The Impact of Excessive Heat on the Power Grid

CleanTech Alliance

Commentary Public Policy batteries climate change grid modernization heat waveIn June 2021, the Pacific Northwest suffered the worst heat wave in recorded history.

Heat, Wildfires And Power Grid Challenges – Even The Pacific Northwest Begins To Worry

Jim Conca

Heat waves are stressing the electrical grid in the Pacific Northwest, making regional system operators prepare for rolling blackouts.

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China Has ‘First-Strike’ Capability To Melt U.S. Power Grid With Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

Jim Conca

China now has a network of satellites, high-speed missiles, and super-EMP weapons that could melt down our electric grid, fry critical communications, and even takeout the ability of our aircraft carrier groups to respond.

Artificial Intelligence Platform Detects Power Grid Flaws And Wildfire Dangers Better And Faster Than Humans

Jim Conca

Powerlines and equipment problems have been the cause of most recent wildfires. But a new AI and machine vision technology can analyze millions of images of powerlines and towers to find dangerous faults and flaws to help utilities identify problem areas and repair them before a fire starts.

An equitable and reliable solar power grid for farmers

Solar Power World

By Praveen Jain, IEEE Medal in Power Engineering recipient Born in rural India and being at the global forefront of technology over the past 40 years, I can say with certainty that farmers in many countries are not seeing the true benefits of solar power.

Reactive Technologies: Pinpointing the Inertia of Renewable-Powered Grids

GreenTechMedia

Getting to 100 percent clean energy presents power grid operators with a major problem: what to do about inertia. Reactive Technologies says its novel technology for measuring this critical aspect of grid stability can help them find answers. National Grid, the U.K.’s

How the U.S. power grid is evolving to handle solar and wind

GreenBiz

Data Electricity Grid Energy & ClimateAs renewable energy sources move mainstream, electricity generation and distribution systems are getting an extreme makeover.

PG&E Outlines Path to Easing Future Power Grid Outages

GreenTechMedia

Pacific Gas & Electric's top executives and members of its post-bankruptcy board of directors faced a nearly five-hour grilling from the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday over the communications, planning and execution failures of its massive fire-prevention power outage earlier this month. Still, it’s going to take years to trim trees, harden poles, shield power lines, underground select circuits, and otherwise limit its fire risk profile to reach that goal.

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

GreenTechMedia

Instead, “it’s all of us” in Texas “not pushing our regulators and politicians” to take steps to protect the grid and natural-gas network from temperature drops that, while rare in the past, may be far more prevalent in a future of climate-change-driven weather extremes.

As It Undergoes Transformation, U.S. Power Grid Embraces AI

Forbes Green Tech

With its ability to process large volumes of data to come up with solutions to complex problems, artificial intelligence (AI) technology is helping to guide the transformation of the electric grid.

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.

ABB wins $100 million framework contract to strengthen South America’s power grid

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ABB Power Grids partners with ISA in building a reliable and efficient power grid, improving the quality of life of millions of people in South America

Electric Vehicles and the Power Grid: Roadmaps from California and New York [GTM Squared]

GreenTechMedia

FERC’s Role in Enabling Transmission to Help Decarbonize the US Power Grid [GTM Squared]

GreenTechMedia

Hitachi ABB Power Grids is supporting world’s largest wind farm with third interconnect contract

Renewable Energy World

Hitachi ABB Power Grids announced that the owners/developers of the 3.6-GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm have selected it to connect the third transmission link from Dogger Bank to the UK mainland. Hitachi ABB Power Grids has delivered more than half of the world’s HVDC projects, it says.

Gridware aims to monitor the power grid to prevent power failures and wildfires

Impact Alpha

The post Gridware aims to monitor the power grid to prevent power failures and wildfires appeared first on Impact Alpha. ImpactAlpha, May 26 — More than 4 million acres burned during California’s wildfire season last year, which included the first ‘gigafire’ of more.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids commences operations

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Complementary portfolios and technology strengths to ensure continuity, enhance customer value and bring growth opportunities

WoodMac: Wind, Solar and Storage to Dominate Europe’s Power Grid by 2030

GreenTechMedia

Europe's power system will look very different in 2030, with energy storage supporting the “dominance” of wind and solar generation, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. Coal and nuclear power will be the biggest losers in Europe's energy system by 2040.

'Greenest ever': Britain's power grid CO2 falls to record low on Easter Monday

Business Green

Low demand for power sees carbon intensity on grid plummet to lowest ever level, National Grid ESO confirms. In total, Britain's grid went coal-free for over 5,000 hours in 2020, compared to almost 3,700 hours in 2019, 1,850 in 2019, and 624 in 2017, National Grid ESO said.

Texas leaders failed to heed warnings that left the state’s power grid vulnerable to winter extremes, experts say

Grist

Millions of Texans have gone days without power or heat in subfreezing temperatures brought on by snow and ice storms. left power system unprepared for the winter crisis. Instead, huge portions of the largest cities in Texas went dark and have remained without heat or power for days.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids launches open and scalable ecosystem for digitalization of transformers

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The manufacturer-agnostic, TXpert™ Ecosystem to enable millions of dollars in savings through greater flexibility, efficiency and resilience in electricity networks

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

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

Experts to Assess How to Adapt the Power Grid to High-Penetration Renewables

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Register Now for the Virtual 2020 ACORE Grid Forum on November 17-18

The Brief: Legacy of Black Wall Street, LISC’s catalytic capital, power-grid sensors, Exxon’s endgame, a retirement plan for Jeff Bezos

Impact Alpha

The post The Brief: Legacy of Black Wall Street, LISC’s catalytic capital, power-grid sensors, Exxon’s endgame, a retirement plan for Jeff Bezos appeared first on Impact Alpha. Greetings, Agents of Impact!

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.

THE ENERGY TRANSITION: WEATHER AND YIELD FORECASTS SUPPORT SMART POWER GRIDS

altenergymag

The energy sector is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Decentralization, a rise in the number of electrical loads such as e-vehicles and heat pumps, and the growing share of volatile renewable energies are increasing the complexity of the energy system

Hitachi ABB Power Grids joins effort to protect power utilities from cyber threats

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Global leader and pioneer in power technologies will share cybersecurity information with utilities through the Fortress Asset to Vendor Network

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. Strategic investments in cleaning up government operations, innovation and off-grid communities.

'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.

How The Future Of California’s Power Grid Hangs On The Constitutionality Of ‘Inverse Condemnation’

Forbes Green Tech

PG&E, in court documents filed last week in its ongoing bankruptcy case, made clear its position that until courts and lawmakers change what the utility sees as unconstitutional state laws, northern Californians will have little choice but to suffer more forced power outages when the wind gusts

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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.

A deluge of batteries is about to rewire the power grid

Renewable Energy World

They stir silently into action—powering the appliances in the five-bedroom home’s twin kitchens, recharging a $100,000-plus Model X SUV, driving a filter pump for an 18-meter swimming pool sparkling in the shade of a century-old native black bean tree. News DER Off-Grid Grid ScaleA pale orange-and-gold sunset bathes the macadamia plantations and avocado orchards that sweep down to Australia’s Byron Bay.

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.

Smart Hot Water: New project to help balance UK power grid

Business Green

USER Project to integrate AI technology with hot water cylinders to help manage grid demand. The humble immersion heater is being reinvented as an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled smart grid technology, as part of a cutting edge trial that was unveiled this week. At almost 100GWh, this capacity is equivalent to six million Tesla Powerwall units, the group said, adding that it could play a role in managing the increase in variable renewables coming onto the grid.

How the U.S. power grid is evolving to handle solar and wind

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power grid is evolving to handle solar and wind. Business Green data electricity grid energy & climate extreme-makeover- generation-and renewable energy sources-move systems-areAs renewable energy sources move mainstream, electricity generation and distribution systems are getting an extreme makeover. See the original post here: How the U.S.

BNEF finds that hydrogen’s plunging price could boost its role in a carbon-free future

Renewable Energy World

News Wind Power Grid Scale Solar InfrastructureThe cost of producing hydrogen gas with renewables is likely to plummet in the coming decades, making one of the most radical technologies for reducing greenhouse gases economical.

The Electric Vehicle Future: Major Climate Opportunity Faces Three Critical Challenges

Energy and Cleantech Council

But widespread EV adoption in the United States faces three critical challenges: a limited battery supply chain, inadequate charging infrastructure, and already strained power grids. Reaching this capacity will require significant investments in grid updates.

Siemens inaugurates world’s largest electrothermal energy storage system

Renewable Energy World

News Wind Power Grid Scale Storage Utility IntegrationSiemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) said that is has begun operation of its electric thermal energy storage system (ETES), a milestone in the development of energy storage solutions, according to the company.

In quest for bigger batteries, California mulls pumped hydro

Renewable Energy World

News Hydropower Wind Power Grid Scale Storage SolarAs the sun sets on California’s solar farms, a backup energy source deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains springs to life.

Australia in planning for multiple massive battery projects

Renewable Energy World

News Utility Scale Wind Power Grid ScaleFrance’s Neoen SA has outlined plans to build a giant renewables complex in South Australia, including battery storage with up to nine times more capacity than the Tesla Inc. design at its nearby Hornsdale plant, which is billed as the world’s largest lithium-ion battery.

Smart Grids & Microgrids Asia 2020

Eco-Business

Creating Intelligent Power Grids in Asia

Bermuda Electric Light Company installs 10-MW/5.5-MWh energy storage system

Renewable Energy World

The system provides up to 10 MW power for spinning reserves and frequency response to maintain grid stability and has a storage capacity of 5.5MWh, said the company. Energy Efficiency Microgrids News Wind Power Grid Scale SolarYesterday, energy storage company Saft said it delivered and installed a turnkey Energy Storage System to Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO).