Australia’s first detailed database on household solar, batteries and EVs goes live

Australia’s first detailed database on household solar, batteries and EVs goes live

The Australian Energy Market Operator will this weekend launch the nation’s first detailed database on distributed energy resources, as it prepares for a not-too-distant future grid that will source up to half of all its power needs from consumer-owned sources like rooftop solar.

Victoria intervenes to try and solve wind and solar bottlenecks in local grid

Victoria intervenes to try and solve wind and solar bottlenecks in local grid

Victoria has announced a dramatic intervention – and set the stage for an interesting COAG meeting of state energy ministers next month – after announcing a split from national electricity rules in a bid to fast-track urgent grid upgrades and to unlock more large-scale renewables and encourage more big batteries.

South Australia re-connected to main grid as AEMO completes delicate operation

South Australia re-connected to main grid as AEMO completes delicate operation

The South Australia electricity market has been re-connected to the main national grid after the Australian Energy Market Operator completed a delicate operation to “resynchronise” the state using a temporary single line that was completed in little more than two weeks after ferocious storms tore down the main link with Victoria.

Can Renewables Restart the Grid? The UK Investigates

Can Renewables Restart the Grid? The UK Investigates

If successful, the U.K. National Grid’s Distributed ReStart project should prove that assets such as wind, solar and battery plants can work alongside synchronous generators to restore power following a countrywide blackout.

How Europe’s Energy Islands Could Internationalize Offshore Wind Planning

How Europe’s Energy Islands Could Internationalize Offshore Wind Planning

If massive offshore wind hubs are going to be built at scale, Europe will need to pull down the national borders that currently encircle planning and tendering for capacity, according to grid operator TenneT.

Wind power flows into Senegal’s grid system for first time

Wind power flows into Senegal’s grid system for first time

The 158.7 megawatt (MW) Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN) wind project was connected to Senegal’s national electricity grid this week after 10 months of construction.Massaer Cisse, general manager for Senegal at Lekela said: “The first megawatts of energy are today entering Senegal’s grid, giving the country its first taste of clean, renewable wind power.

UK Hopes for No ‘Rare Events’ This Winter as Blackout Report Put On Hold

UK Hopes for No ‘Rare Events’ This Winter as Blackout Report Put On Hold

Local news reports this month said it could be “a few weeks” before operations might be restored at Rampion, although National Grid said the loss of the 116-turbine wind farm would not affect local electricity supplies.

National Grid: 300 MW of Halted Solar Can Move Forward With ‘No Cost’

National Grid: 300 MW of Halted Solar Can Move Forward With ‘No Cost’

National Grid on Friday released results for the first part of an interconnection study that put nearly 1 gigawatt of Massachusetts solar projects on hold.The utility initiated its cluster study in May, identifying nearly a gigawatt of projects that it said required transmission-level impact analysis.

Ofgem tells National Grid to cut Hinkley funding by £80m

Ofgem tells National Grid to cut Hinkley funding by £80m

The regulator said it was planning to reduce by £80 million what the country’s grid operator is allowed to charge households to connect Hinkley Point C.

We told you so: Massachusetts regulators question utility “surprise”

We told you so: Massachusetts regulators question utility “surprise”

When the SMART program started to firm its structure in the spring and summer of 2018, pv magazine USA suggested that when the program launched National Grid territory would, once again, fill up fast.

UK renewables out-generate fossil fuels for an entire quarter

UK renewables out-generate fossil fuels for an entire quarter

Nuclear provided nearly 19% of the UK's electricity; if nuclear and renewables are lumped together as carbon-free generation, the UK is on track to have fossil fuels fall to under half its generation for the entire year, as had been predicted by its National Grid.

Massachusetts Regulators Audit National Grid Over Concerns with Management

Massachusetts Regulators Audit National Grid Over Concerns with Management

The decision to initiate that study this spring, plus what the DPU called National Grid’s “failure to meaningfully engage with the Department and stakeholders” prior, added to the DPU’s concerns about a potentially uncoordinated approach to modern grid issues.

Moray West director vows ‘we will build this project’ after CfD disappointment

Moray West director vows ‘we will build this project’ after CfD disappointment

The 90-turbine Moray West Offshore Wind Farm was informed early yesterday by the UK Government that it had not met the desired “strike price” to sell energy to the National Grid.One Scottish offshore wind insider yesterday called the result for Moray West and Viking Energy “a major blow” for the Highlands and Grampian region.

America’s largest solar and battery project approved in Los Angeles

America’s largest solar and battery project approved in Los Angeles

Projects such as the Eland Solar and Storage Center are likely to be viewed favourably in the future as they provide a combination of renewable energy generation combined with on-demand electricity storage which, in tandem, serves to meet the need for continued clean energy capacity additions while also providing grid reliability services.

Energy blackout systems worked ‘in line with design’, National Grid report claims

Energy blackout systems worked ‘in line with design’, National Grid report claims

Energy network protection systems worked “in line with their design” during the August 9 power cut, but security standards should be reviewed to determine if higher levels of resilience would be appropriate, a report into the incident by National Grid has concluded.

‘Legal challenge’ to hold up UK offshore wind auction, BEIS confirms

‘Legal challenge’ to hold up UK offshore wind auction, BEIS confirms

It is understood the claim has caused the National Grid to delay the bidding window for the Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction, due to close on August 15, until August 29.

Sunrun opposes utility plan to control all new distributed energy resources

Sunrun opposes utility plan to control all new distributed energy resources

Sunrun, the nation’s largest residential solar, storage, and energy services company, says it supports the goals of PPL Electric—the utility making the request—for better grid operations, but that “PPL incorrectly implies that achieving these goals requires utility control over DERs.”.

Shout It From the Rooftops: Solar Delivers Far More Than Renewable Energy

Shout It From the Rooftops: Solar Delivers Far More Than Renewable Energy

For example, a Carnegie Mellon and National Renewable Energy Laboratory study found that distributed solar resources saved California utilities over $650 million from 2013 to 2015 by reducing demand on the grid at peak times, consequently driving down prices throughout the day.

National Grid Acquires Renewables Developer Geronimo Energy

National Grid Acquires Renewables Developer Geronimo Energy

National Grid completed its $100 million acquisition of renewables developer Geronimo Energy, launching another deep-pocketed European utility into the business of building wind and solar projects in the U.S. Separately, National Grid entered a joint venture to acquire 379 megawatts of operating wind and solar capacity from Geronimo alongside the Washington State Investment Board, which manages pensions for public employees in the Pacific Northwest state.

Tidal power project smashes record in waters off Scottish coast

Tidal power project smashes record in waters off Scottish coast

The world's biggest tidal-stream array, MeyGen, has exported 17.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity to the national grid. According to Atlantis, the 17.5 GWh sent to the grid represents a new record for the amount of electricity exported by a tidal stream project.

Rooftop solar panels get boost from tool that previews a year on grid in minutes

Rooftop solar panels get boost from tool that previews a year on grid in minutes

Matthew Reno, a Sandia National Laboratories engineer, helped develop new software that can perform quasi-static time series analysis to show how rooftop solar panels interact with the electrical grid throughout the year.

MSP urges Ofgem to approve plans for Western Isles subsea cable

MSP urges Ofgem to approve plans for Western Isles subsea cable

Renewed calls have been made for power regulator Ofgem to consider the impact a lucrative 600MW National Grid link from Western Isles wind farms to the mainland could have on the area.

Researchers find way to build potassium-oxygen batteries that last longer

Researchers find way to build potassium-oxygen batteries that last longer

Credit: Paul Gilmore and Vishnu-Baba Sundaresan Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the nation's power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops.

Great Britain Goes 90 Hours Without Coal Generation Over Easter Weekend

Great Britain Goes 90 Hours Without Coal Generation Over Easter Weekend

Great Britain went over 90 hours without producing electricity from coal over the Easter weekend, according to the country’s national grid operator, breaking its previous record set a year earlier.

AEMO to model rapid transition to renewables, quicker exit from coal

AEMO to model rapid transition to renewables, quicker exit from coal

The pressure on AEMO to consider this modelling comes as UK’s National Grid commits to significant changes in its electricity management system to reflect the fact that its grid could be 100 per cent renewable for significant periods by 2025.

Record government payments made to Scottish wind farms in March

Record government payments made to Scottish wind farms in March

Figures provided by the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) show that constraints payments paid to Scottish onshore wind farms hit £30.9 million in March. In many instances, onshore wind operators will be asked by the National Grid to power down to prevent them producing an excess of energy that cannot be used.

How a Residential Microgrid Can Earn Its Keep Beyond the Neighborhood

How a Residential Microgrid Can Earn Its Keep Beyond the Neighborhood

The microgrid was designed, engineered and deployed by PowerSecure, an EPC+ microgrid developer with over 2 gigawatts of operational microgrid capacity in the U.S. Alabama may be dipping its toes into microgrids, but the Southeast leads the nation in installed microgrids overall, primarily for resilience in states such as Florida and North Carolina, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.

UK’s National Grid operator gets ready for 100% renewables by 2025

UK’s National Grid operator gets ready for 100% renewables by 2025

“To manage the GB electricity network with zero carbon energy sources will require a step change in how the system is modelled to identify the current and future needs and will require a whole new suite of products and services to be procured through new markets,” the report says.

The biggest names in energy storage come together in Sydney

The biggest names in energy storage come together in Sydney

The Australian and international energy sector will meet in Sydney from 13–14 June to discuss the latest in storage technologies and how they are enabling the transition to new energy systems and a more reliable grid.

Energy Voice  -  Plans for grid to operate on zero carbon power by 2025

Energy Voice - Plans for grid to operate on zero carbon power by 2025

The announcement by National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO), which balances the system and ensures sufficient power supplies are available, comes as renewables make up an increasing share of electricity generation.