Electric Utilities Prepare for a Grid Dominated by Renewable Energy

Julia Pyper for GTM:  A growing number of electric industry leaders agree that it’s only a matter of time before renewable energy resources dominate their grid systems.

In California, it’s already a reality, said Steve Berberich, president and CEO of California Independent System Operator Corporation. On a typical day, CAISO will pull about 30,000 megawatts of energy production, with around 6,500 megawatts from solar, 5,000 megawatts from wind and another 5,000 from geothermal and other services on the system. In addition, California’s grid system has roughly 4,000 megawatts of behind-the-meter solar, which is growing at a rate of about 70 megawatts per month.

In any given day, California gets more than 30 percent its electricity from renewable energy. On many days that amount climbs to 40 percent, and on some days renewables reach 50 percent, said Berberich.

“Now we have to think about the system as a renewable energy-based system complemented by other things,” he said, speaking at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention this week in Chicago.  Cont'd...

Opening keynote for European Utility Week 2016 to set the scene for Europe's leading smart energy event

Panellists to consider the energy revolution in kick-off debate

PlugShare Partners To Launch Program To Provide Free EV Charging Stations Plus Installation To Eligible California Drivers

Drive Solar solves one of the most significant post-purchase inconveniences of driving an EV: installing a residential charging station.

PVinsights: Price deterioration of solar components spilling over the supply chain

Polysilicon price extend the drop this week as the wait-and-see attitude of buyers and the dollar strengthen. As Chinese polysilicon suppliers have lowered price quote noticeably last week and the downstream demand remain sluggish, polysilicon buyers become more cautious in polysilicon procurements. As buyers sentiment weakens, the inventory level have witnessed noticeable rise, with some accumulating 2-3 weeks extra inventories, according to our supply chain check. Moreover, as the greenback strengthens recently, polysilicon price in China is further deteriorated in USD term. On the other hand, polysilicon prices outside of China are also being pressured as constrained by the price decline in Chinese market. Moreover, as the leading wafer manufacturer turns more bearish regarding the outlook of the demand, the weakening wafer prices also cause the polysilicon to perform poorly as well.

Average Costs for Solar and Wind Electricity Could Fall 59% by 2025

Dramatic price drops for solar and wind electricity set to continue as cost reduction drivers shift

State Clean Energy Programs Honored for Efforts to Transform U.S. Markets

State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards recognize six innovative initiatives from around the country

NYU Urban Future Lab Launches Competition to Attract Smart-City, Smart-Grid Startups to NYC

Prizes of $25,000 will be awarded to the top early-stage, startup companies in Smart Grid and Smart Cities categories:

MERSEN TO EXHIBIT DURING ITEC 2016 (IEEE TRANSPORTATION ELECTRIFICATION CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION), JUNE 27-29th

NEWBURYPORT, MA (JUNE, 2016) - Mersen will be showcasing its broad line of power management solutions for the rapidly evolving Electric Vehicles (EV/HEV) and Electrical Energy Storage (EES) markets during the ITEC 2016 (IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Exhibition), June 27th - 29th in Dearborn, Michigan.

Baker Electric Solar Brings Solar Energy to Full Swing™ Golf

Baker Electric Solar designed and installed a 59.89 kW solar system for Full Swing™ Golf. The installation of 226 Kyocera 265W solar modules will produce roughly 80 percent of the company's annual electricity needs and save the company more than $20,000 on its energy costs the first year.

Turboden to launch Steam & Power ORC, a new ORC Cogeneration System for manufacturing processes, designed for steam and power production

Turboden launches a new technological solution together with Bono Sistemi, technical partner of the project. The Steam & Power (ST&P) ORC system allows the production of electricity and a valuable high temperature heat carrier, such as steam, directly exploitable in manufacturing processes. The launch will take place at Power Gen Europe, at Fiera Milano City - Milan on June 21st and 22nd: in Suite 7 (Mezzanine level, South Wing) and each day there will be three presentation sections at 11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm.

Ubiquitous Energy's Truly Transparent Solar Technology Demonstrated Globally in BMW Brand Stores

The ClearView Power transparent photovoltaic coating is being displayed on 6-inch glass panels produced in Ubiquitous Energy's Silicon Valley pilot production facility. The demonstrations will provide BMW customers and partners a glimpse of the new material that will allow windows to generate electricity.

First Solar Flight Around the World Completes North American Voyages, Lands in New York

Schindler and Solar Impulse Partner to Power Sustainable Mobility. Solar Plane Continues 'Round The World' Mission.

Coal and gas to stay cheap, but renewables still win race on costs

This year's edition of BNEF's long-term forecast sees $11.4 trillion investment in global power generation capacity over 25 years, with electric vehicles boosting electricity demand by 8% in 2040.

New Solar Cell Device Surpasses Theoretically Predicted Efficiency Limit

Thomas Burton for Energy Technology Matters:  A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a paper last week in the journal Nature Energy that described how they built a working solar thermophotovoltaic device (STPV) that enables solar cells to break through a theoretically predicted ceiling on how much sunlight they can convert into electricity. With this revolutionary new technology, the researchers show the potential of how solar panels can generate even more energy than theoretically determined by harnessing some of the panels’ waste. To learn more about the STPV technology, read on!

Since 1961, the Shockley-Queisser Limit established an absolute theoretical limit on traditional solar cell efficiency regarding energy conversion. A single-layer of silicon cells—the type of cells most widely used in today’s solar panels—has an upper limit of 32 percent. But currently, researchers are studying ways to increase this overall efficiency by using multiple layers of cells or converting the sunlight first to heat before generating electrical power. This latter method uses devices called STPVs, which the MIT team used in their study.  Cont'd...

Saving the Earth by Making Energy Industry's Boardrooms Diverse

Ainslie Chandler for Bloomberg:  The U.S. energy sector accounts for 83.6 percent of the country’s carbon emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, so tackling climate change effectively requires their participation. Some experts worry the lack of diversity in their leadership is hindering that shift.

Energy-sector boards are the least diverse of any industry globally, with 8.2 percent of seats occupied by women, compared with an average of 10.5 percent for all businesses, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That translates to an average of just 0.7 women on the board of each of the 650 energy companies in Bloomberg’s review.

More than 170 countries signed the Paris Agreement in April, which aims to limit the global temperature increase to below two degrees Celsius. If this target is going to be met and the transition to a “de-carbonized” economy made, companies will need to fundamentally change, so leadership teams also have to change, said Rachel Kyte, chief executive and special representative of the UN Secretary-General at Sustainable Energy for All.

“It’s like this bus is coming toward us,” Kyte said of climate change and the transition to renewable energy. “If you keep asking the same people and they keep coming up with the same answer, we’re not going to manage this transition very well.”  Cont'd...

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