A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- Electricity reserves for this summer and fall should be sufficient according to ERCOT’s latest seasonal and 10-year outlooks. “We expect to have enough generation available to serve consumer needs this summer, based on the current forecast,” said Director of System Planning Warren Lasher. “However, hotter-than-normal weather combined with low-wind conditions or high generation outage rates could cause operating reserves to drop below target levels, making it necessary to take additional actions to maintain grid reliability.”
- To help accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid, the DOE is making $25 million of funding available to the solar industry as part of its Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) initiative. ENERGISE will primarily focus on developing software and hardware platforms for utility distribution system planning and operations. “This funding will help that mission by supporting industry partners working to integrate, store, and deploy solar energy throughout our electric grid,” said Lynn Orr, Energy Department Under Secretary for Science and Energy.
- In Scotland, wind energy provided 699,684 MWh of electricity to the National Grid during April, enough electricity to power 79 percent of Scottish households. Additionally, homes in Scotland with solar panels were able to power 70 percent or more of their electrical or hot water needs from solar energy.