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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Siemens introduces DC transmission system for medium voltage to the market

Efficient power transmission in the range from 30 to 150 megawatts Functions as direct-current transmission line (DC) to control, optimize, and regulate load flows in medium-voltage alternating current grids (AC) Based on Siemens high-voltage direct-current transmission (HVDC) technology With MVDC PLUS (Medium Voltage Direct Current Power Link Universal System), Siemens is introducing a new direct-current transmission system to the market that will be serve as an efficient transmission route in medium-voltage AC grids from 30 to 150 kilovolts (kV). Siemens has developed the transmission system for grid operators who need to enlarge their infrastructure to handle the increasing volumes of power fed into the distribution system from distributed and renewable

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Microgrids, promising energy self-reliance for communities, are growing in popularity as they become more affordable.

Originally published on The Guardian, Thursday, August 17, 2017. Residents of a social housing complex in Brooklyn, New York, can’t stop another tempest like Superstorm Sandy from crashing through their city, but they can feel secure that it won’t cause a power cut. In June, the 625-unit Marcus Garvey Village cut the ribbon on its very own microgrid, a localised network of electricity production and control. Rooftop solar panels produce clean power when the sun is up; a fuel cell takes in natural gas and churns out a steady current all day; when it’s more valuable to save the electricity for later, the largest lithium-ion battery system on New York City’s grid does just

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ABB software solution to improve outage response at major U.S. utility

Commonwealth Edison Co. implements mission-critical system for Distribution Operations ABB has successfully delivered its latest distribution and outage management systems to ComEd, a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, the United States’ leading energy provider. The software solution helps ComEd minimize the impact of outages for its customers across northern Illinois. ABB AbilityTM based Network Manager distribution management system (DMS) provides real-time monitoring and control, network analysis and optimization as well as outage management capabilities in an integrated software platform. The latest DMS/OMS software integrates information, system status and resources to more accurately predict and locate outages, to efficiently dispatch repair crews and enables ComEd to address the issue. The upgraded

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Iberdrola will add another 600 megawatts of renewable energy in the United States before the end of the year

Iberdrola is a leading wind power company in the United States   It is currently building four wind farms: Tule, Deerfield, El Cabo and Twin Buttes II and the Gala photovoltaic plant, to consolidate the company’s position as a US leader Iberdrola, through its American subsidiary AVANGRID Renewables, is currently building four wind farms and a photovoltaic plant in the USA, which will add almost 600 megawatts (MW) of capacity expected to be commissioned before the end of the year.  The wind farms are Tule, with a capacity of 131.10 MW, in Deerfield, California, with 30 MW (Vermont); Twin Buttes II (Colorado), with 75 MW, and El Cabo (New Mexico),

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Iberdrola will supply renewable energy to the city of Austin (Texas)

Iberdrola will Iberdrola will supply renewable energy to the city of Austin over the next 15 years, from a wind farm in Texas with a 200 MW capacity To achieve this, Iberdrola and Austin Energy have signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA), through which Iberdrola will own and operate the wind farm, and the electricity generated will be supplied to this city in Texas   Iberdrola’s US subsidiary AVANGRID Renewables and Austin have entered into an agreement for the long-term sale of power for the city of Austin (Texas). Therefore, Iberdrola will generate clean energy for the city of Austin over the next 15 years, from a wind farm

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Vestas secures 70 MW order in the United States

The firm and unconditional order comprises supply of the wind turbines as well as a 10-year Active Output Management (AOM) 5000 service agreement, a full-scope service package to maximize uptime and performance and energy production. The project, which includes previously purchased PTC components, has a total size of 80 MW and consists of 40 turbines. Turbine nacelles, blades, and towers will be produced at Vestas’ Colorado factories with delivery expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018. ”Copenhagen is another example of how wind power strengthens America, creates jobs, boosts rural economies, and makes our electricity grid more affordable, reliable and secure.” commented Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of

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Aclara and Enbala Form Strategic Alliance

Aclara Technologies (“Aclara”) and Enbala Power Networks announce a new strategic alliance through which Aclara adds Enbala’s Virtual Power Plant (VPP) technology to Aclara’s utility solution suite. Aclara is a leading supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) to electric, gas and water utilities. Enbala is the world’s leading VPP and distributed energy resource management software company. Enbala’s distributed energy aggregation and control platform, Symphony by EnbalaTM , provides utilities and their customers with a robust solution for using distributed energy resources (DERs) to balance distributed renewable and traditional generation on the utility grid. The addition of the Symphony-based VPP solution will further complement Aclara’s communications infrastructure and demand response portfolio

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US threatens to raise taxes on solar panel imports to protect its own renewable companies

US complains competitors have responded to import restrictions on China by shifting production to third countries, leading to American job losses and bankruptcies   The United States is considering imposing tariffs on imports of solar panels to protect its domestic industry. The US formally informed the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that it may impose the emergency “safeguards” in a petition.  A notice circulated by the WTO committee on safeguards at the request of the US said: “The petition alleges that, in absolute terms, the quantity and value of imports of [solar] cells and modules have increased over the last five years.  “The value of imports rose from $5.1bn in 2012 to $8.3bn

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Avangrid joins the offshore wind project, Vineyard Wind, off the coast of Massachusetts

The company focuses on renewable generation technology as one of the keys to its future   With Through its U.S. subsidiary, Avangrid, Iberdrola joins the offshore wind project, Vineyard Wind, off the coast of Massachusetts, scheduled to start building in 2020 Avangrid Renewables, subsidiary of Avangrid Inc. (a company of the Iberdrola Group), and Vineyard Wind have announced today a strategic partnership to develop a large-scale offshore wind power project. Vineyard Wind will be built off the coast of Massachusetts in the USA. Avangrid Renewables has acquired 50% of Vineyard Wind, the project’s promoter, from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). Work on the Vineyard wind farm will start in 2020. Its

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