Category Archives: Grids

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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Wind energy and solar power could meet four-fifths of US electricity demand, study finds

The United States could reliably meet about 80 per cent of its electricity demand with solar and wind power generation, according to scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI); the California Institute of Technology; and the Carnegie Institution for Science.     However, meeting 100 per cent of electricity demand with only solar and … Continue reading Wind energy and solar power could meet four-fifths of US electricity demand, study finds

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Wind energy generated 23.4% in Spain until February

Renewable energies produced 38.4% of electricity between January and February: wind 23.4%, solar thermal 0.8% and photovoltaic 2%. Generation from January to February 2018 The peninsular demand for electric power in February is estimated at 21,305 GWh, 7% higher than that registered in the same month of the previous year. If the effects of the … Continue reading Wind energy generated 23.4% in Spain until February

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Pattern Energy Pilots Uptake’s Software at Wind Farm

Uptake, the industrial data science and artificial intelligence (AI) software leader, today announced that Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Nasdaq & TSX: PEGI) will pilot Uptake’s wind software. Pattern Energy, the seventh largest wind operator in the U.S., will pilot the predictive analytics software at its Logan’s Gap Wind farm in Comanche County, Texas. The site’s … Continue reading Pattern Energy Pilots Uptake’s Software at Wind Farm

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Iberdrola will invest €32 billion between 2018 and 2022

Iberdrola will invest €32 billion over the period between 2018-2022, setting solid foundations for sustainable growth in the next decade. More than 90% of total amount will be allocated to regulated activities or long-term contracts, in line with the group’s strategy of investing in businesses with stable and predictable returns. Thus, €15.5 billion (nearly 50% … Continue reading Iberdrola will invest €32 billion between 2018 and 2022

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Vattenfall backs HVDC for Norfolk offshore wind energy

Vattenfall, the Swedish energy group, said it wants to take a lead in transmission cable technology development that will be good for the consumer and lessens impact on the environment from far offshore, large scale wind farms. The energy business plans to deploy High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) cable technology to connect Norfolk Vanguard and … Continue reading Vattenfall backs HVDC for Norfolk offshore wind energy

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Smarter roll-out of electricity grids makes integrating 35% renewables easier and cheaper

The integration of increasing shares of renewable energy into electricity grids is getting easier and cheaper. Smart grids, demand response, flexible wind turbines and storage are helping to do this. But we need to upgrade and expand the grid to secure the significant cost savings that an interconnected power market could offer. If renewables are … Continue reading Smarter roll-out of electricity grids makes integrating 35% renewables easier and cheaper

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EU doubling renewables by 2030 positive for economy

The European Union (EU) can increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 34 per cent by 2030 – double the share in 2016 – with a net positive economic impact, finds a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), launched in Brussels. Presenting the findings during a launch event, ‘Renewable … Continue reading EU doubling renewables by 2030 positive for economy

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U.S. wind energy industry statement on Trump infrastructure plan

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) responded to the Administration’s infrastructure principles released today. Importantly, the principles address energy and rural infrastructure along with roads, bridges, airports and other projects. “We see significant promise in President Trump’s plan,” said Amy Farrell, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, for the American Wind Energy Association. “With … Continue reading U.S. wind energy industry statement on Trump infrastructure plan

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Avoiding blackouts with 100% renewable energy

Renewable energy solutions are often hindered by the inconsistencies of power produced by wind, water and sunlight and the continuously fluctuating demand for energy. New research by Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, and colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, and Aalborg University in Denmark finds several … Continue reading Avoiding blackouts with 100% renewable energy

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A new type of wind power customer should factor into transmission planning

Transmission expansion is a constant topic of conversation throughout the U.S. wind industry. But the latest report from the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) adds a new dimension to the discussion, and highlights an important oversight by transmission planners: demand for wind energy from corporate buyers like Google, GM and Nike. Upgrading our nation’s transmission infrastructure … Continue reading A new type of wind power customer should factor into transmission planning

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