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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 12, 2019

Top Story

Trump Delay Casts Doubt on First Major U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

By Chris Martin and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-08-12 04:21:34

The Trump administration cast the fate of the nation’s first major offshore wind farm into doubt by extending an environmental review for the $2.8 billion Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts. The Interior Department has ordered an additional study of the farm, proposed by Avangrid Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in an interview with Bloomberg News Friday. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Giant Batteries Supercharge Wind and Solar Plans

By Neanda Salvaterra, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-08-12 04:21:58

A global wave of investment in high-capacity batteries is poised to transform the market for renewable energy in coming years, making it more practical and affordable to store wind and solar power and deploy it when needed. Government-owned utilities and companies are buying batteries that can be larger than shipping containers. Some like Tesla Inc. TSLA -1.38% ’s new utility-scale battery can hold enough energy to power every home in San Francisco for six hours. Battery makers also are working on more advanced models that will hold more power and last longer. [ read more … ]

Getting to 100% renewables requires cheap energy storage. But how cheap?

By David Roberts, Vox  •    •  Posted 2019-08-13 04:32:32

There are many sources of grid flexibility, but the one that seems to have the most potential and is laden with the highest hopes is energy storage. To a first approximation, the question of whether renewables will be able to get to 100 percent reduces to the question of whether storage will get cheap enough. With cheap-enough storage, we can add a ton of it to the grid and absorb just about any fluctuations. [ read more … ]

Chatterjee, Glick feud after market changes

By Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-12 04:22:55

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee and Commissioner Richard Glick are at odds as to whether a plan to ensure New England has enough electricity in the coming winters is “just and reasonable,” the legal standard the agency uses to weigh any changes to electricity markets. The ISO New England plan took effect following a lack of quorum at the agency.
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Solar’s biggest profits flow from one key device

By Christopher Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-08-12 04:23:18

The most profitable corner of the booming U.S. solar industry isn’t making — or even installing — panels. It’s building the components that keep electricity flowing to the power grid. They’re called inverters, and the two companies that make the vast majority of premium ones in the U.S. reported their highest revenue ever in the second quarter, propelling their shares to record levels. Enphase Energy Inc., has gone from trading at less than a dollar to ranking among the world’s most valuable solar stocks with a market capitalization of $3.8 billion. Its slightly larger rival, SolarEdge Technologies Inc., has rallied 129% this year. [ read more … ]

A clean energy breakthrough could be buried deep beneath rural Utah

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2019-08-12 04:23:38

One hundred miles south of Salt Lake City, a giant mound of salt reaches thousands of feet down into the Earth. It’s thick, relatively pure and buried deep, making it one of the best resources of its kind in the American West.Two companies want to tap the salt dome for compressed air energy storage, an old but rarely used technology that can store large amounts of power. It would work like a giant battery. Hollow caverns carved out of the salt — each more than 1,000 feet from top to bottom and several hundred feet wide — would be pumped full of air at high pressure, using energy generated by solar panels or wind turbines during times when the power isn’t needed. Like storing wind (or sun) in a bottle. [ read more … ]

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