China Reveals World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Turbine

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By PowerMag:

“Two Chinese companies announced production of the largest offshore wind turbine built to date, a 16-MW unit developed by China Three Gorges (CTG) and Goldwind.

The groups on Nov. 24 showed off the turbine at a factory in Fujian province. The turbine has a 252-meter rotor diameter, with a 50,000-meter sweep area. The hub height is 146 meters.

Lei Mingshan, chairman of CTG, in a statement said, ‘the successful rollout of the 16-MW unit marks that my country’s wind power equipment industry has achieved a historic leap from ‘following’ to ‘running alongside’ and then to ‘leading’, creating the latest benchmark for the development of global offshore wind power equipment.’ ”

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FERC Tightens Regulations for Inverter Based Resources

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By Renewable Energy World:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued “new mandatory standards for inverter-based resources (IBRs) in an effort to enhance the reliability of the bulk electric system. IBRs are solar photovoltaic, wind, fuel cell and battery storage resources that use power electronic devices to change direct current power to alternating current power, to be transmitted on the bulk-power system.

In its November 17 action orders, FERC focused on three IBR-relateded actions:

  • An order directing the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) to develop a plan to register the entities that own and operate IBRs;
  • A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to direct NERC to develop reliability standards for IBRs that cover data sharing, model validation, planning and operational studies, and performance requirements; and
  • An order approving reliability standards that are related to IBRs, which NERC proposed earlier in 2022.”

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Higer Fuel Costs and Power Outages Produced a Hard Spot for TVA in 2022

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By PowerEngineering:

TVA’s financial statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) showed fuel and power purchased expenses up nearly $2 billion in FY ’22 compared to the previous fiscal year. “Total operating expenses rose $2.5 billion for the year that ended Sept. 30, as compared to the prior year.

These increases were primarily due to higher natural gas and coal prices, along with increased market prices of purchased power. TVA said its fuel expenses alone rose by $830 million year-over-year. TVA said the average price of natural gas was almost 90% higher in 2022 as compared to 2021.”

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DOE Will Implement $350 Million in Long-Duration Energy Storage Projects

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By T&D World:

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will deploy long-duration energy storage (LDES) projects for maintaining power delivery for “10 to 24 hours or longer to support a low-cost, reliable, carbon-free electric grid. Funded in part by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this funding opportunity will advance new renewable energy technologies, enhance the capabilities of customers and communities to integrate grid storage more effectively, increase grid resilience, and expand America’s global leadership in energy storage.

The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $350 million for these emerging” type projects.

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DOE: Distributed Energy Resources Need to Be Designed with Cybersecurity Protection

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By Utility Dive:

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) present major obstacles in grid reliability and protection against cyberattacks and threats. DOE states “they should be designed with security as a ‘core component.’

An attack on distributed solar or battery storage resources would have ‘negligible impact’ on grid reliability today, DOE said, but the capacity of DERs on the electric system is expected to quadruple by 2025 and the agency warned that each of those systems could be hacked.”

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Entergy Plans to Build a 250 MW Solar Farm in Arkansas

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By Renewable Energy World:

Entergy is planning to build a 250 MW solar farm project which will end up being Arkansas’s biggest renewable project. It will provide power to “steel manufacturing plants near Osceola in Mississippi County.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission greenlit the 250 MW Driver solar project, which would be built by Lightsource bp, one of the largest solar developers in the world.

Lightsource bp has completed development and permitting of the solar field and plans to build the facility under a build-transfer agreement with Entergy Arkansas.”

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