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Last coal fired power plants closing in NY and UK

The end of burning coal to generate electricity is continuing. In the UK, two large coal-fired facilities have been closed recently — Fiddler’s Ferry in Cheshire and Aberthaw in Wales. Fiddler’s Ferry was first commissioned in 1973 and had a peak capacity of 2,000 megawatts. Aberthaw was rated at 1,560 megawatts. By Steve Hanley Cleantechnica […]

April 2nd

Best way to improve electric grid security: Build more solar microgrids

Rooftop solar communities may soon become the latest line of cybersecurity defense for America’s vulnerable electric utility industry, providing emergency power for local consumers while supporting the grid in the event of an attack-based outage. Indeed, a key recommendation in a recent President’s National Advisory Infrastructure Council report on cybersecurity and the grid is that […]

December 19th

From Australia to Arizona, grid-scale battery storage is accelerating

To hear the opponents of Proposition 127 in Arizona tell it, renewable energy is a non-starter because it is intermittent and the cost of grid-scale storage is too high. In this case, somebody is lying through their teeth or else large and presumably savvy companies are throwing away millions of dollars on grid-scale battery storage installations in […]

October 25th

Yes we CAN have it all: Upgrading electric rail lines could also upgrade the electric grid

Solutionary Rail is a book with a strange title that proposes a plan to solve two critical infrastructure challenges with a single effort. Electrifying the US rail system and installing electrical transmission lines that serve to both provide power to the rail system and to transport electricity from capillary generation sources to the destination of most […]

September 17th

Climate change will dramatically shift European electricity demand

A team of scientists from Germany and the United States has determined that rising temperatures due to climate change will have a dramatic impact on Europe’s electricity consumption patterns, ultimately putting extra strain on European power grids. By Joshua S Hill  Led by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the new study was […]

August 30th

EVs and the Grid Summit – Improving the electrification of the US transportation system

The EVs & the Grid Summit* will bring together regulators, utilities, city planners, OEMs, charging station hosts, and others to discuss vehicle-grid integration (VGI) and the electrification of America’s transportation system. You should be there! (Sponsored content) Infocast’s EVs & the Grid Summit, set for October 17–19, 2017, in San Francisco, California, will create partnership […]

August 29th

Renewable energy share PASSING nuclear. Not in 50 years – RIGHT NOW.

The US Energy Information Administration last week published its latest ‘Electric Power Monthly’ which reveals US renewable energy is locked in a virtual dead-heat with US nuclear energy, each providing about 20% of U.S. electrical generation. However, it’s predicted that nuclear will soon see its percentage share decrease, while renewables will continue to grow. By Joshua S […]

August 28th