DERConnect will enable researchers to test integration of renewable energy and EV batteries into the power grid

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $39 million to a team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of California San Diego to build a test bed to better understand how to integrate distributed energy sources and EV batteries into the power grid. “We

Bloom Energy Charts a Future in Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Electrolysis and Carbon Capture

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megawatts of hydrogen-powered fuel cells through late 2021 to 2022, and Bloom’s analyst day presentation in December set a 2022 delivery date for its electrolyzers.

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Report Cites Planning, Market Failures at Root of California’s Rolling Blackouts

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California’s two days of rolling blackouts in August were the result of disconnects between its existing grid reliability constructs and the needs of an increasingly solar-powered grid, and its failure to prepare for a Western U.S.-wide

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By 2029, Half of New US Wind Installations Will Be Offshore

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That means offshore wind will capture almost half of the US market for new wind power installations by the end of the decade — if the industry can avoid potential permitting and transmission capacity challenges. onshore transmission grid.

'Europe's largest': Zenobe plots 'pioneering' 100MW battery project near Chester

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Zenobe claims Battery will be largest grid-connected battery in Europe and first to absorb reactive power directly from a transmission network.

ComEd Bribery Scandal Clouds Picture for Exelon’s Illinois Nuclear Plants

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A December decision from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is forcing mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM to impose minimum prices on a wide array of state-supported grid resources. Formula rate extension and Chicago grid takeover both remain uncertain.

Consumers Are Playing a Big Role in Keeping the Lights On in California This Week

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After a massive heat wave in California that led grid operator CAISO to order its first rolling blackouts since the 2001 energy crisis on Friday and Saturday, the state has thus far managed to avoid further forced outages. Why did power plants drop offline?

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5 Startups Working to End Utility-Caused Wildfires

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The most notable example is the November 2018 Camp fire in California, caused by a poorly maintained Pacific Gas & Electric power line that ultimately led to the deaths of at least 85 people. “If you increase the power.[and]

India’s Clean Energy Revolution ‘on Pause’ During Coronavirus Crisis

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While India’s power grid is still dominated by coal, the country has been deploying wind and solar at a rapid pace to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s targets of 175 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2022, and 450 gigawatts of non-fossil sources by 2030.

Long Duration Breakthrough? Form Energy’s First Project Pushes Storage to 150 Hours

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A cadre of storage industry veterans and MIT scientists started Form Energy in late 2017 to tackle one of the hardest problems in clean energy: how to make renewable power available whenever it's needed. GRE announced Thursday that it will shut down Coal Creek in the second half of 2022.

Can Renewables Restart the Grid? The UK Investigates

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A British initiative is looking to dismiss the argument that renewables could topple the grid — by using distributed energy resources for a black start. “Past and current approaches rely on large power stations, but as the U.K.

Alliant Energy Joins Midwestern Utility Peers With a Big Solar Plan

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There is currently less than 100 megawatts of solar capacity installed in Wisconsin currently, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. ” Levelized cost of energy data from WoodMac shows both wind and solar now beating new-build combined-cycle natural gas plants, with solar slated to undercut wind prices in 2022 in Wisconsin. ” For large-scale projects, 2019 is the last year to get the full ITC before it gradually steps down to a permanent 10 percent in 2022.

Can the US Catch Up in the Green Hydrogen Economy?

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Experience with the roughly 25,000 fuel cell-powered forklifts in use in the U.S. will enable expansion to larger classes of vehicles, for example, and fuel cells being used for on-site power at data centers can serve as models for integrating hydrogen into large-scale generation.

How India’s Renewable Energy Sector Survived and Thrived in a Turbulent 2020

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The country awarded landmark supply contracts for flexible renewable power, an important step in addressing the limitations of intermittent wind and solar. Cheap renewables were favored on the grid last year, which caused coal use to fall as energy demand plummeted amid the economic slowdown.

California Utilities Look to Spend $10B Reducing Threat of Grid-Sparked Fires

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California’s three big investor-owned utilities want to invest more than $10 billion over the next three years on reducing the threat of wildfires caused by their power grids. SCE: A focus on grid hardening.

4 Big Challenges Facing FERC’s Plan to Open Up Power Markets to Distributed Energy

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wholesale energy markets to aggregated solar systems, smart inverters, batteries, electric vehicles, smart appliances, grid-responsive building controls and other distributed energy resources (DERs). But ordering the country’s transmission grid operators to comply with FERC Order 2222 doesn’t mean those multibillion-dollar markets are open to the hundreds of gigawatts' worth of DERs coming onto U.S. power grids — at least, not yet.

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Looming Grid Shortfall Prompts 2.5GW California Procurement Proposal

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State regulators have proposed a major set of responses to what could be a looming grid reliability shortfall in Sothern California, including a 2.5-gigawatt reliability resources procurement between 2021 and 2023. Thursday’s proposed decision from the California Public Utilities Commission ( PDF ) is the culmination of more than a year of study and debate over the state’s grid reliability needs, as part of its Integrated Resource Plan proceeding.

Government kicks off search for site of UK's first nuclear fusion power plant

Business Green

UK takes a major step forward in its plans to commercialise a nuclear fusion power plant by 2040, inviting local communities to submit bids to host the country's inaugural project. Land conditions, grid connection, and water supplies will all be taken into account.

Michigan’s Grid Is Not as Resilient as It Could Be. Energy Storage Can Help

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Despite its clear value to the grid and to the increased integration of renewables, the 1,872-megawatt facility took four years to build and is unlikely to be replicated. Energy storage allows the grid to tap power at will and store power in times of excess, and so represents a massive opportunity to shore up reliability and resiliency. Gretchen Whitmer and the MPSC of the MI Power Grid initiative.

An Inside Look at a Groundbreaking Solar-Storage Procurement in California

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First, it’s one of the largest-ever efforts to aggregate distributed energy resources (DERs) at a scale that can help California’s power grid meet its capacity needs. Is this a first-of-a-kind project, in terms of aggregating solar-storage for grid needs?

Ofgem calls for new independent body to lead net zero energy transition

Business Green

Energy regulator argues National Grid should be stripped of responsibility for managing Britain's power grid due to conflict of interest concerns.

How Long Will Coal Remain King in India?

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The government held creative auctions designed to facilitate adding greater amounts of intermittent renewables on the grid. Experts say that these factors have already killed prospects for new coal-fired power plants in India. Last fall, Indian power minister R.

‘Transformative’: Sonnen to Deliver Community Battery Network With Grid Services Contract

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operation: It will supply battery systems to an entire new residential community, with a contract in place to deliver grid services to the local utility. The deal brings to life the company's long-avowed wish to harness residential clean energy investments to help the broader grid run more efficiently. But this is the first time the company has contracted with a utility — in this case, Rocky Mountain Power — to put its devices to work for the grid.

Western Power Distribution seeks 100 drivers for electric vehicle-to-grid trial

Business Green

One hundred electric vehicle drivers are being recruited across the Midlands, South West England, and South Wales to take part in the next phase of a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial announced this week by Western Power Distribution and EV charging phone app service CrowdCharge.

Britain's 2019 power cut - One year on

Business Green

ECIU's Dr Jonathan Marshall reflects on whether the right lessons have been learned from last year's high profile - and remarkably rare - grid blackout. This weekend will see the anniversary of the UK's first major power cut for over a decade.

The Canadian government is making smart investments in electric vehicles

Clean Energy Canada

What’s more, we have a secret weapon that many Canadians aren’t aware of: our power grid is over 80 per cent non-polluting and getting cleaner every year. In other words, when we plug things into that grid, the pollution reductions are significant. Walmart’s Canadian subsidiary plans to convert 20 per cent of its fleet to electric power by 2022 , with the purchase of 40 Tesla Semis. And Ballard Power , hailing from Burnaby, B.C.,

Solar, Wind Tax Credit Extensions and Energy R&D Package in Spending Bill Before Congress

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But the tax-credit extensions contained in the bill could provide a significant boost for the primary federal incentive structure for wind and solar power by extending the expiration dates set by Congress late last year. Solar power will get $1.5 Nuclear power will receive $6.6

What Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Did, and Didn’t, Get from Congress This Week

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But solar and wind power groups and energy storage advocates didn’t get all they’ve been asking for from Congress in the bill — and they’re seeking support for those additional policies from the incoming Biden-Harris administration and lawmakers from both parties.

All the key recommendations from the CCC's Sixth Carbon Budget report: At a glance

Business Green

The government should commit to ending unabated fossil fuel power generation by 2035, according to the CCC, and by 2050 fossil fuels would need to be largely phased-out for all uses. Unabated gas-fired power generation should be fully phased out by 2035.

'Fundamental change': How write downs and bankruptcies are fuelling stranded asset fears

Business Green

The company cut expectations for Brent crude prices in 2022 from $60 to $50 a barrel, while Henry Hub US gas price projection now stand at $2.50

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