Renewables: Page 3


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    California draft offshore wind plan addresses infrastructure, floating platform challenges

    The state estimates that its coast contains 35.8 GW to 59.6 GW of potential offshore wind capacity.

    By Jan. 23, 2024
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    NERC issues 3-year plan for setting reliability standards for wind, solar, storage

    The plan responds to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order driven by concerns about inverter-based resources tripping offline. The new reliability standards are scheduled to take effect by the end of the decade.

    By Jan. 23, 2024
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    Trendline

    Top 5 Stories from Utility Dive

    The U.S. clean energy transition is expected to accelerate in 2024 but faces question around transmission, financing, federal elections and other issues.

    By Utility Dive staff
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    $104M for clean energy projects in 31 federal buildings announced by DOE

    The selected projects are expected to save over $29 million in energy and water costs, generating an additional 27 MW of clean energy capacity, the U.S. Department of Energy says.

    By Nish Amarnath • Jan. 19, 2024
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    Federal programs create little incentive for companies to make low-carbon hydrogen: IEEFA

    Hydrogen producers could gain greater financial benefit from incentives for carbon capture than from the hydrogen production tax credit, which imposes caps on emissions, IEEFA analysts say.

    By Emma Penrod • Jan. 19, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Renewable Energy Outlook: Addressing supply chain, project hurdles could see dividends in 2024

    It may be a blessing in disguise for the offshore wind industry that so many developers had to delay or cancel projects last year, one attorney said.

    By Jan. 18, 2024
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    BLM proposes to open 22 million acres in Western states to solar development

    The agency says the proposal would direct development away from sensitive resources and toward transmission lines, but some environmental advocates say the plan would harm pristine habitat.

    By Emma Penrod • Jan. 18, 2024
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    Opinion

    Enough with disinformation about community solar compensation

    Whether for systems on single-family homes and multiunit buildings or in community settings, excessive compensation creates a significant economic burden for the very customers who can least afford it.

    By Michael Backstrom • Jan. 18, 2024
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    SRP’s residential rooftop solar program violates PURPA, Vote Solar tells FERC

    Federal regulators should launch an enforcement action over Salt River Project’s allegedly discriminatory solar rates, according to Vote Solar and two SRP customers.

    By Jan. 16, 2024
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    How to craft a better solar panel decommissioning plan

    Solar owners need to fully understand the costs associated with decommissioning and put realistic strategies in place.

    Jan. 16, 2024
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    Renewables growth puts COP28 goals within reach, but acceleration is needed: IEA

    Renewable energy generation is on track to increase 2.5 times by 2030 instead of tripling as it needs to, said the International Energy Agency.

    By Jan. 12, 2024
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    US gas-fired capacity to grow, even under 95% carbon reduction scenario: NREL

    Fossil-fueled power plants without carbon capture equipment would produce 14% of U.S. electricity by 2050, according to “mid-case” modeling by a DOE laboratory.

    By Jan. 12, 2024
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    Rhodium: US greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2023, despite economic growth

    The power sector had an 8% drop in emissions last year, with natural gas and renewables both seeing increased generation, according to Rhodium.

    By Lamar Johnson • Jan. 11, 2024
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    Solar expected to be top source of new US generation through 2025, adding 79 GW: EIA

    Solar’s total share of U.S. generation is expected to rise to 7% in 2025, compared with its 4% share last year.

    By Jan. 11, 2024
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    DOE lab, Microsoft find new battery material in AI-based energy storage research initiative

    “Our collaboration with Microsoft is about making AI accessible to scientists,” said Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Deputy Director for Science and Technology Tony Peurrung.

    By Jan. 10, 2024
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    9 US power sector trends to watch in 2024

    The U.S. march toward a decarbonized electric system will continue in 2024 as policymakers and others work to balance, climate, reliability, affordability and other goals.

    By Robert Walton, Ethan Howland, Diana DiGangi, Larry Pearl, Kavya Balaraman and Emma Penrod • Jan. 10, 2024
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    Opinion

    Utilities’ misguided opposition to community solar in California

    With billions on the line from the federal government, California’s three largest utilities are actively working to stop the California Public Utilities Commission from issuing an equitable community solar program.

    By Sachu Constantine • Jan. 10, 2024
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    BOEM eyes faster offshore wind environmental reviews with first study of multiple lease areas

    The agency will combine the reviews of six lease areas located in the New York Bight with up to 7 GW of potential offshore wind capacity.

    By Jan. 9, 2024
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    Qcells to supply Microsoft with 12 GW of solar panels in expanded partnership

    Microsoft is committed to going carbon-negative by 2030 and aims to achieve 100% electricity consumption coverage with renewable energy by 2025.

    By Sara Samora • Jan. 9, 2024
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    Delaware agency suggests multistate offshore wind procurement to curb financial risks

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control released a report Jan. 3 with 11 recommendations on how the state might procure offshore wind to meet its decarbonization needs.

    By Jan. 5, 2024
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    Equinor, BP scrap offshore wind contract over economic problems but hint at rebid

    The troubled offshore wind industry was bolstered, however, by Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners announcing on Wednesday that Vineyard Wind has begun to deliver power to Massachusetts.

    By Jan. 4, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    As reliability concerns with renewables rise, upgrading inverters is urgent, analysts say

    The variable output of renewable energy resources requires “grid-forming” inverters to protect power system current flows, engineers and others agree.

    By Jan. 2, 2024
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    Industry leaders blast Treasury’s draft guidance for clean hydrogen tax credits

    Some leading hydrogen producers are already talking about suing to stop the implementation of the Treasury Department’s proposal, according to Mona Dajani, a partner at Baker Botts.

    By Emma Penrod • Dec. 22, 2023
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    Wind turbine market improves, but higher costs may linger in 2024: BNEF

    The wind turbine industry is also looking to better manage risk in the future with contracts fixed to price indexes, said BloombergNEF analyst Leo Wang.

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    Opinion

    Good policy by grid operators can address reliability concerns with EPA’s power plant rule

    There is an opportunity through the proposed rule to create more certainty around the timeline for the clean energy transition.

    By Michelle Solomon • Dec. 21, 2023
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    Plant-based resin could make wind turbine blade recycling cheaper and simpler: NREL

    National Renewable Energy Lab researchers found that plant-based resin is easier to break down than the traditional epoxy used in turbine blades and outperforms it in stress tests.

    By Dec. 20, 2023