Natural gas-fired electricity generation grows 9 percent in first half of 2020 Natural gas-fired electricity generation increased 9 percent in the first half of 2020 compared to the previous year, reported the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Hourly Electric Grid Monitor. It was the fastest-growing source of electric power generation in the lower 48 states. … Continue reading Natural gas – fired electricity generation grows 9 percent in first half of 2020
Mexico’s renewables market: competitive, but uncertain for now Mexico’s once fast-growing wind and solar power market is coping with uncertainty due to regulatory changes announced since late April, but insiders remain committed to the country based on its long-term potential. “Right now, we have a competitive market,” said Daniel García, senior business manager at Atlas … Continue reading #Mexico ’s renewables market: competitive, but uncertain for now
US DOE awards EPRI $5.1M for advanced nuclear technology The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $5.1 million to the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) to develop modular-in-chamber electron beam welding capability for a future domestic advanced reactor demonstration project. This project has a total value of approximately $6.5 million of which DOE … Continue reading US DOE awards EPRI $5.1M for advanced nuclear technology
California avoided rolling blackouts for two decades. What went wrong on the grid? For nearly two decades, California skated past one heat wave after another without having to resort to deliberate rolling blackouts — including one horrible stretch that killed 140 people in 2006. The state’s electricity winning streak ran out Friday night. For more … Continue reading #California avoided rolling blackouts for two decades. What went wrong on the grid?
The Secret To Successfully Closing Down Coal Plants Close down coal-fired power stations. Do not replace them with gas-fired electricity. That would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the USA by 15 percent. That’s a big number. Those plants are old and will close eventually. So why not sooner rather than later? The answer, of course, … Continue reading The Secret To Successfully Closing Down Coal Plants
APS explosion a powerful, painful lesson The near deaths of four Peoria firefighters may lead to dramatic changes in the way fires involving solar power systems are handled. Three days after APS released a technical report on the probable cause of a lithium-ion battery storage explosion that seriously injured four Peoria firefighters, the UL Firefighter … Continue reading #APS explosion a powerful, painful lesson
California blackouts are Public Utilities Commission’s fault, grid operator says California’s power grid operator delivered a blistering rebuke Monday to the state’s Public Utilities Commission, blaming the agency for rotating power outages — the first since the 2001 energy crisis — and warning of bigger blackouts to come. In their first public comments since the … Continue reading #California blackouts are Public Utilities Commission’s fault, grid operator says
Tesla deploys batteries at oil-rich Qatar’s first solar/storage project Qatar is rich in oil and natural gas, but it has adopted a ‘don’t get high on your own supply’ policy since 2017 and started diversifying with solar. Now Tesla deployed Powerpack batteries at the country’s first solar and storage project. The Qatar General Electricity and … Continue reading Tesla deploys batteries at oil-rich #Qatar ’s first solar/storage project
Can you mix lithium and lead-acid batteries on an energy storage project? There are pros and cons associated with the two main battery chemistries used in solar + storage projects. Lead-acid batteries have been around much longer and are more easily understood but have limits to their storage capacity. Lithium-ion batteries have longer cycle lives … Continue reading Can you mix #lithium and #lead-acid batteries on an energy storage project?
NJ may consider creating its own electric grid Lawmakers may require the state Board of Public Utilities to study whether to have New Jersey withdraw from the regional electric transmission grid in favor of either going it alone or joining one operating in New York. The impetus is a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule raising … Continue reading #NJ may consider creating its own electric grid