With a grant to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund supported the installation of 200 kW of solar PV in the Minneapolis parks system to model the seamless incorporation of renewable energy into public amenities. The PV installations demonstrate a wide variety of solar designs and are featured in high-traffic public areas, with the potential to reach the parks’ 23 million visitors per year. The project includes education and interpretive components, while demonstrating an environmentally friendly and sustainable solution for public works or park projects to mitigate energy costs, reduce carbon emissions, and promote local solar businesses.
On January 8, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unanimously rejected a plan to subsidize aging power plants in the name of grid resilience and energy security. The proposal, one commissioner observed, "had little, if anything, to do with resilience, and was instead aimed at subsidizing certain uncompetitive electric generation technologies."
In energy forecasting, many analysts consistently underestimate prospects for clean power in long-range models. The marketplace, fortunately, does better.
Energy market participants in some regions of the world are facing the challenge of renewables integration head-on, creating a slow, but steady, campaign to redesign their markets and form more regionalized power grids. Europe has a goal of breaking down the regional barriers that keep energy from moving freely around its power grid. And there are few better examples of energy market regionalization than the work of stakeholders on the U.S. West Coast, and in the Pacific North- and Southwest.
The biggest U.S. grid operator is asking regulators to reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to prop up ailing coal and nuclear plants. "I don’t know how this proposal could be implemented without a detrimental impact on the market," Andrew Ott, who heads up PJM Interconnection LLC, told reporters by phone Monday.
A coalition of 10 electricity service providers serving the U.S. Rocky Mountain region said they will begin negotiations for membership in the Southwest Power Pool regional transmission organization.
Grid operators and traders thought they were totally prepped for the historic U.S. solar eclipse. There was just this one thing they didn’t completely factor in: “irregular human-behavior patterns.”
Turns out the solar eclipse, set to plunge parts of the U.S. into total darkness on Monday, will offer exactly what the power sector’s been looking for: a completely predictable stage for experiments.
The growing reliance by U.S. energy markets on low-cost wind and other clean power sources is a key part of the solution, not a problem, for ensuring the reliability, resilience and security of America's electric grid, the seven top U.S. grid operators told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on "Powering America" July 26.
Considerable apprehension and alarm was raised among world audiences when President Trump announced his plans to pull the U.S. out of the Paris global climate pact, effective November 2020. Among those who paid the news less attention, however, were clean-energy investors.