Electric Industry News

by Sonal Patel
POWER Magazine
Posted March 20, 2019

Renewable generation in the U.S. has doubled over the past 10 years. In 2018, generation from solar, wind, hydro, and other renewables soared to a record 742 TWh - or 17.6% of total U.S. generation.

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by Smart Energy International
Posted March 20, 2019

That’s according to a new report conducted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), which says that displacement of gasoline and diesel demand will total 96,000 barrels per day (BPD) in 2019.

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by Bentham Paulos
POWER Magazine
March 2019 Issue

It makes sense that solar panels would perform better when positioned to capture more direct sunlight, but the cost of adding tracking systems has not always penciled out. Costs have come down, however, and today even bifacial solutions may be worth considering. A lot of factors are in play, so understanding available options is important.

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by Darrell Proctor
POWER Magazine
March 2019 Issue

Battery storage technology has moved in fits and starts, but today experts note that rapid advances make it difficult for safety standards to keep pace. Developers of storage systems are designing projects to enhance reliability and resiliency, and help integrate renewable resources into the grid, while ensuring rewards outweigh the risks.

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by Kennedy Maize
POWER Magazine
March 2019 Issue

One of the oldest energy efficiency ideas - combined heat and power - is prospering in the U.S. and looks promising elsewhere as the world searches for low-cost energy by increasing efficiency while lower carbon dioxide emissions.

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by Darrell Proctor
Power Magazine
Posted January 23, 2019

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) on Jan. 23 said a federal judge’s proposal that the utility mitigate fire danger in its service territory by trimming trees, along with inspecting and repairing thousands of miles of power lines, could cost the company as much as $150 billion this year.

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by Darrell Proctor
POWER Magazine
Posted January 13, 2019

Colorado-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a group cited in an analysts’ report last year for its high wholesale power costs and its reliance on coal-fired units, on Jan. 11 announced a 100-MW project that will more than double its solar power portfolio as it continues to add to its renewable power resources.

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by Aaron Lawson
Power Magazine
Posted January 2, 2019

Posted Cheap natural gas and social pressure to reduce carbon emissions give gas-fired power plants and renewable energy resources a competitive advantage over traditional coal and nuclear generation. Energy storage continues to gain traction as costs decrease and technology evolves.

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by Miranda Green
The Hill
Posted December 18, 2018

Washington, D.C., will soon be running on 100-percent electric energy.

by Smart Energy International
Posted December 24, 2018

Where is the US in its push towards using renewable energy? A new factbook from Bloomberg New Energy Finance provides all the latest stats on generation and consumption. In 2015, the US experienced an increase in the closure of coal plants on one hand and the commissioning of solar photovoltaic systems on the other.