NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, October 2: New Energy Emergence Goes On; What Battery Energy Storage Can Do for New York; What Pumped Hydro Storage Can Do For W. VA

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    Monday, October 02, 2017

    QUICK NEWS, October 2: New Energy Emergence Goes On; What Battery Energy Storage Can Do for New York; What Pumped Hydro Storage Can Do For W. VA

    New Energy Emergence Goes On Renewables Grow Over 10% in First Half 2017 as Consumption of Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power Falls…Renewables Now Provide ~42% More Energy than Nuclear

    Ken Bossong, October 2, 2017 (U.S. Energy Information (EIA) via Sun Day)

    “…[D]omestic production and use of renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) continued to show strong growth during the first half of the year as the consumption of both nuclear power and fossil fuels declined…Renewables accounted for 13.49% of domestic energy production during the first half of 2017 compared to 12.61% during the same period in 2016 and 10.88% in 2015…On the consumption side (i.e., energy used for electricity, transportation, thermal, etc.), the pattern of growth is similar…[From 2015 to 2016,] solar production and use has grown by 39.86%, hydropower by 16.13%, wind by 15.65%, and geothermal by 1.80%...By comparison, energy output from the nation's nuclear power plants in the first half of 2017 was 3.27% lower than in the same period in 2016 and 2.29% lower than its 2015 level. As a share of the nation's overall energy production, nuclear power is now less than one-tenth - just 9.44% - and even lower (8.40%) as a share of energy consumption…[O]verall consumption of fossil fuels (i.e., coal, natural gas, oil) continued its downward slide from 81.73% of total energy use in the first half of 2015 to 80.31% for the same six-month period in 2016, and to 79.46% in 2017…” click here for more

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    What Battery Energy Storage Can Do for New York Can energy storage replace peakers in NYC? A new study looks at the ability of energy storage systems to replacing aging, polluting fossil fuel peak power plants in New York City and thereby make use of the future growth of local solar power

    Mark Burger, Septembere 29, 2017 (PV Magazine)

    “…[With much of New York City’s power plant infrastructure overdue retirement, there is] a crisis developing…[Thousands of megawatts of steam and gas turbine systems, responsible for much of New York City’s non-carbon pollution, especially in proximate low-income communities, are apparently beyond effective retrofitting and their electricity generation, especially during peak hours, need to be replaced…This challenge is especially acute…[because] New York City generates slightly more than half its electricity locally, and cannot easily access clean power from hydro or wind power sources due to lack of transmission, particularly during daytime peak hours. On a statewide basis, the growth of natural gas sourced electricity threatens carbon reduction goals…[Strategen Consulting’s New York City’s Aging Power Plants: Risks, Replacement Options and the Role of Energy Storage determined that a serious commitment to energy storage systems would make them economically competitive with new peaker plants. Like solar and other renewable energy, energy storage would require long term contracts and NY Independent System Operator compensation for financial viability…” click here for more

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    What Pumped Hydro Storage Can Do For W. VA Hydro station would power SW Va. economy, tax base, study says

    Stephen Igo, September 30, 2017 (Kingsport Times-News)

    "Dominion Energy Virginia’s proposed pumped hydroelectric storage power station in Southwest Virginia would fuel approximately $576 million in economic benefits with more than half the impact in the state’s coalfield region…[a new study] estimates the project would support nearly 3,000 jobs during development and construction, including more than 2,000 in the coalfield region. Once in operation, the facility is projected to produce about $12 million annually in tax revenue for Southwest Virginia governments. The seven coal producing counties have agreed to share tax proceeds, regardless of where the facility is located…A pumped hydropower station uses an upper reservoir to store water. During times of peak energy demand, water is released into a lower reservoir and produces electricity via turbines. During low demand times, the water is pumped back to the upper reservoir…Once in operation, the study predicts, the power station would generate about $37 million annually in total economic impact for Southwest Virginia. Chmura projected a completion date for the facility of 2028…” click here for more

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