Texas Blackout Hearings Highlight Intertwined Risks of Natural Gas, Power Grid and Deregulated Market

GreenTechMedia

The catastrophic breakdown of Texas’ natural gas and electricity system last week lacks a single villain to blame for it all. That loss of generation capacity forced state grid operator ERCOT to institute rolling blackouts to prevent a broader grid collapse.

Natural Gas Performed Heroically In Texas, Until It Didn’t

R-Squared Energy

In a recent article for WIRED — The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather — I detailed some of the primary causes behind the recent power outages in Texas. Tucker Carlson blamed wind turbines for the power outages.

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Drax Cancels Plan to Build Europe’s Largest Natural Gas Power Plant

GreenTechMedia

Plans for a new 3.6-gigawatt natural gas power plant in the U.K. have been shelved by the developer Drax, highlighting the challenging economics of converting coal-fired power to a cleaner, but still fossil-fuel-fired, alternative. ’s largest power plant.

Renewable natural gas is crucial to diversify our clean energy sources

Renewable Energy World

Electrification of everything is not necessarily the best path to decarbonization if was also want reliable energy delivery, argues David Cox. David Cox, Founder and CFO of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. The majority of consumers want clean energy options.

Hitachi Completes Acquisition of ABB Power Grids to Tackle Renewable Energy’s Rise

GreenTechMedia

Japan’s Hitachi has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in ABB Power Grids worth up to $7.8 billion, creating a new business aimed at tackling the renewable and distributed energy frontiers of the power industry.

Natural gas to be ‘substantial part’ of Singapore's energy mix for next 50 years

Eco-Business

Besides use of the fossil fuel, the city-state plans to boost solar adoption, tap regional power grids and other low-carbon alternatives, and manage energy consumption

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

Charged

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

'Progress can be both quiet and spectacular': Britain's power grid emissions hit record lows

Business Green

Electricity grid smashed several records over the bank holiday weekend, with low demand and high renewables output cutting both CO2 and flexible tariff prices. At the time, 65 per cent of power was sourced from renewables.

Looking for Fixes to What Broke the Texas Power Grid

GreenTechMedia

After a week of the country’s worst power grid collapse in decades — an event that's taken a dreadful toll in dozens of lives lost and billions of dollars in economic damage — the lights are back on in Texas. electric grid away from coal-fired power plants.

Canada’s power grid is pretty clean. Here’s why it needs to be cleaner

Clean Energy Canada

When you ask people to imagine clean energy in Canada, most will picture spinning wind turbines, fields covered in solar panels or rushing dams. To which our organization, Clean Energy Canada, so often replies: actually, the clean-energy sector is bigger and broader than that. It includes the people who make our homes waste less energy: insulators and HVAC operators. We’ve talked about energy efficiency. The electricity that powers our country.

Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

Grist

In January 2014, power plants owned by Texas’ largest electricity producer buckled under frigid temperatures. Its generators failed more than a dozen times in 12 hours, helping to bring the state’s electric grid to the brink of collapse.

Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand?

GreenBiz

Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand? Green hydrogen — made by splitting water’s hydrogen and oxygen using electricity produced by renewable sources — is a small fish in the "energies pond." And it could be cheaper than producing hydrogen from natural gas.

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Clean energy and markets are the solution (not scapegoat) for California’s blackouts

GreenBiz

Clean energy and markets are the solution (not scapegoat) for California’s blackouts. Forced outages are a tool of last resort, employed in circumstances of incredible stress to the grid and done to protect against more widespread outages. Energy & Climate. Renewable Energy.

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The Pros and Cons of Electric Water Heaters

The Environmental Blog

Surprisingly, it takes a lot of power to heat water through your house. Typically, almost 15% of a household’s energy is spent heating their water. The majority of houses are already hooked up to the electric grid. Energy Efficient. Susceptible to Power Trips.

New Sustainable Energy Factbook shows 2020 was ‘blockbuster’ year for renewables in America

Renewable Energy World

clean energy sectors showed strong resilience in 2020, continuing a decade-long growth trend, BloombergNEF (BNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) find in their annual joint report. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Source: BloombergNEF estimate. power in 2020.

How Siemens Energy Is Targeting the US Green Hydrogen Opportunity

GreenTechMedia

Green hydrogen is both an untested and a potentially vital way for renewable-energy-powered grids to store their intermittent power for later use, not just for hours at a time, but for days, weeks or even seasons ahead. On Monday, Siemens Energy announced a U.S.

Lessons from inside the heat dome about the future of the electric grid

GreenBiz

Lessons from inside the heat dome about the future of the electric grid. Heatwaves are a double whammy for the electrical grid. The combination of the hot weather and the increased energy running along wires go beyond what they were built to endure. Energy & Climate.

U.S. connected 2.8 GW wind power capacity to the grid in Q2

Renewable Energy World

gigawatts of wind power capacity to the grid in the second quarter of 2021, according to analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Q2 2021 was one of the strongest second quarters on record for wind power capacity additions, according to the analysis. Follow @EngelsAngle.

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

GreenTechMedia

Bloom Energy reported record fourth-quarter and annual revenue on Wednesday and upped its target to reach profitability to 2021, a year ahead of schedule. Bloom’s natural-gas-fueled Energy Servers remain its bread and butter at present.

Duke Energy Lays Out Its Long-Term Clean Energy Pathways — and Price Tags

GreenTechMedia

Duke Energy has detailed the various paths its utilities in the Carolinas could take over the next 15 years, a choice that will determine how quickly Duke cuts its carbon footprint and how much it will cost. gigawatts in its no-new-gas scenario.

Texas Utility CPS Energy Kicks Off Search for More Than 1GW of Clean Resources

GreenTechMedia

San Antonio municipal utility CPS Energy wants to replace aging fossil-fueled generation with more than a gigawatt of solar, energy storage and flexible capacity, and it’s asking for ideas on how to get there. Sommers natural-gas power plants.

Dominion Targets 24GW of Renewables and Storage in Move Toward Virginia’s Clean Energy Goals

GreenTechMedia

Utility Dominion Energy is planning a major shift toward renewable energy and batteries as it looks to comply with Virginia's ambitious new clean energy law. gigawatts of energy storage over the next 15 years. Credit: Dominion Energy).

UPDATED: Effect on GHG Emissions and Rates from 100% Clean Power

Low Carbon Prosperity

This updated Low Carbon Prosperity Institute (LCPI) analysis examines the rate impacts of eliminating coal power, achieving an 80% clean energy standard by the year 2030, and a 100% clean energy standard by the year 2045. The Washington State Legislature is considering Senate Bill 5116 and House Bill 1126, targeting a 100% greenhouse gas (GHG) emission-free electric sector before mid-century.

Analysis of 100% Clean Bill (SB 5116) Cost Cap

Low Carbon Prosperity

Compared to an uncapped base case, the cost cap is likely to throttle the avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the 2030s. We previously reported projected rate impacts of the steps leading to 100% Clean Power – the summary table of which is shown below. 2 Interim targets are to be informed by the 10-year Clean Energy Action Plan and 4-year Clean Energy Implementation Plan required under the Integrated Resource Planning process. 100% Clean Power.

Extreme Weather Keeps Maxing Out the Grid

GreenTechMedia

It’s been a very intense year for America’s power grid. Across the country, the electricity system just faced another stress-test as extreme heat taxed power plants and grid operators in the Pacific Northwest , Texas , and New York.

How Duke’s Unique Energy Landscape Dictates Its Path to Net Zero

GreenTechMedia

Duke's new IRP presents six very different pathways toward greening its energy mix over the next 15 years, all of them reaching at least 50 percent carbon reduction by 2030. Some of those pathways move more dramatically toward closing coal plants or halting new natural gas power plants.

Unlocking California’s Gigawatt-Scale Distributed Energy Potential

GreenTechMedia

California’s distributed energy resources add up to gigawatts' worth of capacity that could be used to prevent future rolling blackouts and balance the state’s increasingly clean-powered grid — if the state can compensate them for those services.

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The time is right to rethink the grid

GreenBiz

The time is right to rethink the grid. The grid faces twin challenges: It needs to become resilient and clean. This week, the Biden administration announced a major infrastructure package , with clean energy and updates to the U.S. electrical grid playing a central role. .

So, What Exactly Is Building Electrification?

GreenTechMedia

So, why is it that “building electrification” is now among the energy industry’s most popular buzzwords? They use electricity to power lights, refrigerators and electronic devices. Gas-powered water heaters can be replaced with heat pump water heaters.

Will future fuel shortages and cyberattacks leave homeowners powerless?

Renewable Energy World

But what if an attack like this happens again and it affects our power grid? Peak Energy Usage. Whether you use gas or another source of electricity to power your home, you are probably aware that your consumption (and your energy bills) has two seasonal peaks.

How Much Do Electric Vehicles Help in Reducing Pollution?

The Environmental Blog

Foregoing fossil fuels, these vehicles are charged directly through a power outlet, generating no harmful emissions, and offering savings in the long run, despite their higher initial price. Furthermore, there are alternatives to charging a vehicle through your city’s power grid.

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

GreenTechMedia

Form Energy, the stealthy, Bill Gates-backed startup, has secured its first utility deal for a novel super-long-duration energy storage technology. Form has been working quietly to develop technology for "baseload renewables" or "bidirectional power plants."

FERC’s New PURPA Rule Undermines Clean Energy Projects, Advocates Say

GreenTechMedia

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has changed the rules for a federal law that allows independent energy projects to secure utility contracts for their power.

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‘Math Doesn’t Yet Add Up’ for Utility Decarbonization Goals: Deloitte

GreenTechMedia

utilities such as Duke Energy , Dominion Energy , Southern Company and Xcel Energy. Each still plans to build new natural gas power plants in the near term, despite the additional emissions they will cause.

Biden’s proposed increase in solar power would remake the US electricity system

Renewable Energy World

President Joe Biden has called for major clean energy investments as a way to curb climate change and generate jobs. Department of Energy that found that solar power could generate up to 45% of the U.S. Why such a heavy focus on solar power? power grid.

Climate change is an infrastructure problem – map of electric vehicle chargers shows one reason why

Renewable Energy World

Most of America’s 107,000 gas stations can fill several cars every five or 10 minutes at multiple pumps. vehicle fleet, considered crucial to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change. Gas stations were transport infrastructure, too. Paul N.

Alliant Energy Joins Midwestern Utility Peers With a Big Solar Plan

GreenTechMedia

Midwestern utility Alliant Energy plans to build up to 1 gigawatt of solar in its Wisconsin service territory by 2023, according to a plan it released last week. While light on details, the solar plan will help Alliant reach goals it laid out last year to cut carbon emissions 80 percent and ramp up the renewable portion of its energy mix to 30 percent by 2030.

How to Accelerate the Electrification of Buildings in the Midwest

GreenTechMedia

Laura Sherman is president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. Building electrification is a potential game-changer for energy efficiency, demand management, distributed energy and other advanced energy industries, as well as for the broader task of reducing emissions.

Eclipse Shines Light on California’s Clean Energy Leadership

Vote Solar

And when it moves across California, this rare celestial event will shine light on the fact that our increasingly clean energy mix can reliably meet the power needs of the world’s sixth largest economy. California is building a 21st century clean energy system that’s better for our communities, our economy and our planet. In fact, solar is already proving more reliable than California’s traditional power plants during summer heat waves.

Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand?

Business Green

Early pioneers of these hydrogen-from-waste technologies such as Ways2H, SGH2 Energy (SGH2), and Standard Hydrogen say not only are they making carbon-free, energy-rich fuel, their approaches also will divert mountains of trash from landfills and waterways, cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Online Event - VERGE Energy Conference

Green Market Oracle

VERGE Energy Conference (VERGE 20) will take place on October 26-30, 2020. This online event can be attended from anywhere, The central theme at VERGE 20 will focus on how energy systems can be decarbonized, decentralized, digitized and democratized.

Enel X and Eaton Team on Solar and Storage Microgrid in Puerto Rico

GreenTechMedia

Enel X and power equipment and management company Eaton will partner on a solar-and-storage microgrid in Puerto Rico, one of the largest yet built on an island struggling to restructure its hurricane-battered power grid. Resiliency, clean energy on an island grid.

As Fossil Fuel Pipelines Fall to Opposition, Utilities See Renewable Energy as Safe Bet

GreenTechMedia

Over the weekend Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, two of the country's biggest utilities, canceled their Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, citing costs that have ballooned to as much as $8 billion and ongoing legal challenges from landowners and environmental groups.