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Will a Single Utility, #PG&E, Boost the 2020 Microgrid Market by $1 Billion?

Will a Single Utility, PG&E, Boost the 2020 Microgrid Market by $1 Billion? By some estimates, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is creating a $1 billion opportunity for microgrids, meaning one utility in one year could boost the worldwide market by 10%. Not surprisingly, the California utility by its own account received a “robust” number … Continue reading Will a Single Utility, #PG&E, Boost the 2020 Microgrid Market by $1 Billion?

Lendlease sells 160-MW #Sacramento solar project to D.E. Shaw

Lendlease sells 160-MW Sacramento solar project to D.E. Shaw Lendlease, an international property and infrastructure group, announced that D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) has acquired the 160-MWAC Rancho Seco Solar II project, located in Sacramento County, California. The project, initially developed by Lendlease, has a 30-year PPA in place with the Sacramento Municipal Utility … Continue reading Lendlease sells 160-MW #Sacramento solar project to D.E. Shaw

A Korean Company Wants to Build a Solar Plant on Public Lands in #Arizona

A Korean Company Wants to Build a Solar Plant on Public Lands in Arizona The Trump administration has rolled back many Obama-era environmental programs, but so far, it hasn’t managed to kill them all. A little-known solar-energy program in the West is still kicking, and now, under that program, a California-based subsidiary of South Korean … Continue reading A Korean Company Wants to Build a Solar Plant on Public Lands in #Arizona

Grid operators cancel travel, shift to remote meetings, as industry preps for broad #coronavirus absenteeism

Grid operators cancel travel, shift to remote meetings, as industry preps for broad coronavirus absenteeism Independent System Operators (ISO) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) responsible for operating the nation’s electric grid are working to limit the spread of the coronavirus, as EEI signaled companies need to prepare to continue delivering electricity with a smaller workforce. … Continue reading Grid operators cancel travel, shift to remote meetings, as industry preps for broad #coronavirus absenteeism

Morning Brief: How clean is energy storage? #New+York clean energy and #California solar mandate under attack

Morning Brief: How clean is energy storage? New York clean energy and California solar mandate under attack Is energy storage as clean as we think? As battery storage applications grow, there has been increasing interest in the carbon emissions associated with those applications…there have been few studies to characterize emissions associated with battery usage in … Continue reading Morning Brief: How clean is energy storage? #New+York clean energy and #California solar mandate under attack

Coal plants are closing across the West. Here are the companies sticking with coal

Coal plants are closing across the West. Here are the companies sticking with coal For nearly half a century, the deserts and plains of the American West have been punctuated by coal-burning furnaces and towering smokestacks — hulking power stations that have sustained small-town economies and fueled the growth of the region’s major cities, from … Continue reading Coal plants are closing across the West. Here are the companies sticking with coal

#California has big clean energy ambitions, and is looking for better energy storage to realize them

California has big clean energy ambitions, and is looking for better energy storage to realize them Lithium-ion batteries have dominated the storage space for the last decade, largely due to declining costs caused by global build-out of storage manufacturing capacity for electric vehicle markets, according to Burwen. The technology is also familiar to the financial … Continue reading #California has big clean energy ambitions, and is looking for better energy storage to realize them

#California will still require rooftop solar panels on new homes — at least for now

California will still require rooftop solar panels on new homes — at least for now State officials declined Wednesday to approve a program that would allow new homes to be built in Sacramento without rooftop solar panels — handing at least a temporary victory to clean energy advocates, who said the program would cripple California’s … Continue reading #California will still require rooftop solar panels on new homes — at least for now

#California crisis of fires, #blackouts decades in the making

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific … Continue reading #California crisis of fires, #blackouts decades in the making