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As you have all heard me say (probably to excess) utility networks are going to a redundant ring architecture on the long haul and metro rings and mesh in the local, mirroring advanced telecom networks and distributed generation and storage nodes will look just like an Internet for electrons instead of digital bits.
I was very happy to see that this guy agrees:
“We have a system which is energy-inefficient because it was never designed to be efficient,” said Richard L. Kauffman, the state’s so-called energy czar, who is leading its plans to reimagine the power grid. ”It’s like a
mainframe computer in the age of cloud computing”, he added, “and with climate change, the state has to “rethink that basic architecture.”
SOURCE, 2017 New York Times: Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York (Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo),
Chair of the NYSERDA Board in 2017 New York Times.
PPAs are becoming the primary mechanism corporations use to procure large amounts of clean power and add new renewable energy to the grid. Looking at aggregate renewable PPA deals signed by commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) organizations, it is clear that Tech and Telecom sectors have been major players; in 2015, 2/3 of non-utility renewable energy PPAs were executed by IT companies.
Train corridors in and out of NY are already powered by electricity. Adding fuel cell generation along the ROWs could accomplish same without having to carry and refuel pressurized fuel tanks on board the rolling stock.https://www.mbtmag.com/news/2017/11/hydrogen-powered-trains-run-german-rails-2021?cmpid=verticalcontent&__hstc=97553472.86dd36bfe76874bc17b7ae13acad081e.1489096093739.1512593742258.1512598911670.156&__hssc=97553472.1.1512598911670&__hsfp=3986090372
call Congress today!
Monty,The tax bill that the Senate passed late Friday night will have huge ramifications for America's future, and renewables are no exception.The tax bill was passed with a provision that would undermine renewable investments (link), significantly harming America's ability to keep repowering the country with clean, low-cost solar. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of solar and wind workers whose livelihoods are at stake.House members and senators are now reconciling differences between the two versions of the bill. There is a lot at stake, including America's solar and wind job-creating industries.Call your lawmakers to say NO to a tax plan that is bad for solar energy, bad for the local jobs it's creating, and bad for the healthier future it's building.Dial 202-224-3121 to be patched through to your representative. Once you tell them that you oppose the tax plan and its impact on renewables, hang up and dial again to send both of your senators the same message.Your elected officials work for you, the American people - and the vast majority of Americans support clean energy progress. Don't let Congress take that away.Onward,Adam + the Vote Solar teamP.S. Already make the called? Forward this action alert to friends, family, and colleagues. Every voice counts.
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Mexico announced preliminary results of energy auction
20.11.2017: The National Energy Control Center (CENACE) and the Mexico’s Department of Energy (SENER) announced preliminary results of the third long-term energy auction. According to the Mexican government, a total of 46 bids were submitted for 5.49 TWh, out of which 16 bids were preliminarily selected. According to Mercom Capital Group, a record low tariff of $0.0177 per kWh was quoted by Enel Green Power for supplying a total of 883,696 MWh of power annually across two projects representing a capacity of approximately 290 MW.
The recent bids represent a decline of nearly 35 percent, from the lowest bid quoted in Mexico's second energy auction conducted in October last year. Solar may account for around 55.35 percent of contracted power with 3 TWh and 58.31 percent of clean energy certificates. Overall, the auction could award contracts for 5.49 TWh and 5.95 million clean energy certificates, says CENACE.
The results and the official winning bids and ruling will be released by SENER and CENACE on November 22.
The predictions referenced in this article are from NREL, so should be considered solid as far as market data and forecasts go. If you read between the lines and in the context of what we are doing with fuel cells, you will likely conclude that even when paired with a zero fuel/low-cost source of energy to charge them, and focus only on discharging them for maximum demand/rate arbitrage, batteries are still very much in early adoption phase, heading to a successful business and investment model, but they are no there today. The Cost/Benefit numbers show that IRRs actually degrade very substantially when batteries are added to a solar investment. For this and a number of other reasons in addition to their basic economics (reliability, manageability, bankability etc), if NY utilities are looking for immediate and proven demand relief solutions that they can implement at will, conform to NWA/REV/REC programs will still be viably operating over long contract periods, only FC’s and solar fit those criteria today. Let’s all hope their award decision is based on objective facts and not the sizzle and future potential of energy storage.
We will likely want to increasingly bring storage into market opportunity assessments, but for now, only if a battery developer/operator is capable of mitigating the risks and being financeable.