PBS – June 24
The California Air Resources Board opened a hearing last Thursday on a plan for the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. Board staff believe this would reduce economy-wide demand for oil and l use of fossil natural gas in buildings by 91% by 2045. would therefore require 30 times more electric vehicles on the road compared to today, 6 times more electrical appliances in homes, 4 times more wind and solar production and 60 times more hydrogen. Some environmental groups, academics and people living in heavily polluted neighborhoods said the plan did not do enough to reduce the production or use of fossil fuels. Meanwhile, some business, industry and labor groups have said the transition could raise prices and hurt workers.
Knowledge of Microgrids – June 27
Two separate proposals were introduced last week before California regulators opened the door to financial incentives that would encourage microgrid owners to step in and help when the power grid is down. Fuel cell company Bloom Energy has proposed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a specific plan to provide credits to those who use their microgrids, fuel cells and other distributed energy resources to strengthen the grid. Meanwhile, CPUC Energy Division staff released a white paper calling for the creation of a “unified, universally accessible dynamic economic signal” that would boost the use of microgrids and DERs in flexible demand practices.
reNews – June 28
Wind and solar accounted for a 10.2% share of electricity generation in 2021, the first time these technologies provided more than 10% of global electricity, while also exceeding the contribution of nuclear energy, according to BP. In its 2021 World Energy Statistical Review, BP found that solar and wind capacity continued to grow rapidly in 2021, increasing by 226 GW, close to the record increase of 236 GW seen in 2020.
Solar Industry Magazine – June 27
In a comprehensive new literature review, researchers from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have found that alternatives to recycling may have untapped potential to build an efficient circular economy for solar PV and battery technologies. These strategies include reducing the use of virgin materials in manufacturing, reusing them for new applications, and extending product life.
Associated Press – June 27
New Mexico’s commissioner of public lands signed nearly a dozen leases on Monday that will pave the way for a major renewable energy developer to erect wind turbines on 230 square miles of trust land. Authorities consider Pattern Energy’s planned development in Lincoln, Torrance and San Miguel counties to be the largest wind energy project in the Western Hemisphere. The new leases will be part of SunZia’s larger project, which will eventually have 3,000 MW of capacity to power homes in more populated western markets.
Renewable Energy World – June 24
San Diego Gas and Electric announced that four microgrids equipped with energy storage will be added to the San Diego area to help the state meet high energy demand, especially during hot summer days. and during evening peak hours after the solar power has dissipated. The utility received approval June 23 from the CPUC to build the projects, which will add a total of approximately 39 MW/180 MWh of storage capacity to the company’s four substations.
Energy Storage News – June 23
The California community’s aggregator of choice Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) has signed PPAs with Google under which SVCE will serve load from Google’s offices in Mountain View and Sunnyvale to meet demand with uninterrupted power. carbon for at least 92% of the hours per year. Energy storage is a critical part of the deal and the mix of resources involved, said Don Bray, director of energy services and community relations for SVCE.