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

Solar Powered Street Lights

Energy Refuge

Street lights, depending on the society or community in which they are located, can be powered by different forms of energy sources including fuel, gas or solar. While the previous two have been used for a long while, solar is a technology that is evolving but at the same time is now widely accepted and used in various places. The panels during the day supply charges to a rechargeable battery that in turn powers a LED or fluorescent lamp at night.

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Could the UK run a net-negative emission power grid by 2033?

Business Green

National Grid's Future Energy Scenarios analysis paints a compelling picture of the potential for an energy system replete with hydrogen, CCS and millions of EVs.

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.

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 grid needs $14T to support full decarbonization

Renewable Energy World

At least $14 trillion needs to be invested in the grid worldwide by 2050 to support an evolved power system, according to BloombergNEF’s new Power Grid Long-Term Outlook 2021 published this week. Digitalization of grid infrastructure represents 36% or $4.7

Dynamic Line Rating: Expanding Transmission Grid Capacity for Clean Energy

GreenTechMedia

A big part of the world’s electricity decarbonization challenge lies in expanding transmission capacity for wind and solar power — and according to energy experts, Europe and the U.S. But using existing grid infrastructure more efficiently could help as well.

A Quick Look at Alternate Energy for Your Business

Energy Refuge

With this awareness, businesses that consume large amounts of power or contribute to this pollution are looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint. More and more, we are turning to renewable energy sources to cut down on these carbon emissions to curb the pollution we’re creating with a view of slowing down the ever-looming threat of global warming. As a business, renewable energy isn’t out of your reach, even if it only augments your power use. Wind 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.

Equinor Flirts with Floating Solar

Mr. Sustainability

Summary - Equinor will explore opportunities within the realm of floating solar power. Hence the above quote from Hanne Wigum, head of the Equinor technology unit focusing on wind and solar power. It is not to determine how much energy can be produced. Solar

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. Well, the answer to that question greatly depends on the type of energy fuelling them in the first place. Renewable resources, at least in the US, are still not sufficiently used – at just under 20% of all generated electricity coming from solar, wind, or water power. Energy

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

GreenTechMedia

Clean energy industry groups are cheering the last-minute inclusion of key tax incentive extensions and billions of dollars in research and development funds that found their way into the $2.4 “As we think about this solar decade, this gets us a lot of the way there.”

Climate change heightens Californias drought and wildfire risks

AGreenLiving

Shutdowns of California power grids are now the new normal, according to the California Public Utilities Commission , which regulates services throughout the Golden State to “safeguard the environment and assure access to safe and reliable utility infrastructure and services.” California has been at the forefront of fighting climate change, even promoting renewable energy and solar power as go-to strategies.

Shell Energy launches seasonal solar-battery storage tariff

Business Green

Households with solar panels and batteries installed can earn savings on their winter bills for excess energy generated in the summer. Shell has become the latest energy supplier to launch a flexible tariff, allowing householders to potentially earn money back for helping to balance supply and demand for the power grid. The benefit of a solar panel on your home's roof increases when you add a home battery, and again when you add a smart tariff like this.

The evolving role of pumped storage as an enabler of a green energy future

Business Green

The UK's established pumped storage facilities will play an increasingly important role in greening the grid for the net zero transition, writes ENGIE UK's David Alcock. The integration of renewables to the existing National Grid presents two main challenges.

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

GreenTechMedia

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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A Vibrant Cleantech Startup Ecosystem Takes Root in India

GreenTechMedia

Several floors below the firm’s balcony, power lines crisscross over piles of garbage, a fleet of rickshaws and cow patties on a rooftop, being dried for cooking fuel. “I don’t think you can just deploy solar and solve everything,” he said.

Report Charts a Path for U.S. to Reach 50% Renewables by 2030

GreenTechMedia

grid to reach 50 percent renewables by 2030. energy sector by 2035, but it’s still a lofty target that will require a radical reconfiguration of the country’s generation and transmission system to achieve. grid under a hypothetical 50 percent renewable energy standard.

Massive Senate Energy Bill Falters

GreenTechMedia

A massive energy bill that could direct billions of dollars to renewable energy, energy storage and smart grid R&D and deployments faces an unclear future in the U.S. The American Energy Innovation Act, introduced last month by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, contains nearly 50 energy bills from last year in a sprawling 555-page document. Renewable energy. Energy storage. Grid modernization.

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.

Pearl Street Technologies: A New Way to Optimize the Transmission Grid

GreenTechMedia

The modern, renewable energy-rich power grid is an increasingly complicated machine to model. That’s the genesis of Pearl Street Technologies ’ approach to analyzing the complexities of power flows and planning parameters for the transmission grid.

How U.S. Grid Operators Plan to Tackle Energy Storage at Gigawatt Scale

GreenTechMedia

transmission grids and wholesale energy markets adapt to the gigawatts of energy storage coming online over the next decade? power grids is set to explode, from about 1.5 How can U.S.

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

GreenTechMedia

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

Business Green

Bryn Baker of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance argues much of the finger-pointing in the wake of the recent Californian blackouts has been wide of the mark. Some have suggested clean energy is the scapegoat for the recent blackouts.

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

AGreenLiving

Clean energy and markets are the solution (not scapegoat) for California’s blackouts Bryn Baker Fri, 09/04/2020 – 01:00 On Aug. 14 and 15, the California electric grid operator made the incredibly rare decision to proactively shut off parts of the electricity grid, resulting in limited rolling blackouts affecting businesses and homes throughout the state. Some have suggested clean energy is the scapegoat for the recent blackouts.

Funding the Next Generation of Efficient, Electric, Grid-Interactive Communities

GreenTechMedia

homes and commercial buildings consume roughly two-fifths of the country’s overall energy, three-fourths of all electricity, and account for most of the peak electricity demand that drives generation and power grid infrastructure costs.

Prospect of Republican Senate Majority Narrows Democrats’ Options on Clean Energy Policy

GreenTechMedia

If Republicans do keep control of the upper chamber of Congress, the options for Democrats to push through their wide-ranging energy and climate change policies will narrow significantly — even if Biden wins the election.

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Chevron to Build 500MW of Renewables to Power Oil and Gas Facilities

GreenTechMedia

Chevron announced it will build 500 megawatts of renewable energy plants to power some of its global facilities, in what amounts to a sizeable clean-energy upscaling for an oil giant with comparatively few big investments in renewables to date.

Space: The final frontier for renewables?

Business Green

UK government commissions research into viability of space-based solar power systems. Now the UK is set to join a handful of nations in actively exploring whether the approach could make a meaningful contribution to the effort to develop a global clean energy system.

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. Today, “companies like Duke, Southern Company , Dominion, are moving back to electric, in the face of sustained public policy and consumer interest in low-carbon energy.”

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

AGreenLiving

Clean energy and markets are the solution (not scapegoat) for California’s blackouts Bryn Baker Fri, 09/04/2020 – 01:00 On Aug. 14 and 15, the California electric grid operator made the incredibly rare decision to proactively shut off parts of the electricity grid, resulting in limited rolling blackouts affecting businesses and homes throughout the state. Some have suggested clean energy is the scapegoat for the recent blackouts.

Clean power drives Britain's grid to record low CO2 intensity in 2020

Business Green

National Grid ESO data for 2020 confirms raft of new records for wind and solar as well as longest coal-free run since the industrial revolution. Wind and solar energy, meanwhile, celebrated all-time highs. & #solar ?? ??

Sweeping Senate Energy Bill Could Come to a Vote This Week

GreenTechMedia

Senate will consider a bipartisan energy package this week that could be this year’s best legislative hope to increase federal funding for a number of energy technologies, from solar, wind and batteries, to more efficient fossil fuel-fired power and carbon capture. The American Energy Innovation Act, introduced Thursday by Sens. Renewable energy. Energy storage. Grid modernization. The U.S.

Forget King Coal. Solar Is ‘New King’ of Global Power Markets, Says IEA

GreenTechMedia

Solar power is the "new king" of global electricity markets, with the International Energy Agency calling it the cheapest form of electricity in history in its annual centerpiece World Energy Outlook report. Power grids remain the weak link.

This Swiss Asset Firm Is Buying Up America’s Largest Solar Projects

GreenTechMedia

solar industry is a never-ending endeavor, with new low prices and super-sized capacity regularly topping what came before. One investor in particular has recently made a notable impact: From virtually no role in the American solar market a few years ago, Capital Dynamics, an asset manager headquartered in Switzerland, says it owns seven of the country's 20 largest solar projects. Its push towards solar began in 2017, when it invested in 1.1 solar.

UK Government’s Advisers Urge It to Back Hydrogen Economy in Stimulus Plans

GreenTechMedia

But its energy infrastructure recommendations come with a greater sense of urgency, given their potential value in combating the country’s dual economic and environmental crises. The report says it is time that policy support reached “beyond renewable power.” This will likely cover power, transport, industry and buildings. A long-overdue draft energy bill could incorporate some of these measures to kick-start their path to legislation. The U.K.

Top-secret government facility orders third EV ARC solar charger

Charged

San Diego-based Envision Solar , which manufactures solar-powered EV chargers, has received a third order for its EV ARC product from a US government facility. The EV ARC generates enough solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day and the EV ARC HP fast charger provides up to 1,100 miles per day. The charger stores energy in an on-board storage system and can provide emergency power during grid failure.

SparkMeter Closes $12M Round to Expand From Metering Minigrids to Analyzing ‘Broken Grids’

GreenTechMedia

The meters that minigrids use need to be cheap, rugged and reliable, and they must be able to adjust to the often unstable operating conditions of solar-powered standalone grids. Remote minigrids are a tough market for a traditional smart meter vendor.

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.

Coronavirus Wipes Out 5 Years of US Solar Job Growth

GreenTechMedia

solar sector has lost 65,000 jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis, erasing five years of job gains, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). According to a new SEIA analysis, the American solar industry now employs around 188,000 people, down from 250,000 at the beginning of the year. The solar industry is now losing jobs at a faster rate than the broader American economy, SEIA says. Residential and commercial solar sectors hit hardest.

A Blockchain Crash Course: How It Can Enable the Clean, Smart Grid

Andrew Winston

This is my attempt at an "explainer" on blockchain, describing it as simply as I can, and exploring how it may help build the clean grid. But big companies and startups alike are exploring how blockchain could change everything from contracts, corporate compliance, and auditing to digital identity and voting, supply chain tracking, and even building a smart, carbon-free electric grid. The pace of adoption of clean energy is breathtaking, but it’s not moving as fast as it could.

Ørsted secures green light for mammoth 2.4GW Hornsea Three offshore wind farm

Business Green

The energy giant has now promised to deliver a "compensation plan" for the 300-turbine wind farm aimed at encouraging the growth of kittiwake seabird numbers elsewhere in order to balance the potential loss of populations as a result of the Hornsea Three project. and #solar ??records

Sunnova Ends 2019 with Growth but Overall Losses, Heralds ‘Year of the Battery’

GreenTechMedia

Residential solar company Sunnova experienced a surge in customers buying energy storage in the fourth quarter of 2019, CEO John Berger said on an earnings call Tuesday. The share of customers opting for batteries alongside solar, referred to as the "attachment rate," jumped from 15 percent in Q3 to 24 percent in Q4. “The instability of regional power grids is becoming increasingly intolerable for consumers.