For the second month in a row, gas-fired generation gained ground on coal compared to the previous year, according to Genscape who offers U.S. power plant fuel consumption overviews for coal, gas, hydro, wind, nuclear and oil.
The Bureau of Reclamation has released a sustainable energy strategic plan that will help guide the agency into the future as it develops and supports renewable energy production for the U.S. power grid.
The American bulk-power system requires significant changes to electricity system planning and operations to ensure continued reliability. To this end, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), in collaboration with the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), has prepared an assessment to highlight the ISO's efforts toward effectively planning for and operating a transforming grid, as California expects to connect more than 11,000 MW of variable generation resources to their grid in the next eight years.
Several nationally accredited credentialing organizations have formed a unique Clean Energy Credentialing Coalition (CECC) in response to groundbreaking growth in the renewable energy and energy-efficiency industries. The group joins together organizations to demonstrate and promote the importance of third-party quality assessment, and the value it brings to building strong and competent renewable energy and energy-efficiency markets. A quality credential is a mark of excellence that can boost consumer confidence in renewable energy and energy-efficiency professionals, products and programs.
With RPS driving growth in the 13 Western states, nine of which have binding mandates for renewable energy production, many with minimums for certain distributed generation technologies and/or solar energy, in 2012 the West produced approximately 31 percent of its total energy generation from renewable energy sources compared to 12 percent nationally.
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) Board has announced its three-year vision for evolving the high-voltage transmission grid into a secure and sustainable digital network, focusing on three core strategies, including leading the transition to renewable energy and advanced energy storage; maintaining reliability during industry transformation; and leading global collaboration.
The innovation and sheer force of will exhibited by this year's Renewable Energy Project of the Year winners is an important achievement worthy of the world's recognition. Each of these successes, these achievements are important not only for today, but for years to come as the technology of renewable energy evolves for use by future generations.
Renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided 14.20 percent of the nation's net electric power generation during the first half of 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). For the same period in 2012, renewables accounted for 13.57 percent of net electrical generation.
Driven by government policy support, India and Australia will increase their share of renewable energy projects in the near future while China remains the largest market in the Asia-Pacific region, according to research and consultancy firm GlobalData.
Smart inverters would allow the effective integration of these solar installations by providing the necessary voltage support for intermittent renewables resources and help ensure the integrity and reliability of the overall electrical system to enable the increased use of clean renewable energy.