Grids & Integration

Cheap gas and renewables are making U.S. merchant power untenable

A new report by Power Research Group and Wilkinson Barker Knauer finds that cheap natural gas, wind and solar make it impossible for merchant plants to recover invested capital, and threaten the basic operation of wholesale power markets.

UK University develops algorithm for fault detection

Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have developed an energy sharing platform to allow communities to share energy generated from small-scale PV. The platform also includes new systems that could allow for faster fault detection and better monitoring.

South Australia already at 57% wind and solar in 2016/17

Solar met 7.6% of the state’s demand this year, as South Australia surpasses its renewable energy target eight years early.

UK distribution network operators: frantic energy storage activity

A conference on the next steps for renewable energy in the UK that took place last week in London showcased the frantic energy storage activity that has engulfed the country’s distribution grid operators. The emerging question is when and whether the proposed projects can be built.

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U.S. OPIC under investigation for loans to Chilean solar projects

An internal U.S. government watchdog is looking at the loans which kick-started large-scale solar in Chile, after at least three of five solar projects have made moves to restructure these loans.

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Solar, wind meet more than 10% of U.S. electric demand in March

This is the first time that U.S. wind and solar have met more than 10% of demand in a single month; however individual states led by California and Iowa have reached much higher penetrations.

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Energy trade groups send grid reliability reports to Energy Secretary Perry

SEIA, ACORE, AEE and AWEA express concerns that the former Texas Governor is starting his inquiry into grid reliability with a faulty premise by conflating coal and nuclear generation with reliability.

Ecosummit 2017: Eneco Group to invest in Next Kraftwerke

Dutch energy company Eneco Group announced its acquisition of a 34% stake in Next Kraftwerke, a German company operating one of Europe’s largest virtual power plant networks. The investment was announced at the Ecosummit cleantech event in Berlin today.

California grid operator gets ready for August eclipse (with graph)

With California getting a higher portion of its electricity from solar than any non-island nation, the stakes are high with this summer’s eclipse. Fortunately, Europe has already been down this road.

The age of plenty on steroids (with charts)

Despite the climate-denying Trump Administration, Michael Liebreich gave plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future in his address to the BNEF Future of Energy Summit.

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