NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, November 7: SUN COULD SHINE FOR JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA; OCEAN WIND ADVANCES IN DELAWARE; NEW YORK GOES BIG ON NEW TRANSMISSION

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    Wednesday, November 07, 2012

    QUICK NEWS, November 7: SUN COULD SHINE FOR JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA; OCEAN WIND ADVANCES IN DELAWARE; NEW YORK GOES BIG ON NEW TRANSMISSION

    SUN COULD SHINE FOR JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA New Study Finds that Solar Power Is a Bargain for Ratepayers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

    5 November 2012 (PR Newswire via RenewablesBiz)

    “…[S]olar power in New Jersey and Pennsylvania delivers value to the electric grid that exceeds its cost by a large margin, making it a bargain for energy consumers…Energy providers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are required to buy certain amounts of solar power each year. They pay a premium for that solar power in the form of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates, or SRECs, and pass this premium cost on to ratepayers.

    “…[A Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA) and Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association (PASEIA) study by consulting firm Clean Power Research] found that solar power delivers a total levelized value ranging from $256 to $318 per MWh (25.6 cents to 31.8 cents per kWh)…”

    “…[T]his includes a premium value in the range of $150 to $200 per MWh (15 cents to 20 cents per kWh), above the value of the solar electricity generated. The SRECs in New Jersey currently cost about $60/MWh (6 cents per KWh), and in Pennsylvania they cost about $20/ MWh (2 cents per KWH)…[A] value that exceeds its cost by 50% to over 100%...

    “Research concluded that…distributed solar power delivers…Lower conventional electricity market prices due to reduced peak demand…Valuable price hedge from using a free, renewable fuel rather than variably-priced fossil fuels…Avoided costs of new transmission and distribution infrastructure…Reduced need to build, operate and maintain natural gas generating plants…Reduced outages due to a more reliable, distributed electric power system…Reduced future costs of mitigating the environmental impacts of coal, natural gas, nuclear, and other generation…[and] Enhanced tax revenues associated with local job creation, which is higher for solar than conventional power generation…”

    OCEAN WIND ADVANCES IN DELAWARE NRG Energy gets lease for offshore Delaware project

    Carl Levesque, Octtober 26, 2012 (Wind Energy Weekly)

    “The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has reached agreement on a lease for commercial wind energy development in federal waters covering 96,430 acres that are located approximately 11 nautical miles off the coast of Delaware…

    “The agreement marks the first lease completed under Interior’s “Smart from the Start” approach to facilitate environmentally responsible offshore wind development along the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) by identifying wind energy areas in a coordinated, focused approach with extensive environmental analysis, public review and large-scale planning…”

    “The lease grants NRG Bluewater Wind Delaware LLC the exclusive right to submit one or more plans to BOEM to conduct activities in support of wind energy development in the lease area. The company may submit a plan to conduct site assessment activities, such as the installation of a meteorological tower or meteorological buoy, as well as submit a construction and operations Plan (COP) to propose construction of the actual wind facility and cabling to shore.

    “In its original project nomination, NRG Bluewater proposed a 450-MW project off the coast of Delaware, although ther project scope could change…The project’s path to completion, however, has been complicated by business factors…Late last year NRG cancelled the power purchase agreement with Delmarva Power for the project’s electricity…[and] decided not to continue with its offshore wind power business, which it acquired in 2008 with the purchase of Bluewater Wind…[but the new] lease will make the project all the more appealing to potential partners or buyers…”

    NEW YORK GOES BIG ON NEW TRANSMISSION NY panel offers plan for up to 3,200 MW of new generation, transmission

    Carl Levesque, October 26, 2012 (Wind Energy Weekly)

    “…The five-member Energy Highway Task Force…gave New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo a blueprint that includes 13 recommended actions to advance the governor's push to modernize the state's energy system [that will add as much as 3,200 MW of electric generation and transmission capacity as well as renewable power generation through public and private investments totaling about $5.7 billion.]…

    “…Cuomo, during his state of the state address in January, outlined an “Energy Highway Initiative” to improve the system…The task force created the blueprint after reviewing feedback from 85 entities, including the state's investor-owned utilities, private developers and investors…[Actions would] involve stakeholders from the private sector, state agencies and investor-owned utilities, along with the New York Power Authority, Long Island Power Authority and the New York Independent System Operator…[and] begin by the end of 2012 or early 2013.”

    “The recommended actions…Build $1 billion worth of electric transmission projects totaling more than 1,000 MW of capacity…[and]Advance up to $800 million of investments in electric generation, transmission, and distribution to enhance reliability, safety and storm resilience.

    “…[The state would] execute new contracts for up to $250 million with renewable energy developers under the renewable portfolio standard to leverage an additional $425 million in private-sector investment…Build up to $35 million worth of strategic transmission upgrades…[for] additional renewable energy development in northern New York…[prepare for] offshore wind development in the Atlantic Ocean…[and invest] $100 million...for smart grid technologies…[and] demonstration of new technologies in power grid system operations, security and energy storage.”

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