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July 18, 2016

Cantwell pursues modern policy for modern grid

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-18 04:33:56

Sen. Maria Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is tapping into the nation’s scientific and engineering muscle for policy advice on how to build a cleaner, smarter electric grid. [ read more … ]

As solar floods California grid, challenges loom

By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2016-07-18 04:34:33

California’s solar plants produced a record 8,030 megawatts of electricity just after 1 p.m. Tuesday — enough power for more than 6 million homes, and almost twice as much solar power as California could generate two years ago. The state has a law requiring utilities to acquire 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. When demand on Tuesday peaked at 5:54 p.m., nearly 29 percent of electricity in the grid was renewably sourced. [ read more … ]

Hawaii Commission Says No to Major Electric Utility Merger

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-07-18 04:35:09

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has voted to not approve a merger between Florida-based NextEra and Hawaii’s largest utility, saying the companies didn’t show they would provide adequate benefits to ratepayers or help the state meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. [ read more … ]

New proposal calls for Utah, other states to have more participation in overseeing regional power grid

By EMMA PENROD. The Salt Lake Tribune  •    •  Posted 2016-07-18 04:35:35

A revised document describing the guiding principals for the governance of California’s proposed 11-state electrical grid calls for broader participation from other states and sets deadlines for the implementation of a new Independent System Operator. [ read more … ]

Unsubsidized wind poised to become cost-competitive soon, report says

By  Matthew Bandy, SNL  •    •  Posted 2016-07-18 04:32:47

Wind energy in the U.S. will become competitive with natural gas and other forms of electricity generation — without subsidies — by the middle of the next decade, just after the federal production tax credit for wind expires, according to a July 11 analysis from Macquarie Research. Reaching that milestone could make the U.S. the global center of the wind industry. “We believe the US is now the most attractive wind market in the world due to the increased visibility of demand in the long term,” the Macquarie analysts wrote. “We believe it supplants China, which has dominated wind demand over the last five years, and prior to that Europe, which was the key market a decade ago.” [ read more … ]

Are floating turbines the future of wind energy?

By Jennifer Johnson, Renewable Energy  •    •  Posted 2016-07-18 04:35:52

Wind turbine technology has come a long way in the quarter of a century since the world’s first offshore wind farm, Denmark’s Vindeby, was installed. The first turbines placed at sea had a capacity of roughly .45MW and stood just 52.5m tall. Manufacturers have since developed larger and more effective turbines, but innovation in wind energy is far from over. [ read more … ]

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