France’s EDF started out in the wind business in the 1980s, entering the U.S. market in 2002 through the acquisition of enXco. But for more than a decade, the company has been watching closely as the cost of solar energy fell, said Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president of grid-scale power at California-based EDF Renewables North America.
Southern California Edison Contracts Huge Storage Portfolio to Replace Gas Plants
The seven energy storage projects, which still need approval from the California Public Utilities Commission, will help meet a fall CPUC order for 3.3 gigawatts of carbon-free resources to help meet the state’s grid reliability needs.
Americans have Texas-sized carbon footprints—here’s why
Even US ZIP codes with considerably higher average population densities than European nations have higher household carbon footprints.And because home cooling runs on cleaner energy than heating in California, the net effect of climate change has reduced the average footprint a bit.).
‘Data Hive’ Opens for Solar, Battery Vendors in Silicon Valley
Last year, we covered a pilot project from California community energy provider Silicon Valley Clean Energy and startup UtilityAPI meant to make sharing smart-meter data between customers and approved third-party companies as easy as a few clicks of a mouse, instead of the utility paperwork and waiting-time-heavy ordeal it is today.
Flow battery could make renewable energy storage economically viable
Researchers at the University of Southern California looking to crack the renewable energy storage problem have developed a new version of a redox flow battery from inexpensive and readily-available materials.
How Much Money Does Smart Fleet Charging Save? 40%, for This California Bus Operator
The scenario shows that transit agencies risk hefty bills if they charge buses without careful attention to wonky electricity rate structures, but also that it’s possible to mitigate those risks with active management.“You have to have an operating system for the site that is coordinating and optimizing for all these dynamic variables,” Shao told Greentech Media.
Finally, we’ll assess curtailments of solar and wind energy as electricity consumption drops around the world.Climate Action Tracker: How the Pledges of Each Nation Stack Up. GTM : California Curtailment Surge as Coronavirus Cuts Demand.
California Gets Another 100MW Battery Project, as Competition with Gas Peakers Heats Up
The goal with Luna, said CPA Executive Director Ted Bardacke, is to finish it quickly to show California grid operators, regulators and utilities that battery plants can reliably take over the peak power role from gas peakers.
California: We Need 1GW of New Long-Duration Energy Storage by 2026
With the official call for 1 gigawatt of new long-duration capacity, California could become the first clear market for some of these emerging technologies, or perhaps the return of the oldest: pumped hydro storage.
Southern states like Florida, South Carolina, and Texas are starting to realize their solar potential, ranking behind only California in new installed capacity last year, when solar accounted for nearly 40 percent of new electrical production nationwide.
California Renewables Curtailments Surge as Coronavirus Cuts Demand
California grid operator CAISO has been curtailing renewable energy at record levels this year, as the state’s ever-rising share of solar power during daylight hours increasingly outpaces electricity demand.
Sunrun Holds Its Ground at the Top of US Residential Solar Rankings
Tesla’s share of the commercial market dropped from 5 percent in 2018 to 2 percent in 2019.The U.S. residential solar market installed a record 2.8 gigawatts last year as the market diversified beyond the historical “big five” states (California, Arizona, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts).
California’s Wind Market Has All But Died Out. Could Grid Services Revenue Help?
The question is whether wind farm operators could make as much money providing grid services — by curtailing production in some instances — as they would from simply generating as much power as possible.“If the price is right, then I think a wind plant or a solar plant may be willing to forgo some production, so they’re not really losing money," Loutan said.
Bill Gates-led fund invests in new hydropower turbine startup
Natel Energy, a California-based hydro power startup, has developed a new turbine that updates that technology, and now the company is raising $11 million in a funding round led by Schneider Electric Ventures and Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a fund helmed by Bill Gates.
SunPower Slashes Executive Salaries and Withdraws 2020 Guidance in Response to Coronavirus
In California, which instituted a statewide shelter in place order on March 19, SunPower is working through its pipeline but anticipates a potential cliff in demand.“So far we’ve had enough backlog and enough constructive things for our field teams to do in California, but that won’t go on indefinitely,” said Werner.
Tesla Closing New York, California Factories in Response to Coronavirus
Tesla will close both its Fremont, California factory, where it produces electric vehicles, and its Buffalo, New York factory, where it produces solar and energy storage products, the company said Thursday.
Shayle Kann and Stephen Lacey talk with someone who knows how to read a load curve: Nick Chaset.Nick is CEO at East Bay Community Energy and on the board of the California Community Choice Association.Nick will share some data about his community-choice aggregator’s changing load curve.
PG&E Reaches Deal With California Governor to Emerge From Bankruptcy
Pacific Gas & Electric reached a deal with California Gov. Gavin Newsom that could allow it to emerge from bankruptcy by a critical June 30 deadline, in exchange for concessions including a revamped board, forgoing shareholder dividends for three years, and measures that could lead to a state takeover if the utility fails to meet key safety and accountability milestones.
US Storage Industry Achieved Biggest-Ever Quarter and Year in 2019
WoodMac estimates that one in four home solar installations in California this year will include storage.California retained its dominant position in overall capacity installed for the year, largely due to its insurmountable lead in the residential and commercial segments.
Tesla ‘omitted hundreds of injuries’ in occupational health reports, California regulator says
Tesla omitted hundreds of injuries that the company listed in logs at its factory from annual summary data that the company sends to the government, according to a memorandum the state’s workplace-safety agency sent in December.
Giant batteries, key to solar and wind power plans, start to get bank backing
But when entrepreneur David Cieminis sought financing for a storage project in California, a state desperate to wean itself off of fossil fuels, he couldn’t reel in a bank.“A month or two ago, I wouldn’t have thought that they would have been interested,” says Cieminis, co-founder and chief commercial officer of Able Grid Energy Solutions.
Regulators loosen California's groundbreaking rule to require residential rooftop solar
In a closely watched vote on the future of California's groundbreaking rooftop solar program, state regulators today approved a proposal to power some new Sacramento housing developments using offsite solar panels instead.
Navy Signals Willingness to Accept Wind Farms Off California’s Central Coast
The California Energy Commission released a new map this month identifying offshore wind areas deemed compatible with U.S. military operations, but developers say there wouldn't be enough space to create a viable market off California's Central Coast.
A Home Solar Veteran Talks Batteries, Smart Home, Tesla Roof and More
Read along with us: Greentech Media : 10 Rooftop Solar and Storage Predictions for the Next Decade Greentech Media : 10 Mistakes I’ve Made Selling and Installing Battery Storage System Mercury News: Why Every House in California Will Have Solar Power Listen to Barry’s podcast: The Energy Show Want to share your opinion about the topic?
Fitch: Solar Projects Much More Reliable Performers Than Wind Farms
Remarkably, the biggest threat to the credit ratings of some California solar projects these days is not the plants themselves but rather questions around the future viability of their utility offtakers.
Tensions Flare as California’s Solar Industry Waits for Key Ruling on Community Solar Market
Sacramento is ground zero for the tension, as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) works to persuade regulators at the California Energy Commission to approve a program called SolarShares that it considers to be a form of community solar.
California Struggles to Find Path for Solar and Batteries to Take Place of Traditional Grid Investments
That’s the program that orders the state’s three big investor-owned utilities to look over their multibillion-dollar annual budgets for reinforcing their distribution grids with new wires, poles and transformers, and find a handful of projects that could be solved instead with distributed energy resources.In other words, the DDIF is California’s version of a non-wires alternative program for the distribution grid.
Why Is It So Hard to Buy an Electric Car in Many Parts of America?
The Sierra Club survey found that 78 percent of auto dealerships in non-ZEV states had no EVs on their lots.The NESCAUM analysis found that in 2018 total advertising spending in the California and Northeast markets for the best-selling internal combustion engine car of each manufacturer was $230 million.
California faces up to its daunting renewable and climate targets
“ … prepare a biennial integrated energy policy report that assesses major energy trends and issues facing the state’s electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel sectors and provides policy recommendations to conserve resources; protect the environment; ensure reliable, secure, and diverse energy supplies; enhance the state’s economy; and protect public health and safety.”.