The Heat Is On — Is The Grid Ready?

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2021 00:24:58 +0000

PNNL develops solutions to help prep the grid for more frequent and intense droughts, heat waves, and wildfires

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Weird New YouTube Hobby: Building Miniature Hydroelectric Dams

Credit to Author: Jennifer Sensiba| Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2021 21:00:57 +0000

There’s a weird new hobby that looks like it’s becoming increasingly popular on YouTube: the construction of fully functional hydroelectric dams. They don’t just look like full-scale dams, either. They have real generators built in using small DC motors that are actually turned by water coming through the dam’s plumbing. Here’s probably the coolest one, […]

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Can Water Megaprojects Save The US Desert West? (Part 2)

Credit to Author: Jennifer Sensiba| Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2021 15:59:32 +0000

In part one of this article, I covered the American West’s water problems, as well as some of the ways they have been solved with big engineering projects so far. Now, with climate change and growth both pushing the limits of water supplies, people are asking for even bigger projects, like a pipeline from the […]

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Can Water Megaprojects Save The US Desert West? (Part 1)

Credit to Author: Jennifer Sensiba| Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2021 15:56:39 +0000

In the American West, water has always been a challenge. Prior to the arrival of European explorers and settlers, there’s broad evidence that droughts and water cycles heavily affected Native Americans. For example, the people who built the Gila Cliff Dwellings may have left the area when water supplies dwindled. Later settlements by the descendants […]

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2025 Target For Australian Grid To Be Able To Handle 100% Renewable Energy

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2021 14:56:24 +0000

By David Waterworth As Australia’s electricity grid moves towards higher and higher concentrations of renewable energy, the newly appointed head of the Australian Energy Market Operator is pushing for the ability to handle a peak of 100% renewables entering the grid. In a recent speech, Daniel Westerman set 2025 as the target date. Predictably, some […]

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U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Seeks Public Feedback to Define Inadequate Electric Service Areas

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2021 19:33:42 +0000

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) released a Request for Information (RFI) to seek stakeholder input on factors to consider in relation to defining “an area where there is inadequate electric service,” which will inform future eligibility criteria for WPTO’s […]

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California’s Hydroelectric Generation Affected by Historic Drought

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2021 22:53:35 +0000

Most of the western United States is experiencing intense and historic drought conditions. California is one of the most severely affected states. As of June 22, 2021, 100% of the state is experiencing some degree of drought. About 33% of the state has been categorized under exceptional drought, the most intense drought classification. The drought conditions have […]

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11 Energy-Related Inventions From Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Get More Funding

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2021 11:00:22 +0000

$9.6 million in federal and industry-matched funding will advance research projects

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Can We Trust Our Power Plants to Keep Us Cool During Dangerous Heat?

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2021 01:00:55 +0000

Originally published by Union of Concerned Scientists, The Equation. By John Rogers, Energy Campaign Analytic Lead In the face of this week’s astonishing temperatures, reliable electricity and the air conditioning it powers have often been the only thing keeping dangerous, even deadly heat at bay. But how do different types of power plants actually stand up […]

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Nonfossil Fuel Sources Accounted for 21% of U.S. Energy Consumption in 2020

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2021 14:14:23 +0000

Primary energy consumption totaled 93 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in the United States in 2020, or 7 quads less than in 2019. Fossil fuels — specifically petroleum, natural gas, and coal — accounted for 79% of total U.S. energy consumption in 2020. About 21% of U.S. energy consumption in 2020 came from nonfossil fuel […]

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