NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, March 26: WIND SAVES CALIFORNIA’S GRID; MIDEAST BACKS AWAY FROM SPAIN’S CSP; FRENCH UTILITY CUTS NUCLEAR FOR NEW ENERGY

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    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    QUICK NEWS, March 26: WIND SAVES CALIFORNIA’S GRID; MIDEAST BACKS AWAY FROM SPAIN’S CSP; FRENCH UTILITY CUTS NUCLEAR FOR NEW ENERGY

    WIND SAVES CALIFORNIA’S GRID CAISO: Wind, demand response helped avoid February emergency alert

    Christine Cordner, March 21, 2014 (SNL)

    “The California ISO was saved from calling an energy emergency alert in February due to an uptick in wind generation…[C]old weather caused natural gas price spikes and supply curtailments to Southern California generators [Feb. 6]…[N]eeds were met by increased output from northern California generation, higher imports, a Flex Alert call for conservation, and demand response…Demand response played a key role by reducing peak load by approximately 700 MW. In addition, the system benefited from 800 MW of additional wind generation, which started ramping up…just as CAISO was preparing to call a Stage One emergency alert…[G]as incidents are getting closer and closer to the edge [according to CAISO CEO Steve Berberich]…Wind resources provided 40% of total renewable energy in 2013, up from 38% in 2012, while solar resources provided 17% in 2013, up from 8% in 2012…[Geothermal] provided 27% of CAISO's renewable energy tally…[S]olar is expected to increase its share in 2014…” click here for more

    MIDEAST BACKS AWAY FROM SPAIN’S CSP Masdar versus Spain: say adios to CSP investors? Spain’s administration seems unperturbed at the growing queue for arbitration over loss of CSP earnings. But it may need to think twice about wooing foreign investors in future.

    Heba Hashem/Jason Deign, March 21, 2014 (CSP Today)

    “Spain’s ability to attract future CSP investors looks increasingly in doubt as the number of international backers embarking on arbitration proceedings grows…Abu Dhabi’s leading clean energy player, Masdar, became the fourth international CSP investor to present a claim against Spain at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), for loss of earnings caused by policy changes…Masdar has investments in three CSP projects in Spain, including Torresol Energy’s landmark Gemasolar plant, which was opened in October 2011…Since then, however, relations between the two countries appear to have soured…[because of reduced] support schemes that originally attracted foreign investors…” click here for more

    FRENCH UTILITY CUTS NUCLEAR FOR NEW ENERGY EDF Curbs Nuclear Generation to Allow for Wind and Solar on Grid

    Tara Patel, March 19, 2014 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

    “Electricite de France SA, the world’s biggest nuclear operator, is having to cut production from its reactors to accommodate higher European wind and solar output, potentially curbing future earnings from atomic power…The utility, whose 58 French reactors account for about three-quarters of the country’s electricity production, can lower the output of a 1,000-megawatt plant by four-fifths in about 20 minutes…France’s nuclear fleet was designed to provide baseload power, or electricity generated around the clock. As European countries add more renewable sources such as wind and solar parks, plants that produce atomic or fossil-fueled power are having to suspend output to avoid overloading the grid…Each of EDF’s reactors can book about 200 million euros ($278 million) a year in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, Miniere said. The utility has earmarked 55 billion euros to invest through 2025 on maintaining and improving the safety of atomic plants.” click here for more

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