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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: Power Generation

Power Plants

Stanford University's "Fourth-Generation" District Energy System

District Energy, 4th Quarter 2016, by Joseph C. Stagner.

"In 1987 Stanford took a giant step forward in efficiency and environmental stewardship with the installation of a 50 MW natural gas-fired cogeneration plant to provide electricity, steam and chilled water for its campus. Three decades later, the Cardinal Cogeneration plant has been replaced by the new $468 million Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) project...."

Energy Storage as a Power Resource

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Oct. 17, 2016, by John Harrison.

"As renewable energy, primarily wind and solar power, proliferates across the Northwest and increases our supply of low-cost, carbon-free energy, there also is a growing need to store energy so it can be released into the regional power grid when renewable generation declines, as when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine. Consequently, research and development is focused on promising, utility-scale storage devices and also on identifying and resolving regulatory issues so that storage, like renewable energy, can proliferate. While there is progress, technological and policy hurdles remain, a panel of energy storage experts told the Council at a recent meeting."

New Report: Geothermal Power Market Showing Strong Growth

International District Energy Association, Oct. 14, 2016.

"A new report by the US Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) projects sustained strong growth for geothermal power through 2016. The “2016 Annual U.S. & Global Geothermal Power Production Report” forecasts that projects now under development when completed would increase capacity outside the U.S. by 25%."

What Are Microgrids, and Should Utilities Be Afraid of Them?

Solar Industry, Oct. 2016, by Geoff Sparrow.

"The emerging technology could serve as an asset for grid modernization and the transition to cleaner power."

Looking North for Solutions [Canadian Windpower]

Wind Systems Magazine, Sept. 2016, by Jean François Nolet.

"For years, Canada’s wind-energy industry has had the potential to expand its market through exports to the United States, but it is only now — bolstered by a perfect storm of supply-and-demand drivers — that the opportunity is finally becoming concrete."

Nanogrids and Microgrids are Keys to Decentralizing the Energy Infrastructure

Energy Manager Today, Sept. 13, 2016, by Carl Weinschenk.

"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."

Energy Secretary Moniz and Interior Secretary Jewell Announce New National Offshore Wind Strategy to Drive Deployment, Sept. 9, 2016.

"U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the publication of a collaborative strategic plan to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the United States, the National Offshore Wind Strategy: Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States, which could help enable 86 gigawatts of offshore wind in the United States by 2050. The strategy details the current state of offshore wind in the United States, presents the actions and innovations needed to reduce deployment costs and timelines, and provides a roadmap to support the growth and success of the industry."

The Future of Distributed Generation

Rural Electric Magazine, Aug. 2016, by Reed Karaim.

"Electric cooperatives have a long history of integrating distributed generation (DG) sources. But if you want a glimpse of the future of DG, you’ll find it in the wooded hills and valleys of northern Vermont, where Vermont Electric Cooperative is already living with challenges many co-ops will eventually face."

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

Utility Dive, Aug. 4, 2016, by Herman K. Trabish.

"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.

"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."
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