Category Archives: Grids

EDF Group has inaugurated two ground breaking energy transition projects in the United Kingdom: the off-shore wind farm in Blyth and the battery storage facility in West Burton

On Friday 22 June 2018, Jean-Bernard Lévy, the EDF Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bruno Bensasson, the Group Executive Vice-President in charge of Renewable Energies and Simone Rossi, EDF Energy Chief Executive Officer officially opened two ground breaking projects in the United Kingdom: the Blyth off-shore wind farm and the West Burton B battery … Continue reading EDF Group has inaugurated two ground breaking energy transition projects in the United Kingdom: the off-shore wind farm in Blyth and the battery storage facility in West Burton

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Evaluation method for the impact of wind power fluctuation on power system quality

Abrupt changes of wind power generation output are a source of severe damage to power systems. Researchers at Kyoto University developed a stochastic modeling method that enables to evaluate the impact of such phenomena. The feature of the method lies in its significant computational effectiveness in comparison to standard Monte Carlo simulation, and its applicability … Continue reading Evaluation method for the impact of wind power fluctuation on power system quality

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Renewables contributed 43.9% in Spain in May

Renewables contributed 43.9% in Spain in May: wind 17.2%, solar thermal 2.7% and photovoltaic 4.1%.Generation of the month of May 2018 The peninsular demand for electric power in May is estimated at 20,044 GWh, 1% lower than that registered in the same month of the previous year. If the effects of the calendar and temperatures … Continue reading Renewables contributed 43.9% in Spain in May

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Name brands ask FERC to improve transmission planning to boost grid resilience

Expanding and upgrading transmission lines is key to unlocking low-cost wind energy resources across America. Transmission projects also deliver significant economic benefits for communities located along the project route and beyond: new lines typically result in hundreds of millions in local economic impact; cost-savings for consumers; hundreds of jobs; and tens of millions of dollars … Continue reading Name brands ask FERC to improve transmission planning to boost grid resilience

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PJM Capacity Auction results offer latest evidence there is no grid reliability emergency

Over the past year, there’s been no shortage of debate about grid reliability, particularly across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. A growing list of experts have declared the grid reliable. “PJM has been ensuring the reliability of the grid for the last almost 90 years and it continues to do so, said PJM Independent Market Monitor … Continue reading PJM Capacity Auction results offer latest evidence there is no grid reliability emergency

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More regional cooperation key to unlocking offshore wind energy potential in the Baltic Sea

On Thursday 3 May, WindEurope organised a breakfast discussion in the European Parliament to explore ways of unlocking the potential for offshore wind in the Baltic Sea. The breakfast was hosted by MEP Claude Turmes and gathered industry leaders, MEPs, and representatives of the European Commission.  WindEurope CEO, Giles Dickson, stressed the potential of offshore … Continue reading More regional cooperation key to unlocking offshore wind energy potential in the Baltic Sea

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The world obtained 17.5% of its total final energy consumption from renewable sources

The world is not on track to meet the global energy targets for 2030 set as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, but real progress is being made in certain areas – particularly expansion of access to electricity in least developed countries, and industrial energy efficiency, according to a new report from five international agencies. … Continue reading The world obtained 17.5% of its total final energy consumption from renewable sources

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Researchers Develop a Water-based Battery to Store Solar and Wind Energy

Stanford researchers have developed a water-based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy generated when the sun is shining and wind is blowing so it can be fed back into the electric grid and be redistributed when demand is high. The prototype manganese-hydrogen battery, reported April 30 in Nature … Continue reading Researchers Develop a Water-based Battery to Store Solar and Wind Energy

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U.S. solar, wind energy use on the rise

A new report from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) notes that solar and wind energy had a banner year in the United States in 2017, with more residents using renewables than the previous year. This news came paired with the assessment that, overall, the United States actually consumed less energy in both the residential … Continue reading U.S. solar, wind energy use on the rise

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What really causes electricity prices to change?

A Forbes article by Michael Shellenberger came out this week, focusing on retail electricity prices and how they’ve changed over time. It also asks an important question – what causes retail electricity prices to change? While the article is correct about wind and solar energy’s recent cost reductions, it unfortunately misses the mark when it … Continue reading What really causes electricity prices to change?

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Cost-competitiveness puts wind energy in front

Today wind power is the most competitively priced technology in many if not most markets worldwide. The emergence of wind/solar hybrids, more sophisticated grid management and increasingly affordable storage begin to paint a picture of what  a fully commercial fossil-free power sector will look like. The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released its Global Wind … Continue reading Cost-competitiveness puts wind energy in front

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SWEPCO Announces Louisiana Settlement Supporting Wind Catcher Energy Connection

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (AEP), announced a settlement agreement April 13 in the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s (LPSC) review of the company’s request for approval of the proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection. The signed settlement agreement includes SWEPCO, the LPSC General Staff, and Walmart Stores, Inc. and Sam’s … Continue reading SWEPCO Announces Louisiana Settlement Supporting Wind Catcher Energy Connection

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China’s power use rises 9.8 pct in Q1

China’s electricity consumption, a key barometer of economic activity, rose 9.8 percent to 1.6 trillion kilowatt hours in Q1. In March alone, power use stood at 532 billion kilowatt hours, up 3.6 percent year on year, according to data released by the National Energy Administration(NEA). Electricity used by the service sector rose 16.7 percent in … Continue reading China’s power use rises 9.8 pct in Q1

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Renewables fully meet Portugal’s power needs in March

APREN, the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association and ZERO, Sustainable Earth System Association, reported last week that Portugal’s renewable energy production in March 2018 exceeded the country’s consumption for the month.   According to data from REN (the Portuguese Transmission System Operator), the renewable electricity produced in March (4,812 GWh) exceeded the consumption of mainland Portugal … Continue reading Renewables fully meet Portugal’s power needs in March

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Portugal’s renewables exceeded electricity demand in March

Last month, electricity produced by mainland Portugal’s renewables exceeded demand, according to figures released by the country’s transmission system operator, Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN). The figures for mainland Portugal show that in March 2018, electricity from renewable sources amounted to 4,812 GWh, accounting for 103.6 percent of consumption, which totalled 4,647 GWh. The announcement was … Continue reading Portugal’s renewables exceeded electricity demand in March

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Goldwind wind energy company operates U.S. sustainable battery system for storage

A California-based energy storage company said Sunday that its new long-life sustainable battery system has been installed at the Beijing campus of Etechwin, a subsidiary of world leading Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind. Primus Power, the leading long duration stationary energy storage firm based in California, said in a statement that battery energy storage paired … Continue reading Goldwind wind energy company operates U.S. sustainable battery system for storage

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The wind power made 32.9% in March in Spain

Renewables reached 56.6% of electricity generation in Spain in March, with wind energy accounting for 32.9%, 2.3% for photovoltaics and 0.9% for concentrated solar power.   The peninsular demand for electric power in March is estimated at 22,111 GWh, 4.7% higher than that registered in the same month of the previous year. If the effects … Continue reading The wind power made 32.9% in March in Spain

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A huge new record in the Southwest Power Pool

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) just set a huge new wind penetration record: on March 16 a little over 60 percent of the system’s electricity came from wind power. That’s a big deal for a system that provides electricity to customers across 14 states. SPP serves many states right smack in the middle of the … Continue reading A huge new record in the Southwest Power Pool

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WindEurope and European Energy Exchange hold Parliament discussion on EU electricity market reform

On 6 March WindEurope and the European Energy Exchange (EEX) co-organised a debate at the European Parliament on the ongoing reform of Europe’s electricity market design. There has been a great deal of discussion on the Electricity Regulation – particularly regarding the provision that requires Member States to ensure that 75% of their interconnection capacity … Continue reading WindEurope and European Energy Exchange hold Parliament discussion on EU electricity market reform

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ABB microgrid supports Jamaica’s transition to renewables

ABB will supply an ABB Ability™ enabled microgrid and storage system to help integrate renewable solar and wind energy into the large tropical island’s power supply, reducing the need for fossil fuels and lowering the carbon footprint. ABB is a pioneer in microgrids, which because of their size and power are ideal for remote locations … Continue reading ABB microgrid supports Jamaica’s transition to renewables

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