Hydropower

The 824-MW Muskrat Falls Project has reached a major milestone with its first power flow, according to Canadian utility Nalcor Energy. The first unit at Muskrat Falls was synced to the electricity grid in Labrador on Sept. 22. This is a significant milestone reached alongside Innu Nation, the company’s Indigenous partner in this development, and...
Baseload

Two years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified more than 80,000 brownfields and municipal solid waste landfills across the country that could be used for renewable energy facilities. This screening included maps depicting locations of EPA tracked sites and their potential for supporting renewable energy generation. Clean energy development, especially when constructed on underutilized...
Storage

‘Zero-percenter’ utilities show significant gaps between their stated goals and the required actions to achieve full decarbonization by 2050. “The math simply doesn’t yet add up,” says Deloitte in a review of the actions being taken by 22 United States utilities – ‘zero-percenter utilities – that have announced net zero or carbon free electricity goals....
Solar

Innovation Crossroads, supported by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), is an innovation program that provides support and mentoring to entrepreneurial researchers whose early-stage innovations are too challenging, or technically uncertain, to pursue in a venture capital-financed startup. ORNL said this week that...
Hydropower

Compañía Minera Teck Carmen de Andacollo S.A. (CdA) and AES Gener S.A. – the Chilean affiliates of Teck Resources Limited and AES Corporation — have entered into a long-term power purchase agreement to provide 100% renewable power for Teck’s Carmen de Andacollo operation in Chile. Carmen de Andacollo is a copper mine in the Coquimbo...
Hydropower

Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) has selected GE Renewable Energy to supply and commission four 125-MW fixed speed pumped storage turbine-generator units for the new Kundah hydropower plant in India. The project, in the Nilgiris hills of Tamil Nadu State, will provide peaking benefits by using the existing reservoir at Porthimund as the upper...
Solar

Yesterday the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released findings that show that the cost to construct new wind and solar power plants in the US continues to fall. The data was based on 2018 numbers for average construction costs for solar photovoltaic systems and onshore wind turbines. Natural gas generator costs also decreased slightly in 2018....
Storage

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) this week awarded Southern Company the electric utility industry’s most prestigious honor, the EEI Edison Award. Southern Company received the award for its portfolio of energy storage research and development (R&D) initiatives. “As we prepare Southern Company to succeed in the transition to a net-zero carbon future, our many energy...
Solar

Energy Self-Reliant States 2020: The Third Edition A report by Maria McCoy and John Farrell, released September 2020 A nation of renewable-powered, job-generating, self-reliant states is within reach – and necessary. If each U.S. state took full advantage of its renewable resources, how much electricity would it produce? How much of its own electricity consumption...