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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


Going Solar: Options Abound for Co-ops Committed to Harnessing the Sun

Rural Electric Magazine, June 2015, by Cathy Cash.
http://remagazine.coop/solving-the-solar-puzzle/

"Co-op creativity is on display in trail-blazing integrations of  PV systems."

Full "Green Steam" Ahead in Boston: CHP Project Advances Region's Environmental Goals

District Energy, 2nd Quarter 2015, by William J. DiCroce.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2015Q2?folio=12#pg14

"One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is supported by an innovative district energy system that integrates thermal energy recycled from the electric generation process for heating and cooling. Since acquiring the district system in 2005, Veolia North America has made significant investments to improve network efficiency and reduce environmental impacts, culminating in the completion of its $112 million 'green steam' pipeline project in 2014."

How Energy Efficiency Financing Can Help States Meet Clean Power Plan Goals

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), May 27, 2015.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/05/how-energy-efficiency-financing-can

"Today, ACEEE is releasing the second in a series of step-by-step guides that help states claim emissions reductions resulting from energy efficiency programs and policies. Navigating the Clean Power Plan: A Template for Including Energy Efficiency Finance Programs in State Compliance Plans is focused on helping states incorporate financing programs and policies into their plans for complying with the EPA Clean Power Plan. The tool provides an overview of some types of financing approaches that may be well suited for Clean Power Plan compliance."

NREL Highlights 2014 Utility Green Power Leaders

National Renewable Energy Laboratory New Release, May 2015.
http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/news/news_template.shtml?id=2034

"The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its assessment of leading utility green power programs. Using information provided by utilities, NREL has developed "Top 10" rankings of utility green power programs for 2014 in the following categories: total sales of renewable energy to program participants, total number of customer participants, the percentage of customer participation, and green power sales as a percentage of total utility retail electricity sales."

Mining for Lithium in Geothermal Brine: Promising but Pricey

Power Magazine, Mar. 2015, by Gail Reitenbach.
http://www.powermag.com/mining-for-lithium-in-geothermal-brine-promising-but-pricey/?printmode=1

"Brine, the waste stream of the geothermal power production cycle, is usually considered a nuisance. High in corrosive minerals, even when reinjected, it’s challenging to manage. So when Simbol Inc. showed it had a way to turn this waste stream into a revenue stream by mining it for high-value minerals like lithium, a lot of people got excited. However, just as this article was going to press, a lot of people got laid off."

Centralized & Decentralized PV Power Plants: Vendor Perspectives

SolarPro, Mar/Apr 2015, by Joe Schwartz.
http://solarprofessional.com/articles/design-installation/centralized-decentralized-pv-power-plants-vendor-perspectives?v=disable_pagination

"As the capacity of utility-scale PV plants has increased in the US, so has the capacity of the centralized power-conditioning units used in these projects. Today, many plants utilize factory-integrated skids that combine inverters, medium-voltage transformers and switchgear into packages that range in capacity from 1 MW to 2.5 MW. These integrated systems offer project developers many advantages, including optimized component compatibility, as well as reduced installation time and expense."

The Growing Demand for Emergency Backup Power

Business Energy, Mar. 2015, by Dan Rafter.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/The_Growing_Demand_for_
Emergency_Backup_Power_24939.aspx


"Onsite generation options for the needs of mission-critical businesses and staying a step ahead of storms."

Are Flexible Generation Plants Performing as Expected?

Power Magazine, Mar. 2015, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/are-flexible-generation-plants-performing-as-expected/?printmode=1

"Highly flexible, fast-ramping, fast-cycling combined cycle plants hit the market with a big splash a few years ago. But are they performing as advertised? Though the few operational plants are still new and still learning, the initial results are encouraging."

Handling the Heat With CHP: ESCOs Allow for More Adoption of Cogeneration

Business Energy, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Handling_the_Heat_With_CHP_28482.aspx

"There is a renewed emphasis in the distributed generation marketplace for solutions such as Combined Heating and Power (CHP) and cogeneration, with shale gas being one of the primary drivers, notes Clark Wiedetz, director of alternative and renewable energy for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens."

Quiz: Know Your Power Plants

U.S. Department of Energy, Mar. 3, 2015.
http://www.energy.gov/articles/quiz-know-your-power-plants

"This quiz will test your knowledge of electricity generation in the U.S. Each map shows existing U.S. power plants for a specific fuel source, scaled by the plant's production capacity. See if you can guess the energy source by how it's distributed across the country!"
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