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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Energy Infrastructure on Tenuous Winning Streak in the Courts

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:47:26 +0000

Federal courts have been pretty kind to energy infrastructure in recent weeks, particularly in cases involving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For starters, this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit removed one of the hurdles to construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The court decided that a new presidential permit—issued […]

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Apagón: A Blackout Sweeps South America

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:33:26 +0000

Authorities have initiated a far-reaching investigation into an unprecedented blackout that on June 16 hit a wide swath of South America—most of Argentina and Uruguay, and parts of Paraguay—affecting tens of millions of people.  The massive blackout—apagón—is thought to have originated in a disturbance that affected two high-voltage lines, Colonia Elia Y Mercedes and Colonia […]

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GE Launches New Analytics Technologies to Boost Grid Efficiency 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 20:57:27 +0000

General Electric (GE) has rolled out a new portfolio of predictive analytics that could allow utilities to use data from transmission and distribution networks to achieve better operational efficiency as more distributed assets are introduced to the grid.  The company on June 11 unveiled three new grid analytics—for storm readiness, network connectivity, and effective inertia—that […]

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How Residential Energy Storage Could Help Support the Power Grid

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2019 04:00:01 +0000

Household batteries could contribute to making the grid more cost effective, reliable, resilient, and safe—if retail battery providers, utilities, and regulators can resolve delicate commercial, operational, and policy issues. The growth of battery storage in the power sector has attracted a great deal of attention in the industry and media. Much of that attention focuses […]

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MHPS, Magnum Will Build 1-GW Renewable Energy Storage Facility in Utah

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 30 May 2019 15:02:47 +0000

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Magnum Development, the owner of a large and geographically rare underground salt dome in Utah, have teamed to develop a massive project that could store up 1,000 MW of renewable energy year-round and provide it to variability-challenged Western power markets.  The companies this week signed a memorandum of understanding […]

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Insights Into Siemens’ Stunning Gas and Power, Renewables Shakeup

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 03:05:05 +0000

In the days following its May 7 announcement that it will spin off its Gas and Power business, Siemens has fleshed out how and when the carveout will occur, laid out its reasons for lumping its energy businesses together, and put forth a market case for why a business separation may be a “win-win” situation […]

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EMP Threat Real but Limited, EPRI Says in Much-Anticipated Report

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 02 May 2019 13:35:50 +0000

Depending on the hazard field, electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) resulting from detonation of a nuclear weapon at high altitude or in space could cause significant damage to electronics on the bulk power system and even prompt a regional voltage collapse, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) says in much-anticipated findings from its three-year study on high-altitude […]

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