Portland General Electric is moving “aggressively” to integrate smart grid technology alongside renewables, President and CEO Maria Pope said in a statement. The Wheatridge project will be “a model for integrating renewable generation and storage,” she said, in order to cost-effectively reduce emissions and balance the grid.Source:
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The public perception of U.S. clean energy has undergone a major shift. In a recent survey, 70 percent of respondents said America should produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources; more than half thought renewables were a good idea even if they raise energy bills.
The change in perception could be a reflection of recent changes to the U.S. energy industry itself. While it didn’t garner much attention, the United States saw unprecedented growth in renewable energy purchasing, development and commitments last year.
Storage will replace 3 California gas plants as PG&E nabs approval for world’s largest batteries | Utility Dive
Approval of PG&E’s landmark energy storage solicitation is the most significant example to date of batteries taking the place of fossil fuel generation on the power grid.
Xcel plans to cut its carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030, and be entirely carbon-free two decades later across the eight Western and Midwestern states where it operates. This target represents a first for the electric power industry.
We’re accelerating our carbon-reduction goals because we’re encouraged by advances in technology, motivated by customers who are asking for it and committed to working with partners to make it happen,” said Ben Fowke, Xcel Energy’s chairman, president and CEO, in a statement.
The centralized, top-down power grid is outdated. Time for a bottom-up redesign.
The Energy 202: The nation just elected a bunch of governors who campaigned on clean energy – The Washington Post
The newly minted governors, all of them Democrats, will serve from California to Maine and aim to inch the United States closer to meeting its emissions-reduction commitments under the Paris climate agreement at a time when the federal government under Trump is largely ignoring scientists who say the world has little time to get climate change under control.
The cost of natural gas power is tethered to the commodity price of natural gas, which is inherently volatile. The price of controllable, storable renewable energy is tethered only to technology costs, which are going down, down, down.
More than half of the CEP cities are on the list, with Chicago claiming first place as the greenest American office market. Chicago’s win is thanks to its rapidly improving building stock; 69 percent of the city’s office space square footage is now green-certified, an increase of 3 percent in green-certified space since last year’s study was published. This distinction comes in the midst of big sustainability action for the Windy City.
In January, the utility solicited notably low bid prices for wind-plus-storage, $21/MWh, as well as $36/MWh for solar-plus-storage, some of the lowest bids for renewable energy plus storage on record.
“Theda Clark Medical Center in Wisconsin is saving nearly $800,000 a year — 30 percent of its energy costs — after making changes that included retrofitting lights, insulating pipes, taking the lights out of vending machines and turning off air exchangers in parts of its building after hours.”