The United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programs, under which consumers can help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as wind and solar. Green power sales from utility programs exceeded six million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2010. Wind energy now represents more than three-fourths of electricity generated for green energy programs nationwide.
The California Energy Commission has awarded more than $4.6 million for six research projects designed to expand the state’s smart grid, improve power plant pollution measurements, and conserve energy and water. Funds for the projects come from the Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, which supports public interest research and development.
Sharp is acquiring Recurrent Energy, a solar project developer and generating company with a 2 GW pipeline. As per terms of the agreement, Recurrent Energy will retain its name and operate as a subsidiary of Sharp. The purchase, valued at a reported $305 million, is expected to close by the end of 2010.
Renewable technology company Silent Power will supply the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) with distributed energy storage technology for the utility’s photovoltaic (PV) storage pilot at Anatolia.The utility’s $5.9 million pilot project will assess how the integration of energy storage by reducing peak demand loads, firming intermittent renewable capacity and maximizing overall system efficiency enhances the value of distributed PV resources for the community, the utility and the grid