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  • Investment trends in grid-scale battery storage

    By Danyel Desa The deployment of renewables has reached the point where balancing the electric grid requires shifting the supply of intermittent energy sources and demand on a MW-to-GW scale. Continued growth in the renewables market depends heavily on the widespread implementation of effective energy storage technologies. The widespread use of grid storage can save…

  • Zambia commissions first unit of 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower station

    On July 23, the government of Zambia celebrated commissioning of the first unit at the 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower station. Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, gave an address on the occasion, which was attended by many dignitaries, including representatives of project owner Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. (ZESCO) and contractor Sinohydro…

  • In Wisconsin, conservatives make the case for third-party community solar

    by Kari Lydersen, Energy News Network A conservative-led alliance of farming, construction, and clean energy groups is pushing new legislation in Wisconsin meant to create competition and accelerate the development of subscriber-backed community solar projects. Backers of the bill (LRB 1902) say it would facilitate a significant increase in the state’s renewable generation, help customers…

  • Electric utilities plan DC fast-chargers up and down eastern US highways

    Now 14 utilities representing 29 states plus DC and serving more than 60M customers have joined a coalition to speed EV adoption. The Electric Highway Coalition (EHC), a group of electric utilities working together to install fast-charging EV stations along major interstate highways, has doubled its members. Membership in the EHC has now grown to…

  • Grid enhancing technologies find a place in FERC’s ANOPR on transmission planning

    In the recently announced ANOPR on transmission planning, cost allocation, and generator interconnection reform process, FERC is seeking comments on whether it should require transmission providers to consider grid enhancing technologies in generator interconnection studies to interconnect renewable projects. FERC is also seeking comments from transmission providers who have already implemented and have experience with…

  • SUN DAY says data show renewables could meet 33% of need by 2030…and maybe more

    Last week, Ken Bossong of the SUN DAY campaign said that data released over the past decade by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as near-term forecasts by both agencies suggest continued strong growth by renewable energy sources. However, unless accelerated, that growth will fall short…

  • New Mexico’s community solar program

    Originally published at ILSR.org Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Energy Transition Act (SB 489) in 2019, which introduced the idea of a community solar program, and also mandated that New Mexico move to 50% renewable energy by 2030.  However, New Mexico’s community solar program was truly born in 2021, when the Community Solar Act…

  • Is someone you know changing the world? Nominate them for the constellation prize

    The Constellation Prize was new to me (and most everyone) in 2020 when I got word of the nomination for some work that I had been involved in with the New York State Capitol, also known as the “Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza” in Albany. When I found out about the nomination of…

  • The UK’s ‘Green Jobs Taskforce’ outlines plan to boost Britain’s green economy

    Public support for clean energy is growing at a pace of knots and most governments now also view climate change as a non-negotiable priority to tackle. Additionally, the business case for transitioning to a low carbon economy is now better understood and stacks up as a means of future-proofing any country from energy deficits or…

  • Solar and battery-powered mini-grids to bring electricity to 55,000 people in Nigeria for the first time

    PowerGen, a developer of on- and off-grid distributed energy said this week that it has secured long term project financing to connect 55,000 people to electricity in rural Nigeria from CrossBoundary Energy Access with construction financing provided by Oikocredit, Triodos Investment Management (Triodos IM) and EDFI ElectriFI (the EU-funded Electrification Financing Initiative). The project is…