30. August 2016 · Comments Off on Time to ditch the “dumb” grid and embrace a smart energy future : Renew Economy · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Australia’s National Energy Market is hamstrung by an out-dated, ‘dumb’ grid, and must be updated to face the realities of low carbon, low marginal cost energy generation. Greater inter-connectivity is the first critical step needed to ensure sufficient competition in the market to drive down prices, and allow the continuity of supply in periods of low renewable generation.A diversified energy mix is required to ensure continuity of low carbon energy supply and growth of investment opportunities. Continual and increasing investment in increasing efficiency of wind and solar photovoltaic power, as well as in alternative methods of generation such as bioenergy, geothermal, concentrated solar power, and tidal power is required.

Source: Time to ditch the “dumb” grid and embrace a smart energy future : Renew Economy

06. June 2015 · Comments Off on Mexico could power electric grid with 46 percent renewables by 2030 · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A new report found that Mexico could become a renewable leader — or at least contender — by 2030. The report — Renewable Energy Prospects: Mexico, conducted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) — found that Mexico can increase its renewable energy portfolio from 4.4 percent in 2010 to 21 percent in 2030. The country could also generate up to 46 percent of its electricity from renewable sources — including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass — by 2030.

Source: Mexico could power electric grid with 46 percent renewables by 2030 – FierceEnergy

14. May 2015 · Comments Off on Microgrid helps power largest office building in Kansas · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Black & Veatch has commissioned a new microgrid system that provides power to its world headquarters using a range of renewables and natural gas. The microgrid, which can produce up to 1,300 megawatt hours of power annually — combines natural gas, rooftop solar, geothermal and battery storage.

Source: Microgrid helps power largest office building in Kansas – FierceEnergy

20. April 2015 · Comments Off on Implementation of Smart Grids Could Generate €3.5 Billion for the Netherlands · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The implementation of smart energy grids in the consumer market is worth between 1 and 3.5 billion euros, according to a recent study carried out in PowerMatching City, a pilot project in which a smart energy grid has been implemented in practice.

In order to find practical answers to the problems that the transition to clean energy entails, in 2009 PowerMatching City was established in Hoogkerk, in the Dutch province of Groningen. In 2011, a community of 40 households entered into phase 2 of this pilot, a real-life experiment in living with sustainable energy. The residents used solar panels, micro CHP plants and heat pumps to provide their own electricity and heat their own water using the sun, gas and geothermal heat. Smart software was used to share electricity with neighbors, and household appliances were activated at times when the supply of electricity from the local grid was optimal.

via Implementation of Smart Grids Could Generate €3.5 Billion for the Netherlands.

20. March 2015 · Comments Off on Scotland launches fund to better utilize geothermal · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Scotland is undertaking numerous projects to utilize energy available within the country, and a commitment to geothermal energy is the latest in their sights. Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, is looking to explore Scotland’s geothermal capacity, and has launched a fund for help meet the needs of local communities. The department is providing £250,000 for the project (or a little more than $375,000).

via Scotland launches fund to better utilize geothermal – FierceEnergy.