Grids & Integration

Tri-State to add more than 700 MW of solar by 2024

Tri-State Generation and Transmission has revealed new aspects of its Responsible Energy Plan, including the addition of 1 GW of wind and solar by 2024 and a 90% carbon emission reduction from Colorado-based generation by 2030.

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Morning Brief: Virginia fills third-party pilot, S.C. House calls for Santee Cooper to go clean

Hello one and all and welcome to the first morning brief of your work week. Today we have BoxPower delivering microgrids to earthquake-affected communities in Puerto Rico, and Sullivan Power winning an award for its UC Irvine installation.

Kresge Foundation backs solar+storage for buildings with low-income residents

To help safeguard residents’ health and comfort during an extended power outage, a new program will provide loan guarantees for solar+storage installations that could keep cooling systems, medical equipment and refrigerators running.

Hawaiian Electric plans for 70% renewables by late 2020s, exceeding targets

To integrate an increasing percentage of renewables, Hawaiian Electric has turned to a standard solar+storage framework, matching all new solar capacity with an equal capacity of storage with four-hour duration.

Pragmatic projection sees solar power nearly tripling in roaring 2020s

NREL’s 2019 Standard Scenarios Report looks at 36 models to project what energy sources the USA might use going forward, and what variables might drive that – with the mid-case projections suggesting wind+solar power meeting 28% of all electricity demand.

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Kauai was 100% renewably powered for 32 hours over the last month

The Hawaiian island of 70,000 residents has achieved this feat on 11 different occasions since before Thanksgiving, anchored by a five-hour period on December 10. Plus, a world tour of high-penetration renewable hotspots.

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MIT responds: batteries are critical to the future electric grid, but they have their limits

Recognizing their critical role in the future grid, MIT still sees limits to batteries in an intermittent renewable-dominated power sector. In this op-ed, John Reilly, co-director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, explains why.

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SunCast episode 204 – Tim Effio of Fluence on how storage is disrupting Caribbean thermal generation models

In this episode of SunCast, Nico talks with Tim Effio, head of Latam & Caribbean markets for Fluence on the macro and micro implications of Solar + Storage and its integration into emerging markets.

MIT sees wind+solar going big, dreams of nuclear, forgets batteries exist

Researchers see wind and solar headed to over 40% of US electricity generation, even without major national policy. However, analysts project that beyond 40%, the intermittent nature of these sources will drive costs higher without nuclear power than with it.

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Tell the kids, that 50% solar powered future of ours, it’s going to work just fine – NREL says so!

National Renewable Energy Lab researchers hourly modeled the whole of the United States, and when more than half of all electricity is coming from solar power, there would be no technical deal killers, but many spring days with free electricity that we would have to learn to use, and a need to financially recognize the predictability and grid stabilizing attributes of solar and storage.

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