Storage ITC Bill Gains Key Industry Backers

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:37:26 +0000

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House that would expand the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) to energy storage technologies has gained the backing of major trade groups  representing the solar, hydropower, and wind sectors. The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (H.R. 2096), introduced on April 4 by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), […]

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Wind Industry Prepares for Massive Expansion

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:31:24 +0000

Construction activity on wind projects across the U.S. surged to a record level of more than 20 GW in the third quarter of 2018, and about 35.1 GW of new wind capacity was under construction or in advanced development at the end of 2018, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).  In 2018, the […]

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How the DOE Is Looking to Save Hydropower

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2019 12:36:21 +0000

The Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled a slate of measures to help U.S. hydropower thrive as costs for wind and solar plummet. Measures will include a roadmap to identify hydro’s value in a future grid, and a first-of-its-kind prize designed to encourage innovative and faster pumped storage construction techniques. In her opening speech at Waterpower […]

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Using Infrared Drone Technology to Inspect Solar Panels and Wind Turbines

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

An East Coast industrial plant had for months experienced a significant dropoff in energy production from its 36,000-square-foot solar field. The plant’s maintenance team had been unable to find any problems

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Solar Power Is Economical Today, but Comes With Challenges

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2019 20:50:17 +0000

Depending on the deployment location and competing energy prices, photovoltaic solar panels are among the most cost-effective power solutions being added to the grid today, often without subsidies and other incentives. The revelation came during a panel discussion—which included several CEOs from the power sector—that took place at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Summit […]

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Trump Ended War on Fossil Fuels, but Focus Needed on CCS [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:21:15 +0000

The United States Energy Association (USEA) is an association of public and private energy-related organizations, corporations, and government agencies that helps increase understanding of the world’s energy issues. Barry Worthington has been the executive director of the USEA for more than 30 years. During that time, he has seen the association grow from a two-person, […]

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Renewables Provided 18% of U.S. Power Generation in 2018

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:09:44 +0000

Renewable generation in the U.S. has doubled over the past 10 years. In 2018, generation from solar, wind, hydro, and other renewables soared to a record 742 TWh—or 17.6% of total U.S. generation. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), since 2008—when renewables provided 382 TWh—wind generation rose from 55 TWh and generated 275 TWh […]

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Gas Now Tops Coal in PJM, but Nuclear Still No. 1

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 21:22:55 +0000

A report from an independent market monitor for PJM Interconnection shows that natural gas-fired power generation topped coal-fired output in PJM in 2018, the first time that gas has topped coal in the history of the largest U.S. grid operator. The “2018 State of the Market” report from Monitoring Analytics LLC, which includes Volume 1 […]

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POWER Notebook: ‘Coal on Way Out’, Theme Parks Embrace Renewables

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2019 16:13:55 +0000

The chief executive of Vistra Energy Corp. last week said coal is not likely to regain market share in the U.S. power market. Curtis Morgan, in a panel discussion March 14 at the CERAWeek event in Houston, Texas, said “coal is on its way out. More and more plants are being retired.” It’s not the […]

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