Department of Energy Announces $12 Million to Advance Early-Stage Solar Research

Program teams to partner with system operators to validate new solar forecasting technologies The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $12 million in new funding for eight projects to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation. These models will lead to more accurate forecasts of solar generation levels, enabling utilities to better manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power and improve grid reliability.  “These projects will address a critical gap in our research, which is knowing precisely how much solar electricity to expect at any given hour on any given day,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “These tools are becoming more important as the solar industry continues

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Iberdrola’s Wikinger offshore wind farm connected to the grid in Germany

Total investment in the project amounts to circa €1.4 million The company has successfully connected the 350-MW wind farm to the national power grid. The facility will supply renewable energy to approximately 350,000 homes Iberdrola has connected its Wikinger offshore wind farm to the German power grid. The facility was built over the last 18 months in the Baltic Sea. By reaching this milestone, Wikinger adds 350 megawatts (MW) capacity to the system and will supply renewable energy to 350,000 homes, representing more than 20% of the power used by the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, in whose waters the project is located. Iberdrola has met the demanding time frame set

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Iberdrola, awarded 295 megawatts of wind power capacity in Brazil

  Iberdrola, through its subsidiary Neoenergia, was awarded 295 megawatts (MW) at the last wind power tender held by Brazil’s National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel). This is a major first step for Iberdrola in Brazil, after the consolidation earlier this summer of all its businesses under the new Neoenergia, in line with the growth plans set by the company. Neoenergia will build nine wind farms in the Santa Luzia area, in the state of Paraíba, which will become operational in January 2022. Thanks to these new facilities, Neoenergia’s wind power capacity in operation and under construction will now exceed 800 MW. Thus, Brazil becomes the strongest Latin American country in

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Auctions allocate 2,600 MW of interruptible power to large consumers

Red Eléctrica de España has completed the process for assigning the interruptibility service through competitive bidding auctions with the allocation of a total of 8 blocks of 90 megawatts (MW) and 376 blocks of 5 MW, which translates into an interruptible power for the period 1 January to 31 May 2018 of 2,600 MW. There were 128 consumers involved in this auction. The auctions, which took place in Valladolid from 18 to 20 December, were organised by Red Eléctrica as Auction Administrator, which today published the final results on the e-Sios website, which have already been validated by the National Securities Market and Competition Commission (CNMC). The average allocation price

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Vestas wins largest order to date in India with 250 MW turnkey order from country’s first energy auction

Vestas’ extensive experience from around 4 GW of turnkey projects across the globe has secured the company its largest project in India to date. The record order is placed by Ostro Kutch Power Private Limited and awarded through India’s first wind power auction held in February 2017. The 250 MW turnkey order follows another 100 MW turnkey project in India earlier this year, taking Vestas’ order intake in the market to more than 480 MW in 2017. The project will be located in the Kutch district of Gujarat state and includes delivery, installation and commissioning of 125 V110-2.0 MW turbines, as well as the project’s civil and electrical works. The

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Red Eléctrica and RTE allocate the electricity exchange capacity between Spain and France for 2018

Red Eléctrica de España (REE) and Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE), operators of the electricity systems of Spain and France, respectively, have allocated the electricity exchange capacity for 2018. This allocation generates revenues of 76.7 million euros. Half of this revenue, which corresponds to Spain, is earmarked towards reducing the regulated costs of the Spanish electricity system. In the Spain-France direction, 700 megawatts (MW) were offered and allocated, establishing a final price of 2.25 euros/MW, with capacity having been obtained by 14 of the 30 participating agents. In the France-Spain direction, 700 MW were offered and allocated, with a final price of 10.25 euros/MW, with capacity having been obtained by

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Industrial issuers of €26 billion in green bonds pledge to double down on green financing

On the occasion of the Paris 2017 Climate Finance Day, nine of Europe’s largest industrial emitters of green bonds (EDF, Enel, ENGIE, Iberdrola, Icade, Paprec, SNCF Réseau, SSE and TenneT) publicly announce their pledge to further develop one of the most dynamic segments of sustainable finance today, the green bond market. These companies have joined forces to voice their commitment to the green bond market as part of their strategy, financing policy and their active engagement in the reporting debate and dialogue with investors. The pledge also calls upon other industrial corporates to consider issuing green bonds. The signatories of today’s pledge commit to a long-term presence in the market,

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Mix of flexibility solutions needed to stabilize power grids and avoid outages

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has released a new position paper on flexibility resources for power systems ‘Flexibility in the power system: The need, opportunity and value of flexibility’. The paper looks at the value, benefits and opportunities for the various flexibility options, as well as the costs and the barriers to their adoption. The white paper evaluates all the feasible options for flexibility in power systems looking at their costs, benefits and areas of applicability. Furthermore, it explores the various barriers – both economic and regulatory – organizations need to consider when developing their flexibility service offering. Power systems need to

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Senvion installs 130 megawatts in new markets

Project completion in three new countries highlights ongoing success Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has announced the completion of installation of several wind farms in three of its newly entered markets within Europe totalling 130 megawatts (MW). The installation of 33 Senvion 3.4M114 turbines was recently completed at the 112 MW Egersund wind farm, in Rogaland, Norway. The project with Norsk Vind Egersund AS will have a total rated output of 112 MW and will produce enough green energy to power approximately 20,000 Norwegian households. In Serbia, the country’s Minister of Energy inaugurated the eight MW Malibunar wind farm featuring four Senvion MM100 turbines. Malibunar wind farm is

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ABB achieves breakthrough with world’s most powerful HVDC transformer

ABB writes next chapter in electrical history as transformers and key equipment for world’s first 1,100 kilovolt (kV) project in China pass stringent tests ABB has set another pioneering innovation record with the successful testing of the low and high voltage units of the world’s most powerful ultrahigh-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transformer. The +/-1,100 kV (1.1 million volts) UHVDC transformer, developed and manufactured in close collaboration with State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), has successfully passed a series of type tests, paving the way for the implementation of the Changji-Guquan UHVDC link, which will transmit power from the Xinjiang region in the Northwest, to Anhui province in eastern China. Changji-Guquan,

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