How to Overcome Challenges to the U.S.’s Offshore Wind Energy Goals

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2022 14:42:42 +0000

Lofty goals have been established in the U.S. for the offshore wind industry. The U.S. Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, and Department of Commerce announced a national goal in March 2021 to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. That would mark a significant increase from the 42 MW of offshore […]

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IEA Calls for More Diverse Solar PV Supply Chains

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2022 18:25:17 +0000

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is urging the development of more diverse solar PV supply chains, suggesting the sector’s heavy reliance on China has led to imbalances that pose risks to its future growth. A dedicated study of the world’s solar PV supply chain issued by the Paris-based autonomous intergovernmental organization on July 7 acknowledges that government […]

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Risks and Opportunities: It’s an Interesting Time to Be in the Power Industry

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:11:00 +0000

War rages in Europe. Natural gas prices are through the roof. Drought threatens hydro production. Weather extremes are becoming commonplace. Supply chains are strained. Demand for electricity is headed

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SaskPower Picks SMR Technology for First Two Potential Nuclear Units

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2022 13:23:47 +0000

SaskPower has chosen GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s (GEH’s) BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) technology for Saskatchewan’s first two nuclear units, which the provincial utility plans to deploy by the mid-2030s. The announcement on June 27 wraps up a four-year process to evaluate specific SMR designs and furthers planning for SaskPower, a Crown corporation, which has […]

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Gaskets and Fasteners: What Sets a Supplier Apart?

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2022 04:10:00 +0000

Gaskets and fasteners are vital to plant reliability and efficiency. While basic nuts, bolts, and gaskets haven’t changed much over the years, some of the materials used in them have evolved and designs have

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NERC Warns of Mounting Reliability Risks, Urges Preparation for Challenging Summer

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 20:10:17 +0000

An unprecedented array of risks—ranging from capacity shortfalls, extreme weather, extended drought, supply chain issues, cybersecurity, solar PV tripping, fuel constraints, to wildfires—could imperil the reliability of nearly every North American bulk power system (BPS) region west of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) this summer, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) warns in […]

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Dramatic Innovation-Driven Ramp Up of Floating Offshore Wind Anticipated by 2030

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 02 May 2022 04:17:00 +0000

A drumbeat of floating offshore wind–related developments this year suggests the pipeline for the long-nascent wind technology sub-sector may be finally beginning to grow. While floating wind’s current

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Supply Chain Issues Mean Planning Is More Important Than Ever

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 02 May 2022 04:14:00 +0000

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It’s hard to imagine a company that hasn’t been affected by supply chain issues over the past couple of years. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, a couple of utility executives had suggested POWER

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Doosan Kicks Off NuScale SMR Production for Idaho Nuclear Project

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2022 23:12:30 +0000

South Korean power industrial giant Doosan has agreed to forge materials for NuScale Power’s small modular reactors (SMR) starting as early as this year to support the commercial deployment of VOYGRs at the 462-MWe Carbon-Free Power Project (CFPP) in Idaho Falls. NuScale separately also teamed with American large component forging firms to boost its U.S. […]

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The ‘Weakest Link’ in Supply Chain Security

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2022 20:20:24 +0000

The energy transition will bring with it a new generation of cybersecurity challenges for the power sector. While information-sharing has been valuable, strategies to address issues related to vendor security, cyber talent, and lagging investment will also be critical, a former utility supply chain executive who led the development of an industry-wide cybersecurity risk exchange […]

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