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- Middle East And North African Countries To Spend Billions On Smart Grids, Solar Integration
Jun 25, 2014 - renewgrid.com
Middle East and North African (MENA) countries will spend billions of dollars over the next decade to modernize their electric grids and add solar generation resources, according to a new study by Northeast Group LLC.
- COLUMN-Super-grid: China masters long-distance power transmission: Kemp
Jun 19, 2014 - John Kemp - reuters.com
(Reuters) - China's power engineers have become world leaders in ultra-high-voltage transmission systems connecting far-off power sources with cities hungry for electricity.
- EPRI Reveals Its Worldview on the Integrated Electrical Grid
Apr 22, 2014 - Eric Wesoff - greentechmedia.com
“What's happening at the edge of the grid will affect what’s
happening at the transmission level.”
- Time to Rightsize the Grid?
Apr 14, 2014 - Peter Fairlay - spectrum.ieee.org
Last week a team of systems scientists known for counter-intuitive insights on power grids delivered a fresh one that questions one of the tenets of grid design: bigger grids, they argue, may not make for better grids.
- How to Build a Clean Energy Grid
Jan 14, 2014 - John Jimison, Bill White and Ben Paulos - renewableenergyworld.com
As part of their regional webinar series, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid is hosting a free webinar on transmission issues and opportunities in the PJM region. Register here for the January 24th session.
- India is now one nation, one grid - Jan 1, 2014
Utpal Bhaskar, Amrit Raj, Arundhati Ramanathan - livemint.com
New Delhi/Chennai: In a potential game-changer, South India has joined the national electricity grid, completing the integration of the entire country into one seamless network for delivering power to consumers.
- Good Electricity Grids Make Good Neighbors
November 20, 2013 - Daniel Kammen of University of California - energyblog.nationalgeographic.com
Today we face a different situation, where “front lines” of
conflict have blurred and disappeared, and non-state actors dominate
the threat-scape. Instability in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Kenya, Somalia,
and elsewhere requires a different form of engagement. Important steps
have been made in peace-building and post-conflict resolution, but so
far we have not taken advantage of a major opportunity to use some of
our greatest infrastructure investments to build peaceful, prosperous,
and cooperative regional economies.
- Renewable HVDC 'Supergrid' Concept Has Staying Power
Oct 25, 2013 - bulletin.pbworld.com
Modern electricity transmission grids use alternating current (AC) to transport energy from large, centralized generating plants – powered principally by coal, oil, gas, and nuclear energy – to the major load centers. However, as concerns have grown about the environmental impact of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and about the safety of nuclear installations, there has been a strong reciprocal escalation of political pressure to increase the amount of renewable energy used to power our world.
- Thousands of German Cities and Villages Looking to Buy Back Their Power Grids
Oct 11, 2013 - Matthias B. Krause - greentechmedia.com
What do Boulder, Colorado and Hamburg, Germany have in common? Boulder, Colorado and Hamburg, Germany don't seem to have too much in common. One is a small, green-minded city at the foothills of the Rockies, the other one is the second biggest metropolis in Germany with almost 1.8 million people, defined by its busy harbor.
- Virtual Power Plants: A New Model for Renewables Integration
Sep 30, 2011 - Tildy Bayar, Associate Editor - renewableenergyworld.com
With distributed energy generation growing and increasing amounts of renewable power coming onto the grid, new technologies and business models are helping to balance loads, smooth variability and integrate diverse resources.
- Building the supergrid
May 21, 2013 - Peter Larsson - kth.se
KTH Royal Institute of Technology researchers are helping to ensure that the power grids of the future meet the new demands created by renewable energy.
- The Best is Yet to Come: Electric Cars Connect to the Grid
Apr 29, 2013 - SustainableBusiness.com News
For the first time, electric cars are feeding electricity to the grid and making money on it!
- Qatar to add renewables to electricity grid
May 24, 2013 - Nilima Choudhury - pv-tech.org
Qatari energy distributor Kahramaa has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding granting approval for Qatar Foundation’s Solar Smart Grid Project Connectivity to be connected to Kahramaa's main grid.
- Elpipes for the High Capacity Backbone of an Asian Grid
Roger Faulkner, President;Electric Pipeline Corporation, One Marina Park Drive, Boston MA USA firstname.lastname@example.org - Now 2011
Elpipes are polymer-insulated underground HVDC electric pipelines based on metallic conductors. Elpipes use relatively rigid extruded conductors designed for higher capacity and efficiency than are practical for overhead power lines. Rigid insulation may be used. In this paper, we discuss the technical trade-offs for elpipes, and application of elpipes to linking load centers to remote dispatchable hydro power, energy storage sites, and large dispatchable loads, to achieve load leveling through non-local storage and dispatchable loads, via the HVDC grid. Elpipes with voltage source converters (VSC) enable placing many AC/DC power taps on a single HVDC loop. It is advantageous to build up a continental scale HVDC grid from local loops that tie together 10-20 taps.
- RENEWABLE ENERGY: Clinton calls for rebuilding U.S. electric grid to carry more wind and solar power
Dec 13, 2012 - Daniel Cusick - eenews.net
CHICAGO -- Former President Clinton supports extending the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy as part of a plan to build a national electricity grid that could move hundreds of thousands of megawatts of trapped wind and solar power from sparsely populated states to urban markets.
Germany’s $123 Million Power Line Aids Nuclear Exit, Merkel Says
Dec 18, 2012 - Stefan Nicola - Bloomberg.com
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a $123 million electricity line that took a decade to develop will improve supply security, transmitting renewable energy from north to south and helping the nation phase out nuclear power.
- Ending India's Massive Power Grid Outages
Nov 1, 2012 - Darchan Goswami - EnergyPulse.net
On July 30th and 31st the world's largest blackout -- The Great Indian Outage -- stretching from New Delhi to Kolkata occurred. This blackout caused by northern power grid failure had put nearly 700 million people -- twice the population of the U.S. without electricity. A grid failure of this magnitude has thrown light on the massive demand for power in a country and its struggle to generate much-needed power supply.
- WGA seeks ways to add renewables
Jul 15, 2012 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.com
Greater amounts of renewable energy are continually being added to the power mix in the Western states, so ways to integrate those resources are paramount.
- Germany Plans 3800-Kilometer, $25 Billion Transmission Network for Wind Power
May 30, 2012 - Dave Levitan - spectrum.ieee.org
Fresh off the record-setting solar weekend in Germany, the country's transmission operators say plans are in the works for a huge transmission line buildout to accommodate growing wind power resources.
With changes, the grid can take it
Dec. 5, 2011 - David L. Chandler - web.mit.edu
MIT report shows that with new policies, U.S. electric grid could handle expected influx of electric cars and wind and solar generation..
Landau: Israel and Cyprus to link electricity grids
Dec. 12, 2011 - Guy Katsovich - globes.co.il
The Minister of National Infrastructures said that
a cable joining the Israeli and Cypriot grids would provide mutual backup.
How to build a better electric grid
Dec. 5, 2011 - Ucilia Wang - gigaom.com
Efforts to modernize the U.S. electric grid in recent
years have emerged in the form of a hodgepodge of pilot projects, the
installation of new technology and hefty financial backing from the U.S.
government and private investors. How to plan for such a big change is
a daunting task. MIT released a report on Monday that looks at some of
the challenges (and opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors and utilities)
and solutions to solve them.
Stormy sun could knock out power grids - report
Dec. 2, 2011 - Ethan Bilby - in.reuters.com
(Reuters) - An upcoming cycle of stormy solar activity
risks causing damage to electrical transformers and threatening vulnerable
energy infrastructure around the globe, a report by an insurance group
Big Growth Expected For High-Voltage Transmission Sector
Dec. 5, 2011 - renewgridmag.com
Investment in high-voltage transmission (greater than 345 kV) in the U.S. is expected to top $41 billion over the next 10 years, with more than 40% of it being made in just the first three years, according to a study from IHS Emerging Energy Research.
The Future of the Electric Grid
Dec. 12, 2011 - glennmosier.com
Grid research by MIT is a “must read” for San Diego."
New Lab to Help Utilities 'See' Grid of the Future
Dec. 6, 2011 - Heather Lammers - nrel.gov
With the simple flick of a light switch, you are connected to "the machine."
U.S. power grid needs cybersecurity shield: report
Dec. 5, 2011 - Deborah Zabarenko - reuters.com
(Reuters) - The threat of cyberattacks on the U.S. power grid should be dealt with by a single federal agency, not the welter of groups now charged with the electric system's security, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported on Monday.
Sri Lanka Plans To Set Up Undersea Power Power Grid Link With India
Aug. 29, 2011 - rttnews.com
(RTTNews) - Sri Lanka is planning to set up a power
grid connection between the island nation and India
which is facing growing requirement for electricity,
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam
Sunday said in Bengaluru, reports said.
Jinping- Sunan ±800kV UHV DC Transmission Project Progresses Smoothly
Aug. 23, 2011 - Bai Minghui, Wang Xin - sgcc.com.cn
" In order to ensure the timely delivery of
the power from the hydropower station in Guandi and
Jinping and alleviate the power shortage effectively
in Eastern China, we will further clarify the objective
of Jinping- Sunan ±800 KV UHV DC Transmission
Project to ensure its bipolar operation in 2012." Vice
Executive President Zhen Baosen made the request
on August 1st, during the construction meeting in
Yulong Converter Station in Xichang, Sichuan, where
the project started.
Jonathan Approves Construction Of 765KV Super Grid Network
Jul. 9, 2011 - Juliet Alohan - leadership.ng
President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the construction
of 765KV super-grid transmission network to address
the nation’s power challenge, Minister of Power,
Prof. Barth Nnaji, has disclosed.
- The Need for a National Smart Grid
Oct. 1, 2011 - Duncan Gromko - leadenergy.org
GE recently announced a new phase to its six month,
$200 million dollar smart grid challenge, this one
bringing smart grid technology into the home. This
follows Vice President Joe Biden’s 2009 declaration
that $3.3 billion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act would be invested in researching smart grid technology.
These investments, both public and private, are critical
to address the economic, security, and environmental
risks that our current electrical power grid poses.
However, investment alone is insufficient: better
coordination between utilities and regulators is
also needed to improve our national electricity grid.
- Interconnected European offshore grid will save billions of Euros
Oct. 5, 2011 - elp.com
New results on offshore electricity grid infrastructure in Europe: the EU "OffshoreGrid" project analysis reveals tremendous cost saving potential.
- European supergrid could slash cost of renewables
Sept. 22, 2011 - Daniel Mason - publicserviceeurope.com
The United Kingdom could more effectively balance
its electricity supply and demand by connecting the
network to a European supergrid – potentially
cutting the cost of building offshore wind farms
by a quarter, a group of MPs in the House of Commons
UK MPs hail cost and social benefits of North Sea supergrid
Sept. 22, 2011 - Karl-Erik Stromsta - rechargenews.com
An influential group of UK members of parliament
warns that without a North Sea supergrid, the social
and financial barriers to meeting Britain’s
long-term renewables targets will be significantly
higher – and potentially insurmountable.
Marshall Plan to Build a Smart Grid -- in China
Sept. 18, 2011 - James Greenberger - theenergycollective.com
I wrote in last week’s column about the three
most interesting insights into the future of grid-connected
energy storage offered last week at the 2011 NAATBatt
Annual Meeting and Conference by David Mohler, chief
technology officer of Duke Energy. It occurred to
me after posting my article that I neglected one
other important insight. The fourth insight came
not from David’s speech but from where he went
after his speech: David is in China this week exploring
commercial opportunities, undoubtedly trying to find
ways to monetize Duke’s expertise in power
Cost Review: Grid Parity for Renewables?
Sept. 2, 2011 - renewableenergyworld.com
Research from the University of Melbourne's Energy
Research Institute predicts that the price of wind
and solar energy will continue to fall. The Institute's
Renewable Energy Technology Cost Review covers the
current and future costs of three forms of renewable
energy technology - photovoltaic (PV), wind and concentrating
solar thermal (CST) - by comparing data from a range
of international and Australia-specific studies.
- Electric Vehicles Present Challenges For Distribution Grids
Oct. 16, 2011 - Dr. Russell Lefevre - renewgridmag.com
Increased worldwide interest in electric-vehicle
(EV) deployment has led many researchers to consider
the effects wide-scale adoption will have on the
electric grid. Most experts have concluded that there
is enough generation and transmission capacity to
accommodate the expected number of EVs, at least
in the near term.
Technology: Electric Cars Become Power-Grid Batteries
Oct. 27, 2011 - Lesley Evans Ogden - blogs.scientificamerican.com
Imagine a car that runs quietly, burns no gas, produces
no emissions, stores renewable energy, and sometimes
even pays you back. Seem like a pipe dream? Soon
it won’t be. Vehicle-to-grid technology allows
networks of electric vehicles (EVs) to function like
a giant battery with an intelligent software interface
feeding power from car to grid or grid to car on
an as-needed basis. It’s now one step closer
to U.S. commercialization.
- Bangladesh and India shaping South Asia Power Grid
Nov 17, 2011 - steelguru.com
bdnews24.com reported that Bangladesh and India are working together to draw the contours of the proposed South Asia Power Grid, even as the two countries are set to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the energy sector during Indian prime minister Mr Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh on Sep 6 to 7.
- To Build a Better Grid
Nov 4, 2011 - Mark McDonald - nytimes.com
JEJU, SOUTH KOREA — Lim Ki-choo has lived most of his life in a modest stucco house on Jeju, this pleasant freckle of an island off the southern tip of South Korea. He was a village leader in days gone by, and before that he ran a bank for local fishermen. All of which suggests that Mr. Lim, 84, has a certain standing here. Yet, he says, he’ll be damned if he can figure out how to work the controller the electric company gave him that runs all the new gizmos in his house.
- Butte College to Become First Grid-Positive College in the US
Nov 4, 2011 - sustainablebusiness.com
Butte College, located in Northern California and resting on a 928-acre wildlife refuge, has been recognized over the last few years as a national community college leader in sustainability. By May 2011, the college will move to the head of its class--as the only college in the nation that is grid positive--producing more clean energy from sustainable on-site solar power than it uses.
- Switched on to mini grids
Oct 20, 2011 - Simon Rolland - renewableenergyfocus.com
A BILLION AND a half people around the world still don't have access to electricity. Could hybrid mini grids be the best way to provide electricity – particularly to rural, often isolated, areas?
- Son launches Japan renewables push with Asia 'supergrid' call
Oct 5, 2011 - rechargenews.com
Launching the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF), Masayoshi Son, Softbank’s founder and chief executive, claimed the country could shift 60% of its power production to renewables over the next two decades with the help of a ¥2 trillion national onshore and offshore transmission network.
- Power import from India as planned
Oct 5, 2011 - thedailystar.net
The import of 250 megawatt electricity from India will go ahead as planned, the government said yesterday, dispelling media reports that it could be delayed due to opposition over use of land in Paschimbanga for installing power transmission line.
- Guest Post: The $200 Billion Energy Question
Sep 27, 2011 - Rosalind Jackson - greentechmedia.com
The U.S. stands at an energy crossroads. With or without new direction from policymakers, huge sums will be invested in the electricity system as aging infrastructure is replaced and new infrastructure is built to meet our country’s growing energy needs. In the 11 states that comprise the Western Interconnect, that amounts to more than $200 billion over the next two decades.
- Solar power boost to National Grid
Sep 12, 2011 - Chamikara Weerasinghe - dailynews.lk
Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka yesterday said they have arranged to introduce the first main grid connected solar power plant in the Hambantota District.
- More Than 1200 MW Set To Enter European Grid
Sep 1, 2011 - Meg Cichon - renewableenergyworld.com
Grid connectivity is a lingering issue for renewables. Many ideal sources for renewable power tend to be in remote areas with no line access or densely populated areas with undersized, or already over-powered transmission.
- U.S. BLM Approves Four Projects Use of Public Land to Connect Renewable Energy to Power Grid
Aug 19, 2011 - Eboom Staff - energyboom.com
The United States Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management approved four new projects to run transmission lines through public land to transport electricity from large-scale renewable energy projects to the power grid.
- Department of Energy Commits Support for Landmark Rooftop Solar Project
Aug 9, 2011 - globalenergywatch.com
Largest Rooftop Project in U.S. History Will Enable Wide Distribution of Solar Power Across Country While Creating at Least a Thousand Jobs
- Solarcentury connects UK's largest solar system to national grid
Aug 5, 2011 - Chris Whitmore - pv-tech.org
Solarcentury has broken new ground in the UK solar industry by connecting the nation's largest solar system to the grid. The 748kW array is comprised of over 3,000 panels and will produce enough electricity to power one-quarter of the Oxfordshire business park in which it is located.
- First College in US Generates Income Selling Solar to the Grid
Aug 3, 2011 - sustainablebusiness.com
Butte College, near Sacramento, California is the first college in the US to be ‘grid positive' - it generates more electricity than it needs from its solar arrays and thus can deliver energy to the electric grid, making a tidy profit.
- South Asia’s energy quest could reshape region
Jul 14, 2011 - Rama Lakshmi - washingtonpost.com
New Delhi — India and its Himalayan neighbor Nepal are set to build a massive power transmission line across their border, a step toward addressing rising energy needs in a region that analysts say has been held back economically by political distrust.
- Plugging High-Speed Rail Into Germany’s Power Grid
Jul 13, 2011 - Michael Scott Moore - miller-mccune.com
Using rail lines for the energy grid may help a suddenly nuclear-shy Germany transition to wider use of renewable sources.
- Viewpoints: How electrical 'microgrids' might revolutionize power transmission
Jul 2, 2011 - Peter Asmus - sacbee.com
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has long been seen as a clean technology pioneer. After all, this is a utility that shuttered a nuclear reactor after a public vote in 1989 and has since blazed trails on wind, solar and energy efficiency.
- U.S. smart grid to cost billions, save trillions
Jun 29, 2011 - reuters.com
(Reuters) - A planned modernization of the U.S. national power grid will cost up to $476 billion over the next 20 years but will provide up to $2 trillion in customer benefits over that time, according to industry experts.
- Maui selected for smart-grid demonstration
June 5, 2011 - mauinews.com
WAILUKU - Maui has been selected as the site for a "smart grid" renewable energy demonstration project, with an investment of approximately $37 million from the Japan-based New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Hawaiian Electric Co. announced Wednesday afternoon.
- California's Grid Plan Ready for Renewable Power Influx
June 5, 2011 - energycentral.com
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) Board of Governors yesterday approved the 2010-2011 Transmission Plan that includes 33 grid upgrades for addressing future reliability and policy-driven needs worth $1.2 billion. The approval provides a timely decision that will aid renewable power projects seeking financing. The ISO accelerated its planning process by six months so that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects could meet eligibility criteria.
- How Will the California System Operator Cope With 33% Renewables?
June 5, 2011 - greentechmedia.com
To meet California’s new standard requiring the state to get 33 percent of its power from renewables by 2020, the grid operator will have to stop talking about the weather and do something about it. The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) just brought its Mission Critical Wing, a new high tech control center, on line to do that.
- Energy Grid Integration
Mar 27, 2011 - energybiz.com
NREL Integration Effort Focused on the Market
- California ISO Board Approves Two Ways to Green the Grid
May 18, 2010 - Business Wire
The California ISO Board of Governors today approved two key changes that will help integrate renewable generating resources like wind, solar and geothermal onto the power grid faster and more efficiently. As California adds more renewable generation, these resources will replace some of the conventional generation that California has relied on for decades. The shift promises significant environmental benefits, but it also poses challenges because renewable resources are often located in remote areas. Additionally, wind and solar produce energy intermittently.
Keeping the Lights On While Transforming Electric Utilities
Feb 19, 2010 - Lena Hansen & Amory B. Lovins - Rocky Mountain Institute
Electric utilities operate now much as they did a century ago—but the environment in which they operate is changing dramatically.
- Plugging Highway Vehicles into the Electric Grid
Feb 19, 2010 - Lauren Morello - Climatewire
If enough plug-in electric vehicles communicate with the grid, they could provide cheap storage for excess electricity
- Planning the 'smart grid'
Feb 8, 2010 - Billings Gazette, Billings, renewablesbiz.com
Borgquist doesn't build wind farms, rather he's got a plan for collecting and transmitting wind power. Ultimately, he hopes to gather enough wind-generated electricity to equal the output of Hoover Dam, or two coal-fired power plants at Colstrip.
- No wires, no juice
Jan 19, 2010 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz
After nearly two years of speeches, announcements and attention from all parts of the energy and other media, oilman and wind power booster T. Boone Pickens last week shelved his plans for a massive wind-power project in Texas when he cut his order for GE turbines in half, from 667 units to 333. So I asked a transmission group what it would take to get projects like Pickens and others moving again. After all, large, sometimes multi-state transmission projects are what's needed to deliver energy from massive wind farms to load centers. Naturally, we focused on a discussion of pending federal energy legislation and regulations, which will also be considered at the EnergyBiz Leadership Forum.
- NV Energy and Great Basin Transmission bring Nevada transmission in line with renewables
Jan 12, 2010 - NewNet
NYSE-listed holding company NV Energy and Great Basin Transmission, an affiliate of LS Power, have signed an agreement to jointly own a 500KV transmission line, which will provide access to isolated renewable energy resources in parts of northern and eastern Nevada.
processing 244 proposals for renewable energy facilities
Jan 04, 2010
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says the projects
represent 70,000 MW of capacity that will help the state meet its 2020 goal of
one-third of power from renewables.
green energy goes to waste in distribution bottleneck
Dec 22, 2009
Green electricity from north China's growing wind power generators
is being wasted because the country's power grid cannot absorb it, power experts
plans to build mega power carrier in Inner Mongolia
Dec 16, 2009 -
State Grid Corp of China(SGCC), a major power grid operator, plans
to build next year an ultra-high volt-age carrier that will transmit electricity
generated by wind and thermal power plants in Inner Mongolia to Jiangsu Province,
China Daily reported Thursday.
shows snapshot of energy transmission potential
Dec 2, 2009 - Susan
Montoya Bryan - The Associated Press
State legislators, utilities and energy
producers now have the first snapshot of how renewable energy sources fit with
New Mexico's transmission potential thanks to months of data gathering by the
state Renewable Energy Transmission Authority.
Enters a Maze of Questions About Renewable Energy Transmission
23, 2009 - Peter Behr - The New York Times
The spread of wind and solar
power is being held back by fragmented policies on paying for new transmission
lines to carry renewable energy, said a group of leading transmission providers
in a petition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Konrad: We need transmission!
Nov 22, 2009 - Marc Gunther - The Energy
Today’s guest post comes from Tom Konrad, Ph.D., an
investment analyst specializing in clean energy. Tom, who is 40, and calls
himself a policy wonk, lives in Denver and writes about stock market investments
in clean energy at his excellent blog, AltEnergyStocks.com.
Tom wrote this article in response to a column by John Farrell (which we
published here) arguing that localized, distributed renewable energy sources are
preferable to massive transmission lines. Tom’s response
first appeared on his blog Clean Energy Wonk, where he writes about energy
policy and economics. John replied in the comments there if you want to
dig deeper into this controversy.
Nov 18, 2009 - Matthew L. Wald - Teh New York
TECHNOLOGY and policy are coming together to promise electricity
as abundant as sunshine and as freely available as the breeze — and about as fickle.
energy companies looking for lines
Nov 13, 2009 - UPI - DES MOINES,
Proposed multistate transmission lines carrying wind-generated
electricity from the Midwest are a vital next step in U.S. energy efforts, experts
solar cells blossom, posing new challenges for power grid
2009- North County Times
Solar power installations are sprouting on California
rooftops like leaves in the spring, but all that renewable energy poses new problems
for the aging power grid.
plans undersea power cable
Oct 30, 2009 - Mark
Niesse - The Associated Press
Hawaii is moving forward with plans
to build an undersea cable to carry wind-generated electricity from Maui County
to power-hungry Honolulu.
energy's success creates a power grid challenge
Oct 29, 2009 - Matthew
Preusch - Oregon Live.com
The rows of white turbines spinning over wheat
fields and ridgelines in eastern Oregon are ample evidence that renewable energy
from wind is real and growing.
Whirlpool and Others Launch Smart Green Grid Initiative Aimed at Including Smart
Grid in Copenhagen Meetings
Oct 20, 2009 - Smart Green Grid
GE, Whirlpool Corporation and a number of other companies today announced the
creation of a new collaborative effort aimed at demonstrating the role of smart
grid technologies and practices in the achievement of climate change goals. Called
the Smart Green Grid Initiative (SGGI), the effort will include educational events
at the upcoming climate change meetings in Copenhagen. SGGI has been approved
by the United Nations to be an official smart grid delegation to the Copenhagen
meetings. SGGI will also be sponsoring educational events in the U.S. in the weeks
preceding the meetings in Copenhagen.
connects U.S. grids to transport solar, wind
Oct 13, 2009 - Martin
LaMonica - cnet.com
A proposal to use superconducting cables to transport
renewable energy across the United States will be unveiled Tuesday.
Releases the 6th Edition of its Connecting to the Grid Guide
2009 - IREC
The sixth edition of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council's
(IREC) Connecting to the Grid Guide is now available online. This guide provides
a comprehensive introduction to a span of topics that relate to grid-tied renewable
energy sources. The sixth edition has been revised to include information on IREC's
recently updated model procedures, alternative billing arrangements for net metering,
energy storage and several other emerging issues in the field. This guide is designed
for state regulators and other policymakers, utilities, industry representatives
and consumers interested in the development of state-level interconnection and
net metering policies.
expert: Maine needs transmission upgrades
Oct 6, Glenn Adams - The
A wind energy expert on Tuesday added his voice to those
who say upgrading Maine's power transmission system is critical for the state
to reach its wind-power potential.
Tackles Interstate Transmission
October 5, 2009
More than 50% of the best class 5 - 7 winds in the Western U.S.
occur in southern Wyoming. Southern California's population is expected to grow
by 74% by 2030 to 23 million residents, and will need all the low-cost renewable
power it can get. How do you build a transmission line to carry that clean electricity
across mountain ranges, sensitive wildlife habitat and 1,000 miles of public and
private property in as many as five states?
Signs Suite of Power Agreements for Clean, Reliable Energy
2009 - PRNewswire
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced
a suite of new power agreements, totaling more than 2,000 megawatts (MW), that
are expected to provide many years of clean, reliable electricity for the 15 million
people it serves in northern and central California.
of Energy Announces Start of Western Area Power Administration Recovery Act Project
Sep 16, 2009 - U.S. Department of Energy
WASHINGTON, DC – With the goal of bringing new jobs and green power
to the West, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today a large-scale transmission
project to be financed using funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act. The Western Area Power Administration will use borrowing authority under
the Recovery Act to help build the $213 million Montana-Alberta Tie Limited (MATL)
transmission project between Great Falls, Montana, and Lethbridge, Alberta. Almost
two-thirds of the 214-mile transmission line will be located on U.S. soil, creating
American jobs and allowing for the continued expansion of renewable energy production.
for New England Governors Shows Region Has Significant Potential to Develop Renewables
Sept 15, 2009 - Business Wire
At the request
of New England's six governors, ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region's
bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets, recently released the results
of a months-long study evaluating renewable resource potential in the region and
beyond, as well as the economic and environmental impacts of that development.
Independent Transmission System Operator Launches Renewable Energy Gateway
Sep 4, 2009 - North American Windpower
The Midwest Independent Transmission
System Operator (Midwest ISO) has launched the Renewable Energy Gateway, an information
hub focusing on renewable energy sources in the Midwest ISO region. The site looks
at renewable sources such as wind, biomass and hydro and provides information
supporting integration of these resources into the region.
2A Final Report-Conceptual Transmission Plan for Access to Renewable Energy Announced
Aug 13, 2009 - Energy Central
The Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative
(RETI) today announced the availability of its Phase 2A Report -- a conceptual
transmission plan that evaluates the usefulness of potential transmission lines
in accessing and delivering renewable energy. The plan is intended to help enable
development and approval of renewable energy infrastructure in ways that minimize
the economic cost, environmental impacts, and number of new transmission facilities.
electric cars wreck the grid?
Aug 13, 2009 - Colin Sullivan - Scientific
Plug-in electric cars could destabilize the distribution of
power, a utility executive cautioned at a conference here this week.
Transmission Line to Carry 575 Megawatts of Wind Power
Aug 12, 2009
DOE announced on Monday that construction is underway for the
McNary-John Day transmission project in Oregon and Washington, funded by $343
million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The project, part of
the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) transmission system, is expected to
deliver more than 575 megawatts (MW) of wind-generated power across the West by
early 2012. The 79-mile McNary-John Day line will run from the McNary Substation
in Oregon, across the Columbia River into Washington, and back into Oregon, where
it will end at the John Day Substation. It is one of four proposed transmission
lines that together would add 225 miles of high-voltage power transmission to
the Pacific Northwest, delivering about 2,800 MW of renewable energy to the region.
See the DOE
press release and the BPA fact sheet on the proposed projects (PDF
Texas wind power waits for power lines
Jul 25, 2009 - Jason Whitley
For decades, the census brought bad news to Sweetwater. The population
of this West Texas town about 40 miles west of Abilene had been sliding since
not a problem for wind power, say reports
Jul 14, 2009 - Sam Bond
- edie newsroom
Sometimes the wind blows, and sometimes it doesn't. This
has, for a long time, been one of the key hurdles for the widespread adoption
of wind power but, according to a flurry of reports, it's an argument that does
not hold water.
Resources Intends to Help Develop Green Power Express Transmission Project
Jul 7, 2009 - Business Wire
MDU Resources Group, Inc. (NYSE:MDU) announced
today that it intends to participate with ITC Holdings Corp. in developing the
Green Power Express transmission project, which would transport renewable energy
from wind-rich Plains states to major metropolitan markets.
Power Grid is Vital for Alternative Energy in Kansas
Jul 5, 2009
- The Wichita Eagle
Behind every graceful
wind farm generating power stands the decidedly less-glamorous high-voltage lines
Jun, 2009 - Susan Arterian-Chang - IEEE
A great deal of money and deep technical expertise are now in
place to get the U.S. transmission system ready for lots more wind and some more
solar. But radical reform of management and regulation will also be required.
utilities integrate wind energy
Jun 29, 2009 - Jeff Anthony - Renewable
The U.S. wind energy industry in 2008 shattered previous
records by installing 8,435 MW of new generating capacity (generating enough electricity
during a year to serve more than 2 million homes), making wind power a mainstream
generating technology for electricity. New wind projects completed in 2008 accounted
for more than 40 percent of the entire new power-producing capacity added nationally
last year. U.S. wind energy generating capacity stands at 25,246 MW, producing
enough electricity each year to power the equivalent of some 7 million households
and strengthening the nation's energy supply with a clean, inexhaustible, homegrown
vehicles on the grid
Jun 23, 2009 - Pike Research
Public, Private, and Workplace Charging Stations, EV Charging Business Models,
and Vehicle to Grid Technology.
Energy Increase Depends on Transmission Upgrade
Jun 8, 2009 - AAP
Finance News Wire
A multi-billion-dollar upgrade of transmission
networks will be required for South Australia to deliver on new renewable energy
targets, the Clean Energy Council says.
poll finds transmission constraints a barrier for US wind
Jun 3, 2009
Transmission/interconnection constraints have
been identified as the greatest barrier to wind energy development, according
to a poll conducted by NRG Systems at the recent Windpower 2009 Conference.
Vehicles Could Surpass Grid or Support It
May 28, 2009 - Jeff St.
John - greentechgrid.com
If a quarter of America's cars went electric,
they could store more energy than that produced for the nation's entire electricity
grid, an expert on electric transportation says. Making them a backup power source
for the grid faces significant challenges, however.
challenge utility interconnections
Apr 29, 2009 - Bill Opalka - EnergyBiz
When wind farm developers lined up at a grid operator's or utility's
door a few years ago, plans to add a new project didn't cause undue concern. After
all, 10 megawatts here, 50 megawatts there, weren't going to significantly change
Launches Dashboard on Renewable Energy
Apr 28, 2009 - PRNewswire
Amid the debates on Capitol Hill regarding climate change and the growing
interest in renewable energy, PJM Interconnection is launching a one-stop resource
to better understand renewable energy resources on the PJM power grid.
Superhighway: Overhauling the Grid to Accommodate Renewables
23, 2009 - Elisa Wood - renewableenergyworld.com
Efforts are needed to
promote transmission and distribution expansion in the US if the country is to
realize its full potential. Elisa Wood explains.
Hails Electric Car That Pumps Energy Back into Grid
Apr 23, 2009-
AAP General News Wire
have developed a plug- in hybrid electric car that not only generates power but
can pump it back into the grid, potentially reducing running costs.
wind, solar power challenge US grid - study
Apr 17, 2009 - Eileen
The push to add more renewable wind and solar megawatts
to the US electric mix will force changes in the way the power grid operates to
keep electricity flowing reliably, said an industry watchdog Thursday.
welcomes findings of NERC integration study
Apr 16, 2009 - Energy
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is pleased
with the findings of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s
(NERC’s) Integrating Variable Generation Task Force (IVGTF) report. This
is an excellent roadmap for the grid planning and operations changes needed for
America’s future electric generation portfolio.
Renewables Can Be Integrated With System Changes
Apr 15, 2009 - Bill
Opalka - Energy Central
Large quantities of renewable energy can
be integrated into the nation's transmission grid without impairing reliability.
But there will have to be changes in the planning and operation of the grid, according
to a highly anticipated report by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation
U.S. Entities Move Quickly on Geothermal Mapping
Apr 1, 2009 - Charles
W. Thurston - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Several large geothermal
resource mapping projects are heading toward conclusion so that finally, the power
source can be more accurately considered in siting new electricity transmission
lines for renewable power development.
a better grid
Mar 26, 2009 - R. James Woolsey - Renewable energy world.com
In the midst of economic meltdown and oil price declines, it is hard
to remember that -- for national security reasons -- the need for electricity
to be more reliable and secure and the strategic dangers produced by our oil dependence
are just as pressing as they were before.
announces plans to plug offshore wind into electricity grid
2009 - New Energy World Network
Plans to connect vast amounts of future
UK offshore wind energy to the national grid were firmed up, with the Department
of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Ofgem announcing a new regulatory framework
to connect offshore renewable projects to the onshore grid.
chief seeks rule change for 'Green Power Express'
Mar 13, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune
Regional News - Dave DeWitte The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Holdings Corp. Chairman Joseph Welch asked for federal rule changes Thursday to
make the company's proposal to build a major renewable energy transmission route
Finds Wind Power Economically, Environmentally Advantageous When Coupled With
Mar 12, 2009 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
Wind-generated electricity from the upper Midwest will become cost-competitive
with power generated from more conventional fuel sources like coal, while providing
substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions when connected to the nations
electricity grid via new extra-high voltage transmission lines, a new study by
The Brattle Group (www.brattle.com) has concluded.
AC to DC: Going green with supergrids
Mar 11, 2009 - David Strahan
- New Scientist
THOMAS EDISON might have relished the irony. Just as
his most famous legacy, the incandescent light bulb, heads for extinction, his
other great passion, direct electric current, is set to boom. The bulb that has
dominated lighting for more than a century is now a pariah in the era of climate
change and banned in many countries. Meanwhile, direct current - defeated by alternating
current in the race to capture the electricity market in the 1890s - could help
us hold back global warming.
Chair: Integrating Renewable Resources a 'Priority'
Mar 3, 2009 -
William Opalka - Energy Central
have percolated for several years about the need to integrate renewable resources
but with jump-starting the transmission build-out on everybody's mind, the talk
has become more urgent.
Statement on NERC, FERC focus on Integrating Renewables
2009 - AWEA
American Wind Energy Association Policy Director Rob Gramlich
today released the following statement: "The U.S. wind energy industry applauds
the significant new focus by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) on the need to
modernize America's electricity transmission system to adapt to renewable resource
Transmission Superhighway Needed for Renewable Energy to Reach Full Potential
Feb 27, 2009 -RenewableEnergyWorld.com
The American Wind
Energy Association (AWEA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have
released a white paper titled "Green Power Superhighways: Building a Path to America's
Clean Energy Future," detailing current inadequacies of the U.S. electric transmission
infrastructure and offering policy solutions to address them.
Joins EDISON Project to Build Smart Grid for Electric Cars
2009 - MARKET WIRE
IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced
its membership in the EDISON research consortium, a Denmark-based collaborative
aimed at developing an intelligent infrastructure that will make possible the
large scale adoption of electric vehicles powered by sustainable energy.
a new, interconnected energy system
Feb 22, 2009 - Tribune Reginal
It's a summer day a few years from now. Some things are familiar
-- for one, you're stuck in a Philadelphia heat wave. Other things aren't.
power grid needs expansion to tap renewables - Industry groups
18, 2009 - Dow Jones Newswires
The U.S. electric grid should be expanded
to link areas of the country rich in renewable resources like wind, solar and
geothermal power, to populated areas, according to a report released by the nation's
top wind and solar industry groups on Wednesday.
plays big role in stimulus plan
Feb 17, 2009 -
A smart electric grid and the development of clean, renewable
energy to power a 21st century U.S. economy are part of the stimulus plan, the
White House said.
for 20% Wind Would Save Consumers $12B Annually: Study
Feb 13, 2009
- Wind Energy Weekly
An investment in the power grid to enable wind to
supply 20% of the electricity needs of the eastern U.S. would save consumers $12
billion annually, recovering capital costs in as little as seven years while reducing
greenhouse gas emissions and making the power grid more reliable, according to
a study released this week.
Billions Needed to Deliver Wind Power to Eastern Interconnection
9, 2009 - PRNewswire - Reuters
The Joint Coordinated System Plan (JCSP'08),
the first step of a transmission and generation system expansion analysis of the
majority of the Eastern Interconnection, estimates the electricity sector will
need over $80 billion in new transmission infrastructure to obtain 20% of the
region's electricity from wind generation.
Electric Vehicles Must Be Integrated Into Grid
Jan 26, 2009 - Dow
Jones & Company, Inc.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman
Jon Wellinghoff said Monday regulators and the automobile industry must integrate
electric vehicles into the national power grid.
Town Becomes First U.S. City to Use Cars for Grid Power
2009 - Ariel Schwartz - GreenBiz.com
Earlier this month, the Delaware
town of Newark became the first U.S. city to use Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology.
V2G relies on electricity-powered vehicles to store energy and improve grid reliability.
got wind, needs power lines
Dec 29, 2008 - Ben Arnoldy - The Christian
But environmentalists worry that an expanded grid will
help carry more dirty power. Gov. Brian Schweitzer envisions a day when New Yorkers
will be driving cars powered by the wind that howls across the Montana prairie.
The Democrat recently called on the federal government to spend $15 billion to
build a next-generation transmission grid to link such far-flung regions.
To File for Transmission Development to Connect Wind in Southern Alberta
Dec. 16, 2008 - Marketwire
Calgary - The Alberta Electric System Operator
(AESO), as planner of Alberta's electric transmission system (or "grid"), will
recommend the construction of a 240 kilovolt (kV) Loop system to connect up to
2,700 megawatts (MW) of wind power proposed throughout southern Alberta over the
next ten years. The AESO will file its assessment and recommendation with the
Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) by the end of this year.
Transmission for Wind Moving Forward in Kansas, Oklahoma
Dec 15, 2008
- Wind Energy Weekly
Two high-voltage transmission lines that could integrate
up to 5,800 MW of wind power took a significant step forward recently with approval
of the projects’ transmission rate incentives by the Federal Energy Regulatory
Subscribed With Wind, Wyoming-Colorado Intertie Offers More Capacity Wind Energy
Nov 25, 2008 - Wind Energy Weekly
Less than three
months after deeming its open season capacity auction a success when wind developers
jumped to secure space on the planned transmission line, the Wyoming-Colorado
Intertie (WCI) announced it is making available the remaining 265 MW of unsold
Renewable Energy; The Sources of National Grid's Power
Nov 24, 2008
- Providence Journal
Enclosed with this month's electricity bill from
utility company National Grid, customers will find an invitation to pay more for
electricity than they're already paying.
to Green Generation Fuel Mix Endangers Grid, NERC Warns
Nov 17, 2008
- California Energy Markets
The West, including California and the Pacific
Northwest, will need to spend $127.5 billion over the next 21 years to meet the
region's thirst for electrons, according to a new Brattle Group study released
at the Edison Electric Institute's annual financial conference held Monday in
up Support for Transmission
Nov 7, 2008 - Ken Silverstein - energybizinsider.com
Supporters of wind power are whipping up support for new transmission. Without
a notable increase in the capacity to carry such energy, the optimistic forecasts
for more renewable power will never happen.
grids around Europe
Nov 3, 2008 - By Frederik Groeman, Natalia Moldovan
& Peter Vaessen, KEMA - leonardo-energy.org
Several European countries
have a policy to encourage the development of renewable en-ergy sources. This
is identified in e.g. the European green paper Energy strategy for a sus-tainable,
competitive and secure energy supply (March 2006). In the transition towards a
European sustainable energy system for the future and to reduce the dependency
of im-ported primary energy sources such as oil and gas, the development of offshore
wind power is an essential element. EWEA assumes that almost 120,000 MW offshore
wind power will be realized in the next two decades, amounting to 10% of the installed
generating capaicty. Apart from offshore wind energy other offshore renewable
energy sources such as wave en-ergy, tidal energy and some experimental technologies
of offshore energy have been con-sidered.
Readies the Grid for More Wind
Sep 24, 2008 - BUSINESS WIRE
Rennselaer, N.Y. - The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has introduced
system and operating changes to better utilize New York State's existing wind
resources, and pave the way for continued growth of economical, emission-free,
renewable power resources in the Empire State.
GE combine powers to bolster energy grid
Sep 17, 2008 - The Associated
NEW YORK - Google Inc. and General Electric Co. said Wednesday
they will work together to improve the nation's energy network, including the
development of a "smart grid."
North Sea Electricity Grid Revolution
Sep 3, 2008 - eubusiness.com
A new Greenpeace report has for the first time revealed how a regionally
integrated approach to the large-scale development of offshore wind in the North
Sea could deliver reliable clean energy for millions of homes.
Colstrip Transmission System Partners Announce Agreement to Evaluate Potential
Upgrade to 500kV Lines to Accommodate Renewables
Sep 2, 2008 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
NorthWestern Energy today announced that it and three other ownership
partners in the Colstrip Transmission System (CTS) have agreed to proceed with
a study of potential upgrades to the existing 500-kilovolt (kV) system in Montana.
NorthWestern Energy, Puget Sound Energy , PacifiCorp, and Portland General Electric
will work together to identify and evaluate one or more potential system upgrades
that may accommodate the transmission of wind and other renewable generation.
Energy Challenge: Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid’s Limits
2008 - MATTHEW L. WALD - New York Times
When the builders of the Maple
Ridge Wind farm spent $320 million to put nearly 200 wind turbines in upstate
New York, the idea was to get paid for producing electricity. But at times, regional
electric lines have been so congested that Maple Ridge has been forced to shut
down even with a brisk wind blowing.
of New Pylons to Carry Wind Farm Power
Aug 3, 2008 - Jonathan Leake
- The Sunday Times
Pylons are on the march. Britain’s electricity transmission
and distribution companies are to announce plans for a £10 billion rewiring of
Smarter About Electricity
Aug, 2008 - Transmission & Distribution
Automation, Vol. 3 issue 16
With an increasing focus on developing and
utilizing alternative energy sources to ensure a secure and reliable energy supply,
the need is becoming abundantly clear for a modernized energy infrastructure capable
of facilitating such innovation and enhancing America’s resilience. The U.S. electrical
power grid is a critical component of our national defense and infrastructure,
but it is quickly reaching the end of its design cycle. Instead of relying on
energy-inefficient fixes to mend an overburdened and outdated system, modernization
of the grid that enhances national resilience, energizes the economy, and empowers
consumers must become a priority. The practical adoption and implementation of
a next-generation electrical power grid – Smart Grid – will reduce the consequences
of the electrical grid being targeted by terrorists or adversely affected by a
natural disaster while improving energy efficiency and reliability.
Interstate Transmission Superhighways: Paving the Way to a Low-carbon Future
Jul 30, 2008 - Michael Goggin - AWEA
Imagine, for a moment, that today's
Interstate superhighway system did not exist. Coast-to-coast delivery time for
all sorts of goods we take for granted, from automobiles to asparagus, would take
much longer and cost substantially more. Some goods might even be priced out of
Power Waiting on Transmission-Line Boom
Jul 25, 2008 - Dave Englander
Transmission lines are becoming the single-largest
obstacle to the continuing growth of U.S. wind power. But some investors, such
as T. Boone Pickens, view the barrier as an equally large opportunity.
Ready for Solar
Jul 25, 2008 - RenewableEnergyFocus.com
GERMANY - Two reports compiled by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems
ISE show how municipal electricity grids can accept large amounts of photovoltaic
Feeds Electricity to Grid
Jul 28, 2008 - RenewableEnergyFocus.com
BRISTOL, UK - What is said to be the world’s first commercial-scale tidal
current turbine project in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, has delivered electricity
onto the grid for the first time.
Utilities say grid can handle rechargeable cars
Jul 22, 2008 - Tom
Krisher - Associated Press
San Jose, Calif. - Which draws more juice
from the electric grid, a big-screen plasma television or recharging a plug-in
Approves a $4.93 Billion Wind-Power Project
Jul 19, 2008 - Kate Galbraith
- New York Times - Business
Texas regulators have approved a $4.93 billion
wind-power transmission project, providing a major lift to the development of
wind energy in the state.
Moves To Speed Solar, Wind Power Grid Connections
Jul 17, 2008 - Cassandra
Sweet - CNN
The operator of California's electric grid has a plan for
improving the way new renewable power facilities can connect to it, but solar
and wind power developers say the plan falls short.
gets array of input on solar-farms siting
Jul 9, 2008 - Tom Beal -The
Arizona Daily Star - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Solar energy may
be clean and green, but it requires electrical transmission lines, uses water
and takes up land that provides habitat for plants and animals.
competing to upgrade electric grid
Jul 3, 2008 - John Hanna - The
Industry and government officials agree the U.S. needs
what amounts to a new interstate highway system for electricity if it is to fully
harness wind power.
grid owners form consortium to build wind transmission projects
2, 2008 - Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT) - Power News
week after the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) selected a $4.9 billion scenario,
a number of transmission providers have formed a consortium and filed to jointly
build the new transmission lines and facilities proposed to enhance the state's
massive wind power potential.
Power Will Be Trapped If Maine Doesn't Unlock Grid
Jul 1, 2008 -
Portland Press Herald
A Lack of Transmission Capacity Will Interfere
With the Development of Renewable Energy
of new power lines threatens renewable growth
Jun 23, 2008 - Reuters
While companies scramble to drive down the price of power produced by sun
and wind, many say a dearth of transmission lines in remote areas ideal for wind
farms and solar plants is a bigger impediment than cost to spurring U.S. growth
of renewable energy.
barrier seen to 'green' power - Need for power lines seen in remote
Jun 18,2008 - Steve Tetreault - Stephens Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- The dearth of power lines in remote areas where the wind blows hardest
and the sun shines brightest stands as a major barrier to the nation's use of
renewable energy, a Senate committee was told on Tuesday.
Statement on Bill to Build Renewable Energy Transmission Lines in Nevada
Jun 17, 2008 - Joseph K. Cooper - politickernv.com
Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today at a hearing held by the
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to look at solutions for installing
renewable energy transmission lines in Nevada and across the West. A strong renewable
energy industry will create thousands of good-paying jobs, increase rural economic
development opportunities, and help our environment.
finds foes to renewable energy line plan
Jun 16, 2008 - Elliot Spagat
- The Associated Press
It seems like an idea any environmentalist would
embrace: Build one of the world's largest solar power operations in the Southern
California desert and surround it with plants that run on wind and underground
wind farms choked off from grid due to insufficient power lines
Jun 3 , 2008 - Stephen Foley - The Independent
Thousands of wind turbines
in the US are sitting idle or failing to meet their full generating capacity because
of a shortage of power lines able to transmit their electricity to the rest of
to Austin: Plug us in
Apr 25, 2008 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
- Kevin Welch Amarillo Globe-News, Texas
About 300 people attended a
committee meeting Thursday where the message to Austin was to plug the Panhandle
Study: Benefits of Wind Transmission Outweigh Costs
Apr 11, 2008 -
Michael Goggin - AWEA - renewableenergyworld.com
A long-awaited study
identifying the transmission infrastructure needed to link wind-rich areas in
western Texas with population centers in the central and eastern parts of the
state concludes that such transmission could be built at modest cost to ratepayers.
look to data to unlock grid
Apr 4, 2008 - Sustainable Industries
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and key wind industry stakeholders
are gathering pieces that could help solve the Western states' transmission troubles
[see "Gridlock on the Western plains," SI, January 2008]. The Western
Wind Integration Study, a two-year project funded entirely by the U.S. Department
of Energy, would help utilities determine the costs and operational needs of meeting
30 percent of their load by wind energy.
Wind Forecasts to Help Green the Grid
Apr 3, 2008 - Business Wire
The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) will incorporate a centralized
wind forecasting system to better accommodate wind power in New York's bulk electricity
ratepayers' price tag for new wind-power lines in billions
2008 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - R.A. Dyer Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas
Texas ratepayers could be on the hook for $3 billion to $6.4 billion to build
new transmission lines so wind-power turbines can connect to the state power grid,
according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday.
Piebalgs says grid infrastructure needed quickly for offshore wind energy
Mar 31, 2008 - Thomson Financial News
BRUSSELS (Thomson Financial) -
EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs said a maritime grid infrastructure must
be developed quickly for the development of offshore wind energy.
to Create Transmission Link Between Offshore Wind Farm and German Grid
Mar 24, 2008 - Datamonitor
Swiss automation and power engineering major
ABB will provide the technology to link what is claimed to be the world's largest
offshore wind farm to the German power grid, in a contract valued at more than
on electric 'highways' could stymie renewable generation
Mar 10, 2008
- Norma Love - The Associated Press
Northern New England is turning to
the sun, wind and waste wood for clean, renewable power, but there's a serious
problem: the threat of gridlock on electricity "highways."
California Edison Starts Construction on the Nation's Largest Wind Transmission
Mar 7, 2008 - Business Wire
In the most recent demonstration
of its national leadership role in renewable and alternative energy, Southern
California Edison (SCE) has begun construction of the largest wind transmission
project in the United States.
Announces EUR4.4 Billion Pan European Electricity Grid Project
3, 2009 - Electric Energy Online.com
Imera has announced that it will
build North Sea and Atlantic electricity grids, connecting key markets and offshore
wind farms as the foundation for a pan-European offshore electricity network.
The EuropaGrid will enable the development of a true European integrated power
market and greatly enhance electricity security of supply.
of Renewable Resources (pdf)
Nov 2007 - The California Independent
System Operator Corporation (California ISO
Transmission and operating
issues and recommendations for integrating renewable resources on the California
Study on Integrating Wind into the Power Grid
May 26, 2005 renewableenergyaccess.com
How wind impacts the operating costs of the non-wind portion of a power system
is the focus of a recently released assessment on integrating wind generation
into utility power systems. The Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) introduced
the document's findings that design and operation are essential at the IEEE Power
Engineering Society Transmission and Distribution Conference in Dallas.
Apple' Renewable Energy Program to Help NY's Electric Grid
2000 - PRNewswire
Journalists are invited to attend a joint announcement
by Allen L. Thurgood, the chairman and chief executive officer of 1st Rochdale
Cooperative Group, Ltd., and Jim Bausell, the chief operating officer of Touchstone
Energy®, unveiling 1st Rochdale's ``Green Apple'' Renewable Energy Program to
alleviate New York City's overburdened electric grid through energy management
and renewable and sustainable sources such as solar power and gas turbine, microturbine,
and fuel cell technologies.
Sandia control method opens doors for more photovoltaic systems being safely linked
to electric grid
Sep 26, 2000 - Sandia
A new way to safely, simply and effectively connect electricity-producing photovoltaic
(PV) solar systems to utility company power grids has been developed by the Department
of Energys Sandia National Laboratories. Already several manufacturers have
adapted it into their systems.
ABB Power Systems, Sweden
A more effective use
of the world's considerable potential of renewable energy resources is an alternative
to decrease pollution. Electrical transmission has to be used since electric power
must be transported.
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