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Black & Veatch, Schneider Electric to Build Microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station in California

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 13:06

Black & Veatch on July 5 said that it has formed a joint venture with Schneider Electric USA for the design and construct of an energy security microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

Battery and Biofuel Research Energized by New State-of-the Art Facility Down Under

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:34

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer is the Director of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST) and an experimental chemist. He is working to integrate new battery and solar cell technologies into the walls and roofs of new houses.

Blue Castle Announces Contractor Selection Process

Nuclear Power - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:04
Blue Castle Holdings announced that it is is beginning the contractor selection process for its construction joint venture for the Blue Castle Project, a two-unit nuclear power plant in Green River, Utah, that is slated to use Westinghouse AP1000 designs.(read more)

Do You and Your Energy Storage Investment Have Good Chemistry? Part 3

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:39

In this series on energy storage, we have been looking at the important factors that consumers must understand when considering various energy storage technologies and the return on their investment.

Department of Energy Awards $8 Million To Westinghouse For Nuclear Research

Nuclear Power - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:48
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Westinghouse Electric Company and its research partners to receive $8 million in awards over the next three years to fund a series of nuclear power research projects. A total of 11 different projects are to receive funding, the company said.(read more)

Nordex wins 30MW Greek deal

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:13
GREECE: Nordex has been awarded the contract to supply two projects in Greece from local developer Terna Energy.
Categories: Wind Power

Danish investor acquires 516MW in US

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 09:26
UNITED STATES: Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has acquired two Texan projects from Tri Global Energy for an undisclosed fee.
Categories: Wind Power

Going Net-Zero in California with the Help of Geothermal

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 01:04

When it was time to build its Americas headquarters in California to LEED Platinum and net-zero standards, power management solutions provider Delta looked to a geothermal exchange system for the building's heating and cooling functions.

Transparent Utility Costs Key To Solar and Storage Growth

Renewable Energy News - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 16:37

According to Lynn Jurich, CEO and co-founder of SunRun and a speaker during Intersolar’s opening ceremony on Monday night in San Francisco, the notion that solar customers are increasing costs for other ratepayers is false. “It’s a total red herring,” she said.

Jurich said that the industry needs to fight hard for transparency because right now much of the important decision-making data is held within the utilities. For example, she said in that it might be much more cost effective in some cases to install distributed energy resources (DERs) instead of centralized generation and transmission upgrades, but because the utility holds so much cost information close to its chest it is hard for the industry to prove that.

She said that regulators have a very difficult job right now trying to figure out how DERs fit into this landscape. “It’s the first time in history where it might not make sense to have a monopoly,” said Jurich.

What can’t be stopped, said Jurich, is consumer empowerment,.  As consumers demand more control over their own energy use and costs and have access to increasingly better technology that enables them to do just that, utilities will need to reevaluate where they fit into the picture.

Jurich laid out two potential futures, which were put forth in a Rocky Mountain Institute report recently. There is one future in which utilities and clean energy industries work together to develop an integrated grid. An integrated grid would include technology, DER, smart solar and solar plus storage. These devices together would talk to the grid so that energy would be managed in the most efficient way possible.

The darker future is what happens if utilities decide not to work with the clean energy industry. In that scenario as energy prices rise and solar plus storage prices drop (Jurich pointed out that lithium-ion battery costs had dropped 70 percent in just 18 months) consumers will simply detach from the grid. Mass amounts of grid defection would ultimately result in two parallel electricity systems, each with its own set of stranded assets, said Jurich.

Overall however, the picture is positive, said Jurich in closing. She pointed to a recent utility RFP in New York that sought “non-wire alternatives” in its proposals.

Renewable Energy World will be exploring all of those “smart technologies” that talk to the grid this week at Intersolar. Stay tuned for more updates.

Massachusetts Community Solar Industry at Risk Due to Regulatory Changes

Renewable Energy News - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 16:17

More and more people are interested in ‘going solar,’ but most people cannot put solar panels on their roof. Imagine this: you want to go solar, get an on-site assessment, and find out that your roof is not adequate due to tree shading, direction of the roof, or age of the roof. Over the last couple of years, community solar has emerged as a solution to this problem.

BWXT Canada To Furnish Steam Generators For Bruce Power With $130M Deal

Nuclear Power - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 15:39
BWX Technologies Inc. said Tuesday that its subsidiary BWXT Canada Ltd., in Cambridge, Ontario, had been awarded a steam generator design, manufacture and delivery contract valued at approximately $130 million Canadian ($100 million U.S.) from Bruce Power for its Bruce B Unit 6 reactor. (read more)

AZZ Inc. Awarded Gas Insulated Line Contract For Sanmen NPP Phase 2

Nuclear Power - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 15:25
AZZ Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, said it had been awarded a contract from Sanmen Nuclear Power Company (SNPC) of China to provide two circuits of 550kV 3, 150 Amp Gas Insulated Line (GIL) for the Sanmen Nuclear Power Plant project in the Zhejiang Province.(read more)

How Economics Finally Brought Community Solar to IREA

Renewable Energy News - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 14:02

My uber-conservative utility, Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) has been against solar since before I moved into the service territory in 2007.  IREA's long-serving general manager, Stanley Lewandowski Jr., would include climate change denial leaflets in the envelope along with the monthly electric bills.

Rainfall eases Venezuela’s restrictions on hydropower energy supplies

Renewable Energy News - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 12:49

Venezuela's government is lifting electricity rationing that began more than two months ago due to drought and rising temperatures that affected water levels at the 1,500-square-mile Guri Reservoir.

Germany's FWT to supply 51MW Russian site

Wind Power Monthly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:14
RUSSIA: FWT, the company that arose out of insolvent German turbine builder Fuhrländer, has won a deal to supply a 51MW project in Kalmykia, southern Russia.
Categories: Wind Power

Study paves way for North American integration

Wind Power Monthly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 09:21
CANADA: Canada can reliably and cost-effectively get more than one third of its electricity from wind energy, according to a new integration study.
Categories: Wind Power

EDF acquires Chinese developer

Wind Power Monthly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 08:24
CHINA: French developer EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) has acquired an 80% stake in Chinese wind developer UPC Asia Wind Management (UPC AWM) in what EDF called a first major move by a European wind developer into China.
Categories: Wind Power

Drilling Scheduled to Deepen Two Geothermal Wells at San Emidio in Nevada

Renewable Energy News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 22:18

U.S. Geothermal this week will begin drilling activity to deepen two geothermal wells at the San Emidio geothermal project in Nevada, the company said in a June 27 project update.

New York Commission Proposes Nuclear Power Subsidy

Nuclear Power - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 18:54
New York's Public Services Commission over the weekend proposed a subsidy for upstate nuclear power plants that would start at about $482 million per year and rise over a 12-year period until it reached $805 million per year.(read more)

Sustainable Women Series: Setting a National Net Zero Energy and Green Building Precedent

Renewable Energy News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 18:31

Almost ten years ago, Built Green, an environmentally-friendly residential building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, began a project to develop the first net energy townhome complex in the United States. The project was created to revolutionize green housing and prove that green building could be done affordably.