Hydropower

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected projects to receive up to $24.9 million to drive innovative, industry-led technology solutions to advance the marine and hydrokinetics industry and increase hydropower’s ability to serve as a flexible grid resource. Innovative technologies have the potential to increase the affordability of hydropower and marine energy, DOE says. Selected projects will...
Hydropower

Missouri River Energy Services reported it has reached a milestone in the installation of the 36.4-MW Red Rock Hydroelectric Project (RRHP) at Red Rock Dam, as construction workers successfully cored through the dam last week. Red Rock is being built at an existing dam on the Des Moines River in Iowa, U.S. The dam is...
Solar

Displaying a mastery of California climate issues as he keynoted a major sustainability conference, VERGE 19, in Oakland, CA last week, a relaxed and smiling Governor Gavin Newsom extolled California’s climate leadership and vowed continued opposition to the Trump Administration. Dreams with Deadlines Now in his ninth month at the helm of the world’s fifth...
Solar

According to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of the latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through August 31, 2019), both wind and solar are accounting for more and more of the total electrical generation in the United States. Renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for 18.49% of net...
Baseload

General Electric will demolish the 750 MW Inland Empire Energy Center (IEEC) in California that has 20 years remaining in its useful life. With solar and wind dominating the grid, the plant has been deemed uneconomical after operating well below capacity for several years. The site will be used for a new battery storage facility....
Hydropower

Brazil recently held an A-6 auction, to source electricity from new projects, with supply due to begin by 2025. This resulted in 91 projects being awarded, with a total capacity of 2,979 MW, with expected investments of 11.1bn reais (US$2.7 billion). Of this total, hydroelectricity accounted for 445 MW.  “The results are a clear sign...
Solar

The Circular on the Budget of the Central Government Fund for 2019 released by Ministry of Finance of China reveals that the budget for additional income from electricity prices for renewable energy in 2019 was 83.5 billion yuan (approx. US$11.8 billion), an increase of 4.89 billion yuan (approx. US$690 million), or 6.2 percent from the...
Wind Power

Felix Njini, Mike Cohen and Paul Vecchiatto, Bloomberg In South Africa, solar and wind are in, and coal is gradually on the way out. That’s the key takeaway from the latest Integrated Resource Plan, which maps out the energy mix for the next decade. It envisions the nation’s total electricity-production capacity rising to 77,834 megawatts...