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Can Puerto Rico Really Depend on Microgrids and Renewables for Power?
15 Dec 2017 at 7:49am
As Puerto Rico sets out to rebuild its electric system knocked out by Hurricane Maria in September, can it become a model for renewable energy? Scores of government agencies, think tanks and energy experts are mulling that question, as much of the U.S. Caribbean territory still lacks electricity.
World Bank Puts Fossil Fuels On Notice
13 Dec 2017 at 11:18am
The World Bank Group (WBG) yesterday during the One Planet Summit in Paris said that, as of 2019, it will no longer finance exploration for and production of oil and gas.
California Storage Providers Help Balance Renewables on Japan's Grid
12 Dec 2017 at 10:33pm
Two California energy storage providers say they are deploying networks of systems in Japan to help the country use more renewable energy. Stem Inc., a California firm that provides energy storage solutions, said it?s deploying a network of systems with Mitsui & Co. Ltd., marking its first foray into Asian markets.
Tesla and Sunrun Among Winners of Massachusetts Storage Grants
12 Dec 2017 at 11:56am
Tesla Inc., Sunrun Inc. and National Grid Plc are among recipients of energy-storage grants totaling $20 million from Massachusetts.
Multi-Billion Dollar Plan to Re-Power Puerto Rico Includes DERs, Renewables
12 Dec 2017 at 11:18am
If Hurricane Sandy, during which millions of New Yorkers lost power and damage to the electric grid was substantial, was the spark that ignited New York?s ?Reforming the Energy Vision, aka REV? then perhaps Hurricane Maria will be the spark that ignites a new energy vision for Puerto Rico.
3@3 on Solar PV: POWER-GEN, Energy Imbalance Market, Solar Trade Case
11 Dec 2017 at 9:21am
Today's topics include highlights from POWER-GEN, the largest show for the power generation industry, the energy imbalance market, Azeb Asnake, the solar trade case and more.
Trump Will Have to Wait Another Month for a Plan to Rescue Coal
11 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
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.?
Are Utilities Getting Greener? Merger Proceedings Would Indicate Yes
8 Dec 2017 at 9:15am
There has been a steady stream of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the utility sector over the past several years. These transactions generally require public service commissions (PSC) approval in the states in which one or both of the parties have operations, and the PSCs are typically charged with approving only transactions that are in the public interest.
Letter from the Editor: Why the Energy Imbalance Market is a Billion Dollar O...
8 Dec 2017 at 9:13am
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.
Looking for New Solar Markets? Think Water.
7 Dec 2017 at 4:39pm
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.
POWER-GEN 2017 Keynote ? Convergence and Collaboration
7 Dec 2017 at 1:05pm
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.
Variety of Opportunities for Next-Gen Energy Workforce Focus of Women in Powe...
7 Dec 2017 at 12:56pm
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.
Energy Storage Made Practical
6 Dec 2017 at 6:04pm
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.
Corporates #RocktheGrid by Driving Up Renewable Energy Demand
6 Dec 2017 at 10:09am
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.
Session Details Challenges and Possibilities of Microgrid Development
6 Dec 2017 at 9:07am
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.