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‘Risky proposition.’ Can $33 billion make up for loss of Snake River dams? Tri-Cities groups leery

‘Risky proposition.’ Can $33 billion make up for loss of Snake River dams? Tri-Cities groups leery A new proposal to tear down the four Lower Snake River dams has people agreeing on one thing — the dams’ value to the Northwest region. But many of those who rely on the dams now — to produce … Continue reading ‘Risky proposition.’ Can $33 billion make up for loss of Snake River dams? Tri-Cities groups leery

#Southern_Power retrofitting 640MWh of battery storage at two #California solar power stations

Southern Power retrofitting 640MWh of battery storage at two California solar power stations US wholesale energy provider Southern Power is adding battery energy storage to two solar sites in California. Storage will be added to the company’s Tranquillity Solar Facility and Garland Solar Facility, with Southern Power – a subsidiary of the Southern Company – … Continue reading #Southern_Power retrofitting 640MWh of battery storage at two #California solar power stations

Wholesale U.S. electricity prices were generally lower and less volatile in 2020 than 2019

Wholesale U.S. electricity prices were generally lower and less volatile in 2020 than 2019 During 2020, wholesale electricity prices at major trading hubs in the United States were generally lower than in 2019, although prices in the western states trended higher in the last half of the year. Compared with 2019 prices, these wholesale hub … Continue reading Wholesale U.S. electricity prices were generally lower and less volatile in 2020 than 2019

Battle Brewing About #California ’s Role in #Diablo_Canyon Nuclear Plant Retirement

Battle Brewing About California’s Role in Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Retirement An assortment of entities have sought to intervene in a complaint alleging that the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and California state agencies violated bulk power system reliability standards when they approved retirement of the 2,240-MW Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) by 2025. Before … Continue reading Battle Brewing About #California ’s Role in #Diablo_Canyon Nuclear Plant Retirement

Why Renewables Did Not Cause #California ’s #Rolling_Blackouts

Why Renewables Did Not Cause California’s Rolling Blackouts Overview During the week of August 15, California experienced a record-breaking heatwave, spiking energy demand as residents turned up their air conditioning for relief from the scorching temperatures. As the need for electricity intensified, so did the stress on California’s electrical grid, causing the state’s energy grid … Continue reading Why Renewables Did Not Cause #California ’s #Rolling_Blackouts

Could #California ’s summer rolling blackouts happen in the #Northwest?

Could California’s summer rolling blackouts happen in the Northwest? For two days in August, as an intense heat wave smothered Western states and drove electricity use to record levels, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which manages the state’s high-voltage electricity transmission grid, imposed rolling electricity outages that cut power to 813,000 customers. The reason, … Continue reading Could #California ’s summer rolling blackouts happen in the #Northwest?

Ambri’s liquid metal battery to be used at desert data centre in Nevada

Ambri’s liquid metal battery to be used at desert data centre in Nevada ‘Liquid metal’ battery technology developed as a potential low-cost competitor for lithium-ion looks set to be used at a data centre under development near Reno, Nevada. An agreement has been made to deploy energy storage systems using the novel chemistry batteries between … Continue reading Ambri’s liquid metal battery to be used at desert data centre in Nevada

The #CPUC Needs to Address Emergency Reliability for Summer 2021, but It May Not Have Time

The CPUC Needs to Address Emergency Reliability for Summer 2021, but It May Not Have Time Can a new rulemaking initiated in November 2020 address summer 2021 shortages? The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) seems to think so. We at DWT are not so sure. At its November 19, 2020, Business Meeting, the CPUC signed … Continue reading The #CPUC Needs to Address Emergency Reliability for Summer 2021, but It May Not Have Time

CAISO approves hybrid storage policies as #California preps to add 1.5 GW by 2022

CAISO approves hybrid storage policies as California preps to add 1.5 GW by 2022 CAISO expects that storage paired with wind and solar will be a key component of the strategy to replace retiring natural gas and coal-fired generation across the West. For instance, the grid operator anticipates that the retirement of a fleet of … Continue reading CAISO approves hybrid storage policies as #California preps to add 1.5 GW by 2022