Last month, Energy Secretary Rick Perry requested a review of America's power grid. He was broadly asking how federal policy is working to protect the nation's grid and advance reliability, resilience, affordability and energy independence.
Former Texas Governor and new Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently asked for a 60-day review of the nation's power grid to assess the impact of federal policies on energy sources vital for grid reliability, resilience and affordability.
I had the honor last week of being able to join a business roundtable with fellow Texan and new U.S. Energy Secretary, Rick Perry. We met in the state Perry led as governor for 14 years while Texas made its remarkable ascent to become the nation's leader in wind power production, investment and new jobs.
Despite the challenging legal and financial barriers facing community renewable energy, a surprising number of projects and project models have succeeded. These projects have brought together hundreds of people into ownership of renewable energy, often saving them money, and keeping more of the money they spend on energy in their own community.
In his commentary, Steve Cicala fell into a common trap for economists analyzing the electricity system. Touting what economics calls competitive advantage, Mr Cicala suggests we pursue the lowest price by taking cheap solar electricity from the Southwest, wind from the Midwest, and even coal from Appalachia, and send it across the country to places where those same electrons can’t be as inexpensively generated.
This installment of the series is about a different kind of justice — the sort that recognizes the disproportionately harmful consequences of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on low-income communities, native nations and people of color compared to the rest of society.
Renewables financing under Alberta’s new procurement program is both an exciting and daunting prospect. Equity and debt providers have traditionally shied away from merchant projects in the renewables sector, but on the whole, are enthusiastic about the market potential in Alberta. With some revenue certainty at the right price range, investors are ready to finance new projects and participate in what’s expected to be Canada’s next renewables frontier.
Last year was big for battery energy storage. Technology prices continued to fall. Milestone projects got under way, and the sector gained wide media visibility in May when Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, unveiled the company’s sleek new Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed for residential use.
The U.S. Department of Energy on Jan. 11 issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) related to a Helena Valley Irrigation District request to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to develop the 9.4 MW Sleeping Giant Hydroelectric Project at the existing Helena Valley Pumping Plant site at the Canyon Ferry Dam on the Missouri River near Helena, Mont.
The Southwest Power Pool set a new wind power peak of 9,948 MW on Dec. 19, which represented a penetration level of 33.5%, SPP said in a Twitter posting early Dec. 21.