Friday, April 18, 2014

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 18 April 2014

The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy
17 April 2014 - In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. The measure, which sailed to passage on a near unanimous vote after no debate, is likely to be signed into law by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill, known as S.B. 1456, will specifically target those who install power generation systems on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. However, those who already have such renewable systems installed will not be affected. read more>>>

Well you Oklahomans, and every other state, know what you need to do as those seeking to represent? you are laying out their resumes, that's a joke {resumes?}, for the jobs sought! Not only in state but federal as well, and not only on the special interests issues, so called conservatives bought and fully owned, being blocked in their favor and certainly not yours or your communities, while you also pay for their every needs!

On alternative energy sources they've been doing so for some forty years now, not only blocking the products but the innovative advances in as well as R&D into new source abilities!!

PUD's innovative hydropower plan
April 16, 2014 - The Snohomish Public Utility District (PUD) has developed an innovative plan for a proposed hydropower project -- the Sunset Fish Passage & Energy Project -- which requires no dam, weir or river barriers, ultimately saving $10 million in construction costs.

The PUD's updated design modifies the water intake area and fish screens to cut excavation needs in half. It also reduces construction time by an estimated six months. In addition, more efficient turbines at a proposed powerhouse would increase annual energy production.

The no-dam design is possible due to the unique geography of the South Fork Skykomish River. Upstream from Sunset Falls, the river turns sharply -- a complete 180 degrees -- creating a deep pool of water, which can accommodate an underwater intake structure. read more>>>

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DOE's roadmap to energy security, prosperity
April 16, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency's core mission of ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The 2014 Strategic Plan provides a roadmap for achieving these goals.

"Following this roadmap, the Department will continue building a cleaner energy environment, strengthening our economy, creating jobs, and fostering innovation in the process," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a statement. "The priorities outlined in this plan are critical to advancing the nation's energy security and providing for a more secure and prosperous country for future generations." read more>>>

Wind and energy storage a winning combination for ERCOT
April 16, 2014 - The Texas Energy Storage Alliance (TESA) and the Energy Storage Association (ESA) are working together to assist in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) stakeholder driven market redesign process. ESA is the organization under which proposed rules enabling the advancement of utility scale energy storage technologies will be ensured. As energy storage technologies are commercialized and the energy storage industry grows nationwide, this Texas-based effort will benefit greatly from the leadership by ESA.

"Texas is an important market for energy storage, and ERCOT is leading a stakeholder process that could become a model for other system operators," said Darrell Hayslip, ESA's chairman of the board. "Energy storage is uniquely positioned to provide immense value in the ancillary services market." read more>>>

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DOE conducting smart grid cybersecurity research
April 16, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is calling on federally funded research and development centers to apply for research grants. The DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory, on behalf of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, is seeking applications to conduct research, development and demonstrations leading to next-generation tools and technologies that will become widely adopted to enhance and accelerate deployment of cybersecurity capabilities for the U.S energy infrastructure, including cyber secure integration of smart grid technologies.

The research will concentrate on enhancing the cybersecurity of energy delivery control systems, including electricity generation, transmission and distribution, as well as the production, refining, storage and distribution of oil and gas. read more>>>

Microgrids becoming mainstream
April 15, 2014 - Driven by growth in distributed generation and a greater desire of consumers and businesses for greater energy independence, the microgrid concept has moved steadily toward the mainstream. Microgrid deployments are happening worldwide, with some new subsegments heating up -- with grid-tied utility distribution microgrids (UDM) and direct current (DC) microgrids attracting increased attention, according to Navigant research.

"The pace of microgrid deployments has accelerated rapidly around the world, in a variety of application segments," said Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. "In the United States, in particular, the increasing frequency of severe weather is prompting utilities to reconsider their historic opposition to customer-owned microgrids that can disconnect from the larger grid and continue to function, allowing critical mission functions to stay up and running." read more>>>

Clemson researchers work on future of nation’s electrical grid
April 15, 2014 - With the help of power company money, Clemson University professors are helping develop smart grid technologies. Keith Corzine is working on securing the nation’s flow of electricity, a challenge he says was underscored in April 2013 when gunmen attacked a Silicon Valley substation.

“This kind of attack at multiple locations around the country could take out the grid,” said Corzine, who works on the main campus as the Warren H. Owen-Duke Energy distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Researchers are looking for ways to keep the grid secure, help drive down the cost of renewable energy and make the system more reliable and efficient. read more>>>

US$45B from green economy?
April 16, 2014 - Kenya's transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits -- equivalent to an estimated US$45 billion by 2030 — as well as greater food security, a cleaner environment and higher productivity of natural resources, according to a new study launched yesterday by the Government of Kenya and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Titled the Green Economy Assessment Report: Kenya, the study finds that the transition to an inclusive, low emission, resource efficient green economy will result in stronger economic growth and increased wealth-creation opportunities by 2021. read more>>>

Solaire Generation and IRC Install First Long Span 360 Solar Carports at Danversport Yacht Club
April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Solaire Generation's first Long Span 360 solar carport system was recently commissioned at the Danversport Yacht Club, bringing 253 kW more renewable energy to the Bay State. The Long Span 360, Solaire's latest patent pending solar carport design, is a unique architectural solar structure that optimizes a parking lot's generating capacity by spanning two parallel parking rows as well as the internal drive aisle. The Long Span's customizable design increases a parking lot's solar capacity by 25% versus a traditional solar parking canopy, and can be built up to 110' wide with up to 70' column spacing.

Industrial Roofing Companies (IRC) of Lewiston, Maine, who served as EPC and project developer, sought out Solaire, headquartered in New York City, due to Solaire's proven track record and unique design expertise. Solaire and IRC worked closely to offer the Danversport Yacht Club a custom solution that fit the goals of the project. Solaire designed, fabricated and installed the canopies, completing the foundations and steel erection on time despite harsh winter conditions. read more>>>

Scientists come up with method of reducing solar panel glare
April 15, 2014 - The glare from solar farms could be a thing of the past, thanks to scientists at Loughborough University. Researchers have developed a multi-layer anti-reflection (AR) coating for glass surfaces, which reduces the sun's reflection from photovoltaic panels while at the same time improving their efficiency.

The coating was developed by researchers at the Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST) who believe it will be attractive to solar panel manufacturers.

It is applied using the same technology as that used for depositing anti-reflection coatings on eye glasses. read more>>>

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