Renewables (non-hydro) to power 72% of Germany by 2030

Excerpt from Clean Technica, 6 Nov 2018 In 2017, onshore wind power capacity accounted for the largest share of installed capacity in Germany with 24.1%, followed by coal with 22.1% and then solar PV with 20.2%. All up, non-hydro renewables contributed over half (51.6%) of Germany’s total installed power capacity in 2017. Looking forward, GlobalData sees Germany focusing on expanding …

Northern Indiana to go from 65% coal today to 0% by 2028 and save $4 billion in the process

Nov 8th, Clean Technica excerpt – full article at link On October 31, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. filed its latest Integrated Resource Plan— the company’s road map to the future. After considering more than 30 different proposals, NIPSCO found a mix of solar, wind, energy storage, and demand management — along with a small amount of purchases from Midcontinent ISO — to be …

“Consumers hate the fact that utilities can control their choice of electricity”

“Consumers hate the fact that utilities can control their choice of electricity,” Dan Whitten, SEIA’s vice president of communications, told Utility Dive. Many of SEIA’s members — solar manufacturers, installers and developers — profit from pro-solar and pro-distributed energy policies. The poll said 88% of voters agreed that utilities should not be able to block residential solar. That margin increased to 96% when asking …

Coal-Killing Energy Storage Grows By 200% In US

September 10th, 2018 by Tina Casey by Clean Technica  File this one under O for Oops, Never Saw That One Coming. President* Trump campaigned on a promise to save coal jobs in the US, but he missed that thing about the potential for explosive growth in the energy storage market. Now the chickens are coming home to roost, and that spells bad news …

“Golden Sandwich” Solar Cell Converts 85% Of Sunlight To Electricity

September 13th, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Scientists at the Research Institute for Electronic Science at Hokkaido University have created what they call a “golden sandwich,” a photoelectrode that converts 85% of sunlight to electricity. Yes, this is experimental stuff and no, it has not yet reached commercial production. But stop and think for a minute what that could mean to …

NREL Analysts Take a First Look at the Florida Duck Curve—and How Flexibility Could Help

New analysis examines how solar deployment may impact grid operations in Florida, an understudied but important market. September 12, 2018 It’s been a decade since NREL discovered what’s now known as the “duck curve” when looking at how future deployment of variable solar might impact California’s power system. These days, NREL analysts are drawing upon data and experience from the Golden State …

Looking ahead to a really severe duck curve, what are the most effective solutions? Learning to make “baseload” power plants more flexible

Excerpt, Learning to make “baseload” power plants more flexible, Vox.com Aug 2018 David Roberts When you look ahead 10 years to a really severe duck curve, what do you see as the most effective solutions? Paul Denholm: A lot of people in the industry use this concept of a “flexibility supply curve,” which is you deploy the most cost-effective flexibility option …

There are numerous ways to add flexibility to the grid

An excerpt from David Roberts, vox.com  There are numerous ways to add flexibility to the grid. In one direction, toward more local solutions, you can “intensify” the grid, adding more storage and other distributed energy technology, creating more microgrids, and bringing more demand under control so it can be shifted to meet variable supply. All these solutions allow existing grids to …

The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook: Finance

The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook helps state, provincial, and regional governments implement policies and actions that place their communities on an aggressive path toward sustainable, low-carbon economies. It is a companion to The Carbon-Free City Handbook, which Rocky Mountain Institute launched in November 2017 at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.  2018  |  By Jacob Corvidae et al.  DOWNLOAD Developed in partnership with the Under2 Coalition   Regional governments operate at a scale …

NREL confirms technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into India’s grid by 2022.

DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “India can integrate 175 GW of renewable energy into its electricity grid.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 July 2017. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170725122019.htm. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has confirmed the technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into India’s grid by 2022. Working with the Ministry of Power and USAID …