Advanced Energy Perspectives

NEWS: National Grid Puts $100M into Sunrun; Tesla builds a rooftop solar farm; Self-Driving Cars Dominate Auto and Consumer Electronics Shows

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Jan 13, 2017 2:21:05 PM

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Image courtesy of BMW.

We’ve entered the mid-winter slump up here in the northern hemisphere, but don’t worry. Between news of major deals and investments and advanced vehicles making headlines at both CES and the Detroit Auto Show, things are certainly looking sunny for advanced energy in the week that was. 

To start this week’s recap off we have Sunrun and National Grid, which have entered into a partnership worth about $100 million. National Grid, a natural gas and electric utility that has more than 20 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island as well as the United Kingdom, has partnered with Sunrun to sell small-scale solar systems to residential consumers and small commercial customers. The initial goal is to install rooftop solar on 100,000 single family homes in downstate New York, but both companies expect something much larger soon.

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Topics: News Update

Gov. Kasich’s Veto Creates $10B Market Opportunity, But Ohio’s Energy Future is Far from Settled

Posted by Ray Fakhoury and Ted Ford

Jan 12, 2017 5:51:01 PM

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Ohio gained national attention in the closing days of lame duck session as the legislature and Gov. John Kasich squared off over the future of state’s energy standards. Despite the Governor’s clear signal that he would veto any extension of the freeze instituted two years ago, the Ohio General Assembly passed HB554, which would have extended the freeze on the state’s energy standards by turning the benchmark requirements into voluntary goals for the state’s utilities through 2019. Despite the efforts of legislative leaders, who sought to pass the bill with veto-proof majorities, the vote fell short of reaching the threshold needed for an override. That set the stage for some end-of-session drama.

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Topics: State Policy Update

THIS IS ADVANCED ENERGY: Waste Energy Recovery

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Jan 10, 2017 5:58:55 PM

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Image courtesy of Ormat.

Waste Energy Recovery (WER) describes any process in which energy that would typically be “thrown away” is captured and put to use. In broad terms, there are three types of waste energy sources suitable for recovery: waste heat, excess pressure in steam and other industrial processes that is normally dissipated, and residual fuel value in industrial process streams (purge gases, off-gases, etc.). WER can be used to generate electricity or to produce thermal energy for industrial processes. Some applications of WER are similar to combined heat and power (CHP), except that instead of the fuel used by CHP systems, WER uses recovered energy that is otherwise considered waste.

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Topics: This Is Advanced Energy

NEWS: Autonomous Cars Drive Vegas; Tesla Hires 1,100 Nevadans (so far) for Gigafactory; Solar For Cheap

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Jan 6, 2017 9:47:00 AM

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It’s the first week of the year, and the news is already teeming with stories about advanced energy. From cars that drive themselves stealing the show at CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) to new developments in EV batteries to entire countries running exclusively on advanced energy, the news demonstrates that advanced energy is here to stay.

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Topics: News Update

The Clean Power Plan and a New President: What Now?

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Jan 5, 2017 10:25:00 AM

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For more than two years, AEE has been watching the Clean Power Plan (CPP) very closely; we have dissected and analyzed key aspects of the rule, followed the relevant regulatory proceedings, tracked state planning processes, and assessed modeling results. All this work has been motivated by the potential for the CPP to accelerate advanced energy deployment—an opportunity we value at roughly $20 billion annually.

On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump expressed a very different view of the CPP, describing it as a threat rather than an opportunity. With Trump just over one week away from assuming his new role, there are still a number of unanswered questions about the future of the CPP. For now, we’ll steer clear of speculation and stick to what we know for certain.

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Topics: EPA GHG Regs

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