Reactive power is becoming a hot issue in many regions of the country. Regulators and grid operators are grappling with ways to account fairly for reactive power supplies, and to encourage such...
Distributed Energy Resources
ABB delivered and commissioned a microgrid control system that enables the Portuguese island of Faial in the Atlantic Ocean to add more wind energy to its power mix without destabilizing the network. The island of 15,000 inhabitants has an electricity network that operates as a self-contained microgrid, powered by six oil-fired generators producing up to 17 MW of power. The control system will calculate the most economical configuration, ensure balance between supply and demand, maximize the integration of wind energy, and optimize the generators so the entire system performs at peak potential.
IKEA installed three Blink EV charging stations at its Dallas-area store as part of its partnership with Car Charging Group , the new owner of the Blink Network and Blink charging stations. This initiative represents the 10th such project for IKEA in the United States, with installation underway at seven other locations. When completed, the units currently planned will bring to 55 the total number of Blink charging stations at IKEA locations.
Siemens Energy received an order from Panda Power Funds to supply two generating units with H-class gas turbines for the 829-MW Patriot combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) in Clinton Township, Penn. Siemens will provide two SGT6-8000H gas turbines, steam turbines, hydrogen-cooled generators, and heat recovery steam generators, along with instrumentation and control systems. In addition, Siemens will provide long-term maintenance and service for the gas turbine major components.
Wood Group GTS was awarded a six-year contract to provide maintenance services for a GE Frame 7EA gas turbine at an unnamed manufacturing facility in Texas. The contract includes all major maintenance services, including parts, repairs, and field services, as well as monitoring and diagnostics technology. The customer’s accelerated process required Wood Group to install systems before the next scheduled turbine inspection in spring 2014.
First Wind reached an agreement with Burlington (Vt.) Electric Department (BED) to sell the power generated from the planned 54-MW Hancock wind project near Ellsworth, Maine. First Wind will sell 25 percent of the power and renewable energy certificates (REC) generated for the next 10 years under a fixed-price agreement. When built, the Hancock project will include 18 turbines with a capacity of 3 MW each, located near the operating 34-MW Bull Hill wind project in Hancock County, Maine, which began operations in November 2012.
SunEdison plans to build a PV project in partnership with New York City, with groundbreaking expected in the second half of 2015. The project will consist of two PV systems totaling up to 10 MW in size, on 47 leased acres at the 2,200-acre Freshkills Park reclaimed landfill site.
EdF Renewable Energy ordered 220 MW of V100-2.0 MW wind turbine generators from Vestas. The order is part of the master supply agreement announced in September 2013, for two projects totaling 300 MW in the Texas Panhandle: Hereford 1 and Longhorn North. Deliveries and commissioning of both projects are expected in the second half of 2014.
Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES Canada) plans to build two 10-MW solar PV facilities for Canadian Solar Solutions (Canadian Solar). The Mighty Solar and Taylor Kidd projects