California Legislature Passes Bill to Support Reliability Reserve, Lifeline for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:52:21 +0000

California’s State Legislature has passed a bill that could extend the operating lives of existing generating facilities slated for retirement, potentially providing a new lifeline for the 2,240-MW Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP), which has a premature closure date in 2025. Both houses on June 29 passed AB-205 Energy, an energy trailer bill that Gov. […]

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GE Debuts First 7HA.03 Gas Turbines at 1.3-GW Plant in Florida

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2022 14:47:03 +0000

The first two GE 7HA.03 machines—the largest 60-Hz heavy-duty gas turbines in the world and the most efficient in GE’s fleet—are now operational at Florida Power & Light’s (FPL’s) newly inaugurated 1,260-MW Dania Beach Clean Energy Center (DBEC) in Broward County.  FPL officially declared the Dania Beach Clean Energy Center near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, commercially […]

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Zinc Batteries Power Stationary Energy Storage

Credit to Author: Josef Daniel-Ivad| Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2022 12:28:20 +0000

As solar, wind and other renewable resources play a larger role on the power grid, renewables’ essential partner—energy storage—must keep pace to provide power at peak hours when the sun doesn’t shine, and the wind doesn’t blow. Rechargeable zinc batteries offer an ideal energy storage solution; they can release power back to the grid for […]

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California, Again Facing Summer Supply Vulnerabilities, Eyes 20-GW Offshore Wind Goal

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 12 May 2022 13:52:10 +0000

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is mulling a preliminary planning goal for 3 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and potentially expanding it to 10 GW to 15 GW by 2045. If finalized, California’s offshore wind goals would be the most ambitious in the U.S., surpassing even New York’s, which calls for 9 GW by […]

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ERCOT, MISO Warn of Potential Power Supply Shortfalls

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 05 May 2022 16:49:05 +0000

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) over the past week separately expressed concerns about power supply uncertainties in the face of upcoming warmer-than-normal temperatures. MISO raised an alarm on April 28 when it said that it projects “insufficient firm resources” to cover the summer peak under typical […]

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Arizona Regulator Rejects SRP’s 820-MW Aeroderivative Gas-Fired Expansion

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2022 15:39:11 +0000

The Arizona Corporate Commission (ACC) has delivered a major blow to the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District’s (SRP’s) urgent plans to expand the 575-MW gas-fired Coolidge Generating Station with 820 MW of fast-start capacity. The ACC in a 4–1 vote on April 12 denied approval of the public power utility’s Certificate of […]

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The Economics of Reliability: U.S. Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution

Credit to Author: Jeff Krimmel| Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 12:51:50 +0000

The U.S. power network received attention for tragic reasons in 2021. From February 10 through 20, Texas suffered a severe power crisis due to a confluence of catastrophic winter storms. Failures occurred across all types of electricity generation facilities—natural gas, coal, and nuclear plants shut down, and wind turbines froze. Problems cascaded, as the compressors […]

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Winter Freeze Testing Texas Power Grid Reforms

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2022 13:49:46 +0000

Parts of Texas have suffered localized, distribution-level power outages as an Arctic outbreak sent temperatures plummeting across the state, but its heavily scrutinized grid is largely prepared to weather the storm, state entities said. Frigid temperatures stemming from a large dome of Arctic high pressure are sending temperatures into the single digits and below zero […]

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New Era for NextEra: A Utility Spotlight

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2022 05:19:00 +0000

Since its inception as Florida Power & Light Co. in 1925, NextEra Energy has transformed into the world’s largest utility company. The company’s history is symbolic of the growth and uncertainty that has characterized the history of power. 

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Gas-Heavy ISO-New England Braces for Steep Influx of Wind, Solar, Storage

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:50:16 +0000

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While it is currently highly dependent on natural gas generation today, about 95% of ISO-New England’s (ISO-NE’s) interconnection request queue—a proposed total capacity of 20.9 GW—comprises wind, solar, and battery projects. That clearly indicates that developers in New England’s wholesale market “are looking to take advantage of state incentives, declining technology costs, and revenues from […]

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