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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables


The Untapped Potential of Community Energy Storage

Microgrid Knowledge, Sept. 19, 2016.
https://microgridknowledge.com/community-energy-storage/

"Robin Roy, an NRDC consultant, explains why community energy storage often falls between the gaps in federal energy policy and what can be done about the problem."

Nanogrids and Microgrids are Keys to Decentralizing the Energy Infrastructure

Energy Manager Today, Sept. 13, 2016, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/nanogrids-and-microgrids-are-keys-to-decentralizing-the-energy-infrastructure-0126982/

"Nanogrids essentially is the microgrid concept — creating islands of power generation that rely on renewables and can either work in concert with or independently of the utility — taken to its logical conclusion. Indeed, a big piece of the value proposition may be that nanogrids are so small that they ease the transition to decentralized power."

NARUC Rate Design Manual Reignites Debate Over Cost Shift, Value of Solar

Utility Dive, Aug. 4, 2016, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/naruc-rate-design-manual-reignites-debate-over-cost-shift-value-of-solar/423586/

"Regulators around the country are refereeing heated debates between utilities and distributed resource advocates. A guidebook is in the works to help them, but general agreement on its approach masks persisting disagreements between the two camps."

Why Home Solar Panels No Longer Pay in Some States

New York Times, July 26, 2016, by Diane Cardwell.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/business/energy-environment/why-home-solar-panels-no-longer-pay-in-some-states.html?_r=1

"Thrust in the middle are utility regulators. Even if they support greening the grid through technology adopters like [cropped], the regulators are also responsible for ensuring that the utilities can afford to supply power to the largest number of customers at the most equitable rates. That includes people without the money or inclination to install solar collectors."

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Technologies Get Boost Toward Market

Tri-City Herald, Jul 2, 2016.
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/pacific-northwest-national-lab/article87393392.html

"The Department of Energy has awarded PNNL in Richland about $4.4 million of a total $12 million given to national laboratories from the Technology Commercialization Fund of DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions. PNNL’s winning projects, all nearing commercialization, include:

▪  A solar system that converts natural gas into hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles.
▪  Making fertilizer from coal fly ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants.
▪  Self-powered acoustic fish-tracking tags for evaluating fish passage at dams.
▪  Material manufacturing techniques to make more durable, longer-lasting components for dams.
▪  A method to join aluminum parts made of different thicknesses and alloys for car manufacturing....and more."

What Matters When Purchasing a Small Wind Turbine?

Solar Today, Spring 2016, by Mick Sagrillo.
http://solartoday.org/2016/05/what-matters-when-purchasing-a-small-wind-turbine/

"What makes a manufacturer worth considering? With the plethora of small wind web sites out there, it’s might seem daunting to try to ferret out the wheat from the chaff, who is a legitimate small wind manufacturer and who is a huckster. Actually, it is simpler than it appears. Remember the discussion about turbine certification? (ST Winter 2015/2016) This is your screen. Any manufacturer not listed with a certified turbine should not be considered, period. No matter what they promise or how much they plead. Do you want to be someone’s beta test site or do you want a working wind system for decades?"

Mapping Out Microgrids

On-Site Energy Management, Mar/Apr 2016, by Tom Bryan.
http://www.onsiteenergymanager.com/articles/4824/mapping-out-microgrids

"Every distributed generation project with islanding capability is unique and usually custom-made. There are, however, off-the-shelf methods of assessing and designing them. On-Site Energy Management's latest print issue lays out the fundamentals."

U.S. Microgrid Market Development

Power Magazine, May 2016, by Gail Reitenbach.
http://www.powermag.com/u-s-microgrid-market-development/

"Microgrids have been around for decades, but today, more potential customers, owners, technologies, and vendors than ever are part of the market. Increased interest in this special grid resource means there’s more competition, which is generally a good thing, but there are also new challenges."

New Cogen System Triples Energy Output from Biogas at Oregon WWTP

Biomass Magazine, May 2015, by Katie Fletcher.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/13229/new-cogen-system-triples-energy-output-from-biogas-at-oregon-wwtp

"On May 4, Clean Water Services, Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy formally announced the implementation of a new cogeneration system that converts wastewater and grease into renewable energy. The innovative system, which is part of Clean Water Services Durham Treatment Facility, is the third cogeneration system in Oregon to codigest fats, oils and grease (FOG)."

Measuring the True Costs and Benefits of Energy Storage, Part 2

North American Clean Energy, Mar/Apr 2016, by Katherine Von Burg.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/22680/measuring-the-true-costs-and-benefits-of-energy-storage

"Part Two - How cycle life and environmental factors impact LCOE
In last month’s issue, Part One of this series began covering how checking a few simple performance metrics can help calculate the true costs and benefits of competing energy storage systems. Additionally calculating this levelized cost of energy (LCOE) can help distinguish between what might look like a good price up front from what’s actually a better buy in the long run."
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