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Nine years after Hurricane Sandy, microgrids provide resiliency in New York City
A partnership launched in response to Hurricane Sandy has produced eight, state-of-the-art microgrids to provide resiliency to New York City communities nine years after the storm. UGE International designed and deployed the microgrid systems, utilizing battery systems from SimpliPhi Power, natural gas generators, and rooftop solar installations. RISE:NYC was launched through a partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Devel [...]
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European energy crisis proves the lie of ‘stable’ fossil fuels
We are hurtling towards the coldest quadrant of the year, and with that in mind, many people are beginning to think about the cost of their fuel consumption over the winter period. For those living in Europe, the next few months are going to be even more challenging than usual with an emerging energy crisis threatening to push prices up to catastrophic levels. At the center of the crisis is a perfect storm that has destabilized the price of gas. As a result, conservative estimates suggest tha [...]
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Renewable energy jobs grew to 12 million globally despite pandemic, supply chain challenges
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip More than 12 million people around the world worked in renewable energy in 2020, an increase of 500,000 from the year before, even after the significant impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.  The joint report from the International Renewable Energy Agency and International Labour Organization found that solar PV employs a third of the renewable energy industry at 4 million workers, followed by bioenergy, hydropower, and wind. More renewable energy professio [...]
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Demand-side emission reduction key to meeting decarbonization goals, report says
New study from Brattle Group and Oracle shows utility customer action can be twice as impactful as current clean energy supply policies in reducing greenhouse gas emissions In the race to meet aggressive decarbonization and net-zero carbon goals and regulations, a new study shows that utilities cannot afford to just focus on clean energy supply investments. The report, by The Brattle Group and Oracle Utilities, found that by 2040 actions by utility customers can reduce nearly t [...]
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Coast Guard announces first solar+storage microgrid project
The U.S. Coast Guard will build its first battery energy storage system (BESS) with its also first-time microgrid at a training center in California. The Coast Guard selected Ameresco to provide energy savings performance contract (ESPC) services at Training Center Petaluma. The $43 million contract centers around the USCG’s first BESS and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s largest solar renewable project integrating in a microgrid. Training Center Petaluma faces a range of ene [...]
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Huawei secures contract for 1300MWh Saudi battery storage project
Technology company Huawei Digital Power has been awarded a contract to build what is claimed to be the world’s largest battery energy storage system in Saudi Arabia. Huawei will be partnering with Chinese construction and engineering company SEPCO111 to deliver the energy storage system as part of the Red Sea Project.  The project will include the integration of the storage system with a 400MW solar PV plant that is being developed by Saudi Arabia-based utility ACWA Power. Huawei [...]
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In comments to FERC, renewable energy giants detail interconnection, transmission, and grid upgrade cost-sharing woes
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Ørsted, EDF Renewables, bp, Shell, NextEra Energy, RWE Renewables, and EDP Renewables all submitted comments for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on transmission planning, grid upgrades, and interconnection to support the clean energy transition. Giants of the renewable energy industry called for urgent transmission and interconnection reforms, as well as changes to cost-sharing for network upgrades, as FERC sp [...]
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Portland utility targets distributed energy, smart grid in net-zero plan
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Portland General Electric has outlined a path to net-zero emissions that relies on tripling clean energy assets and utilizing customer-sited distributed energy resources for grid resiliency. The Oregon utility shared plans Friday to reduce emissions by at least 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035, and to reach zero emissions by 2040. To reach the 2030 goal, PGE will eliminate coal from its portfolio and approximately 1,500 – 2,000 MW of clean and renewable resources an [...]
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Joint venture targets ‘vast potential’ of U.S. floating offshore wind market
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip A joint venture between global energy giant TotalEnergies and Simply Blue Group, a developer of floating offshore wind projects, aims to capitalize on the "vast potential" of floating offshore wind projects in the U.S. Together, TotalEnergies and Simply Blue Group have more than 9 gigawatts of offshore wind in development around the world. “We are convinced of the large potential of floating offshore wind to provide U.S. coasts with renewable electricity, [...]
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North Carolina proves climate action can be bipartisan
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday signed into law a bipartisan mandate that will require the state to reduce carbon emissions by 70% by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050. House Bill 951: Energy Solutions for North Carolina directs the Utilities Commission to "take all reasonable steps" to achieve the emissions targets from electric public utilities. "Today, North Carolina moves strongly into a reliable and affordable clean energy future," C [...]
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Solar’s ITC needs an update
The opportunity to encourage clean energy adoption via roof replacements is enormous, and the potential positive impact on the climate crisis is significant. Congress created the solar investment tax credit (ITC) in 2006 to spur solar energy growth in America and drive economic gains through the creation of new, clean manufacturing and construction jobs. Fifteen years later, it’s clear that the policy has succeeded. The solar industry grew 10,000% and added hundreds of thousands of well [...]
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Arizona nuclear to clean hydrogen project receives $20 million from Dept. of Energy
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip An Arizona project will receive $20 million in funding from the U.S. Dept. of Energy to demonstrate technology that produces clean hydrogen energy from nuclear power, as part of the agency's goal of reducing the cost of clean hydrogen production by 80%. The project at Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station in Phoenix will produce 200 MWh of electricity from six tonnes of stored hydrogen during times of high demand. Project lead PNW Hydrogen LLC will receive $12 [...]
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In Missouri, resource hubs aim to help building owners improve efficiency
By Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network Nonprofit groups have established resource centers in St. Louis and the Kansas City metro to help building owners upgrade properties as advocates press cities to adopt more stringent energy efficiency standards. Energy efficiency advocates in Missouri’s two largest cities have launched new efforts to help building owners comply with the more demanding building efficiency standards that are gradually taking hold across the country. In St. Louis, [...]
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Council endorses BE Power to progress to next stage for 400-MW Big-T pumped storage
The Toowoomba Regional Council in Queensland has endorsed BE Power Pty Ltd to progress to the next stage of the tender process for the council’s 400-MW Big-T pumped storage project. Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said he was pleased with how the tender process was progressing. He said the approval allowed the council to continue taking steps toward using its existing land and water assets to generate energy. “BE Power is proposing to develop a pumped hydro energy storage facility [...]
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Georgia Power gains state approval for 65-MW/260-MWh battery storage project
Southern Co.-owned utility Georgia Power is going to build and operate the first standalone battery storage system on the state’s transmission grid. The Georgia Public Service Commission has approved plans for the Mossy Branch Battery Facility. The 65-MW/260-MWh grid-charging battery system will be sited on 2.5 acres in Talbot County near Columbus, Ga. It will connect into the Georgia Integrated Transmission System and will be part of a larger future 80-MW battery energy storage portfoli [...]
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EIA: Global renewable energy consumption nearly reaches that of liquid fuels by 2050
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Barring significant changes in policies or trends, U.S. Energy Information Administration modeling forecasts increasing global energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions through 2050. The EIA released the International Energy Outlook 2021 on Wednesday, which makes assumptions based on U.S. laws and regulations as of May 2021, and incorporates existing international laws. The report forecasts that renewable energy will be the primary source for new electri [...]
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Western U.S. utilities totaling 10M+ customers create exploratory group looking for future market options
A dozen of the major power providers in the western U.S. are banding together to pursue future market services which could offer both reliable electricity and carbon reduction, they say. The informal Western Markets Exploratory Group members deliver electricity to millions of customers. They are exploring the potential for new market services including day-ahead energy sales, transmission system expansion, and other power supply and grid offerings. The Western Markets Exploratory Group inc [...]
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Puerto Rico has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a clean energy grid – but FEMA plans to spend $9.4 billion on fossil fuel infrastructure instead
Patrick Parenteau, Vermont Law School and Rachel Stevens, Vermont Law School The Biden Administration has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help Puerto Rico transition to a greener and more resilient energy future, but it’s on the verge of making a multibillion-dollar mistake. Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, many residents and environmental advocates have called for new clean energy sources for the island. Currently, Puerto Rico gets more than 97% of its electrici [...]
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Wind leads new U.S. generating capacity for third straight quarter
Originally published on ILSR.org Nearly seven gigawatts of new power generation capacity came online in the second quarter of 2021. Renewable energy generation capacity growth was comparable to last quarter, while new fossil gas construction dropped dramatically. In four of the last eight quarters, the fossil gas contribution to new power generation capacity has been less than 10 percent. It has been two years since fossil fuel plants made up the majority of quarterly added generation capaci [...]
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Three ways to drive profitability for wind energy investors
ONYX Insight has released a new report providing recommendations on how the wind energy sector can remain successful and profitable for players. The Decoding Wind’s Future study states that successful renewable energy operators will need to be responsive to pricing mechanisms and tailor their operations to improve profitability. Three ways wind energy sector players can do so include: Eliminate silos: The study states that siloed data has over the past years prevented the wi [...]
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Massachusetts finds early success with behind-the-meter energy storage program
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Massachusetts has found early success with its behind-the-meter energy storage incentive program. The ConnectedSolutions program compensates residential and commercial customers for allowing utilities to draw from energy from their grid-connected batteries and/or to curtail energy use via smart thermostats or electric vehicle charging at times of peak electric demand. Launched in 2019, ConnectedSolutions had about 34,000 customer participants with 310 megaw [...]
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Arizona’s renewable energy industry urges Sen. Sinema to support clean energy legislation
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip President Biden's legacy-defining infrastructure and climate proposals face a challenging road ahead in Congress, in large part because of objections by two moderate Democrats in the U.S. Senate -- Sen. Krysten Sinema of Arizona and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Arizona's renewable energy industry held a roundtable with a representative from Sinema's office, urging support for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and $3.5 trillion budget recon [...]
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N.C. offshore wind faces big challenges, even bigger opportunities, advocates say
By Elizabeth Ouzts, Energy News Network A new coalition of environmental and clean energy groups is working to overcome barriers to offshore wind, including local pockets of opposition and an approaching ban on energy development in the southern Atlantic Ocean. An impending Trump-era ban on energy development in the southern Atlantic Ocean has entangled the future of North Carolina’s offshore wind industry with congressional Democrats’ reconciliation bill. Meanwhile, tony beach town [...]
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UK puts its money where its mouth is with December renewables auction
More good news from the UK this month as the Government announced a new package of £265m to support green energy projects. The money will be channeled via the Contracts for Difference auction series, an incentive scheme launched just under a decade ago. How does it work? The CfD scheme was rolled out as part of the ambitious Energy Act back in 2013 and supports the development of most renewable technologies (although notably, biomass has been excluded from the latest round).  CfDs [...]
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