Generation Guide: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Generation Network – February 4, 2022

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Welcome to the Generation Network roundup, Generation Guide. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to generation and clean power trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about natural gas bans, Canada’s clean energy plans, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


Solar Tracker Challenges on Non-Flat Terrain

Yezin Taha

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When solar power was introduced, the power plants were installed on flat land. But, as the technology gains traction, not all land available for this use is flat. Grading is a possible solution, but less so for terrain with greater challenges. Trackers can also be used, but only on flat terrain. In this article, Yezin Taha, CEO at Nevados Engineering, Inc. explains the use of new technology that helps developers take these factors and others into consideration to navigate the design and construction process. This item is part of the Power Industry 2022 Trends & Predictions special issue.


Natural Gas Bans Gain Traction Across the U.S.

Diane Cherry

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In this post, Diane Cherry, Principal at Diane Cherry Consulting explains recent moves to ban fossil fuel furnace sales and phase out natural gas use in buildings in city and state governments across the U.S. However, other jurisdictions are moving in the opposite direction, attempting to block efforts to reduce or eliminate natural gas. Diane points out that arguments against natural gas bans ignore the facts that renewables are more economically competitive, less harmful to health and the environment, and should provide power for newly electrified buildings.


The World Has Changed. The West Has Changed. Our Approaches Must Change

Amanda Sargent

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The Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) has recently completed an analysis of energy resource adequacy in the U.S. West over the next 10 years. Here, Amanda Sargent, Senior Resource Adequacy Analyst at WECC shares several takeaways from the analysis. They include that all regions in the West show many hours at risk of load loss over the next 10 years; and that resource adequacy risks could get worse if action is not taken to mitigate near-term and prevent long-term risks. This item is part of the Power Industry 2022 Trends & Predictions special issue.


Canada’s Clean Energy

Vladimir Vinogradov

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Recently, Canada pledged to cut GHG emissions by 40-45% below 2005 levels by 2030 and to reach Net Zero by 2050. In this piece, Vladimir Vinogradov, Owner and CEO at WOGNEWS explains that the country’s plans are based on several key initiatives, including deployment of carbon pricing, implementation of an electricity transition, decarbonization of upstream oil and gas production, enhancement of energy efficiency, use of clean fuels, support of technology and innovation, and commitment to a people-centered approach.


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