Grids & Integration

EIA examines HVDC for renewables

HVDC’s main challenge is the price, which can cost between $1.17-8.6 million per mile, along with scaling the technology in the United States.

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California breakdown of electricity imports upholds states’s clean reputation

Data released by the California Energy Commission shows wind as the largest source of electricity imported in 2017, and that even with imports the state’s mix is getting cleaner.

With more solar and wind, North America’s grid is getting more reliable

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Will Driscoll examines the findings of a NERC report which show that the reliability factor known as frequency response—once seen as potentially challenged by added solar and wind power—is improving.

Kaua’i to near 70% renewables with massive solar + storage project

The 70 MWh energy storage system accompanying a 19 MW solar project is one of the largest batteries to be deployed in the United States, and is coming in at under 11 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Energy storage takes the grid by storm at the EIA conference, part 2

Part 2 looks at presentations by Fluence and NREL, which outline the market opportunities present both today and in the future.

Energy storage takes the grid by storm at the EIA conference, part 1

Presentations by Duke Energy, NREL, Fluence, GE and the EIA itself showed that energy storage is becoming a fact on the ground.

210 MW-DC solar farm proposed for Wisconsin

Two Wisconsin utilities are in talks to purchase the NextEra project, which is in excess of state renewable energy requirements and will be four times as large as all of the cumulative solar built in Wisconsin to date.

How Trump inadvertently proved that solar and wind are the future

The Trump Administration’s domestic energy policy has attempted a focus on strategic safety to support coal and nuclear, with zero focus on long term viability or cost, while forgetting that the sun shines everyday.

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California generates more power from solar than gas in May

During May utility-scale solar provided 17% of generation on California’s grid, outpacing gas for the first time on a monthly basis.

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New York predicts a declining electricity load due to distributed solar power and efficiency

The New York ISO projects a 0.14%-per-year fall in electricity demand from the grid of over the next decade. Already, the state is far off of its historical usage peak of the mid-2000s.

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