Utility Scale

Just as Solar Power International kicks off in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Utah Municipal Power Agency (UMPA) announced that it has entered into an agreement with sPower, a Salt Lake City-based renewable energy Independent Power Producer (IPP), to purchase the output of an 80-MWac solar farm to be built on approximately 560 acres on...
Offshore

By Christopher Martin and David R. Baker, Bloomberg Dominion Energy Inc.’s customers have been pressing the Virginia utility giant for years to source more clean energy. On Thursday, the company heeded their call — with a $7.8 billion, ratepayer-backed plan to build the largest offshore wind farm in America. The proposal is unprecedented. Never has...
Wind Power

By Bruce Einhorn, Thuy Ong and Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg Tens of thousands of people around the world demonstrated to demand action on climate change as a global movement backed by 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg got under way Friday. Students skipped school and workers walked off jobs to participate in the rallies. In a central Sydney...
Solar

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this week proposed to modernize its regulations governing small power producers and cogenerators under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to better address consumer concerns and market changes in the energy landscape in recent decades. Congress enacted PURPA to address the national energy crisis by encouraging...
O&M

Although wind turbines generally are designed for a service life of 20 years, many can continue to operate past their original design life. In fact, the lifetime of a wind turbine can often be extended by minor and low-cost repairs. This article describes the methods and results of a safety evaluation of wind turbines. By...
Solar

There were early days in solar when news of secured financing for a commercial project yielded an exuberant round of high-fives in the office, and maybe you’d quit early for a round of beers.  In 2008, PPA’s opened-up possibilities, and multiple variances on leases showed promise in what was still a slower-paced market with higher...
Solar

One of the first large-scale systems of combined solar arrays and on-site battery storage in the mid-South, a joint project between the City of Fayetteville, Ozarks Electric Cooperative, and Today’s Power, Inc., was officially linked to the nation’s power grid this week. The project is made up of five systems, three solar farms and two battery storage...