Category Archives: Grids

How transmission helped keep the lights on during the Polar Vortex

Tens of millions of Americans experienced record cold weather at the end of January as Arctic air inundated much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. However, the power system and electricity markets worked as designed, keeping the lights (and heat) on when customers needed it most. And the value of transmission in keeping the grid … Continue reading How transmission helped keep the lights on during the Polar Vortex

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Wind power and solar energy align to advance consumer-friendly market and transmission improvements

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) officially launched its new “RTO Advisory Council”, strengthening and formalizing collaborative advocacy efforts between a group of utility-scale solar businesses and the wind industry that began last year. The combined effort, which currently represents over 70 percent of utility-scale wind and solar development, comes at a time when regulators … Continue reading Wind power and solar energy align to advance consumer-friendly market and transmission improvements

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Spain was the first European country on Sunday with greater coverage of electricity demand thanks to wind energy

The wind power production of February 3 in Spain generated 220 GWh, which caused the wind turbines to cover 33% of the electricity demand of Spain and that we were the first European country with greater coverage, followed by Austria with 26%. The wind farm production of last week reached high coverage of the electricity … Continue reading Spain was the first European country on Sunday with greater coverage of electricity demand thanks to wind energy

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GE Expands Renewable Energy Business Portfolio

One of the broadest portfolios in the industry with Wind, Hydro, Grid, and Renewable Hybrids coming together to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable, affordable green power. GE (NYSE: GE) today announced that it intends to intensify its focus on the growing renewable energy market by consolidating all of the company’s renewable and … Continue reading GE Expands Renewable Energy Business Portfolio

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China hooked up another 20.59 GW of new wind energy capacity to its grid in 2018

China’s renewable power capacity rose 12 percent in 2018 compared to a year earlier, official data showed on Monday. China has been aggressively promoting renewable energy as part of an “energy revolution” aimed at easing its dependence on coal, a major source of pollution and climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. Total capacity – including hydro and … Continue reading China hooked up another 20.59 GW of new wind energy capacity to its grid in 2018

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The wind power beats record of daily production with 43.2% of the total in Spain

Wind energy generation on January 23, 2019 in Spain marked a new record by producing 367,697 MWh. This represents an increase of 0.6% with respect to the previous maximum, registered on February 12, 2016, the day on which the wind turbines of the peninsular electrical system produced 365,384 MWh.    The new wind power generation … Continue reading The wind power beats record of daily production with 43.2% of the total in Spain

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American Wind Energy Association offers guide to electrification policies

The Pew Research Center reported in 2018 that among American adults, 85% supported increased reliance on wind power, including 79% of Republicans and 91% of Democrats. The way we power everyday life in the U.S. is changing. Electric vehicles (EVs) are exploding in popularity. Home heating is becoming electrified. Even New York City is adding … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association offers guide to electrification policies

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Wind Energy and the Electrification of Europe’s Energy System

On 22 January WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke at an event organised by ENTSO-E (the association of European Transmission System Operators) to mark the launch of the PowerFacts Europe report. With the right policies it is technically and economically possible to increase the share of electricity in energy from 24% today to 62% in 2050, … Continue reading Wind Energy and the Electrification of Europe’s Energy System

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Climate Model funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation shows how we can solve the Global Climate Crisis

Two-year scientific collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney, German Aerospace Center and University of Melbourne produces unique regional pathways to stay below a 1.5°C temperature rise by transitioning to 100% renewable energy and implementing natural climate solutions. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report warned in October 2018, the planet must … Continue reading Climate Model funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation shows how we can solve the Global Climate Crisis

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How are utilities changing their electric generating mixes?

As the old saying goes, there’s nothing permanent except change. This certainly holds true for the U.S. energy landscape. It is constantly evolving and renewable energy cost declines, technology advancements, and impending power plant retirements are driving the transition. How can we stay up-to-date on these changes? And more importantly, what role will wind energy … Continue reading How are utilities changing their electric generating mixes?

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French wind power generation jumps 19 pct in November

Electricity generated by French wind turbines rose 18.8 percent in November to 2.78 terawatt hours (TWh) due to increased wind capacity connected to the grid and favourable weather conditions, grid operator RTE said on Friday. Electricity generated by renewable sources, excluding hydro power, rose nearly 10 percent to 4 TWh during the month compared with … Continue reading French wind power generation jumps 19 pct in November

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Morocco, France, Germany, Portugal, and Spain agree to foster corporate trade of renewable electricity between each other

The 5 countries have signed today in Brussels a joint declaration that lays out their plan to facilitate cross-border trade of renewable electricity from producers to corporate consumers. At COP 22, France, Germany, Morocco, Portugal and Spain signed the SET (Sustainable Electricity Trade) Roadmap: a declaration that would eventually lead to renewable electricity exchanges between … Continue reading Morocco, France, Germany, Portugal, and Spain agree to foster corporate trade of renewable electricity between each other

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Mercedes-Benz deal to buy wind power is first PPA in Germany

Mercedes-Benz will buy wind energy for its German operations through a corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed with Norwegian utility Statkraft.   This marks the first corporate renewable PPA deal signed in Germany. Mercedes-Benz will buy 46 MW worth of wind power from six wind farms in Lower Saxony and Bremen. The wind power … Continue reading Mercedes-Benz deal to buy wind power is first PPA in Germany

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2018, the year in which the Concentrated Solar Power returned to shine

We say goodbye to a very important year for the Concentrated Solar Power sector that will constitute that point of support for the lever that drives the accelerated deployment of this technology worldwide (also in Spain!). This year, large commercial solar thermal projects have priced the combined cycle plants in Dubai, Australia and Chile, with … Continue reading 2018, the year in which the Concentrated Solar Power returned to shine

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Stedin and GE Power Mobilize New Technology to Manage Increasing Renewable Generation in the Netherlands

GE (NYSE: GE) and Stedin, one of the leading distribution network operators (DNOs) in the Netherlands, went live with the first European implementation of Transmission Forecast (T-Forecast) software from GE’s Grid Solutions. Part of the Digital Energy portfolio, this new solution forecasts power flow across transmission and distribution and is built to help manage increasing … Continue reading Stedin and GE Power Mobilize New Technology to Manage Increasing Renewable Generation in the Netherlands

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MIT develops tech to store solar power, wind energy

MIT researchers have invented a novel method to store renewable energy, such as solar energy and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand.   MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that … Continue reading MIT develops tech to store solar power, wind energy

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Historic interconnector linking Britain and Belgium: ’a major boost for offshore wind energy in the North Sea’

On 4 December WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson participated in an event celebrating the commissioning of the NEMO interconnection link between Great Britain and Belgium. The event, co-organised by Transmission System Operators Elia (Belgium) and National Grid (UK) marks the inauguration of a project that could revolutionise how Europe sources its energy. The Nemo Link interconnector … Continue reading Historic interconnector linking Britain and Belgium: ’a major boost for offshore wind energy in the North Sea’

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European Parliament gives final green light to new EU 32% renewable energy

The European Parliament today gave its final approval for a binding EU-wide renewable energy target of 32% for 2030. The Parliament cast its final vote of adoption on the Renewable Energy Directive and Governance Regulation, two key parts of Europe’s Clean Energy Package that sets the EU legal framework for renewables up to 2030. Today … Continue reading European Parliament gives final green light to new EU 32% renewable energy

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Getting wind energy in Turkey back on track

The ongoing Turkish financial and economic crisis has negatively impacted Turkey’s previously flourishing domestic wind energy market. The Turkish lira has fallen in value and this has curtailed the growth of Turkish wind energy. Dickson told participants that getting Turkey’s wind energy market back on track will require several steps. It is crucial, as soon as … Continue reading Getting wind energy in Turkey back on track

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The wind energy contributes to reduce the price of electricity in October 2018 in Spain

The commitment to wind energy in the peninsula and the Canary Islands helps reduce the price of electricity and reduce CO2 emissions in Spain. The wind power, which has blown quite intensely in October (new record for this month: 4.33 TWh), has contributed to contain the price of the wholesale electricity market, which has gone … Continue reading The wind energy contributes to reduce the price of electricity in October 2018 in Spain

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