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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


A Combined Heat & Power Renaissance in New York City

Power Engineering, Oct. 2016, by Devon Manz, Al Clark, and Michael Norelli.
http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-120/issue-10/features/a-combined-heat-power-renaissance-in-new-york-city.html

"...the confluence of low natural gas prices, high electric rates and the need for resilient power is motivating many commercial and industrial customers across the United States to return to Edison's original concept, where power is generated closer to where it is used. The drivers for this trend of on-site generation are perhaps strongest back in Edison's original test city of New York, where a combined heat and power (CHP) renaissance is underway."

Accounting Methodology for Source Energy of Non-Combustible Renewable Electricity Generation

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Oct. 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/analysis/downloads/accounting-methodology-source-energy-non-combustible-renewable-electricity

"As non-combustible sources of renewable power (wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal) do not consume fuel, the “source” (or “primary”) energy from these sources cannot be accounted for in the same manner as it is for fossil fuel sources. The methodology chosen for these technologies is important as it affects the perception of the relative size of renewable source energy to fossil energy, affects estimates of source-based building energy use, and overall source energy based metrics such as energy productivity. This memo reviews the methodological choices, outlines implications of each choice, summarizes responses to a request for information on this topic, and presents guiding principles...."

Fuel Of The Future? [Biomass]

Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Oct. 18, 2016, by John Harrison.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/boardman-plant-will-burn-renewable-fuel/

"Portland General Electric will stop burning coal at its Boardman power plant in 2020, replacing coal with biomass including a bamboo-like cane."

Wave-Energy Project Puts B.C. at Forefront of Renewable Energy Research

Vancouver [BC] Metro, Oct. 11, 2016, by Wanyee Li.
http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2016/10/11/wave-energy-project-at-uvic-gets-funding-for-new-buoy.html

"University of Victoria (UVic) researchers are buying another wave-measuring buoy using new provincial funding in an effort to turn ocean waves into clean and renewable energy."

Wave Energy Researchers Dive Deep to Advance Clean Energy Source

Science Daily, Oct. 13, 2016.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161013130112.htm

"...engineers at Sandia National Laboratories are conducting the largest model-scale wave energy testing of its kind to improve the performance of wave-energy converters (WECs). The project is taking place at the U.S. Navy's Maneuvering and Sea Keeping facility at the Carderock Division in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the largest wave tanks in the world at 360 feet long and 240 feet wide and able to hold 12 million gallons of water."

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

District Energy, 4th Quarter 2016, by Joseph C. Stagner.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2016q4?sub_id=DOwgMT0rNL8TV&folio=19&pg=21#pg21

"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.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/energy-storage-presentations-october-2016/

"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.
http://www.districtenergy.org/blog/2016/10/14/new-report-geothermal-power-market-showing-strong-growth/

"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.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/online/issues/SI1610/FEAT_03_What-Are-Microgrids-Of-Them.html

"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.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1284/looking-north-for-solutions

"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."
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