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Market rules for hybrid interconnections taking shape at MISO
MISO interconnection customers have the option of designating “hybrid” as fuel type when they submit an interconnection request before July 22, 2021, for the 2021 Definitive Planning Phase (DPP) cycle. In addition, there are nearly 5,000 MW of hybrid resources, mostly solar plus storage, waiting to be studied by MISO from the 2019 and 2020 cycles. But MISO does not have a tariff definition yet for hybrid resources.MISO is preparing to file a hybrid resource definition at FERC next mo [...]
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Going green: The future of hydrogen energy
By Bill Ireland, Logan Energy This year’s COP26 summit is widely viewed as one of the last chances to fulfil the 2015 Paris climate agreement and ensure meaningful progress is made towards tackling our net zero targets and the climate emergency.  Hydrogen is one of the energy solutions that can significantly address climate change and has a vital role to play in decarbonization. In the last decade, green hydrogen in particular has shown great promise as [...]
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Regulators join forces to remove barriers to clean energy transmission
Transmission is key if the US is serious about becoming a nation powered by more renewable energy; new taskforce will work to overcome obstacles and barriers to key infrastructure build-out. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) today announced the formation of a joint federal-state task force on electric transmission, which FERC established by order issued today.  Members of this first-of-its-kind task [...]
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The United States consumed a record amount of renewable energy in 2020
by Mickey Francis, EIA In 2020, consumption of renewable energy in the United States grew for the fifth year in a row, reaching a record high of 11.6 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), or 12% of total U.S. energy consumption. Renewable energy was the only source of U.S. energy consumption that increased in 2020 from 2019; fossil fuel and nuclear consumption declined. Our U.S. renewable energy consumption by source and sector chart (above, larger version here) shows how much renewable [...]
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Oil majors attracted by economic competitiveness of renewables
The expected decreased demand for fossil fuels, coupled with the falling costs associated with renewable energy projects, are driving major oil and gas companies – including bp, Total and Shell – to actively restructure their businesses to add more renewable power projects to their portfolios. This is according to the latest research from data and analytics company GlobalData. The study shows that within the renewable power sector, solar and wind energy are expected to show the highest gr [...]
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Charging forward with the EV revolution in the US
By Robert MacDonald, Smarter Grid Solutions As individual states across the U.S. work towards increasingly ambitious net zero emissions targets, the logistics of how these targets can be achieved and where investment should be made is at the forefront of decision-makers’ minds. To date, considerable efforts have been made to look at solutions that implement more renewables and clean energy into a modern and sustainable electricity system – and electric vehicles (EVs) have an impor [...]
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DOE provides NYPA, EPRI $200,000 to research long-duration storage
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced this week that it will launch a project with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to explore the use of crushed rock thermal energy storage to provide reliable and effective energy storage in a market with significant renewable energy resources. The project will be led by EPRI and funded by a $200,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant. It will investigate the feasibility of a thermal energy storage (TES) technology developed by Brenmiller [...]
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ABB and SMC partner on 80-MW energy storage project in Philippines
SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMC), a major supplier of power to the national grid in the Philippines, has partnered with ABB to install battery energy storage systems (BESS) as part of its BESS Project. In countries such as the Philippines, several challenges negatively impact grid performance, such as the length of power lines required to connect the diverse archipelago, as well as intermittent energy supply from wind and solar, which needs storage to act as a frequency regulator. The BE [...]
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National Grid Renewables announces operations at Bingham and Temperance solar plants
Two new Michigan solar projects are now operational and delivering up to 40 MW of carbon free power to the region. National Grid Renewables announced work was completed at Bingham Solar and Temperance Solar, both part of the company’s MiSolar Portfolio. National Grid Renewables owns both projects, which will generate under power purchase agreements with utility Consumers Energy. The developer kept the construction work as local as possible. Michigan-based contractor J. Ranck Electric han [...]
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Virginia advocates seek path forward for electric school buses despite lack of state funds
by Elizabeth McGowan, Energy News Network An ambitious measure to convert Virginia’s fleet of 17,000 diesel-powered school buses to quieter and cleaner electric models over a decade was praised by health and environmental advocates when it passed the General Assembly at the end of February. But transitioning from yellow to green is expensive. And that hefty price tag became more daunting when House Bill 2118, signed into law by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, was left unfunded. Still, [...]
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Inequalities must be addressed to provide universal access to sustainable energy
Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report says that during the past decade, a greater share of the global population gained access to electricity than ever before, but the number of people without electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa increased. Unless efforts are scaled up significantly in countries with the largest deficits, the world will still fall short of ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030. The report was released by the International En [...]
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Tri Global Energy selling 350 MW in Blackford wind & solar projects to Leeward
Dallas-based Leeward Renewable Energy is acquiring Indiana wind and solar projects from the original developer. Tri Global Energy is selling close to 2,000 MW of renewable generating capacity to Leeward. Both projects are based in Blackford County, Indiana, and were developed by Tri Global beginning in 2019. Blackford Wind will be capable of delivering up to 200 MW, and Blackford Solar will be capable of up to 150 MW. The projects combined are expected to produce enough energy to power mor [...]
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Eureden and Primeo Energie sign small hydro PPA in France
A hydroelectric power purchase agreement (PPA) has been signed between Primeo Energie France, Eureden and aventron. Primeo Energie France is committed to supplying Eureden with electricity production from two small hydroelectric facilities operated by the aventron group through its French subsidiary Birseck Hydro, from 2023 to 2025. The plants are the 5.2-MW Oche power station in Hautes-Alpes and the 4.5-MW Trébas power station in the Tarn. Primeo Energie France will deliver to the Eurede [...]
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Vermont clean energy jobs board aims to net more resumes from women
Advocates in Vermont hope a new clean energy jobs board and resume bank can help open doors and diversify a sometimes clubby, male-dominated sector. Renewable Energy Vermont’s clean energy resume bank, launched last month, lets employers post job listings and review resumes uploaded by job seekers. The goal is to help companies fill positions as they rebound from the pandemic, and also share opportunities with underrepresented groups, particularly women.   Demand for worke [...]
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ACCIONA wins approval to build 188-MW Fleming County solar farm for Amazon
This week, ACCIONA said it has received the go-ahead to construct its first Kentucky solar farm from the state’s siting board. The 188-MW Fleming County project is one of four in Kentucky, Ohio, and Illinois that were part of a power purchase agreement with Amazon announced last year. The project is a significant step forward for solar energy in Kentucky, and has the opportunity to more than double the installed solar capacity in Kentucky, according to data from the Solar Energy Industry As [...]
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Signed PPA advances 40-MWac Khoumagueli solar project in Guinea
The 40-MWac Khoumagueli Solar IPP project in Guinea has marked a significant milestone with the signing of a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) between InfraCo Africa and Electricité de Guinée (EDG). A Concession Agreement for the project was signed in February 2019. The Khoumagueli Solar project will be Guinea’s first grid-connected solar photovoltaic plant. The project is designed to complement power generation at the nearby 75-MW Garafiri hydroelectric plant. The facilities will [...]
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New portfolio of solar canopies in California to help reduce urban heat island effect
The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) in Southern California is working toward achieving its sustainability goals by adding solar canopies at 21 of its schools. The projects are being developed by Standard Solar, which is also funding the project and will be its long-term owner and operator. The project was developed in partnership with EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems. Of the 21 school sites, 14 of them are now operational. The remaining will be completed by October.  & [...]
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Trackers selected for 766-MW Sol de Cerrado solar project in Brazil
Vale S.A., one of the largest mining companies in the world, said this week that it selected Nextracker to supply its bifacially optimized smart solar trackers for the Sol de Cerrado solar project in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The 766-MWp solar complex, which will be one of the largest in Brazil, will help power Vale’s mining operations in the Jaíba area of Minas Gerais and will be interconnected to the regional transmission grid. Initial construction will begin later this year, with the p [...]
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Electric grid sale presents rare opportunity for Rhode Island, clean energy advocates say
by Lisa Prevost, Energy News Network As the sale of Rhode Island’s largest electric distributor comes before state regulators for approval, a group of solar developers, policy specialists and energy consultants are calling on the governor and attorney general to seize what they see as a golden opportunity to force a faster grid transition.  In an April 26 letter to Gov. Daniel McKee and Attorney General Peter Neronha, the 14 clean energy advocates argue that the state’s existing elect [...]
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PNNL announces ‘deceptively simple’ innovation to make battery storage projects safer
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a deceptively simple sensor system that the lab developed can prevent dangerous conditions from developing in outdoor battery cabinets. Supported by DOE’s Office of Electricity, the invention, called IntelliVent, is designed to be installed in cabinet-style battery enclosures, which are becoming common for stationary grid energy storage, said PNNL. IntelliVent responds t [...]
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New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and ENGIE complete largest battery project for NH
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) this week announced the completion of its first utility-scale energy storage project. The 2.45-MW battery project was developed in partnership with ENGIE North America.  ENGIE will own and operate the battery, which is located on the site of NHEC’s 2-MW solar array in Moultonborough, NH, an area that experiences fairly large summer population growth. The battery unit will charge from NHEC’s distribution system during times of low dema [...]
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50 MW of new solar capacity coming soon to Rhode Island
EPC says there is continued large-scale project growth in the Northeast Today, CS Energy announced that it is providing full turnkey EPC services for the largest portfolio of distributed generation solar projects to date in Rhode Island. When completed, this 50-MW portfolio will push CS Energy’s total to over 100 MW of clean power projects in the state over the last 5 years. The latest portfolio will generate lower-cost solar energy for a local university and contribute to the state’s tar [...]
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Solar + storage powered microgrid will enable Bad River Tribe to meet sustainability goals
Last week, consulting firm EnTech Solutions and its affiliate Faith Technologies said that they have partnered with the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians to implement a solar-powered microgrid. The project, named the Ishkonige Nawadide Solar Project, is part of a long-term energy strategic plan for the tribe. EnTech and Faith will finance, own, and operate the system for the tribe. Additional funding for the project was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. &n [...]
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2021 kicks off with record growth for clean energy in the US
The Clean Power Quarterly Market Report, released last week by the American Clean Power Association (ACP), shows that U.S. project developers installed nearly 40 percent more wind power in the first three months of 2021 than in the first three months of 2020, the strongest year ever for clean power. This amount of development also represents nearly three times the amount of wind added to the U.S. grid in the first quarter of 2019. Utility-scale solar and energy storage also had strong first quar [...]
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