Blog from Jane Marsh: Why We Need a Greener Power Grid More Than a Resilient One

Major weather events and aging grid infrastructure have led many to call for a resilient grid that can stand up to the elements. However, prioritizing resilience may be the wrong approach — instead, grid officials should consider how sustainability could future-proof the grid and protect it from future crises. Climate change and extreme weather are … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: Why We Need a Greener Power Grid More Than a Resilient One

Plans underway for subsea cable to export electricity from Morocco with UK

Ed Reed writes on the Energy Voice website about plans from Xlinks to export electricity from Morocco to the UK from their renewable energy project in Morocco. It is going to be very interesting to see how this project evolves.   Xlinks launches Morocco-UK renewable energy plan Xlinks has set out plans to export clean … Continue reading Plans underway for subsea cable to export electricity from Morocco with UK

Northwest US now giving more emphasis to renewables than energy efficiency

The Northwest Power Plan guides the electricity demand decisions of the Bonneville Power Administration over the next 20 years. Its latest draft power plan is dramatically different from previous versions, now giving more emphasis to renewable energy.  Courtney Flatt discusses latest developments in an article on the Oregon Public Broadcasting website.   More renewable energy, … Continue reading Northwest US now giving more emphasis to renewables than energy efficiency

West Africa needs infrastructure and expertise to exploit hydropower capacity to ensure electricity efficiency

Innocent Odoh writes on the Leadership website about efforts to put its energy system on a more sustainable footing.   ECOWAS Quest For Energy Efficiency Amid Challenges West Africa has large energy resources, which accounts for about one-third of African gas and oil reserves and over 23,000 Megawatt (MW) of technically exploitable hydropower capacity according … Continue reading West Africa needs infrastructure and expertise to exploit hydropower capacity to ensure electricity efficiency

It is one thing to install a renewable system in a remote community and a whole other to ensure its long-term, sustainable operation

Feyza G. Sahinyazan, Assistant Professor, Beedie School of Business, Department of Technology & Operations Management at Simon Fraser University and Serasu Duran, Assistant Professor, Operations and Supply Chain Management at Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary write about their concerns about mini-grids in an article on The Conversation website.   Why renewable … Continue reading It is one thing to install a renewable system in a remote community and a whole other to ensure its long-term, sustainable operation

An antiquated energy grid and outdated planning rules are undermining efforts to tackle the climate crisis in Britain

Renewable energy providers call for reform of system that reserves capacity for gas power stations, even when they’re laying idle, writes Ben Chapman on the Independent website.   UK’s net zero push undermined by energy grid that holds back renewables Efforts to tackle the climate crisis are being undermined by an antiquated energy grid and … Continue reading An antiquated energy grid and outdated planning rules are undermining efforts to tackle the climate crisis in Britain

Accelerating America’s shift to a carbon-free electric power system

In the last 15 years, the US has seen a dramatic change in its shift to a carbon-free electric power system. Ryan Wiser, Bentham Paulos, Dev Millstein and Joseph Rand from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory write on The Conversation website about this shift. Pay particular attention to what has happened to projected energy demand.   … Continue reading Accelerating America’s shift to a carbon-free electric power system

Draft decision in Australia for households and small business with solar panels pay to inject their surplus production into the grid raises concerns

Australian households with rooftop solar panels could be charged for exporting electricity into the power grid at times when it is not needed under proposed changes to the national electricity market. Bruce Mountain, Director, Victoria Energy Policy Centre at Victoria University writes on The Conversation website that this could prove to be a big mistake … Continue reading Draft decision in Australia for households and small business with solar panels pay to inject their surplus production into the grid raises concerns

There is currently limited evidence for a quick transition to renewables in Africa

Galina Alova and Philipp Trotter of the University of Oxford write on The Conversation website about how they see the energy transition unfolding in Africa. Worryingly, it is going to be difficult to transition to renewable energies. Renewables represent only 10 % of Africa’s electricity production and even though they will significantly expand this decade, … Continue reading There is currently limited evidence for a quick transition to renewables in Africa

Lessons learned from recent Texas disaster

The frigid disaster unfolding in Texas is being seen as a warning to urgently assess the resilience of key systems like electricity to the risks posed by the climate crisis. Carl Meyer discusses the issues in an article on the National Observer website.   Texas disaster shows need for climate audits of power grids, experts … Continue reading Lessons learned from recent Texas disaster