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Microgrids, Now Mainstream, Continue to Advance

Carl Weinschenk

Fourth quarter numbers from Navigant Research show that for the first time more microgrids are remote than tied to the main grid. In short, microgrids are leaving home. The research found that there are 1,437 microgrids worldwide providing 13 GW of capacity. More than half of these are remote. Significant recent additions are 83 projects   …Continue Reading

ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending Nov. 20

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The ERC benchmark price for retail electricity continued to trend gradually upward last week, increasing by 0.80 percent to $0.0754 per kilowatt hour. Like the previous week, the biggest increase was in Illinois (4.61 percent), followed this week by Ohio (4.40 percent). This week’s price hike in Illinois reflects a 9.46   …Continue Reading

Advances and Challenges for the Bioenergy Sector

Carl Weinschenk

A forum on bioenergy at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in early November pointed to both good news and concerns for the sector. The fate of an alternative to any established product or service depends on the health – economic and otherwise – of the incumbent. That is at bad news for bioenergy, at least   …Continue Reading

Toyota Plant in Kentucky Rolls Out Bioenergy

Carl Weinschenk

Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, KY, is slated to begin using bioenergy next week, according to IndustryWeek. The story says that the system will rely on methane produced at the Central Kentucky Landfill, which is about six-and-a-half miles away. It will generate 1 MW per hour, which is the energy needed to create about 10,000 vehicles   …Continue Reading

ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending November 13

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends ERC’s benchmark price for retail electricity ticked up slightly last week by 0.29 percent to $0.0749 per kilowatt hour. The biggest increase was in Illinois which shot up 7.10 percent to $0.0584 per kWh. In contrast, New England retail electricity prices continued to drop, with Rhode Island (-1.05 percent), Connecticut (-0.92   …Continue Reading

Invenergy Signs Deals with Equinix and Owens Corning

Carl Weinschenk

 Invenergy has signed a 100 MW wind power purchase agreement with Equinix to provide the company with renewable energy for its data centers across North America. The deal comes the week after Invenergy said it will provide 125 MW of wind power to Owens Corning. Fuel Fix reports that the deals will help Invenergy build a 300   …Continue Reading

ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending November 6

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends For the second week in a row, the ERC benchmark price for retail electricity has dropped -1.11 percent to a new low of $0.0747 per kilowatt hour. The biggest declines were in New England, notably Rhode Island (-2.30 percent), Connecticut (-1.94 percent), Massachusetts (-1.47 percent), and Maine (-1.28 percent). Bucking the   …Continue Reading

Which 3 States Have a Head Start on the Clean Power Plan? The Answer May Surprise You.

Keith Gaby

Everyone in Colorado skis, all Oklahomans can rope a calf, and native New Jerseyans like me all talk like Pauly D did on Jersey Shore. Right? You may also stereotype when it comes to clean energy: Progressive states such as California are pumping out clean, renewable energy while others insist on clinging to old, dirty power   …Continue Reading

Telecom Providers Spending Big on Distributed Energy

Carl Weinschenk

Telecommunications network providers will spend more than $31 billion in distributed generation and energy storage (DG and ES) from this year through 2024, according to Navigant Research. Power requirements for the growing demands for telecommunications services are driving overall demand for power. In addition, the reliability of these supplies makes distributed assets a favored approach.   …Continue Reading

Changing Winds on Ways and Means — PTC Future Uncertain

Elizabeth Noll

This article was co-authored by Emily Barkdoll. With Congressman Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) becoming Speaker of the House, his seat as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is up for grabs. Both Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) have thrown their hats into the ring to succeed him. The House Ways and   …Continue Reading