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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: Windpower

Wind


BPA Breaks Ground on New Power Line

Bonneville Power Administration Bulletin, May 2014. (See page 1 of the PDF.)
http://www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/Journal/Journal-201405-May-2014.pdf

"BPA will begin constructing the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental transmission line this month. The new line is expected to carry more than 800 megawatts of renewable wind energy, enough to power about half a million Northwest homes when the wind is blowing."

The Year Energy Storage Hit Its Stride

Power Magazine, May 2014, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/the-year-energy-storage-hit-its-stride/

"After operating on the sidelines for years, the energy storage sector is finally poised to begin making its mark, driven by greater policy support and technological advances that have begun making new solutions economic."


Amory's Angle: Ramping Up Renewable Electricity

Rocky Mountain Institute, Winter 2014, by Amory B. Lovins.
http://www.rmi.org/winter_2014_esj_ramping_up_renewable_electricity

"Many people in the electricity industry long thought that the two renewable sources of electricity that vary widely over time—windpower and solar photovoltaics (PVs) —could provide only a few percent of total generation without endangering reliability. Those who still believe this now face increasingly severe reality tests.

As we’ll see, Germany and other countries are successfully powering their grids with astonishingly high fractions of renewable generation by combining five techniques: a) leveraging diverse generation sources across interconnected regional and national grids, b) improving renewables’ forecasting and predictability, c) integrating dispatchable renewables, d) adding distributed storage, and e) leveraging demand response."




Feds Step Up Avian Enforcement: Will You Be Ready?

North American Windpower, Apr. 2014, by Richard Harris Podolsky.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1404/FEAT_03_Feds-Step-Up-Avian-Enforcement-Will-You-Be-Ready.html

"There is a triple whammy emerging in the wind industry that will require developers to be far more proactive than they have been regarding bird and bat issues."

Storage Steps Up: Could Grid-integrated Batteries Change the Way Power Producers Operate Fossil Power Plants?

Fortnightly's Power Profit, Feb. 26, 2014, by Scott M. Gawlicki, Public Utilities Fortnightly.
 http://powerprofit.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/storage-steps

"Duke Energy Renewables’ 153-MW Notrees (Texas) Wind Power Project includes a 36-MW advanced lead acid battery – the largest capacity battery facility in North America. Duke says developing expertise in this advanced technology will help expand the use of renewable energy, better integrate it into the power grid, and make the company more efficient at serving customers. Could batteries and other storage technologies affect the way power producers evaluate and operate their generating assets – in particular fossil fired generating assets they currently rely on to supply ancillary services?"

Wind Proves it Can Hold Its Own in Tough Times

Wind Power Monthly, Feb. 2014, by David Milborrow.
http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1228422/wind-proves-hold-its-own-tough-times

"The increasingly competitive position of wind as an electricity-generating source has been highlighted in Windpower Monthly for some time, but in 2013 a number of influential international organisations, such as the International Energy Agency and the World Energy Council, also reflected this view. The exact position of wind vis a vis cost comparison varies, depending on the price of competing fuels, but the debate over the relative economics of wind and nuclear power has acquired clear evidence over the past 12 months that wind is cheaper than nuclear."

Active Power Controls from Wind Power: Bridging the Gaps

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Technical Report NREL/TP-5D00-60574, Jan. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/60574.pdf

"NREL, along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and University of Colorado and collaboration from a large international industry stakeholder group, embarked on a comprehensive study to understand the ways in which wind power technology can assist the power system by providing control of its active power output being injected onto the grid. The focus of this report is a mitigation strategy that is not often discussed and is in some ways counterintuitive: the use of wind power to support power system reliability by providing active power control (APC) at fast timescales."

Evolving Codes: Ensuring Wind Turbine Safety

North American Clean Energy, Jan/Feb 2014, by Kenneth Boyce.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/magazine/janfeb2014/index.html#p=18

"Wind power generation resources continue to grow in North America and around the world, now representing a significant proportion of new electrical power capacity. In cases of rapid development and deployment of energy infrastructure--such as what is happening with new wind power resources--standards become a critical foundation."

The Best Wind Power Hardware of 2013

Windpower Monthly, January 2014.
http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1225237/turbines-year---best-wind-power-hardware-2013

"We pick our way through the technological trends and product developments of 2013 to find and award the cream of the crop. We proudly present the medal-worthy winners and the runners-up in Windpower Monthly's second turbines of the year report."
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