Guess What’s Holding Back Wind Power in the US? No eminent domain for electricity

One man’s failed attempt to build a transmission line illustrates a unique American obstacle to clean energy.By Peter R. Orszag July 10, 2019, Bloomberg, “Guess What’s Holding Back Wind Power in the U.S. “ Peter R. Orszag is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He is the chief executive officer of financial advisory at Lazard. He was director of the Office of Management …

Adding more EV charging capability and demand management capability in Minnesota

 Excerpt from Utility Dive, July 2019https://www.utilitydive.com/news/xcel-minnesota-power-propose-subscription-services-lower-demand-charges-t/558047/ EV sales in Minnesota grew by 103% from 2017 to 2018, according to utility filings, compared with 81% growth nationally in the same time.  The state wants to harness that momentum to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save customers money. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, rural drivers in the state could save $750 annually …

How will decisions change with increased variable, renewable energy (VRE)?

VRE will make it more important to electrify everything, even if, in some contexts (like building heating and cooling), it might mean a short-term reduction in energy efficiency. The more water heaters and electric vehicles are connected to the grid, providing storage and controllable demand, the more stable a high-VRE grid will be. Ancillary services” for the grid include things like …

Curtailment: In California, clean energy “overbuild” doesn’t have to be a dirty word

Also, EVs can be managed to charge coincident to renewable energy production (during daytime hours) or to a “flatter”, less peaky profile, and then fewer energy storage systems may be needed. High-penetration EV can take advantage of the electricity being generated during the middle of the day through workplace and public charging. Managed charging, in which a utility incentivizes charging …

10,000 aggregated distributed energy assets take advantage of a software platform that connects them and helps decide when to charge and when to discharge

“To take advantage of when to charge and when to discharge —  and bid into the wholesale market — you need a software platform to connect all of the batteries together,” Sternberg said. The software platform monitors battery telemetry — the current state of charge and the battery’s capacity to offer power to the grid or take from the grid. An …

Using distributed energy to lower peak demand, increase resilience, save money, and lower emissions: Utility found storage cheaper than a second power line

Can grid resiliency finally pay for itself? JULIAN SPECTOR GTM Research, JUNE 07, 2019 Eversource Wants to Back Up an Entire Rural Town With Batteries Large and Small 2 “This is not, strictly speaking, a resilience play — it’s using distributed energy to lower peak demand, thereby saving money and lowering carbon emissions“ The traditional option would be to build a …

Re-thinking curtailment: “There are many promises for 100 percent renewables in the next 25 to 30 years. We’re creating a realistic, a cost-effective solution to get us there,” Perez said.

Solar energy expert shares blueprint for a carbon-free future in PV-tech power by University at Albany Credit: CC0 Public Domain Last year, California set the nation’s most ambitious energy goal—deriving 100 percent of its electrical power from renewable sources by 2045. Many other states have since joined with similar goals, including New York, with Gov. Cuomo’s “Green New Deal” calling for …

June 2019 News

e three younger generations – those ages 18 to 53 in 2018 – reported casting 62.2 million votes, compared with 60.1 million cast by Baby Boomers and older generations. It’s not the first time the younger generations outvoted their elders: The same pattern occurred in the 2016 presidential election.” Gen Z, Millennials and Gen X outvoted older generations in 2018 …

Grid nationalization discussion in the UK

National Grid says state ownership would delay UK’s move to green energy Many publications report on reaction to the Labour Party’s plans, if elected, to renationalise the energy network. Reuters reports that UK energy network firms have been “rattled” by the proposal. National Grid has said in a statement that “proposals for state ownership of the energy networks would only …

Power Plant Securitization and Loan Refinancing: The law obligates customers to pay the cost of grid infrastructure built by monopoly utilities only if it can be shown to be a wise investment

The key question is, in utility regulator speak, “prudency.”  Should customers have to pay for ill-advised or imprudent investments? The law obligates customers to pay the cost of grid infrastructure built by monopoly utilities only if it can be shown to be a wise investment. Energy Outreach Colorado, which helps low-income households with their energy bills, is against the approach. …