Renewable Energy News
As utility customers invest more in advanced energy technologies, buildings are becoming dynamic energy hubs. Anywhere, anytime, a building could be a consumer, storage point, or generator of energy. And a building’s energy profile could change instantaneously as it responds to signals from internal controls, the grid operator, or third parties to deploy assets like controllable water heaters, smart equipment, solar, and storage.
Coming on the heels of Salt River Project’s announcement that it will procure up to 1 GW of solar capacity by 2025 and will seek to offer some community solar projects to its customers, this week two organizations released a new checklist intended to help regulators and interested stakeholders evaluate and improve community solar across the country.
The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced this week that community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2,000 MW (2 GW), reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic development in California and help the state achieve ambitious decarbonization and climate change goals.
Salt River Project (SRP) this week announced that it plans to add 1,000 MW of new utility-scale solar energy to its system by the end of fiscal year 2025, accelerating the pace of development and total solar capacity that it had previously announced by 700 MW.
FERC announced Nov. 14 it has begun the process to implement the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.
A tool designed as an insurance policy for solar-power generation will be used to manage the risk associated with U.S. residential systems for the first time as part of a financing agreement backing 4,000 projects in the Northeast.
Geothermal Engineering Ltd. (GEL) announced that drilling for the UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant at the United Downs Industrial Estate near St Day in Cornwall began last week. The aim of the initiative is to demonstrate the potential of the geothermal resource in the UK to produce electricity and renewable heat. The plant will have a capacity of up to 3 MW.
Wind speeds in India during the 2018 monsoon season were significantly higher than normal, and up to 20 percent higher than long-term averages in some regions, according to wind performance maps Vaisala published today. These higher wind speeds will benefit wind farm production; this is welcome news for wind energy operators and investors, who have faced several years of lower-than-normal wind energy production during the monsoon period.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is funding a study that it hopes will result in lower utility bills for customers and more control over electricity load for utilities. The project will involve 100 homeowners in Southern California who will install various types of distributed energy resources (DER) such as thermostats, load control switches, batteries, water heaters and eventually electric vehicle chargers.
The so-called “Seams Study” conducted by NREL and presented at POWER-GEN International in December 2017 during a session called #RocktheGrid is the basis of a new proposal put forth by a group of 18 U.S. governors. The bipartisan Governor’s Wind and Solar Energy Coalition sent a letter on November 9 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging commissioners to consider the benefits to the entire country of one unified electricity grid.
According to the International Energy Agency, “2018 is the year of electricity” and global electricity supply “is being transformed by the rise of renewables”.
ENGIE has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for two solar photovoltaic projects in Senegal, Africa.
And CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire, the French CEO of Schneider Electric, said it was fitting to focus so much on digital in North America. “This is the birthplace,” he said in the opening keynote at the Hilton Atlanta downtown. “This is where it all started.”
PG&E Corp. plans to replace three natural gas-fired power plants in California with battery-storage systems as the state continues its push to squeeze fossil fuels out of the electricity mix.
The Blue Circle Pte Ltd has signed a strategic partnership with AC Energy Inc., power subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, to jointly develop and construct a pipeline of projects providing about 1,500 MW of wind capacity across Southeast Asia, including more than 700 MW in Vietnam.
When two battery companies with almost 100-year histories combine, the result is one huge battery player, ready to meet the growing demand for energy storage solutions. That’s the idea at least behind Trojan Battery Company’s announcement last week that it is being acquired by C&D Technologies.
The fourth and final 30-MW hydro generating unit has been commissioned at the 120-MW Pulichintala Hydro-Electric Project in Telangana State, India.
Experts from Rocky Mountain Institute, the Advanced Energy Economy Institute and America’s Power Plan have released a new report that shows why new utility business models are key to the energy transition.
The shakeout in wind turbine manufacturing industry is starting to produce winners and losers after increasing competition gutted margins. Wind is one of the lowest-cost forms of energy generation and getting cheaper, with turbine prices down more than 50 percent in the past decade. That has hurt profit and spurred gloomier market outlooks from wind machinery makers from General Electric Co. to Vestas Wind Systems A/S.
A 40-year-old law that’s been key to the growth of renewable energy in the U.S. may be due for an overhaul.