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May 27, 2014

Appeals court throws out FERC’s demand-response order

Jeremy P. Jacobs and Hannah Northey, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-05-27 06:52:35

A federal appeals court today threw out a high-profile Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order that provided incentives for electricity users to consume less power, a practice dubbed demand response. In a divided ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck a blow to the Obama administration’s energy efficiency efforts, vacating a 2011 FERC order requiring grid operators to pay customers and demand-response providers the market value of unused electricity. The court held that FERC significantly overstepped the commission’s authority under the Federal Power Act. [ read more … ]

First grid-scale battery of its kind unveiled at Calif. farm

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-27 06:52:51

In the middle of an almond grove near here, in California’s Central Valley, a first-of-its-kind battery is sharing space with nut trees, solar panels and irrigation equipment. The 1-megawatt system, which holds four hours of power, is the first large-scale example of an iron-chromium flow battery. According to Silicon Valley startup EnerVault, it’s a major milestone for renewables, grid stability and energy efficiency, as well as the energy storage market itself. [ read more … ]

For the first time, hydropower accounts for less than 50% of U.S. renewable energy

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-27 06:53:09

Solar and wind power may be leading the growth of renewables in the United States today, but it has long been an older source of energy — hydropower — that has dominated the renewable energy sector. Built for the most part decades before climate change entered the popular lexicon, hydroelectric has continued to supply the majority of the country’s clean, renewable energy, even as other power sources raced forward. Until now, that is. In the first quarter of 2014, hydroelectric fell below 50 percent of total renewable electricity, outpaced by the collective output of solar, wind, biofuels, waste energy and geothermal, according to data from the International Energy Agency. [ read more … ]

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