How the DOE Plans to Modernize the Grid in the Near Term

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:33:41 +0000

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Twenty-three projects chosen by the Department of Energy (DOE) in response to its 2019 Grid Modernization Lab Call provide a broad look at the critical issues that are roiling the nation’s power sector, as well as the tools and technologies that it has determined will best bolster the grid of the future in the near […]

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Top 5 Energy Storage Trends of the Year

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2019 02:38:56 +0000

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Energy storage has been the hot topic in solar and e-mobility over the last couple years, and it’s only getting hotter. Last year, energy storage installations in the U.S. totaled 311 MW and 777 MWh, up from next to nothing six years prior, and this is just the beginning. Wood Mackenzie and Energy Storage Association […]

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EV-Based Virtual Power Plants Shift Peak Load and Save Money

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:45:10 +0000

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A recent study found that electric vehicle (EV) batteries used as a utility virtual power plant (VPP) could shift the entire residential peak load to nighttime hours with only 10% EV market saturation. The research was conducted by Jackson Associates, an Orlando, Florida-based firm that does energy forecasting, data development, and energy-related analysis. The study […]

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What Can You Do with a Superconductor? A Lot! [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:14:16 +0000

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What is a superconductor? One definition says, “a material that can conduct electricity or transport electrons from one atom to another with no resistance.” “At the base physics level, what a superconductor does is it moves a lot more power per unit volume or per unit weight, so you have a very high energy-dense material […]

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California’s Largest Battery Storage Installation to Be Installed in Mojave Desert

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2019 09:09:53 +0000

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On May 16, 2019, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Glendale Water and Power, through the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), received SCPPA’s approval on agreements with 8minute Solar Energy (8mSE) for the installation of a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8mSE’s Eland Solar and Storage Center. […]

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Power Companies Advance Voluntary Avian Protection Without Threat of Liability for Incidental Take

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 18:54:57 +0000

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With shifts in political winds come shifts in agency legal interpretations. In January 2017, the solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a formal legal opinion interpreting the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to prohibit the incidental take (accidental injury or death) of migratory birds. This “midnight” legal opinion was widely viewed […]

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Large Public Power Systems Are Evolving [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2019 13:49:11 +0000

The power grid is changing across the U.S. More distributed energy resources are being added every day. That brings challenges for power utilities, but also opportunities. John Di Stasio, president of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), which represents 27 of the largest locally governed and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the U.S., was a […]

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New York Enacts 100% Clean Energy Law, Secures 1.7 GW of Offshore Wind

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:15:53 +0000

New York on July 18 enacted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA),  law that requires the state to produce 100% of its power from renewables and nuclear by 2040. The legislation includes agreements to build two offshore wind projects worth a combined 1.7 GW by 2025, the single largest renewable energy procurement in […]

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POWER Digest [July 2019]

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Taishan-2 EPR Achieves Criticality. A second EPR unit in China’s Guangdong province attained a sustained chain reaction on May 28, marking another major milestone for Framatome, EDF, and China General

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Chile Presents a Coal Exit Plan

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Chile, a country that relied on coal for about two-fifths of its power generation in 2016, in June announced it would mothball eight coal plants, totaling 23 GW, of its existing 28-plant coal fleet over the

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