New York carbon tax wants real time co2 emission data

New York carbon tax wants real time co2 emission data

Environment, Finance, Investment, Utilities
A really interesting report. New York wants the cost of electricity to include the carbon tax in it - but they want real time data to determine the true amount of emissions coming from the plant at the exact moment that the electricity is being produced. Since the electricity market is a constant process of generators bidding to buy electricity, these power plants will be placing bids with the carbon tax already integrated into pricing. This will have an affect on the economics of power plants. Very interesting. I think we owe the New York regulators some cred for giving deep thought. (more…)
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30% electricity from wind in four states

30% electricity from wind in four states

Futurology, Utilities, Wind
A long time ago, it seems, those who questioned intermittent electricity like wind and solar thought it was impossible for a power grid to handle more than 2%, then 5% then 10% and 20%, etc - you get the point. Today the argument in academic circles is around what happens after 80% solar+wind - and at the end of March, in the tweet below, we saw the Southwest Power Pool (an electricity ISO that serves a healthy chunk of the midwest) break 62% from wind for a magical moment. Yes, these are smaller states in the wind heavy Midwest, so not every place can have t like the Midwest - but what matters here is that our engineers are able to manage the power grid even with these 'unpredictable' electricity…
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The ‘incrementally evolving’ utility

The ‘incrementally evolving’ utility

Environment, Futurology, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Utilities, Wind
Two electricity utilities are in different places than they were a year or two ago - all because of renewables. Two stories I wrote for pv magazine this week - the first, Another gas plant spurned as renewable energy takes over in California, and the second Rocky Mountain Power's incremental evolution. The second story is more interesting than the first in my opinion - but the first is a hard reality of what's happening all over the nation. (more…)
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Home energy storage and blockchain experiments

Home energy storage and blockchain experiments

Batteries, Futurology, Renewable Energy, Residential Solar, Solar Power, Utilities
The goal of using blockchain technology - versus a standard centralized utility - is that individual energy storage and solar power systems can talk directly to each other. Currently, the large electricity utilities talk to large scale distributed solar facilities via phone call and spreadsheets. There are occasional experiments - in Hawaii for instance - where we are trying to get solar panel level data to the electricity utilities. And everyone is asking for this high level data - we're just not there yet. The blockchain folks think they have a solution though... (more…)
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Oklahoma wind #2 electricity source since ’15 – aiming for gas in ’18

Renewable Energy, Utilities, Wind
What we're seeing is a broad shift. Little plants installations, everyday across the country eating away. Bite by bite, plant by plant, state by state. The second tweet below shows a the Southwest Power Pool - a broad groups of states under management of a single ISO - breaking 62% of electricity from wind. That's not trivial folks. (more…)
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China’s solar dominance considered a risk factor

China’s solar dominance considered a risk factor

Construction, Futurology, Growth, Solar Power, Utilities
On the one hand - the large majority of solar power global growth occurred in China in 2017. And if you're a business person you're taught - don't depend on one customer! Good point. Except for one thing - the solar power industry is a clumpy one when considering growth, and this clumpiness seems to repeat. For instance... (more…)
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