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LIDAR helps Greece become a renewable energy leader
Contributed by Alexander James Capable of recording key wind characteristics such as speed and direction up to and above 200 meters vertical height, her special skills meant #106 was always destined to be a traveler and it wasn’t long before she spread her wings. Within a few weeks, she had traded her first home for a far sunnier climate and was on her way to Athens and her new name. Now known as Eunice, one of the mythical Nereides sea nymphs of Greek legend, her first stop was the head [...]
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Renewable power plants need better planning and design
Op-ed submitted by Jared Green 33% of all electricity generation worldwide is from renewable sources. Over the past decade, $3 trillion has been invested in clean power worldwide. In 2018, about two-thirds of new energy capacity installed was renewable. If we are going to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), the best-case scenario outlined at the Paris Climate Accord, global investment in renewable energy needs to double over the next decade. The world will need th [...]
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August sizzle: POWERGEN+, POWERGRID webcasts hot on decentralized energy, T&D
August is often seen as the end of something, whether it’s winter in the southern hemisphere or summer in the north. It’s the return to school for some and the last call for a vacation to others. August, author Sue Monk Kidd wrote, is the “griddle where days just lay there and sizzle.” Hot, hot, hot. The Clarion Energy series is trying to keep the griddle going this coming month with several key and informative industry webcast presentations. From T&D to on-site power and distr [...]
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The era of green finance
By Michael Castellarin and Michael Andrisani It is a time of change and growth for the power and energy sector. One of the most important and challenging questions facing the world is how it can transition towards a more sustainable future with respect to energy generation and consumption. To make substantial progress, massive investments into the power and energy sector will be required. We are already seeing some of the world’s biggest companies and deepest-pocketed investors pile capital [...]
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20-MW, 80-MWh Santa Ana battery storage project operational in California
Calpine and GE Renewable Energy this month announced completion of a 80-MWh standalone battery storage system in southern California. The Santa Ana Storage Project, which uses GE’s Reservoir energy storage technology, entered into commercial operation. The 20-MW, 80-MWh capacity is supported by a 20-year Resource Adequacy Power Purchase Agreement. Calpine, which traditionally has been a natural gas power plant and geothermal developer, considers the Santa Ana project as a major step forw [...]
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Four ways to put EVs on our roads today
By Jim Madej, CEO, Franklin Energy If the clean energy industry has shown us anything the past few years, it’s that it’s booming and ready to power our economy long into the future. The price declines in solar, wind, and battery storage have shown that renewables are available, economical, and growing. However, what’s been even more evident within the clean energy industry recently is the unstoppable trend toward the electrification of transportation. The growth in electric vehicles [...]
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Renewables became second-most prevalent U.S. electricity source in 2020, per EIA
In 2020, renewables generated a record 834 billion kWh of electricity, or about 21% of all the electricity generated in the U.S., according to the Energy Information Administration, coming in second to natural gas at 1,617 billion kWh. Renewable energy sources include wind, hydroelectric, solar, biomass and geothermal energy. Only natural gas produced more electricity than renewables in the U.S. in 2020. Renewables surpassed nuclear (790 billion kWh) and coal (774 billion kWh) generation for [...]
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Grid enhancing technologies find a place in FERC’s ANOPR on transmission planning
In the recently announced ANOPR on transmission planning, cost allocation, and generator interconnection reform process, FERC is seeking comments on whether it should require transmission providers to consider grid enhancing technologies in generator interconnection studies to interconnect renewable projects. FERC is also seeking comments from transmission providers who have already implemented and have experience with these technologies. FERC is looking for comments on transmission planning, co [...]
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In Wisconsin, conservatives make the case for third-party community solar
by Kari Lydersen, Energy News Network A conservative-led alliance of farming, construction, and clean energy groups is pushing new legislation in Wisconsin meant to create competition and accelerate the development of subscriber-backed community solar projects. Backers of the bill (LRB 1902) say it would facilitate a significant increase in the state’s renewable generation, help customers access clean energy and save money on bills, create solar construction jobs, and provide a revenue s [...]
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Natel Energy announces $20 million funding to further deploy Restoration Hydro Turbine
Natel Energy announced a $20 million funding round, led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) and supported by Chevron Technology Ventures, to build momentum in deploying its flagship product, the Restoration Hydro Turbine (RHT). “As more solar and wind power solutions are deployed, the role of hydropower will become increasingly important due to its inherent reliability, flexibility, and ability to integrate other renewables onto the grid,” said Carmichael Roberts, BEV. “Natel’s Rest [...]
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Energy Storage, Clean Power associations planning merger to strengthen U.S. renewable energy unity
The U.S. Energy Storage Association intends to merge with the American Clean Power Association in a move to spearhead transformative growth for renewable energies. The merger would unify groups representing wind, solar, storage and transmission companies within the membership. “Our Board sees the merger with ACP as a powerful new chapter for our industry and a pathway to achieving 100 GW of new energy storage by 2030,” said Kiran Kumaraswamy, the Vice President of Market Applications a [...]
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Solar and battery-powered mini-grids to bring electricity to 55,000 people in Nigeria for the first time
PowerGen, a developer of on- and off-grid distributed energy said this week that it has secured long term project financing to connect 55,000 people to electricity in rural Nigeria from CrossBoundary Energy Access with construction financing provided by Oikocredit, Triodos Investment Management (Triodos IM) and EDFI ElectriFI (the EU-funded Electrification Financing Initiative). The project is supported by grant funding from the World Bank and the Nigeria Rural Electrification Agency’s Nige [...]
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National Grid JV Emerald gains $150M credit for future solar, wind & energy storage investment
A joint venture owned by utility giant National Grid has secured $150 million in new credit to help grow its renewable energy investment over the coming years. Emerald Energy Venture LLC secured its $150 million portfolio revolving facility structured by SMBC, which is also lead arranger and agent. The portfolio revolver can be expanded to $250 million midway through next year. The new credit will allow National Grid’s EEV to fund construction of solar, battery storage and wind projects [...]
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Report: 30M solar homes would create 1.77M jobs, $69B in energy savings
Our new report finds that installing rooftop solar panels and community solar systems to serve the equivalent of 30 million American homes would create significant economic benefits — including 1.77 million jobs and $69 billion electricity bill savings over the next five years — while addressing the climate crisis and historic inequities. The report, “The National Impact of 30 Million Solar Homes: A Vision for an Equitable Economic Recovery Built on Climate Protection and Ener [...]
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An idea to clear out the SPP interconnection queue backlog to reduce renewable PPA costs
Clearing the current queue backlog is the focus of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) generator interconnection staff. However, they are missing a key long-term solution to address the root cause of backlog, identifying network upgrade costs for developers. Indeed, renewable energy (RE) developers could check if alternatives to network upgrades exist if these developers have study results in hand. SPP staff should run multiple Definitive Interconnection System Impact Study (DISIS) study cycle mo [...]
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DOE announces goal to cut costs of long-duration energy storage by 90%
U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm today announced the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) goal to reduce the cost of grid-scale, long-duration energy storage (of which pumped storage hydro is the largest source) by 90% within the decade. The second target within DOE’s Energy Earthshot Initiative, “Long Duration Storage Shot” sets goals to accelerate breakthroughs that store clean electricity to make it available anytime, anywhere and support more abundant, affordable and [...]
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Plug Power partnering with wind developer on PPA to energize green hydrogen production
Fuel cell technology firm Plug Power and Apex Clean Energy are partnering on a 345-MW wind power purchase agreement and development of a green hydrogen facility driven by the zero-carbon electricity. The 100-percent renewable energy PPA will supply a new hydrogen production plant being co-developed by Plug Power and Apex. Once operational, the hydrogen plant could produce more than 30 metric tons per day of carbon-free, liquid hydrogen—enough to fuel 1,000 heavy duty trucks and twice that m [...]
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Battery installations in Australia up 20%, here’s why
Last year the number of residential battery systems installed in Australia increased by 20%. The 31,000 battery systems that were installed is a remarkable number, considering Australia entered a recession in September last year for the first time in almost 30 years. This article considers some of the key drivers behind the growing market adoption of small-scale battery storage systems in the Australian market. Reduction in Feed-in Tariffs The rate solar system owners can earn for selling [...]
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Massive 50-GW wind, solar, hydrogen power plant with unique ownership model announced in Australia
An international consortium made up of InterContinental Energy, CWP Global and Mirning Green Energy Limited, announced today an integrated green fuels mega project in the South-East of Western Australia. When fully operational, the Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH) could produce up to 50 gigawatts of hybrid wind and solar power over 15,000-square-kilometres in South-East Western Australia, across the Shires of Dundas and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The region provides an optimal diurnal pro [...]
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Community Solar Projects and Programs: Today and Tomorrow
Community solar programs are popping up across the U.S. Not only do they allow for the proliferation of more clean energy because new solar arrays can be constructed in just the right locations, but they also allow any utility customer to go solar by subscribing to a project and earning bill credits that lead to savings of around 10% on electric bills. This session will bring together a project owner and a utility to discuss how community solar projects come together today and explore best pr [...]
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Does Your Solar Project Need Storage?
As solar power proliferates, at a certain point, it’s time to consider adding energy storage to help stabilize the grid. Take California’s duck curve problem as an example. The state has more than 31 GW of installed solar capacity and is ranked number 1 in the nation for solar according to SEIA. But all that solar means that between the hours of about 4-9 PM, as the sun is setting and folks are getting home and cranking up their appliances, the grid becomes strained. That’s why one innovat [...]
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Bifacial solar panels can increase yields
Most people don’t give the color of their roofs a second thought, but it could be costing their business a lot of money.  White or light gray roofs can increase rooftop bifacial PV energy yields by up to 25 percent and increase the return on investment by up to 10 percent, according to new research by Opsun, a bifacial PV racking company. Other companies are improving performance more directly. According to Reuters, a German company called Enerparc improved their bifacial performanc [...]
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New York announces initiatives to explore green hydrogen for decarbonization
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced that New York plans to explore the potential role of green hydrogen as part of the state’s comprehensive decarbonization strategy. To support this effort to study green hydrogen and its possible applications, the state is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), joining two hydrogen-focused organizations to inform state decision-making and making $12.5 million in funding available for long duration energy s [...]
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Renewables a key tool in the fight against Covid19
Bloomberg reported this week that over 2.66 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have now been administered across the globe, with the bulk of those doses received in Western nations. Most people reading this will have lined up at their local leisure centre, school or sports club at some point over the last couple of months to get their vaccination without giving much thought to the resources needed to deliver such a large scale programme. The process is actually incredibly energy-depende [...]
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