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SEPA Explores DERMS at #DTECH2019

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2019-02-05 05:34
Just the number of acronyms in the headline for this article ought to offer a tiny glimpse into the complexity surrounding the deployment of Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS). On Monday, during DistribuTECH, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) held a grid management working group meeting to discuss what requirements are necessary for successful DERMS deployment.
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China’s Wind Industry Installs More than 20 GW of Capacity in 2018 and Curtailment Decreases

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2019-02-05 04:36
Analysts at Huajin Securities in China said they expect newly installed capacity nationwide for 2018 to be somewhere between 21 and 22 GW, and that the wind power curtailment rate would continue to drop. Newly installed capacity for wind power is expected to continue to grow steadily over the next two years, while the proportion of the country’s total power sourced from wind is expected to continue to increase as well.
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Tour highlight: Pilot solar farm offers lessons learned

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 12:32

It is a bit ironic to visit a solar farm on a foggy, overcast morning, but you have to take whatever weather you are given – in New Orleans in early February. At least it wasn’t raining, which was definitely in the forecast just the day before.

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Tesla to Buy Battery-Tech Firm Maxwell for $218 Million in Stock

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 07:02
Tesla Inc. agreed to acquire battery-technology company Maxwell Technologies Inc. for about $218 million in stock, as Elon Musk’s electric car maker adds expertise in energy storage and power delivery.
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Top 5 Disruptions Utility Execs Are Probably Worrying about Right Now

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 05:47
If you are one of the almost half-million people who work in the utility industry, no doubt you know that the industry is changing, and fast. Lucky for you, DistribuTECH offers you an in-depth look at every single aspect of the utility business and how all of those changes will affect you and the work that you do every day.
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Demand Charges Could Jeopardize Rooftop Solar in New York

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 04:38
In New York, and cities around the world, extreme weather events have become the new norm. Even six years later as we prepare for the L train shutdown for storm-related repairs, we’re still seeing the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which knocked out power to more than eight million households.
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Chinese Solar Manufacturers Increased Production, Export in 2018 While Domestic Installations Fell

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 04:32
In 2018, 43 GW of new PV installation capacity was added to the grid in China, a decline of 18 percent from the prior year. Accumulated PV installed capacity surpassed 170 GW. Of the total, 20 GW were distributed PV, up 5 percent. Some 23 GW were centralized PV, down 31 percent. The country’s PV sector showed dramatic growth in electricity production last year. The curtailment rate of PV power systems declined from a double-digit number to around 3 percent.
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How Utilities and Consumers Can Join Forces to Power the Sustainable Future

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 04:27
Since 1996, the World Bank reports we have massively reduced our energy consumption per capita from 3879kg to 2775kg oil equivalent. However, since 2014 progress has plateaued somewhat, and with some ways towards meeting minimum environmental goals, we have taken all the easiest steps towards greater efficiency and the need to shift our attention to significant minimal gains. Initiatives from the smart meter roll out to environmental levies peron suppliers are bringing attention to the way we generate and consume energy. Meanwhile in the retail sector, ‘all green’ energy tariffs from the likes of Bulb and Ovo are gaining market share.
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Clean Energy Group Says Georgia Power’s New IRP Falls Short on Solar, Energy Efficiency

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2019-02-01 08:08
On January 31, 2019, Georgia Power, the largest utility in the state submitted its newest integrated resource plan (IRP) to the state utility commission for approval.
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LaFleur Will Not Seek a Third Term as FERC Commissioner

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2019-02-01 07:27
Federal energy regulatory commissioner Cheryl LaFleur announced on Twitter on January 31 that she will not be seeking a third term and will be leaving the commission later in 2019. She said in the tweet that this is not the outcome she had hoped for but that she felt very lucky to have served on FERC for more than 8 years. She said she plans to serve out the rest of her term, which is up at the end of June.
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ABB signs storage and microgrid financing pact

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2019-02-01 03:12

ABB and fellow Swiss company SUSI Partners have signed a pact to promote the deployment of microgrids and energy storage.

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Consumers Energy to Study Energy Storage on its Grid with New NEC System

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2019-01-31 08:55
NEC Energy Solutions announced today the completion of an energy storage system for Consumers Energy. The system includes two independent 280kW/340kWh DSS energy storage systems and NEC’s AEROS controls software. The energy storage system will enable Consumers Energy to investigate how energy storage can be used to avoid further system upgrades, smooth renewable energy production and support load/energy management. The storage system has been designed with the flexibility to increase the energy capacity to 1MWh or more, according to NEC.
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PowerGen World Mourns Sudden Passing of McCallum

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2019-01-31 07:30

McCallum began serving on the POWERGEN International advisory committee in 2018 and chaired one session during the December conference in Orlando. 

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4.2-MW Solar Project Planned for Rhode Island Town

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2019-01-31 07:13

Standard Solar Inc. announced an agreement with the town of Burrillville, Rhode Island for the ground-mount solar system. It is planned to contain more than 11,000 solar modules and produce 5.3 GWh of electricity.

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Why Community Solar Is the Future of the Industry

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2019-01-31 02:00
If you haven’t been paying attention to the solar industry, you’re probably surprised at how much publicity community solar is currently getting. It would appear its popularity has been a recent development that has come out of nowhere — so quickly, in fact, that people are just beginning to understand exactly what the whole concept of community solar is.
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PG&E Seeks Court Protection From Federal Regulators on Renewable Energy PPASs

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2019-01-30 13:39
PG&E Corp. is seeking court protection to amend or cancel power purchase agreements with suppliers as part of its bankruptcy proceedings.
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The Politics Behind Ocasio-Cortez and the ‘Green New Deal’

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2019-01-30 13:36
Hundreds of young activists stormed Nancy Pelosi’s office after Democrats won the House in November, inspired by the new hero of the left, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who briefly joined them in a live-streamed protest to demand passage of a radical plan to fight climate change.
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FERC issues final EIS for 393.3-MW Swan Lake North Pumped Storage Project

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2019-01-30 09:00

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff have issued a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the licensing of Swan Lake North Hydro LLC’s proposed 393.3-MW Swan Lake North Pumped Storage Project.

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GE Combines Renewable Generation and Grid Businesses to Increase Efficiency

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2019-01-30 07:32
GE announced today that it sees a future in housing its renewable generation businesses (onshore and offshore wind, hydropower) alongside its grid businesses which include substations and transformers plus solar, storage and distributed energy resource (DER) control software. GE Renewable Energy CEO Jerome Pecresse said in a press conference that the move will simplify the lives of GE’s customers by giving them one point of contact for all of their renewable energy power needs.
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DistribuTECH Highlights Growing Importance of Utility/Solar Partnerships

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2019-01-29 11:33
Next week thousands of utility executives and energy industry stakeholders will flock to New Orleans to participate in DistribuTECH 2019 — a show predominantly for distribution utilities — and for the first time, a handful of solar equipment companies will be among the hundreds of exhibitors in the exhibit hall.
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