Storage ITC Bill Gains Key Industry Backers

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:37:26 +0000

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House that would expand the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) to energy storage technologies has gained the backing of major trade groups  representing the solar, hydropower, and wind sectors. The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (H.R. 2096), introduced on April 4 by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), […]

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How the DOE Is Looking to Save Hydropower

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2019 12:36:21 +0000

The Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled a slate of measures to help U.S. hydropower thrive as costs for wind and solar plummet. Measures will include a roadmap to identify hydro’s value in a future grid, and a first-of-its-kind prize designed to encourage innovative and faster pumped storage construction techniques. In her opening speech at Waterpower […]

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Navajo Nation Ends Bid to Acquire 2.3-GW Coal Plant

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:48:28 +0000

After a Navajo tribal council on March 21 voted 11–9 to block acquisition of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) and Peabody Energy’s Kayenta coal mine, the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. (NTEC) announced it would drop its bid to keep the 2.3-GW coal-fired plant near Page, Arizona, open.  NTEC, a company wholly owned by the Navajo […]

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Renewables Provided 18% of U.S. Power Generation in 2018

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:09:44 +0000

Renewable generation in the U.S. has doubled over the past 10 years. In 2018, generation from solar, wind, hydro, and other renewables soared to a record 742 TWh—or 17.6% of total U.S. generation. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), since 2008—when renewables provided 382 TWh—wind generation rose from 55 TWh and generated 275 TWh […]

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Cyberattack Debilitates Major Aluminum and Hydropower Producer

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:05:53 +0000

Norsk Hydro, a major global aluminum producer that is also Norway’s third-largest producer of hydropower, has been stricken by an extensive cyberattack—reportedly ransomware—that forced its entire global network offline. The company powers its sizable aluminum production operations with 20 hydropower plants concentrated in Telemark, Røldal-Suldal, Sogn, and Vennesla, producing a total 10 TWh per year. […]

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Power Supplies in Pacific Northwest Tighten as Deep Freeze Grips Region

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2019 23:51:20 +0000

  Energy supplies are tight in the Pacific Northwest, a region that has been stricken with unseasonably frigid weather and is bracing for deep freezes as a mass of Arctic air descends on the region.    The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a federal power marketer that sells wholesale power from 31 federal dams and one […]

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Germany’s Coal Exit Bound to Be Complicated

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Eight years after Germany decided it would halt nuclear power production by 2022, the country that relied on lignite and hard coal for 38% of its generated power in 2018 will phase out coal by 2038 or earlier

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GE Restructure Will See Leaner Power but Heftier Renewable Energy Division

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:28:11 +0000

GE has announced it will integrate its renewables, grid, and energy storage assets into a simplified, single business that nearly doubles the size of its Renewable Energy division, as the company banks on the accelerated uptake of grid-connected renewables worldwide.  The expansion will see GE’s grid solutions, solar solutions, and storage businesses move from GE […]

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Growth in Renewables Continues Despite Drop in UK Power Generation

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:27:48 +0000

Renewable energy sources increased their share of the UK’s electricity supply in 2018, with new wind farms and biomass plants helping renewables contribute a record 33% of the country’s power in the past year. Coal-fired units, meanwhile, saw a 25% drop in their output, with coal providing about 5% of the country’s total generation. The […]

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How Digital Technology Is Changing Power Plants

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2019 04:59:00 +0000

Digital technology is everywhere today including in most power plants. Computer hardware and software are changing the way plants are operated and maintained. Many technology experts will tell you that

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