storage Made Practical

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-12-06 19:04

Energy storage is undoubtedly a hot topic worldwide. And as more focus is placed on this vital piece of the electricity system puzzle, particularly in the face of the increasing deployment of intermittent wind and solar generating facilities and growing demand for renewable generation, more technologies and approaches are being developed to provide needed storage.

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The Solar Trade Case: It's Gonna Be President Trump's Decision!

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-12-06 13:41

Not much new surfaced at today's public hearing on the Section 201 trade case. Rather it was a reaffirmation by both sides of what they had previously stated in the two public hearings at the International Trade Commission. 

The hearings started off with Governor McMaster of South Carolina and Senator Heinrich of New Mexico testifying against the imposition of any tariffs. There were no elected officials testifying on behalf of Suniva/Solar World. 

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Corporates #RocktheGrid by Driving Up Renewable Energy Demand

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-12-06 11:09

Speakers in a session on utility-scale renewable power during POWERGEN 2017 presented evidence that corporate buyers are driving an unprecedented demand for renewable energy today and will continue to do so into the future.

In #RocktheGrid - New Market Demand for Renewables, Lily Donge of the Rocky Mountain Institute and head of the Business Renewables Center (BRC), an organization that helps corporations understand how to buy renewable energy, said that this year 16 corporations have signed deals to purchase renewable energy and of those 16, 13 are new, indicating the growing interest. 

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Session Details Challenges and Possibilities of Microgrid Development

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-12-06 10:07

Microgrids have suddenly become a hot topic, but why? The five speakers in Tuesday afternoon’s session titled “Tuning Microgrids for Optimized Power Generation” shed some light on why there is increased interest in microgrids by electric utilities and their customers. 

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Enel Signs 85 MW of Energy Storage Supply Agreements with PG&E

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-12-06 09:51

Enel's North American unit signed three capacity storage agreements with California utility Pacific Gas and Electric for a total capacity of 85 MW/340 MWh. Under the agreements, Enel will build the Kingston, Cascade, and Sierra stand-alone lithium-ion energy storage projects, which will all be located in California.

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Exelon Invests in Storage Startup

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-12-06 09:41

Exelon Corp., the biggest U.S. nuclear operator, is investing in the batteries of the future. The company is a lead backer of Volta Energy Technologies, a startup that plans to evaluate and test new energy-storage technologies. Albemarle Corp., the Charlotte-based lithium supplier, is also a lead investor in Volta.


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Hoover Dam Is as Inspiring as it Is Educational

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-12-05 17:58

It’s been more than 80 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Bolder Dam, which was renamed Hoover Dam more than decade later. The dam was built primarily to control water flow along the Colorado River and provide a dependable supply of water for Southern California and Arizona. 

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Azeb Asnake Is the 2017 POWER-GEN Woman of the Year

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-12-05 12:30

In recognition of her great work advancing power generation in Ethiopia, on Tuesday, December 5 at POWER-GEN International, Azeb Asnake, CEO of Ethiopia Electric Power, was named the 2017 Power Generation Woman of the Year. 

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China Resources Power and SCE Snag Project of the Year Wins at POWER-GEN International

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-12-05 10:00

On Tuesday, December 5th during the keynote session of POWER-GEN International, Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazine named the energy storage and renewable energy projects of the year as well as an overall project of the year for 2017.

In the energy storage category, Southern California Edison’s Hybrid EGT project pulled out a win over Imperial Irrigation District’s Battery Storage Project and Gensa Energy’s Columbia Microgrid.


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PoweReliability-as-a-Service Enables DER Integration for Microgrid Applications

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-12-05 07:03

Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company, today at POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas said that it has released its PoweReliability-as-a-Service platform powered by the newly launched Trident OP engine featuring a fuel-efficient opposed piston architecture.

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Offshore Wind Farm Cape Wind Officially Comes to an End

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-12-04 17:50

Cape Wind, the offshore wind project off the coast of Massachusetts that drew the ire of the Kennedy and Koch families, is officially dead. Energy Management Inc. has ceased efforts to build what was once expected to become the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., according to an emailed statement from Chief Executive Officer Jim Gordon.

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Demand Response for Renewables Integration: Making a Smart Grid for Tomorrow

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-12-04 13:06

In September 2017, Arizona Public Service proposed a new product, reverse demand response (DR), that aims to balance system load with excess renewable generation. This is the latest example of using DR for renewables integration (DRRI).

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