German project looks to home photovoltaic systems to help grid

Source: By Vera Eckert, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Grid operator Tennet and solar battery maker Sonnen GmbH have launched a pilot project that will tap home photovoltaic (PV) systems to help iron out imbalances on Germany’s power network. TenneT and Sonnen’s e-Services subsidiary aim to sign up 6,000 household PV producers equipped with storage batteries by the end of May. The project will be supported by blockchain technology from IBM, which works as an inexpensive transaction-processing system for tracking and recording encrypted information.

Senate Dems warn Perry about grid study

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Senate Democrats say a much-touted Department of Energy study on subsidies and grid reliability could serve a well-connected conservative think tank in Washington: the Institute for Energy Research. Seven senators warned Energy Secretary Rick Perry in a letter today against allowing “ideologues associated with a Koch Brothers-affiliated think tank” to supplant research and analysis from federal scientists, engineers and grid monitors.

Omnibus deal ignores Trump calls for deep energy, enviro cuts

Source: George Cahlink, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Congress does not seem eager to address the Trump administration’s push to make steep cuts to energy research and development, including for cleaner power sources. The measure would fund the Department of Energy at $31.2 billion, roughly $1.4 billion more than fiscal 2016 levels. It would give more than $4 billion for applied energy programs, a $123 million increase. And the Office of Science would get $5.4 billion, $42 million more than fiscal 2016. The measure would provide $2.1 billion for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, a $17 million increase over current spending. And it would give the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which President Trump wants to eliminate, $306 million.

Our Ocean Backyard: Developing an offshore wind farm

Source: By Gary Griggs, Santa Cruz Sentinal • Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Just a year ago, in a letter to then Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, California Gov. Jerry Brown requested the formation of the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force. This is a non-decision making group that is facilitating the coordination and communication between the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management and all of the potentially involved or interested agencies and groups in California concerning potential leasing of offshore federal waters (beyond the 3-mile state limit) for renewable energy.

Block Island to start getting power from wind turbines

Source: By Mark Harrington, Newsday • Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Block Island on Monday will formally throw the switch on a first-time connection to the New England energy grid through a new cable to the mainland, and begin receiving power from the country’s first five offshore wind turbines. In an interview Friday, Block Island Power Co. chief executive Jeff Wright said the event will end nearly a century of dependency on loud, smoky diesel-fired power generators that burn about 1 million gallons a year.

Massachusetts Utilities Propose 800 Megawatts of Offshore Wind

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

National Grid Plc, Unitil Corp. and Eversource Energy proposed buying as much as 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy as a first step to comply with a Massachusetts law to aggressively develop the nascent industry in the U.S. The three utilities asked state regulators to approve a draft plan to solicit bids for offshore wind energy contracts spanning 15 to 20 years, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources spokesman Kevin O’Shea said in an interview.

Trump orders offshore review

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The review will look mainly at oil and natural gas production however it will also include offshore wind development, interior secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters on Thursday. Zinke said east coast lawmakers are keen to promote offshore wind and he is “optimistic” about its future.

Dong opens Boston home

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Dong Energy has officially opened its North American headquarters in Boston in Massachusetts. The Danish utility has a 50:50 partnership with Eversource Energy to develop the 1GW Bay State offshore wind farm proposed off the coast of the US state.

Laying a road map for states, liberal senators introduce bill to end U.S. fossil fuel use by 2050

Source: By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post • Posted: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation Thursday that calls on the U.S. to transition off fossil fuels by 2050, hoping to spur action on the state and local level, even as the Trump administration pushes for expanded coal, oil and natural gas production. The 100×50 Act would impose new federal mandates requiring vehicles in the United States to release zero carbon emissions, while barring federal approval of oil and gas pipelines in the country, while also establishing an auction of “climate bonds” that would raise money to support renewable energy projects. The measure would also provide job training for low-income Americans and Americans of color, as well as those in coal communities, to work in the renewable energy sector.

Apex salutes 217MW Texas hybrid

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Apex Clean Energy has commissioned a 217MW wind and solar complex, which will cover more than half of the power needs of the US Army’s Fort Hood garrison in Killeen, Texas. The complex comprises the 50.4MW Cotton Plains and 151.2MW Old Settler wind farms in Floyd County, as well as a 15.4MW Phantom Solar facility.