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. Natural gas undoubtedly saved lives early in the storm.

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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.

Russian firm to offer natural gas-powered EV charging in London

Charged

Two Russian firms—software developer 4xxi and charger manufacturer L-Charge—are collaborating to create an off-grid EV charging network in London that’s scheduled to be launched this year.

Renewable natural gas is crucial to diversify our clean energy sources

Renewable Energy World

David Cox, Founder and CFO of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. The power outages in Texas are an all too painful reminder how extreme weather events can expose weaknesses in our energy infrastructure.

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

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

Clean Energy Canada

The electricity that powers our country. Not only that, it’s the electricity that will power much of the transition to a carbon-free future. All of them incentivize plugging more things — from our cars to our homes — into our electricity grid. Relative to most countries, we have a head start: Canada’s electricity grid is already 81 per cent non-emitting. Making renewables preferable to natural gas. The post Canada’s power grid is pretty clean.

'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.

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.

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.

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. Even without extreme weather events, the power grid needs love. Make the grid smarter and more flexible. Electricity Grid.

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. We estimate that the outcome of coal elimination (beyond already announced or negotiated closures) replaced with natural gas is 4.1 100% Clean Power.

Solar to make up half of new generating capacity in 2022

Renewable Energy World

power grid this year. GW (21%) from natural gas projects and 7.6 The agency says another 5% of the country’s planned electric capacity additions in 2022 will come from two new reactors at the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia. The U.S.

With an Energy Crisis Brewing, No Peak in Sight for Emissions

GreenTechMedia

Natural gas is the second-most confused fuel in Europe — and prices are 6 times higher than they were in the spring. The Energy Gang is brought to you by Hitachi ABB Power Grids. EIA and IEA are out with projections for emissions and fossil fuel consumption.

5 Maritime Sustainability Trends for 2022

The Environmental Blog

This is in conjunction with the industry’s shift towards battery-powered vessels such as the Yara Birkeland and China’s Zhongtiandianyun 001. Among the alternatives being considered is liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is still a fossil fuel, despite being considered the cleanest.

So, What Exactly Is Building Electrification?

GreenTechMedia

They use electricity to power lights, refrigerators and electronic devices. And they consume fossil fuels such as natural gas or propane to power furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. Gas-powered water heaters can be replaced with heat pump water heaters.

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.

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.

Texas company uses Bitcoin mines powered by renewables to stabilize the grid

Renewable Energy World

A Texas-based energy technology firm has raised $150 million to develop Bitcoin mining campuses powered by renewable energy sources. The study found that adding data center load to the grid incentivizes additional deployment of wind and solar energy. Follow @EngelsAngle.

The Pros and Cons of Electric Water Heaters

The Environmental Blog

Surprisingly, it takes a lot of power to heat water through your house. The majority of houses are already hooked up to the electric grid. Therefore, electric heater options are available for the majority of people, unless the power is out. Susceptible to Power Trips.

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

GreenTechMedia

Each still plans to build new natural gas power plants in the near term, despite the additional emissions they will cause. electric grid relies on fossil fuels for 63 percent of its generation, and according to the U.S.

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. electrical grid playing a central role. . Today’s grid was largely built in the 1950s and 1960s with a 50-year life expectancy. grid for the 21st century.

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? 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.

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

GreenBiz

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. Electricity Grid.

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Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand?

GreenBiz

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. .

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B.C. and Canada take key step forward to electrify industry

Clean Energy Canada

to electrify the natural gas sector. Powering our cars, our homes, and our industries with clean electricity is the only sustainable path forward. That is, electrifying natural gas projects, particularly in the Peace region—where demand for electricity is currently growing faster than anywhere else in the province. s power grid is already almost entirely renewable, electrification is a particularly effective way to avoid future emissions.

L-Charge demonstrates LNG-powered off-grid EV chargers

Charged

Charging technology developer L-Charge has demonstrated a fully working prototype of its gas-powered off-grid charging station. L-Charge’s system offers a charging power range of 250-600 kW, and comes in two versions—stationary and mobile.

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

GreenTechMedia

Responses will help inform options to meet its FlexPower Bundle plan, which envisions adding about 900 megawatts of solar, 50 megawatts of energy storage and 500 megawatts of “new technology solutions” to replace the need for buying natural-gas-fired power from outside power plants.

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

GreenTechMedia

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. Bloom’s natural-gas-fueled Energy Servers remain its bread and butter at present.

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

Renewable Energy World

The ninth edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook tells the story of American energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy in a volatile year. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Source: BloombergNEF estimate. power in 2020. Natural gas demand dipped 0.8%

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.

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.

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. The challenges for green hydrogen as a power grid resource.

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

GreenTechMedia

Dominion’s new IRP is driven by Virginia's Clean Economy Act passed earlier this year, which calls for 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045 and sets targets for energy efficiency, energy storage, and in-state solar and wind power.

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.

EVs are the Game-Changing DER: Exploring Vehicle Grid Integration for Grid Balancing

AutoGrid

EVs are the Game-Changing DER: Exploring Vehicle Grid Integration for Grid Balancing. Our energy systems are being transformed by the dramatic increase in distributed energy resources (DER) that are now populating power grids around the world.

Europe’s Biggest Gas Grid Ramps Up Hydrogen Efforts

GreenTechMedia

The largest natural gas infrastructure firm in Europe has launched a new hydrogen business and increased its financing for low carbon projects. Snam, which runs the Italian gas grid and is active in France, Greece and the U.K., The company's recent strategic documents lean heavily on renewable gas, power-to-gas, and hydrogen. Snam is working with Italy’s power grid Terna on this possibility.

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How VPPs Reduce Both Costs and Emission in Meeting Peak Demands

AutoGrid

The emergence of virtual power plants (VPPs) as bona fide replacements for fossil fuel peaker plants has been discussed conceptually, but is there data to support this opportunity? combustion turbines burning natural gas or oil meet most of the peak power demands.

How to Accelerate the Electrification of Buildings in the Midwest

GreenTechMedia

But in the Midwest, with the harshest winters in the lower 48, it has been cheaper to stick with natural gas as a heating source. Previously, natural gas accounted for about 65 percent of the building’s $65,000 annual energy costs.

Vistra, LS Power Top Winners in PG&E?s 420MW Storage Procurement

GreenTechMedia

Pacific Gas & Electric has asked California regulators to approve seven battery projects totaling 423 megawatts, or nearly 1.7 SCE has the largest share of procurement, since it faces the more severe potential grid disruptions from closing the power plants.