Find out what's happening on high voltage susbstation projects with this week's news digest from around the web. Here are some of the top headlines from this past week.
California Approves Pilot Program For More Reliable Electricity
Demand is increasing on the nation’s electric grid and electricity shortages, power quality problems, rolling blackouts and electricity price increases have motivated many customers to seek more reliable electricity through a variety of sources and technologies. Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) provide alternatives to or enhancements of the electric grid and have been around since Thomas Edison built the first power plant in 1882. The California Public Utilities Commission approved a pilot program in December 2016 aimed at incentivizing utilities to adopt DERs in place of traditional infrastructure investments to save money.
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Great River Energy, NextEra Energy Resources Partner to Add 300 Megawatts of Wind Energy
Great River Energy, a wholesale energy provider to 28 member distribution cooperatives across Minnesota, recently signed a purchase power agreement with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources LLC for a new 300-megawatt wind project to be built in south-central North Dakota. Construction on the Emmons-Logan wind project is slated to begin in 2019 and to be completed by the end of that year. It will feature 133 General Electric wind turbines in Emmons and Logan counties that are capable of generating enough clean, renewable energy to power 120,000 homes.
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Report Shows New Transmission Can Help Wind Energy Supply a Third of U.S. Electricity
The Energy Department recently released a report which confirms that adding even limited electricity transmission can significantly reduce the costs of expanding wind energy to supply 35% of U.S. electricity by 2050. The report, titled Reducing Wind Curtailment through Transmission Expansion in a Wind Vision Future and authored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, affirms the findings of the Energy Department’s 2015 Wind Vision, which showed that a future in which wind provides 20% of U.S. electricity in 2030 and 35% in 2050 is achievable and would provide significant economic, energy security, and health benefits to the nation.
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Australian Firm Plans Nation's Largest Geothermal Plant in Imperial Valley
Controlled Thermal Resources and Alger Alternative Energy plan to tap the Imperial Valley’s geothermal resources to bring a power plant online as early as 2020 that would be able to generate nearly six times the electricity as similar facilities in the area. In addition, the mining operation would begin extracting lithium carbonate — used for battery production — as well as manganese, zinc and other minerals in 2019.
Read more from the Los Angeles Times
Duke Energy Renewables Acquires Three California Solar Projects From SunPower
Duke Energy Renewables announced recently that it has acquired three solar power projects from SunPower Corp. totaling 55 megawatts. The sites include the 20-MW Rio Bravo I, the 20-MW Rio Bravo II, and the 15-MW Wildwood Solar II solar power plants, located in Kern County, California, are adjacent to two existing solar sites owned by Duke Energy Renewables.
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FPL Brings Three New Solar Plants Online, Four More Planned This Year
Florida Power & Light Co. connected three new 74.5 megawatt solar plants to the grid December 31, and said recently that it plans to complete four more solar plants of the same size this year. Each of the newly-completed plants costs roughly $130 million to build and produces enough power to supply 15,000 homes. The solar energy centers slated to be build this year will be in Alachua, Putnam and DeSoto counties, with the fourth location not determined yet.
Read more from the Palm Beach Post
Report: Solar Power Biggest and Fastest-Growing Power Generation Employer
A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy indicates workers devoted to solar development, installation and maintenance consist of a full 43 percent of the total electric power generation workforce. On top of that, solar showed the highest amount of growth from 2015 to 2016, going from 300,192 employees in 2015 to 373,807 employees in 2016. The report credited the significant buildout of new solar generation capacity. Additionally, solar employers expect to increase their employment by seven percent over the next year.
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