Distributed generation

News and analysis concerning the use of distributed energy resources (DERMS), distributed generation, distributed energy, on-site generation or district/decentralised energy and energy storage performed by a variety of small, grid-connected devices. Analysis includes impact on utilities and existing transmission and distribution networks, connection of renewable energy to the grid and trends in decentralisation.

floating solar Statkraft

Statkraft to begin construction of floating solar plant on hydropower dam

Norwegian renewable energy major Statkraft has announced that, along with supplier Ocean Sun, it is ready to start the construction of a 2MWp floating solar pilot project in the reservoir of the 72MW Banja hydropower plant in Albania.
ARENA

ARENA funds development of weather and renewables forecasting tool

ARENA has provided approximately $1 million funding to Solcast to pilot its next-generation energy forecasting technology.
macro grid

New initiative to boost renewables transportation in the US

The Macro Grid Initiative has been launched by ACORE and the Americans for a Clean Energy Grid to modernise the US’ energy transmission network.
Latin America Wind

Mexico, Central America and Caribbean hit record wind capacity

Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean saw a record 1,830 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity installed across the region in 2019 – a 126% year-on-year increase in additions, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie.
solar in Africa

African solar ambition scales up

May was a big month for solar power announcements in Africa and Chinese investment in African renewables has increased despite continuing focus on coal.
xcel energy

Xcel proposes Minnesota’s largest energy investment package

Xcel Energy has filed a proposal with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission seeking approval to invest $3 billion to modernise its grid and operations.
business models

Biggest threats to utility business models and how to overcome them

Guidehouse Insights and Public Utilities Fortnightly say utilities need to diversify their investments to thrive in changing energy business models.
new energy investment

SSE to spend £4 million daily on new energy projects

Scottish firm SSE plc has confirmed a £7 billion investment in major low-carbon construction projects over the next five years - equating to a daily spend of £4 million pounds.
energy tariff

Feed-in tariff costs set to rise to an all-time high

Feed-in Tariff costs for the upcoming quarterly levelisation* could reach an all-time high, covering the period April – June 2020.
PG&E microgrids

PG&E bolsters community resilience with microgrid solutions

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E’s) microgrid proposals, which are designed to reduce the number of customers affected by Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events and mitigate current impacts.

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