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Continuing heatwave puts strain on California electrical grid

One of the most extreme heat waves in generations is smothering California this week and pushing the region’s power grid to the brink of collapse.

California heatwave spurs first rolling power outages in 19 years

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) declared a statewide Stage 3 power emergency Friday evening as excessive heat drove up electricity use, forcing rolling blackouts across the state until the power grid stabilized.

Energy storage on a large scale is needed for a renewable grid

The way the world gets its electricity is undergoing a great transition today, driven by the need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and by the plummeting costs of wind and solar technologies. The next big advance will have to be in energy storage.

Army cuts power to large military base to simulate cyberattack

Last week, the U.S. Army's largest military base, Fort Bragg in North Carolina was purposely plunged into darkness for 12 hours. This was done to “determine the readiness and resiliency of the installation in a real-world scenario."

Could 'off-the-grid technology' be the future of electricity?

Oakville - The renewable energy boom is pushing the electrical grid to its limits, forcing electrical distribution businesses to look closer at generation technologies (DG) and storage services.

Polar vortex 2019 — How did the electrical grid hold up?

It takes an extreme weather event for us to find out how well our power grid really works. The Polar Vortex from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, in the Midwest and the Northeastern U.S., provided some interesting data that will be very helpful in improving the grid.

Tesla's big battery in Australia has defied all expectations

Jamestown - Nearly a year ago, Elon Musk promised to build the world's biggest lithium-ion battery in South Australia within 100 days. He delivered, and now the battery has defied skeptics, making waves in the industry thanks to its performance.

Exelon CEO — No grid emergency to justify DOE coal, nuke bailout

The CEO of the largest nuclear generator in the U.S. says the retirement of coal and nuclear plants does not constitute a grid emergency that warrants urgent intervention from the federal government, as President Donald Trump directed last week.

Puerto Rico Governor looks forward to Tesla solar technology

San Juan - Puerto Rico's Governor, Ricardo Rosselló said on Saturday he and Elon Musk held a 25-minute telephone conversation on Friday night. They discussed relief efforts as well as Tesla playing a leading role in revamping the power grid using Tesla technology.

Entrepreneurs and volunteers step up to get solar to Puerto Rico

San Juan - On September 20, powerful Category 4 Hurricane Maria made a direct landfall on the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico. Two weeks later, 90 percent of the island is without power and few have clean drinking water. But the world is responding with help.

Base load generating capacity and US electrical grid reliability

There has been a lot of talk lately about the U.S. power sector's "base load" power generation capacity being outdated and becoming less important in maintaining the grid's reliability, yet the DOE looks at the problem differently.

Op-Ed: DOE proposes massive bailout for coal and nuclear power plants

Washington D.c. - DOE Sec. Rick Perry has proposed a huge bailout for coal and nuclear power plants. The radical unprecedented move is based on a false premise that power plants with fuel located on site are needed to guarantee the reliability of the electricity system.

Solar Industry steps in to aid Puerto Rico after grid went down

Puerto Rico's power grid is destroyed, leaving the situation dire for the island's 3.5 million people. However, it's been learned that the solar industry has been quietly responding to the needs of the people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hurricanes shed light on the vulnerabilities in U.S. power grid

Two Category 4 hurricanes, back-to-back, not only caused extensive damage, massive flooding, and loss of lives – they also laid bare the poor condition of the nation's electrical grid.

Major oil companies quietly investing in clean energy startups

The energy choices we make today will have a huge impact on our health, our climate and our economy for decades to come. This is why major oil companies have joined Silicon Valley in backing clean energy technology startups.

U.S. nuclear power plants have been hacked, reports DHS

Washington D.c. - Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is small potatoes compared to what the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed Thursday night. Allegedly, Russian hackers have been targeting our nuclear power plants.

Clean energy innovations that will transform our world (Part 2)

Technological innovations in electricity generation, energy storage, and the smart grid are changing the way we power our world. Great progress has been made in developing renewable energy resources, changing the face of the energy industry.

California solar power generation reaches milestone in March

Solar power generation in California met nearly half of the state's electricity demand on March 11, making up over 44 percent of the electricity sent to the grid.

Scientists Declare Disastrous Solar Storms Could Occur in 2012

Are solar storms posing a threat to the modern world? If we are to believe the scientists at the 2009 space weather enterprise forum in Washington DC we should at least prepare for them. Presently we are not.

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Microgrids are localized grids that can disconnect from the traditional grid to operate autonomously...
Microgrids are localized grids that can disconnect from the traditional grid to operate autonomously and help mitigate grid disturbances to strengthen grid resilience.
U.S. Department of Energy
Cobra Energy is a relatively new subsidiary of Mammoth Energy.
Cobra Energy is a relatively new subsidiary of Mammoth Energy.
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The electrical grid brings electricity from the power source into our homes and businesses.
The electrical grid brings electricity from the power source into our homes and businesses.
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Britain's electricity supply mix for first quarter of 2018
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File photo: The 150 MW Andasol solar power station is a commercial parabolic trough solar thermal po...
File photo: The 150 MW Andasol solar power station is a commercial parabolic trough solar thermal power plant, located in Spain. The Andasol plant uses tanks of molten salt to store solar energy so that it can continue generating electricity even when the sun isn't shining.

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