Saturday, December 30, 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Economists, Businesses and Markets weigh in on the tax bill

Trump Orders Boost In Production Of Critical Minerals

UN General Assembly votes to condemn Trump's Jerusalem decision - CNNPolitics

A totally Trump threat followed by a totally Trump reaction when anyone stands up to his threats.
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Boeing Delivers Reversible Fuel Cell-based Energy Storage System to Southern California Edison and U.S. Navy

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Flow battery growth

North American Clean Energy - EDF Renewable Energy Closes Series A Investment in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Start-up

North American Clean Energy - Younicos Recommissions Duke Energy Renewables’ 36 MW Battery Storage System in Texas

Virgin Hyperloop One Just Broke Its Speed Record

Long-Term Clean Energy Optimism, Short-Term Caution | Bloomberg New Energy Finance

A Sweeping Tax Plan Whose Promises Face Widespread Doubts

Zinke: US Reliance On Foreign Minerals A Security Risk - a direct outcome of a protectionist policy is that you cant rely on global trading partners you have pissed off.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Trump Ratchets up Tensions with China

The Fundamental Architecture of Energy Networks is Evolving

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.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

New York Times on Tax Bill Impacts on RE

South Dakota Wind Blade Manufacturing Plant Announces Closure

More fallout from the fossil heads attack on the PTC? If we can't manufacture something as big and difficult to transport from afar as turbine blades, what makes anyone think we can level the playing field with Asia on solar panels by making them more expensive via tariffs?

Direct Renewable PPAs in Telecom and IT Sectors by Year - 2008 to Feb 2017

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.



Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy



GE Cuts 12K Power Jobs As Demand, Renewables Skew Market

The Mindshift Needed for Utility-integrated Energy Storage

Good article captures the opportunity, some core remaining architecture and economic model challenges and why the control and management software space is hot with acquistions.

Emailing 3015.0817 Trident OP Data Sheet.pdf

Re: Hydrogen-Powered Trains To Run On German Rails In 2021

Hi Monty, very interesting, We have not heard from Hydrogenics??

On Dec 6, 2017, at 5:30 PM, Monty Bannerman <> wrote:

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.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Big boy contingent strategies driving accelerating equity investments in storage

Biggest U.S. Nuclear Owner Exelon Invests in Storage Startup

Enel Signs 85 MW of Energy Storage Supply Agreements with PG&E - Renewable Energy World

Hydrogen-Powered Trains To Run On German Rails In 2021

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.

US Records Strongest US Worker Productivity In 3 Years

Solar operators turn to new forecasting tools to boost market flexibility | New Energy Update

SEIA: »America First Plan for Solar Energy« |

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How Trump Did the Impossible: Getting Solar and Oil Lobbyists to Unite

Michigan Emerging

US Trade Deficit Rises To $48.7 Billion On Record Imports

Nissan Undaunted By Republican Tax Bill Provisions To Stop Electric Vehicle Tax Credits

Fwd: Tax bill will slow solar progress. SPEAK OUT NOW!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Adam Browning -- Vote Solar" <>
Date: Dec 5, 2017 9:49 AM
Subject: Tax bill will slow solar progress. ACT NOW!
To: "Monty Bannerman" <>

call Congress today!


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.
Adam + the Vote Solar team
P.S. Already make the called? Forward this action alert to friends, family, and colleagues. Every voice counts. 


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Senate Doubles Down on Tax Provisions That Would Harm Renewable Energy | Greentech Media

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin - IEEE Spectrum

Elon Musk's Giant Battery Set for Testing in South Australia

Trump Rejects Icahn-Backed Bid to Change Biofuel Mandate - Corn Lobby Cheers

Miami History Threatened by Rising Sea Levels

Russia Says "No Problem" on Radiation Spike

Global Energy Storage Market Growth Projection - BNEF

Source: BNEF, November 2017


Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy



Mexico sets world’s lowest solar price; Energy storage to hit 125 GW by 2030 | New Energy Update

US wind O&M costs estimated at $48,000/MW; Falling costs create new industrial uses: IEA | New Energy Update

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mexico publishes requirements for clean energy certificates - Note Acciona Project

Mexico Releases Auction Results!

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.


Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy



Saturday, November 18, 2017

NY State PSC Regulatory Mandate on Energy Storage Due by December 2017


Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy



Thursday, November 16, 2017

GE Engineer's Dream

GE's huge 3D metal printer makes aircraft parts // Engadget

GE has unveiled its previously-announced 3D metal printer, suitable for making aircraft parts. At the manufacturing trade show formnext in Germany, the GE Additive team revealed the as-yet-unnamed machine, demonstrating its ability to print parts as large as 1 meter in diameter directly from a computer file. Using additive manufacturing technology, the machine fuses together thin layers of metal powder with a 1-kilowatt laser.

The machine has the potential to build even larger parts, too, thanks to its scalable nature, plus its design can be configured to add more lasers if required. Mohammad Ehteshami, part of GE's Project ATLAS team (Additive Technology Large Area System), said it had already been used to print a jet combustor liner. "It can also be applicable for manufacturers in the automotive, power and space industries," he added.

The printer, which is still in beta stage, draws on additive manufacturing technology which is already being used by several GE businesses. GE Aviation is building the Advanced Turboprop, a commercial aircraft engine made largely of 3D parts. Using the technology designers reduced 855 separate parts down to just 12. According to Ehteshami, the machine is "an engineer's dream".

Source: GE


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World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Wants Out of Oil and Gas

Telefónica touts plastic optical fiber for in-home networks - Lightwave

Amid Global Electric-Car Buzz, Toyota Bullish On Hydrogen Fuel Cells

After Nuclear Debacle, Utility Asks To Cut S. Carolina Rates

Federal Utility: $900M To Move Power Plant Ash To Landfill on Same Site! - another hidden but real cost of coal becoming visible

Germany's Siemens To Cut 6,900 Jobs At Power, Drives Units - Disruption from renewables now painfully present for most efficient nat gas generation

Monday, November 13, 2017

Boston Dynamics 'new' SpotMini robot ready for a walk

Boston Dynamics 'new' SpotMini robot looks ready for a walk // Engadget

Boston Dynamics isn't a part of Google/Alphabet anymore, but that won't stand in the way of new robot videos, like this latest teaser for a revamped version of its dog-like electric SpotMini robot. Described only as the "new SpotMini" it looks sleeker and more production ready than any version we've seen before. There's no creepy manipulator arm mounted on top and it's covered in plastic, revealing only a set of 3D vision cameras on the exterior.

SoftBank has started rolling out robots in Japan, and it can't be too long before we see its latest acquisition deliver something for the US. Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert said, "I happen to believe that robotics will be bigger than the Internet" at a conference in October, and this could be the company's first step towards making that happen.

Source: Boston Dynamics (YouTube), Boston Dynamics


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US showing at Bonn climate conference

Friday, November 10, 2017

BBC News: Apec summit: Trump and Xi offer competing visions for trade

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Apec summit: Trump and Xi offer competing visions for trade -

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What Trump's Odd Comment on China Trade Reveals

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lamborghini Unveils a Self-Healing Electric Supercar powered by supercapacitors

GOP Senators Say Wind Tax Credit Is Safe in Their Tax Overhaul

Multinationals Scurry to Defuse House Tax Bill’s ‘Atomic Bomb’

Fossil Fuels Will Be Main Energy Source For Decades Says OPEC

World's Biggest Shipping Company Counts Cost Of Cyberattack

Leclanché receives order for a 15 MWh battery storage project from German SWB | $333/kWh

Monday, November 6, 2017

Trump Xi: Property man meets career communist

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Trump Xi: Property man meets career communist -

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Trump Is Leaving Japan Empty-Handed on Trade

How McConnell May Have Inadvertently Undercut the Coal Industry and Perry's "not very clever" Coal Order

Friday, November 3, 2017

What’s the Utility Repair Cost When Two Big Hurricanes Hit the Power Grid? $2.5 Billion

First Solar and NextEra contingent strategies

US Makes Final Finding On Canadian Softwood Imports

Rick Perry under fire for suggestion fossil fuels can reduce sexual assault | US news | The Guardian

2015 US Average Annual Number and Duration of Power Outages - Per Customer

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Power Industry Report (EIA-861) 2015



Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy



Carmakers Join Forces In Europe To Make Electrics Widespread

US Factory Orders Up 1.4 Percent In September

> Annual Microgrid Implementation Spending by US Department of Defense Expected to Exceed $1 Billion in 2026 Navigant Research

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Most definitive climate study, just released, leaves no more room for doubters and deniers

The World's Tiniest Power Market Will Leverage Big Data to Sell Solar - Bloomberg

US Workers' Productivity Jumps 3 Percent In Third Quarter

Musk Affirms Perry's Charter Membership in the Trump Morons Club

ITC published recommendations regarding imports of crystalline PV products |

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Americans Are Officially Freaking Out about Trump

Sweden Pays for Trump Whistle-Blower to Attend UN Climate Talks

Canada signs flurry of Small Modular Reactor contracts in Bid to become leader in this technology with no proven market | Nuclear Energy Insider

Small group scoops international effort to sequence huge wheat genome : Nature News & Comment

WElink Energy to start construction of 221 MW PV plant in Portugal |

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Puerto Rico contract controversy

Here's What's In That $300 Million Whitefish Contract

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

FERC Proposes New Security Management Controls for Grid Cyber Systems

BBC News: Deutsche to pay $220m over Libor probe

Fines in lieu of criminal prosecutions still rolling in from the financial crash

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US smashing its clean energy forecasts

E.ON Texas wind battery gains point to expanding storage openings | New Energy Update

Note that even big wind, which needs and benefits more from time-shifting and frequency regulation than solar and an open market like Texas, the message on batteries is still "getting there" on the economics and needing regulatory help (good luck on that from Trump and Perry).

US solar boom set to make PV with storage cost competitive by 2020 | New Energy Update

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.

US solar boom set to make PV with storage cost competitive by 2020 | New Energy Update

Fwd: Tesla and Vestas Partner in $160 Million Australian Project - Renewable Energy World

To: Monty ​ Bannerman​ <>

Tesla and Vestas Partner in $160 Million Australian Project

October 19, 2017

novel $160 million renewable energy project combining wind, solar and storage technologies reached financial close.

Tesla Inc. will supply batteries and Vestas Wind Systems A/S will supply turbines for the first phase of the Kennedy Energy Park, according to a Thursday statement on the website of project co-developer WindLab Ltd. The project is located in Queensland Australia and will be financed by the Clean Energy Finance Corp. and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

The 60.2 megawatt development will be the first to connect the three renewable power technologies to the Australian grid through a single connection point, once it is completed by the end of 2018, according to the statement. The combination will help provide reliable supplies of electricity, overcoming one of the biggest downsides to intermittent renewable energy generation technologies.

Don't Miss: Can Storage Expand Wind's Share of the Energy Mix?

"Hybrid solutions combining wind, solar and storage hold a huge potential for Australia," said Clive Turton, President of Vestas Asia Pacific. The first phase could lead to a larger 1.2-gigawatt energy park in the region.

The project in Flinders Shire, in north-central Queensland, will deploy 12 of Vestas's V136-3.6 MW wind turbines as well as 15 megawatts of solar panel capacity and a 4 megawatt-hour Tesla lithium ion battery, all managed by Vestas' control system.


Pegging the All-In, Installed Cost of a Tesla Powerwall 2

Then Apple CEO Steve Jobs opened the doors to what has turned out to be a vast, new global retail market for smartphones and mobile/wireless telecommunications when he introduced the first touchscreen iPhone to the world in January 2007.
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Project equity will be provided equally by developers Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdings Corp, and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will provide $93.5 million of debt finance on a long-tenured, non-recourse basis, according to the statement. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will also provide $18 million in the form of a subordinated refundable grant, it said.

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Lead image: Vestas Turbine. Credit Pixabay.

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