A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- The most advanced microgrid in North America integrates nine distributed generation sources, including two solar photovoltaic arrays, a wind powered micro-turbine, two energy storage units and four generators, CleanTechnica reports The microgrid came together in a joint project between Oncor, S&C Electric Company, a smart grid technology company, and energy management firm Schneider Electric. “I am confident that Oncor’s system is one of the most advanced and comprehensive microgrids in the market today,” said Philip Barton, Schneider Electric’s director of microgrids. In the event of a power outage, S&C’s distribution automation equipment and Schneider Electric’s microgrid controller use high-speed communications and distributed grid intelligence to detect grid issues.
- Two Texas programs tied to wind energy production would be closed under a Senate bill headed to the House. With approval from the House and no veto from the governor, electricity generators no longer would have to participate in a renewable energy credit-trading program, which helped regulators track new generation and ensure the state would meet its wind-energy goal. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Troy Frasier, says the programs are no longer needed since Texas has surpassed its goal.
- The United States is on pace to become a net energy exporter within 15 years, according to a new report. In its Annual Energy Outlook, the Energy Information Administration said U.S. energy exports will exceed imports from 2029 through 2032, and from 2037 through 2040. The agency raised its oil output forecasts for 2025 and 2040, while cutting total energy demand estimates for the same years. The forecast doesn’t anticipate any change in U.S. law that bans most exports of crude.