U.S. renewable energy additions completely overwhelm those by natural gas in first months of 2020

Solar Power World

A review of FERC data by the SUN DAY Campaign has found that solar, wind and hydropower provided 85.7% electrical generating capacity added during the first two months of 2020 — completely overwhelming that provided by natural gas. FERC’s latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through February 29, 2020) also… The post U.S.

Rethinking Future Investments in Natural Gas Infrastructure

GreenTechMedia

Cities and utilities across the United States are starting to reject natural gas — and not just for environmental reasons. Increasingly, the compelling economics of clean energy alternatives play a major role in these decisions. San Jose, the tenth largest city in the country, recently joined a string of cities banning gas utility connections for new homes and buildings. Nonetheless, the rush to gas continues.

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Considering a Solar Powered Home? Here’s How to Plan

Green Living Guy

Solar energy is very beneficial to us in many forms. The sun generates main energy forms that we can use for several things, including solar power systems. The post Considering a Solar Powered Home?

Report finds consumers could save $29 billion if clean energy replaced proposed natural gas plants

Solar Power World

investments in electricity generation have reached a historic tipping point: combinations of solar, wind, storage, efficiency and demand response are now less expensive than most proposed gas power plant projects. The economics guiding U.S.

Renewables Overtake Coal, Thanks To Natural Gas

R-Squared Energy

Last week the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported something extraordinary. The short version is that policies to curb carbon emissions were put in place about the same time the shale boom and renewable power revolutions created cheaper, cleaner alternatives to coal. This surge is better shown by the following graphic, which highlights the three categories of modern renewables that have driven the consumption surge: Wind power, solar power, and biofuels.

California’s Shift From Natural Gas to Solar Is Playing a Role in Rolling Blackouts

GreenTechMedia

California was beset by its first rolling blackouts since the 2001 energy crisis, as a heatwave slammed the Western U.S. CAISO has told regulators for years that “there is inadequate power available during the net peak, the hours when the solar [generation] has left the system.”

Construction begins on world’s largest integrated solar-powered battery system

Renewable Energy World

Florida Power & Light Company announced that construction has begun on the FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center , which is expected to become the world’s largest integrated solar-powered battery system, according to the company.

What Renewable Energy Is Most Cost-Effective by Region?

Green Living Guy

These are power sources like crude oil and natural gas that we use to sustain ourselves. Fortunately, we can turn to renewable energy alternatives that work similarly — and are better for the planet. The post What Renewable Energy Is Most Cost-Effective by Region?

Even in Coal-Heavy Kentucky, Corporations Can’t Stay Away From Solar Power

GreenTechMedia

In Kentucky, coal still generates the great majority of electricity; 75 percent in 2018, according to the Energy Information Administration. Last year, renewable-powered electricity in the U.S. surpassed coal-fired power, and two of the largest coal retirements slated for 2020 are in Kentucky. However, solar developers are inching into the state, teasing out deals and working to gain access to the lucrative PJM market, in part driven by demand from corporate consumers.

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.

Texas Energy System Faces a Winter Reckoning

GreenTechMedia

The Texas energy system is having a wintry moment of reckoning. million utility customers, approximately one-third of the state’s electric customers, were without power in Texas as of Tuesday morning, up from about 2.5

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. Record heat for several days across parts of the state strained the power grid so much that it started rationing electricity, for the first time in almost 20 years. Energy & Climate.

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You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility

GreenBiz

Good or bad, no one views America’s old coal-fired power plants with indifference. . At the same time, advances in natural gas production such as fracking (controversial in their own right) have made natural gas-fired power a better economic choice than coal-generated power.

PG&E’s Latest Energy Storage Procurement Includes Fleet of Behind-the-Meter Batteries

GreenTechMedia

Pacific Gas & Electric is asking state regulators to approve another massive round of energy storage procurements, including its first large-scale contract for behind-the-meter batteries to serve grid needs. gigawatt-hours, of energy storage projects.

You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility

AGreenLiving

Good or bad, no one views America’s old coal-fired power plants with indifference. Powering industry, commerce and society, they generated not just electricity but economic ecosystems that stretched far beyond the plants themselves and often served as the mainstay for thriving middle-class communities. More broadly, expanding renewable energy further divides the pie, while increasing energy efficiency keeps the pie from growing or even makes it smaller.

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Dominion Sells Gas Business and Cancels Atlantic Coast Pipeline, in Clean Energy Pivot

GreenTechMedia

utility group Dominion Energy agreed Sunday to sell most of its natural gas business and abandon its multi-billion dollar Atlantic Coast Pipeline project with Duke Energy meant to supply its home-state market of Virginia. The announcement marks a major shift for Dominion away from competitive natural gas markets and toward state-regulated utilities focused increasingly on clean energy. a natural gas utility serving Utah.

So, What Exactly Is Long-Duration Energy Storage?

GreenTechMedia

Its allure has proven more durable than energy blockchain, and its commercialization is further along than super-buzzy green hydrogen. Why do we care about energy storage duration? Energy storage makes this power useful at other times.

Could green hydrogen be key to a carbon-free economy?

GreenBiz

And what energy product will be used both to power this city and sell to the world? gas company, Air Products & Chemicals, announced that as part of Neom it has been building a green hydrogen plant in Saudi Arabia for the last four years. Energy & Climate. Wind Power.

Duke Energy Vows to Eliminate Its Carbon Emissions by 2050

GreenTechMedia

Duke Energy is the latest major utility to commit to a carbon-free future, with a plan to cut its emissions in half by 2030 and eliminate them completely by midcentury. This week's commitment , which includes plans to at least double Duke’s solar, wind and other renewables portfolio by 2025, is the largest carbon reduction commitment yet from a U.S. The gas question. This reliance on natural gas aligns Duke with most U.S.

Installed solar capacity is now greater than oil in the United States

Solar Power World

According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the first three-quarters of 2019, solar and wind provided nearly six-times as much new generating capacity as natural gas in September. New capacity placed into service that month included 359 MW of wind and… The post Installed solar capacity is now greater than oil in the United States appeared first on Solar Power World.

REsurety launches REmap weather and power market data tool for renewables

Solar Power World

A new information services product that harnesses a massive project performance dataset and suite of financial analytics that industry leaders use to make long-term asset and contract decisions for wind and solar energy has revealed that the low energy demand during the coronavirus shutdown, combined with low natural gas prices and high renewable generation, has… The post REsurety launches REmap weather and power market data tool for renewables appeared first on Solar Power World.

Can Gas-Fired Power Plants Coexist with a Net-Zero Target? Yes, Southern Company Insists

GreenTechMedia

utility can reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while still keeping natural gas as a central part of its business, both to generate electricity and to sell to its customers. The natural gas conundrum. Leaving out emissions from natural gas burned by customers.

Southern California Edison Contracts Mammoth 770MW Energy Storage Portfolio to Replace California Gas Plants

GreenTechMedia

Southern California Edison has signed seven contracts for a combined 770 megawatts of battery energy storage projects, one of the biggest single procurements of its kind. That’s needed to replace grid capacity provided by four natural gas-fired power plants on the Southern California coast that use seawater for cooling, and have been ordered to close as soon as possible to reduce their environmental impact. Southern Power, a subsidiary of U.S.

FERC expects 50 GW of rewnewables to be added in next three years – far outpacing fossil fuels

Solar Power World

FERC released its year-end energy infrastructure report today, and initial analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign finds that renewable energy sources provided 57.26% of new U.S. electrical generating capacity added in 2019 — swamping new additions provided by coal, natural gas, oil and nuclear power combined.

2020: Fossil fuels are dead, long live the sun

GreenBiz

We’ve spent decades promoting clean energy technologies. When oil and gas companies say that they’re getting out of oil and gas, shouldn’t you? Meanwhile, the coal and natural gas industries are also collapsing around us — a swift decline from the shale fracking boom.

NV Energy Gets Green Light for Massive Solar-Battery Projects

GreenTechMedia

gigawatts of solar and 590 megawatts of batteries, underscoring a broader push toward renewable energy and storage by other Western utilities also owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. NV Energy announced the projects in June with developers 8minute Solar Energy, EDF Renewables, Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and Arevia Power, and it expects them to be online in 2023.

Google Spinout Dandelion Energy Ramps Up Home Geothermal Installations

GreenTechMedia

Google spinout Dandelion Energy wants to push home geothermal heating to new heights in 2020. It partnered with utility Con Edison to install geothermal heat pumps in Westchester, where demand for natural gas has outstripped supply, leading to a moratorium on new hookups. Sachse’s appointment as CEO follows his experience at energy efficiency company Opower.

Renewable Energy Growth Continues At A Blistering Pace

R-Squared Energy

This article is the fifth in a series on the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020. The Review provides a comprehensive picture of supply and demand for major energy sources on a country-level basis. Today, I want to cover the production and consumption of renewable energy.

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. The new plan, by contrast, sets out a goal of nearly 16 gigawatts of solar, more than 5 gigawatts of offshore wind, and 2.7 gigawatts of energy storage over the next 15 years. Credit: Dominion Energy). Under the law, Dominion Virginia and the smaller Appalachian Power Co.

Georgia electric co-op to install 1.85-MW solar, 4-MWh storage project

Solar Power World

Natural gas provider Gas South and Georgia electric utility Cobb EMC broke ground on a solar + storage in Marietta, Georgia. “We’re We’re committed to affordable, renewable energy and redefining what it means to be an energy expert,” said Peter Heintzelman, Cobb EMC president and CEO. Batteries and Storage Components News Projects Solar+Storage

Renewables Catching Nuclear Power In Global Energy Race

R-Squared Energy

This article is the fifth in a series on BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2019. Previous articles in this series covered carbon dioxide emissions, petroleum supply and demand, the production and consumption of coal, and global natural gas trends: BP Warns Of An Unsustainable Path. Increases Its Dominance In Natural Gas Production. Today, I want to cover global trends in renewable energy.

Making the Case for an Integrated Energy Market in the Southeastern US

GreenTechMedia

Energy Innovation's analysis indicates the Southeast could also benefit greatly. In fact, the modeling conducted for Energy Innovation by Vibrant Clean Energy used these utilities’ existing integrated resource plans (IRPs) to yield their less-than-stellar results, he said.

PacifiCorp Readies Huge Solicitation for Renewables, Energy Storage

GreenTechMedia

Utility group PacifiCorp is about to open a gusher of opportunity for wind, solar and energy storage developers in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Last year PacifiCorp finalized a landmark integrated resource plan (IRP) that for the first time envisions it relying on large amounts of wind farms and solar backed by energy storage to meet its long-range energy needs. Solar-plus-storage as a replacement for gas plants.

How Energy Storage’s Growth Trajectory Differs From the Early Days of Solar

GreenTechMedia

DENVER — It's become a cliche to compare today's energy storage market to where the solar industry was a certain number of years ago. But storage's trajectory differs from the early growth dynamics of solar power in a crucial respect: It transcends the geographic boundaries, dictated by sunshine and policy, that constrained solar's rise. Rounding out the map is Texas, largely covered by the competitive energy-only ERCOT market.

The 5 Biggest US Utilities Committing to Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

GreenTechMedia

Driving this sea change in long-term planning is a combination of public pressure and energy economics. Utilities in many states now face mandates to move to 100 percent renewable energy or cut carbon to zero by 2050. Dominion Energy. Duke Energy. Xcel Energy.

Study finds decarbonizing Colorado would also lower electric rates

Solar Power World

A new report commissioned by Community Energy finds that replacing Colorado’s aging coal plants with a mix of wind and solar backed by battery storage and some natural gas, and electrifying transport and buildings, would reduce Colorado electric costs and average rates by more than 15% by 2040 and produce annual savings in excess of… The post Study finds decarbonizing Colorado would also lower electric rates appeared first on Solar Power World.

December solar policy snapshots A guide to recent legislation and research throughout the country.

Solar Power World

Study finds decarbonizing Colorado would also lower electric rates Denver, Colorado A new report found replacing Colorado’s aging coal plants with a mix of wind, solar-plus-storage and some natural gas, combined with electrifying transport and buildings, would reduce Colorado electric costs by more than 15% by 2040. </span> appeared first on Solar Power World.

New Report Shows Gap Between Utility Carbon Pledges and Climate Change Imperatives

GreenTechMedia

New research asserts most have undermined those goals by keeping coal plants running and building new natural gas plants meant to operate for decades to come. utilities that still rely on coal and natural gas for most of their generation capacity. Most of the biggest U.S.

IEA: ‘Historic Plunge’ in Investment Could Undermine the Energy Transition

GreenTechMedia

Coronavirus will create a $400 billion hole in energy investment in 2020, but the power sector is faring relatively well compared to oil and gas, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Going into 2020, the IEA had expected a 2 percent increase in global energy investments this year. The IEA called the energy industry's change in fortune “staggering in both its scale and swiftness.” ” Oil and gas investments crushed.

Jay Egg wins award for proposing a renewable solution over a gas-fired project planned for NY building

Renewable Energy World

Renewable Energy World contributor is being awarded a Constellation Prize for Policy Impact in response to a new heating/cooling solution he proposed for a 100-year-old building in Albany, NY. From all of us at Renewable Energy World, congratulations to Jay and Keith.

Dominion and Virginia Lawmakers Race to Define Clean Energy Goals, Offshore Wind Plans

GreenTechMedia

Dominion Energy, Virginia’s dominant utility, is racing to get ahead of the expanding clean-energy ambitions of state Democratic legislators. On Tuesday Dominion announced a 100 percent net-zero emissions plan on the eve of a key vote for even more aggressive renewable energy bills, while promoting its planned 2.6-gigawatt offshore wind project as a way to bring the country’s first major offshore wind factory to the state.

Form Energy Raises $40M Series B for Super-Long-Duration Grid Storage

GreenTechMedia

Long-duration storage startup Form Energy thought that solving the problem of months-long grid storage would take a decade. Italian oil and gas major Eni signed on as lead investor, joined by Capricorn Investment Group and most of the existing investors from last year's $9 million Series A. Today's lithium-ion batteries can shift solar power into the evening for a few hours, but they become prohibitively expensive as a tool for weeks or months of guaranteed power delivery.

A Bright Year for Solar in the U.S.—But There Are Clouds on the Horizon

TIME Ecocentric

You don’t get any brighter than the reflecting mirrors at the just-opened Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, in California‘s Mojave desert. When I visited the project back in May, I was warned not to look directly at the mirrors, lest my eyeballs end up as scorched as some of the birds that have flown through the 1,000° F-plus (538° C) heat generated by the solar towers. The picture is almost as bright for solar as a whole in the U.S.