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Duke Energy begins operating Idaho’s largest solar plant

January 26, 2023

Via: Power Engineering International

Idaho’s largest solar plant is now commercially operable. This is Duke Energy’s first utility-scale renewable energy project in the Potato State. The 120 MW Jackpot Solar project will provide energy to Idaho Power through a 20-year power purchase agreement. SOLV […]


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6 reasons why grid access charges should not be part of utility rates

January 26, 2023

Via: Utility Dive

Utility rate design and metering architecture play an important role in sustaining the growth of renewable energy adoption. The favorable net energy metering policy, NEM 1.0, which compensates energy exports to the grid at the rate of imports, boosted renewable […]


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Investment in energy storage jumped 55% in 2022 as funds shifted from private equity to public markets

January 24, 2023

Via: Utility Dive

Investor interest in energy storage is growing — and probably hasn’t yet peaked, according to Mercom Capital Group. While overall corporate funding for energy storage increased to record levels in 2022, venture capital invested in energy storage declined by a […]


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How US grid operators can defend against the unprecedented surge in power system attacks

January 24, 2023

Via: Utility Dive

Just as much of the country was experiencing record cold and massive travel disruptions, bad actors continued physical attacks against substations. As Robert Walton reports in Utility Dive, “Six substations in the Pacific Northwest were damaged by attacks in November, […]


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DOE funds projects to work on overcoming fusion energy hurdles

January 19, 2023

Via: Power Engineering International

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced $2.3 million in funding for 10 projects intended to pair private industry with DOE’s national laboratories to overcome challenges in fusion energy development. In December, DOE announced that a team at Lawrence Livermore National […]


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New Mexico Transmission Line Will Support Renewable Energy Development

January 18, 2023

Via: PowerMag

A major power transmission project will proceed in New Mexico after a regulatory group approved a public-private partnership for development of a 400-mile high-voltage direct current line. The New Mexico North Path project could move as much as 4 GW […]


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Nebraska utility reviews sites for small modular nuclear reactors using US pandemic aid

January 18, 2023

Via: Utility Dive

Nebraska Public Power District is studying possible sites for small modular reactors, using $1 million in federal pandemic aid for low-income communities affected by weather threats to grid resilience. As an owner of Cooper Nuclear Station, NPPD qualified to apply […]


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U.S. aims to streamline offshore wind development

January 17, 2023

Via: Power Engineering International

The U.S. Department of the Interior proposed updating its rules for offshore wind development, a move that the agency said could save developers some $1 billion over a 20-year period. The proposed regulations would aim to modernize regulations, streamline overly […]


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California greenlights more than 800 MW of storage and solar to bolster power grid reliability

January 17, 2023

Via: Utility Dive

The CPUC’s 11.5-GW mid-term reliability procurement order sought to meet the state’s grid needs between 2023 and 2026, given the then-planned retirement of the 2.2-GW Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant by 2025, as well as the closure of several natural […]


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Pioneering U.S. Wave Energy Power Plant Unveiled

January 12, 2023

Via: PowerMag

One of the first U.S.-based wave energy power plants is set to be deployed at AltaSea’s 35-acre campus located at the Port of Los Angeles. Israeli firm Eco Wave Power, which unveiled the project on Jan. 12, said the AltaSea […]


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Transportation electrification and EVs: Who pays for grid upgrades?

January 11, 2023

Via: Utility Dive

As EVs proliferate here in the U.S. and internationally, so too do the widespread benefits to customers, utilities, our planet and the power grid. However, with these benefits come a few big challenges that we’ve never dealt with before and […]


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Construction Underway on South Dakota’s Largest Solar Project

January 10, 2023

Via: PowerMag

A 128-MW solar energy project that will serve customers of a regional electric power cooperative is under construction in South Dakota, with the facility expected to enter commercial operation later this year. National Grid Renewables on Jan. 10 said work […]


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Global Market for PPAs Supports Renewable Energy Projects

January 3, 2023

Via: PowerMag

Large global corporate groups continue to buy stakes in major renewable energy projects and sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) designed to provide long-term electricity for their operations. Some governments, notably India, are using PPAs to move away from coal-fired power […]


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Power Sector Seeks Solutions for Supply Chain Issues

January 3, 2023

Via: PowerMag

Power generators have faced challenges the past few years when it comes to sourcing equipment, and in some cases workers. The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, notably issues with supply chains, still ripples across the industry. Some of the logistical […]


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10 Near-Term Global Power Sector Trends

January 3, 2023

Via: PowerMag

While 2021 provided its own share of extraordinary energy debacles, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in early 2022 cascaded into full-blown energy turmoil. This year will begin with the world “in the midst of its first global energy crisis,” noted the […]


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Updates on Five Big Nuclear Energy Developments POWER Was Watching in 2022

December 30, 2022

Via: PowerMag

In January 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) published a list of five nuclear energy stories to watch in 2022. Here’s an update on the items the NE felt were important for industry insiders […]


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Bulk Power System Deficiencies During Winter Storm Elliot Prompt Inquiries

December 29, 2022

Via: PowerMag

Assessments are underway to pin down factors that prompted emergencies, tight grid conditions, and even load-shedding by major entities as Winter Storm Elliot bore down on the North American bulk power system (BPS) this past week. The Federal Energy Regulatory […]


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DOE Proposes New Distribution Transformer Standards as Crippling Shortages Persist

December 29, 2022

Via: PowerMag

Almost all distribution transformers produced or imported into the U.S. under a new energy efficiency standards proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE) could require amorphous steel cores starting in 2027. The measure, unveiled as industry grapples with a crippling […]


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Covering More with Less: Securing Renewable Energy Sources

December 27, 2022

Via: PowerMag

A wide range of industries fall under the umbrella of critical infrastructure, and they are all—as the name implies—critical. From energy production and water treatment to transportation and data storage, everything within critical infrastructure serves an essential purpose when it […]


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New Report Shows EU Solar Installations Rise Nearly 50%

December 20, 2022

Via: PowerMag

A new report from industry group SolarPower Europe shows that solar installations in the European Union increased by almost 50% year-over-year in 2022, to a record 41.4 GW of generation capacity. “The numbers are clear. Solar is offering a lifeline […]