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. Today, I want to cover global trends in renewable energy. Hydropower still produces more electricity globally than the Renewables category, which consists primarily of rapidly-growing wind and solar power, as well as more mature renewable technologies like geothermal power and power produced from biomass.

Could The U.S. Automobile Fleet Run On Wind And Solar Power?

R-Squared Energy

with electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) power. on solar power would require a substantial amount of backup power or storage for when the sun isn’t shining. I also knew that my solar PV calculation was subject to many assumptions, and the answer could therefore be 50% too large or 50% too small. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) once calculated that there are about 2,000 square miles of suitable area for PV generation just on U.S.

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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

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.

Clean Energy Funding Finds Its Way Into Congressional Spending Bill

GreenTechMedia

Advocates of clean energy may get a last-minute present from Congress this year in the form of a bipartisan package of programs to boost funding for renewable energy, energy storage, electric vehicles, carbon capture and other low-carbon and electric technologies.

Renewables produce 17.5% more electricity than coal in Q1 2020

Solar Power World

Renewable energy sources produced significantly more electricity than coal during the first quarter of 2020 and also topped nuclear power in both February and March, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of just-released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through March 31, 2020) reveals that solar and… The post Renewables produce 17.5%

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.

New York?s Energy Transition (and Challenges) in 5 Charts

GreenTechMedia

Grid operators around the world are unusually busy these days, but few have quite as much on their minds as NYISO, the independent system operator that manages New York state's bulk power system and wholesale energy market. New York state’s zero-carbon energy goals will require new transmission to carry upstate wind and hydro to downstate markets, plus a wave of new batteries and other balancing agents to balance the state's increasingly intermittent renewable mix.

Latest FERC three-year forecast shows no new coal and drops in oil and natural gas, while renewables soar

Solar Power World

According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency has once again revised its three-year forecast for changes in the U.S. Sharp declines are foreseen for fossil fuels and nuclear power while renewable energy is forecast to experience… The post Latest FERC three-year forecast shows no new coal and drops in oil and natural gas, while renewables soar appeared first on Solar Power World.

In New York, a New Way for Stay-at-Home Customers to Get Paid for Shaving Peak Energy

GreenTechMedia

New York is struggling with the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak, but it’s also pushing ahead on its ambitious clean energy goals. Those include major expansions of wind and solar power , more energy storage to manage that intermittent supply — and, on the demand side of the equation, programs that can turn utility customers from passive consumers into active grid-balancing participants.

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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. gigawatts of energy storage over the next 15 years.

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.

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.

Renewables overtake fossil fuels in 2020 as Britain's power grid enjoys 'greenest year' yet

Business Green

But Imperial College London analysis warns emerging technologies and negative emission power plants are likely to be needed to unlock full decarbonisation of the grid. Nuclear power, meanwhile, provided 17.5 per cent of Britain's power supplies, with coal supplying just 1.6

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.

Southern California Edison Inks Another Massive Round of Utility-Scale Battery Contracts

GreenTechMedia

Six months after inking California’s largest single energy storage procurement, utility Southern California Edison has added another three massive utility-scale battery projects to its portfolio—plus a behind-the-meter battery project with Sunrun.

Princeton Study Charts a $2.5T Pathway to a Net-Zero Carbon US

GreenTechMedia

The United States can set a course to net-zero carbon by midcentury if it can radically overhaul its energy generation, transport, building and industrial sectors over the next decade, according to a major study from Princeton University.

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

GreenTechMedia

These clean energy provisions are included in a $1.4 Summaries of the energy provisions included in the bill were provided by the office of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York), and Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Solar tax credit impacts.

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.

A State-by-State Model of the US Net-Zero-Carbon Future

GreenTechMedia

But that doesn’t mean that states most reliant on fossil fuel extraction or industries powered by them must lose out in the transition. What does this do to the energy system needs of the United States?” Cutting U.S.

2 More Western Utilities Move to Close Coal Plants Early, Shifting to Renewables and Storage

GreenTechMedia

Two more utilities in Arizona and Colorado are moving to accelerate closure of coal plants and replace them with renewable energy backed by batteries, joining a broader push in both states to shift to more cost-effective clean energy options even in the absence of state mandates. Tucson Electric Power on Friday released a long-term energy plan that calls for closing its remaining coal plants by 2032, on the way to 70 percent renewables by 2035.

July 2020 Cleantech Roundup: Electric Vehicles Go Public | Energy Policy Scandals | SunRun…

Clean Energy Trust

July 2020 Cleantech Roundup: Electric Vehicles Go Public | Energy Policy Scandals | SunRun Acquires Vivint Solar Clean Energy Trust’s cleantech roundup highlights interesting cleantech news and perspective, across industry, technology, policy, and investing.

Virginia Mandates 100% Clean Power by 2050

GreenTechMedia

Virginia has become the latest state to pass a law that sets it on a path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050, as well as setting targets for massive investments in energy efficiency, energy storage and in-state solar and wind power. The primary feature of the law, SB 851, is its call for Dominion Virginia, the state’s dominant utility, and the smaller Appalachian Power Co., ” Wind and solar energy to expand, with more third-party options.

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Three-Quarters of New US Generating Capacity in 2020 Will Be Renewable, EIA Says

GreenTechMedia

Energy Information Administration has confirmed what it and industry watchers predicted a year ago—that wind and solar power will expand on their already-large share of new U.S. According to EIA data released Tuesday , wind and solar will make up 32 of the 42 gigawatts of new capacity additions expected to start commercial operation in 2020, dwarfing the 9.3 EIA’s numbers also break records for both wind and solar in terms of annual capacity additions.

NuScale’s Federal Safety Approval Moves US Modular Nuclear Reactors a Step Closer to Reality

GreenTechMedia

Small-scale modular nuclear reactors have gone from being a technology that’s always a decade away from being built to one that may actually enter into commercial production in the next decade. The advantages of nuclear modularity.

DOE Awards $160M to TerraPower and X-Energy to Build Advanced Nuclear Plants by 2027

GreenTechMedia

Department of Energy has awarded $160 million to X-energy and TerraPower with the potential for billions more in federal funding, as the companies strive to build a working model of their smaller scale, more flexible advanced nuclear reactor designs by 2027. The U.S.

Final Analysis of California’s August Blackouts Yields Few Surprises and a Tight Deadline for Solutions

GreenTechMedia

The steps the report lays out for state agencies, utilities and energy technology companies to forestall another emergency this coming summer, meanwhile, will face a tight deadline for completion by the summer fire season.

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FERC Order Will Restart PJM’s Capacity Market

GreenTechMedia

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an order that could allow mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM to restart the country’s biggest capacity auction by mid-2021 after a two-year delay. Carbon pricing and distributed energy market access as alternatives.

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

GreenTechMedia

That means Southern Company intends to keep building new natural gas power plants to meet its supply needs, even as it grows its renewable energy portfolio from 9 gigawatts today to about 14 GW by 2024. Department of Energy.

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

GreenTechMedia

The report gives some of its worst marks to some of the biggest utilities with net-zero carbon by 2050 goals, including FirstEnergy , Duke Energy , Dominion Energy and utilities operated by Southern Company. Wind and solar power accounted for just above 10 percent of U.S.

Xcel Targets $1.4B in Wind and Solar Investments, Outlines Broader Carbon-Reduction Goals

GreenTechMedia

Xcel Energy is asking Minnesota regulators to approve $1.4 The new wind and solar plans announced Thursday are additions to a $22.6 The solar project plan will be filed in early 2021, with a decision expected in the middle of next year. EVs, green hydrogen and energy storage.

FERC Denies Rehearings on PJM Capacity Rulings, in a Blow to States’ Renewables Plans

GreenTechMedia

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday rejected requests to reconsider its controversial orders that will upend the $10 billion-per-year capacity market of mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM by forcing state-subsidized renewable energy resources to bid at higher prices that could render them uncompetitive. But for clean energy groups, there could be a silver lining. I believe the costs of clean energy have come down now that they can compete without subsidies.”

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.”

Hydrogen Production With A Low Carbon Footprint

R-Squared Energy

However, the laws of thermodynamics require that it always takes more energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen than you can obtain from the hydrogen. Why, then, would you ever spend more energy to produce hydrogen than you can obtain from using it? Renewable power has grown rapidly in the past decade. In some places, it has created intermittent periods of excess power. That means either renewable or nuclear power – if the price isn’t too high.

Amid Depressed Power Demand, Duke Sticks to Plan to Double Renewables Base

GreenTechMedia

Duke Energy is standing behind its plan to double its renewable energy base to 16 gigawatts by 2025 despite the depressing effect the coronavirus outbreak is having on its utilities. Utilities across the country are reporting dramatic drops in commercial and industrial energy demand. power utilities, with 7.4 While renewables only account for 5 percent of Duke's 51 gigawatts of generating capacity today, its solar and wind portfolio has grown in recent years.

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Illinois’ Path to 100% Clean Energy May Mean Escaping From PJM’s Capacity Market

GreenTechMedia

Since it was first introduced last year, Illinois’ Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), the state’s proposed 100 percent renewable energy bill, has been built around an escape from grid operator PJM capacity market, the country's largest. Since then, PJM’s capacity market has shifted from a potential roadblock to a very real one when it comes to meeting the state’s clean energy goals. Building state control of capacity into renewable energy support.

Looming Grid Shortfall Prompts 2.5GW California Procurement Proposal

GreenTechMedia

Although the proposed ‘all-source’ procurement would allow existing natural gas-fired peaker plants to compete, it could also open a massive new market for renewable energy, energy storage, demand response and other preferred alternatives to fossil fuels. The biggest is the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California, formerly Los Angeles Community Choice Energy, which has been adding cities across L.A.

Utilities Propose First Regional Grid-Balancing Market in Southeastern US

GreenTechMedia

Southeastern utilities including Duke Energy, Dominion and Southern Company unveiled plans to create the region’s first market for trading electricity across interstate transmission lines, a move that could lead to lower wholesale energy costs as similar markets have accomplished in other parts of the country. Roy Cooper in 2018 to design an energy and climate change plan for the state. Clean energy groups challenge lack of transparency.

Can Joe Biden Decarbonize The U.S. Power Sector By 2035?

R-Squared Energy

Last week’s article focused on the nine key elements of Joe Biden’s plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice. power sector by 2035. This is notable because it would actually boost the demands on the power sector, which will increase the challenges of decarbonizing the sector. million new energy efficient homes.”. Energy efficiency will help, but in 2019 the U.S. is currently on a path that would achieve 87% clean energy in the U.S.

California Demands 3.3GW of New Resources by 2023 to Meet Looming Grid Shortfall

GreenTechMedia

California regulators have approved a 3.3-gigawatt "all-source" procurement that will pit new renewables, energy storage, demand response and other clean resources against natural gas-fired power plants in a race to meet what could be a major shortfall in grid capacity in the next four years. CCAs already have been signing new renewable energy contracts at a rapid clip. gigawatts of renewable power purchase agreements, almost all of it utility-scale solar.

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'Our seas hold immense potential': PM pledges to power all UK homes with offshore wind by 2030

Business Green

The government claims delivering the new goals will produce enough renewable electricity to power every home in the country through offshore wind by 2030, meeting the average electricity needs of up to 14 million homes.

'Slight tension': From coal mines to nuclear, new Business Secretary hints at delicate decisions at heart of UK's net zero ambitions

Business Green

To that end, the government yesterday unveiled a new 'Build Back Better' council made up of 30 business leaders covering a range of sectors, from energy and retail to hospitality, finance, and aviation with a view to helping shape the UK's coronavirus recovery plans.

COVID-19 Recovery, Climate Impacts, And Co-Benefits: Stimulus Policies That Can Multi-Solve

Energy Innovation

Energy Innovation partners with the independent nonprofit Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) to provide climate and energy research updates. The research synopsis below comes from AGCI Program Director Emily Jack-Scott , and a full list of AGCI’s quarterly research updates covering recent climate change research on clean energy pathways is available online at [link]. Building efficiency improvements (through renovations, retrofits, insulation, heating, and energy storage).