Tagged with Renewables

The Rise of Renewables and Energy Transition: What Adaptation Strategy for Oil Companies and Oil-exporting Countries?

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies https://bit.ly/2HiH2OV [Axios] The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies explores the decision-making behind how the industry and oil-exporting countries should approach the rise of renewables and the long-term move away from carbon-intensive fuels, in this new paper. Why it matters: The pace of the global energy transition is a “critical uncertainty,” and there are “dire” … Continue reading

LNG Versus Solar Power: What is the Best Option for Island Power Markets?

Wood MacKenzie [free download with Scribd registration] https://www.scribd.com/document/362638510/Lng-vs-Solar-Insight [Axios] A new analysis from the consulting firm Wood Mackenzie compares the costs of using solar power and liquefied natural gas to replace the petroleum fuel, mostly diesel, that currently supplies power to several thousand islands worldwide. What they found: LNG, and systems that combine solar and LNG, would already be cheaper on … Continue reading

China’s Global Renewable Energy Expansion: How the World’s Second-Biggest Economy Is Positioned to Lead the World in Clean-Power Investment

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) http://bit.ly/2jj9g4q [Press Release] China will likely expand its dominance of the booming global renewable- and clean-energy industries as new American energy policies come into play, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)… Tim Buckley, lead author of the report … Continue reading

Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study

National Renewable Energy Laboratory / by Aaron Bloom, et al. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy16osti/64472.pdf [From Press Release] Using high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools, NREL shows the power grid of the Eastern United States—one of the largest power systems in the world—can accommodate upwards of 30% wind and solar/photovoltaic (PV) power… [Vox] …The study is a remarkable … Continue reading

Closing the California Clean Energy Divide: Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage

Clean Energy Group http://bit.ly/25iJteL Battery storage is emerging as an effective new strategy for reducing electricity costs for affordable multifamily rental housing in California. Battery storage systems not only provide economic returns today, they can also preserve the value of solar in an evolving policy and regulatory environment. Because batteries empower owners of solar photovoltaics … Continue reading

U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards: 2016 Annual Status Report

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory https://emp.lbl.gov/projects/renewables-portfolio [Science Codex] State renewables portfolio standards, known as RPS policies, have contributed to more than half of all renewable electricity growth in the United States since 2000. Most state RPS requirements will continue to rise through at least 2020, if not beyond, and collectively these policies will require substantial further growth in … Continue reading

Wind and Solar Data and Projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration: Past Performance and Ongoing Enhancements

US Energy Information Administration http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/supplement/renewable/pdf/projections.pdf [EIA Today in Energy] …While distributed solar PV data have been reported in the AEO for many years, until recently EIA’s Electric Power Monthly (EPM) included data only for utility-scale generation sites with capacities of at least one megawatt, reflecting the coverage of EIA’s monthly surveys of electric generators. However, … Continue reading

Analytic Research Foundations for the Next-Generation Electric Grid

National Academies Press http://bit.ly/21RXR6v Electricity is the lifeblood of modern society, and for the vast majority of people that electricity is obtained from large, interconnected power grids. However, the grid that was developed in the 20th century, and the incremental improvements made since then, including its underlying analytic foundations, is no longer adequate to completely … Continue reading

Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States: A Detailed Assessment

National Renewable Energy Laboratory / by Pieter Gagnon, et al. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy16osti/65298.pdf [From an E&E News PM article by Christa Marshall, sub. req’d]  U.S. rooftops could generate 80 percent more energy from solar panels than previously thought, according to a new analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Using a combination of aerial surveys, on-the-ground counting … Continue reading