Stay on top of trends in the high voltage industry with this week's news digest from around the web. Here are some of the top headlines from this past week.
Trump Infrastructure Priority Plan Includes Transmission, Wind, Energy Storage
A 50-item list of infrastructure priorities complied by the Trump administration and released by McClatchy and the Kansas City Star include provisions for transmission expansion, wind and energy storage, among other power sector projects. It is not clear if the $137 billion wish list is a draft or final version. Of the 50 infrastructure projects, seven focus on the electricity sector.
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Natural Gas Generation to Spike Through 2018
Utilities are planning to add 11.2 GW of natural gas capacity in 2017 and 25.4 GW in 2018, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Should the plants come online as planned, these additions would be the highest since 2005, and represent a capacity increase of eight percent. The additions could help natural gas retain its title as the primary energy source for power generation in the long term, even if natural gas prices rise moderately as expected.
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Constellation and Mohave Electric Cooperative Complete 13.8 Megawatt Solar Project
Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and a leading competitive retail energy supplier, and Mohave Electric Cooperative recently announced the completion of a 13.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation project in Fort Mohave, Arizona. The ground-mounted solar power system is located across 84 acres and fitted with a state-of-the-art single-axis tracking system that enables the system to remain at an optimal angle to the sun throughout the day, maximizing energy output.
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New York Governor Cuomo Announces $360 Million For 11 New Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced recently, in the same speech where he pledged to back offshore wind, to award $360 million in funding to 11 separate large-scale renewable energy projects — which include two wind farms, one utility-scale solar farm, seven hydro projects and a fuel cell project. The $360 million in awards for these projects are set to leverage almost $1 billion in private sector investment to secure the development of the projects which, together, will generate enough clean electricity to power more than 110,000 New York homes each year.
Read more from Clean Technica
MISO Plans Additional Capacity Auction Revamps for 2017
MISO is poised to implement a laundry list of changes intended to improve its capacity market, some of which should take effect in time for the 2017/18 Planning Resource Auction. The most significant — and controversial — is a proposal that would apply a 50-MW physical withholding threshold to affiliated market participants on a collective basis, rather than to each affiliated company individually. MISO filed the change with FERC on January 17.
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SDG&E Partners with GenCell on Fuel Cell Technology
GenCell, the Israeli-based fuel cell developer and manufacturer, has announced a strategic partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric. The San Diego-based energy company has been working alongside GenCell over the last year to test how fuel cells can contribute to the company’s efforts to be the cleanest, safest, most reliable energy company in America. The partnership between GenCell and SDG&E is entering a new stage as the energy company will begin a three-year effort to install the GenCell G5rx back-up fuel cells at its substations.
Read more from Electric Light & Power
Pomona Energy Storage Facility Opens Near Natural Gas Plant
AltaGas Ltd. celebrated the opening of its Pomona Energy Storage Facility at the site of its existing Pomona natural gas-fired co-generation facility in the East Los Angeles Basin of Southern California. The project has 20 MW of energy storage capacity.
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