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#Michigan utilities upgrade pumped storage plant ahead of renewable push

Michigan utilities upgrade pumped storage plant ahead of renewable push he Ludington Pumped Storage Plant along Lake Michigan could play a bigger role on the grid as utilities use more variable renewables. Concealed under a grassy slope, water pours through a set of massive chutes, pummeling a bank of underground turbines before spilling into Lake … Continue reading #Michigan utilities upgrade pumped storage plant ahead of renewable push

Who needs batteries: pumped storage ‘lake battery’ planned for #Baja_California

Who needs batteries: pumped storage ‘lake battery’ planned for Baja California With solar and pumped storage, Mexico could become energy self-sufficient We were on our way to Huilotán, a jungly ecopark located deep in a canyon just north of Guadalajara. How the subject of lithium batteries came up, I don’t know, but we were discussing … Continue reading Who needs batteries: pumped storage ‘lake battery’ planned for #Baja_California

Combining Wind Power & Water in a Unique Facility for Energy Production & Storage

Combining Wind Power & Water in a Unique Facility for Energy Production & Storage In the small German town of Gaildorf, big things are happening. The first water battery project has had its pilot in this picturesque old town near Stuttgart, using only natural sources of energy for both production and storage purposes. This pilot … Continue reading Combining Wind Power & Water in a Unique Facility for Energy Production & Storage

Energy storage and renewables beyond wind, hydro, solar make up 4% of U.S. power capacity

Energy storage and renewables beyond wind, hydro, solar make up 4% of U.S. power capacity Beyond the main sources of electricity generation capacity in the United States that have recently been discussed in a series of Today in Energy articles, additional amounts of utility-scale capacity are provided by technologies such as hydroelectric pumped storage, batteries, … Continue reading Energy storage and renewables beyond wind, hydro, solar make up 4% of U.S. power capacity

U.S. wind generating capacity surpasses hydro capacity at the end of 2016

U.S. wind generating capacity surpasses hydro capacity at the end of 2016 Installed wind electric generating capacity in the United States surpassed conventional hydroelectric generating capacity, long the nation’s largest source of renewable electricity, after 8,727 megawatts (MW) of new wind capacity came online in 2016. However, given the hydro fleet’s higher average capacity factors … Continue reading U.S. wind generating capacity surpasses hydro capacity at the end of 2016

Ares-EIF Sells Allegheny Hydro Plants

Ares-EIF Sells Allegheny Hydro Plants Ares Management, L.P. (NYSE:ARES) announced today that a fund managed by the Ares-EIF Group and Northbrook Energy, LLC have recently sold two run-of-the-river hydroelectric power facilities on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). Terms of the transaction were not announced. The two … Continue reading Ares-EIF Sells Allegheny Hydro Plants

Is a Michigan hydro #pumped_storage facility clean and renewable? Lawmakers, experts disagree

Is a Michigan hydro pumped storage facility clean and renewable? Lawmakers, experts disagree The Ludington Pumped Storage hydroelectric facility in western Michigan is a clean and renewable energy source that should receive credits for its ability to reduce carbon emissions, according to various state and federal lawmakers. But amid comprehensive energy policy proposals at the … Continue reading Is a Michigan hydro #pumped_storage facility clean and renewable? Lawmakers, experts disagree

Nearly Half of Western U.S. Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change

Nearly Half of Western U.S. Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change The desert Southwest will be the hardest hit. The effects of climate change could hamper electric generating capacity in the Western U.S. during peak summertime energy use by about 3 percent on average, and up to nearly 9 percent if there is ongoing drought. … Continue reading Nearly Half of Western U.S. Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change