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Wood Mackenzie looks at the polar vortex and 100% renewable energy

Wood Mackenzie looks at the polar vortex and 100% renewable energy The research and consultancy group’s study of the latest polar vortex shows the need for greater interconnection of grids and 18-40 hours of energy storage in the Upper Midwest under high renewable energy scenarios. It also shows a potential role for nuclear power; but … Continue reading Wood Mackenzie looks at the polar vortex and 100% renewable energy

Long-Delayed #Vogtle Nuclear Plants Want To Delay Reporting How Much Longer They’ll Be Delayed

Long-Delayed Vogtle Nuclear Plants Want To Delay Reporting How Much Longer They’ll Be Delayed When centrists insist we need to build more nuclear power plants as part of the decarbonization push to prevent climate change, they ignore two very important things: New nuclear power plants are fiendishly expensive and have a lousy track record of … Continue reading Long-Delayed #Vogtle Nuclear Plants Want To Delay Reporting How Much Longer They’ll Be Delayed

#ABB Wants to Boost Storage & Microgrid Activity with a $113-Million Fund

ABB Wants to Boost Storage & Microgrid Activity with a $113-Million Fund ABB, a global technology company that specializes in power and automation, plans to boost energy storage and microgrid installations with a $113 million fund provided by Susi Partners, a clean energy infrastructure investment advisor. Under an agreement between the two companies, ABB will … Continue reading #ABB Wants to Boost Storage & Microgrid Activity with a $113-Million Fund

Tesla just outsold Mercedes-Benz in the US for the first time

Tesla just outsold Mercedes-Benz in the US for the first time In the third quarter this year, Tesla sold 69,925 vehicles in the US. Mercedes-Benz sold 66,542. It’s taken just eight years for Elon Musk’s upstart electric-vehicle startup to topple the company that invented the car 132 years ago. And according to Atherton Research, Tesla … Continue reading Tesla just outsold Mercedes-Benz in the US for the first time

Sodium ion battery research could power up renewable energy storage

Sodium ion battery research could power up renewable energy storage Longer life and increased capacity for a new technology battery that could be the workhorse of a renewable energy grid are the goals of a study of the effect of charging cycles on the structure of anodes in sodium ion batteries. Under a three-year, $233,000 … Continue reading Sodium ion battery research could power up renewable energy storage

#Texas regulators direct higher plant payments amid capacity crunch concerns

Texas regulators direct higher plant payments amid capacity crunch concerns The PUCT’s decision to alter its pricing mechanisms is the latest in a series of regulatory responses to the retirement of large, aging coal and nuclear generators due to low natural gas and renewable energy prices. Last week, ERCOT announced it had approved the indefinite … Continue reading #Texas regulators direct higher plant payments amid capacity crunch concerns