Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Energy News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



ENERGY NEWS
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
by Daniel J. Graeber
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017


A proposal to address what the Trump administration outlined as threats to traditional energy sources is counterintuitive, sustainable energy supporters said.

The U.S. Department of Energy said last week it was calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how the wholesale electricity sector works by offering compensation for "traditional" power generators.

In a letter to FERC, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said there's been a "significant" loss to traditional baseload generation over the last six years. According to Energy Department estimates, about 37 gigawatts worth of coal power was retired over the period and 34.4 GW more is under threat. The next largest set of planned retirements will come from the nuclear power sector, the department said.

"Our economy, government and national defense all depend on electricity," Perry's letter read. "Therefore, ensuring a reliable and resilient electric supply and corresponding supply chain are vital to national security."

In May, President Donald Trump signed a measure to review former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, lift a short-term ban on leasing federal land for coal production, lift limits on coal production and return energy production authority to the states.

The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of Obama's climate change agenda, set a goal of cutting carbon emissions by 32 percent of their 2005 baseline by 2030. Perry said the order by Trump was the first step of a plan to make the United States not just energy independent, but "energy dominant."

By April, the energy secretary was calling for an investigation into the resilience and reliability of the nation's energy grid. With renewable resources like solar and wind deemed variable because of the nature of their power origins, the secretary said the issue was a critical one given regulatory burdens enacted by previous administrations that could impact legacy resources like coal-fired power generation.

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy countered that Perry's latest effort failed to consider gains in affordability and reliability already apparent as the market adapts to a growing portfolio of clean energy.

"The DOE grid resiliency pricing proposal could jeopardize this approach," BCSE President Lisa Jacobson said in a statement.

Traditional coal belts in the United States have faced economic strains in the changing energy landscape. The U.S. position as a solar panel producer has also faded. The United States had a dominant position in the solar energy sector in 1995, manufacturing 43 percent of the world's solar panels. As of 2015, six of the top 10 leaders for the global market share of solar modules were Chinese. First Solar was the only U.S. company to make the top 10 list that year.

An annual report from the American Wind Energy Association found first quarter U.S. installations of wind power reached 2,000 megawatts, quadruple the capacity from one year ago. By state, Texas, the No. 1 oil producer in the United States and Perry's home state, had the most installed wind power capacity on the grid and the most in the first quarter with 724 megawatts.

Perry added that recent weather-related outages, most recently from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, highlighted the strains on the energy sector.

"Much work needs to be done to preserve these fuel-secure generation resources that have the essential reliability and resiliency attributes needed to keep the lights on for all Americans in times of crisis," his letter read.

ENERGY NEWS
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A project led by the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will combine artificial intelligence with massive amounts of data and industry experience from a dozen U.S. partners to identify places where the electric grid is vulnerable to disruption, reinforce those spots in advance and recover faster when failures do occur. The eventual goal is an autonomous grid that s ... read more

Related Links



Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

ENERGY NEWS
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures

Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability

ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia

China merges energy giants into global leader

ENERGY NEWS
Small scale energy harvesters show large scale impact

Research led by PPPL provides reassurance that heat flux will be manageable in ITER

Stopping problem ice - by cracking it

Hybrid indium-lithium anodes provide fast interfacial ion transport

ENERGY NEWS
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy

French energy company to build wind power sector in India

Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas

Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed

ENERGY NEWS
India gets lending support for a greener grid

A little tension yields enormous solar crystals

International Trade Commission finds injury in solar industry dispute

France gets green light for green support schemes

ENERGY NEWS
BWXT awarded contract extension for nuclear waste facility operations

UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018

Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker

Against rising headwinds, UK pushes ahead with nuclear projects

ENERGY NEWS
Algae with light switch

Researchers develop 3-D-printed biomaterials that degrade on demand

Illinois researchers develop gene circuit design strategy to advance synthetic biology

Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

ENERGY NEWS
Minnesota hears it from both sides over Enbridge oil pipeline

Russian budget deficit revised lower

U.S. data show petroleum supply and consumer demand dropped

Barents Sea oil and gas search effort comes up empty

ENERGY NEWS
Science denial not limited to political right

Canada Tory MP called out for referring to minister as 'climate Barbie'

US looks to work with Paris climate accord 'partners': Tillerson

Climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement