Generation Guide: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Generation Network – April 2, 2021Posted to Energy Central in the Generation Professionals Group
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Welcome to the Generation Network roundup, Generation Guide. As always, your fellow group members are paying close attention to generation and clean power trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about asset reliability risks, the success of wind and solar power in the U.S., and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!
What’s the Latest Trend in Power Generation? Lowering Risk.
In this piece, Randy Heisler, Vice President at Life Cycle Engineering tells us that utilities are starting to evaluate asset reliability risks and realizing the importance of asset management practices. He explains that asset management policy and strategy includes value recognition, risk evaluation, strategy optimization, aligned objectives, and asset life cycle determination. Randy also offers tips for realizing such strategies, considering factors like safety and costs. This item is part of Energy Central’s 2021-03 – Power Generation Special Issue.
Enabling Low Carbon Energy Generation | The Critical Role for Hydro, Nuclear, Hydrogen, and Other Low Carbon Fuels
In this post, Danielle Vitoff, Associate Director at Guidehouse, and co-author Hector Artze highlight the role of decarbonization in the current energy transformation. They point out that how the system already feels the impacts of climate change is an important matter that should be discussed. They suggest features of a decarbonized and resilient generation portfolio and changes to decision-making about the construction of our energy infrastructure. This item is part of Energy Central’s 2021-03 – Power Generation Special Issue.
U.S. Wind and Solar Power Keep Surprising
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/cp/us-wind-and-solar-power-keep-surprising
Despite the economic slowdown of 2020 and a decline in overall U.S. electricity production during that time, wind and solar flourished and have also grown considerably in the last decade. According to Kent Knutson, Energy Market Specialist at Hitachi ABB Power Grids, this growth is being driven by several factors, including attractive federal and state tax incentives and new investment by utilities and corporations to meet clean energy goals. Based on these factors, Kent foresees the growth in renewables to continue over the next several years, with high performance from both wind and solar projects.
Clean Electricity Needs Different Transmission System
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/cp/clean-electricity-needs-different-transmission-system
The need for a new transmission system that integrates higher levels of variable renewable generation into the grid while maintaining system reliability is especially acute in the U.S. Here, Fereidoon P. Sioshansi, Ph.D., President at Menlo Energy Economics states that one reason is a weak federal regulator, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He describes in detail a report from Americans for a Clean Energy Grid that recommends issues for FERC to address, including planning process reforms, transmission investments, and allocating transmission costs.
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