Solar auctions, tenders drop in November: Mercom

Solar tender and auction activity declined steeply in India during November, Mercom Capital Group said today. The solar capacity tendered across the country during the month fell by 25 per cent to 300 MW compared to October and the amount of solar auctioned dropped by 98 per cent to just 5 MW, a Mercom Capital … Read more

Renewable energy gains market share in EIA 2018 projection, with gas, coal steady

Dive Brief: The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s newly released Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO) projects that renewable energy resources, excluding hydropower, will gain about two percentage points, reaching 10% of the U.S. electricity generation market in 2018. The EIA expects generation from gas-fired power plants to drop to 32% in 2017 from 34% in 2016, … Read more

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Southwest coal plants costing customers millions in overcharges, Sierra Club reports

Dive Brief: A Sierra Club report released last week alleges utilities in the Southwest Power Pool are running more expensive coal-fired plants, even when cheaper wind power is available on the wholesale market, and then making up the expense in state rate proceedings. The report finds that in 2015 and 2016, running 14 of the … Read more

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JA Solar Announces 60-Cell PV Modules Exceed 325W

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of high-performance solar power products, today announced the output power of its 60-cell PV modules assembled by mono-Si PERC cells has exceeded 325W. The actual output power of 326.67 W measured and certified by TUV SUD sets a new world record for 60-cell mono-Si PV modules. As one of the largest PV … Read more

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About that national conversation on resilience of the electric grid: The urgent need for guidance and action

“Resilience” is perhaps the newest, most popular term in the electric industry’s lexicon these days.   If it’s not about the utter lack of resilience after Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico’s electric grid, then it’s about Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s September 2017 proposal − initiated in the name of resilience − to preserve financially … Read more

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FERC turns down provisions in PJM’s minimum offer price rule after court remand

Dive Brief: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week rejected changes to PJM Interconnection’s minimum price offer rules (MOPR), reversing its 2013 decision after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the case back to the agency. The court sided with generators in July, after they requested a review of the agency’s decision. The D.C. … Read more

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Trump admin withheld $91M in funds from ARPA-E, GAO report says

Dive Brief: The Trump administration inappropriately withheld $91 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects ­Agency, according to analysis by the Government Accountability Office. President Trump’s budget request for FY 2018 proposed eliminating the innovation agency, and called for Congress cancel more than $46 million of ARPA-E’s unobligated balances and require that … Read more

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