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Will slapping an anti-dumping duty on solar modules and cells really help domestic manufacturers, asks M Ramesh

During the last months of the UPA government, the Directorate General of Anti-dumping (DGAD) of the Ministry of Commerce made a determination that Indian solar modules and cells...

Energy saving certificates promise to enhance industry’s efficiency scenario

After carbon credits, it is energy-saving certificates (ESCerts) that are creating a buzz.

The country’s Perform, Achieve & Trade (PAT) Scheme is moving energy efficiency to the next level for industry, where...

With majority of State governments not on-board the renewable energy bandwagon, industry faces a neither-here-nor-there situation, writes M Ramesh

If the new Power Minister, Raj Kumar Singh, had wanted to do something that would make the industry sit bolt upright and listen, he could not have...

As GST completes 90 days, its impact on the scrap collecting sector is worrisome

Krishnan, 26, from Chennai is the sole breadwinner of his family. He is a waste picker and used to earn around ₹10,000 a month before July 1 this year. Today he earns only half the amount of what he used to get...

An air-to-water technology is set to enter the country

The country gets its water from two main sources, rivers and ground water. Today both are under threat. One is polluted beyond use and the other depleting at a fast pace. Add to this the yearly threat of drought and you have a scenario...

Simple tools help measure our vulnerability score

The fact that we are vulnerable to climate change and its many manifestations the world over is well known. But just how vulnerable are we? How does one tangibly measure these effects and how much can they influence our lives and...

Country’s utilities and government regulators are focused on aggressive electrification, decentralization, and digitization efforts, report finds

A second structural impediment to fully realizing DER benefits is the current grid planning approach, which biases grid design toward traditional infrastructure rather than distributed alternatives, even if distributed solutions better meet grid needs. Outdated planning approaches rely on static assumptions about DER capabilities and focus primarily on mitigating potential DER integration challenges, rather than proactively harnessing these flexible assets.

Section II demonstrated how California could realize an additional $1.4 billion per year by 2020 in net benefits from the deployment of new DERs during the 2016-2020 timeframe. This state-wide methodology was then applied to the planned distribution capacity projects for California’s most recent GRC request, showing how the deployment of DERs in lieu of planned distribution capacity expansion projects in PG&E’s next rate case could save customers over $100 million. 

Motivated by the challenge faced in designing a grid appropriate to the 21st century, this report first focuses on determining the quantifiable net economic benefits that DERs can offer to society. The approach taken builds on existing avoided cost methodologies – which have already been applied to DERs by industry leaders – while introducing updated methods to hardto-quantify DER benefit categories that are excluded from traditional analyses. While the final net benefit calculation derived in this report is specific to California, the overall methodological advancements developed here are applicable across the U.S. Moreover, the ultimate conclusion from this analysis – that DERs offer a better alternative to many traditional infrastructure solutions in advancing the 21st century grid – should also hold true across the U.S., although the exact net benefits of DERs will vary across regions.

Designing the electric grid for the 21st century is one of today’s most important and exciting societal challenges. Regulators, legislators, utilities, and private industry are evaluating ways to both modernize the aging grid and decarbonize our electricity supply, while also enabling customer choice, increasing resiliency and reliability, and improving public safety, all at an affordable cost.

The share of renewables in overall power generation is rapidly increasing, both in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, many countries have ambitious targets to transform their power sector towards renewables. To achieve these objectives, the structure and operation of existing power grid infrastructures will need to be revisited as the share of renewable power generation increases.

Renewable energy technologies can be divided into two categories: dispatchable (i.e. biomass, concentrated solar power with storage, geothermal power and hydro) and non-dispatchable, also known as Variable Renewable Energy or VRE (i.e. ocean power, solar photovoltaics and wind). VRE has four characteristics that require specific measures to integrate these technologies into current power systems: 1) variability due to the temporal availability of resources; 2) uncertainty due to unexpected changes in resource availability; 3) location-specific properties due to the geographical availability of resources; and 4) low marginal costs since the resources are freely available.

A transition towards high shares of VRE requires a re-thinking of the design, operation and planning of future power systems from a technical and economic point of view. In such a system, supply and demand will be matched in a much more concerted and flexible way. From a technical perspective, VRE generation can be ideally combined with smart grid technologies, energy storage and more flexible generation technologies. From an economic perspective, the regulatory framework will need to be adjusted to account for the cost structure of VRE integration, to allow for new services and revenue channels, and to support new business models.

There are several technological options that can help to integrate VRE into the power system grid: system-friendly VREs, flexible generation, grid extension, smart grid technologies, and storage technologies. New advances in wind and solar PV technologies allow them to be used over a wider range of conditions and provide ancillary services like frequency and voltage control. Flexible generation requires changes in the energy mix to optimise production from both dispatchable and non-dispatchable resources. Smart grid technologies can act as an enabler for VRE integration, given their ability to reduce the variability in the system by allowing the integration of renewables into diverse electricity resources, including load control (e.g. Demand Side Management (DSM), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and enhancing the grid operation and therefore helping to efficiently manage the system’s variability by implementing advanced technologies (e.g. smart inverters, Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) and Fault Ride Through (FRT) capabilities).

Energy storage technologies can alleviate short-term variability (up to 2 Renewable Energy Integration in Power Grids | Technology Brief several hours), or longer-term variability through pumped-storage hydroelectricity, thermal energy storage or the conversion of electricity into hydrogen or gas.

Two immediate applications for deploying innovative technologies and operation modes for VRE integration are mini-grids and island systems. The high costs for power generation in these markets make VREs and grid integration technologies economically attractive since they can simultaneously improve the reliability, efficiency and performance of these power systems. This is, for example, the case of the Smart Grid demonstration project in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Furthermore, the right assessment and understanding of VRE integration costs are relevant for policy making and system planning. Any economic analysis of the transition towards renewables-based power systems should, therefore, consider all different cost components for VRE grid integration, such as grid costs (e.g. expansion and upgrading), capacity costs and balancing costs. Integration costs are due not only to the specific characteristics of VRE technologies but also to the power system and its adaptability to greater variability. Therefore, these costs should be carefully interpreted and not entirely attributed to VRE, especially when the system is not flexible enough to deal with variability (i.e. in the short-term).

Moreover, RE integration delivers broader benefits beyond purely economic ones, such as social and environmental benefits. Even though not straightforward, these externalities should be considered and quantified in order to integrate them into the decision-making process and maximise socio-economic benefits.

Due to the rapid technological progress and multiple grid integration options available, policy makers should build a framework for RE grid integration based on the current characteristic of the system, developing technological opportunities and long-term impacts and targets. In particular, policy makers should adopt a long-term vision for their transition towards renewables and set regulatory frameworks and market designs to foster both RE development and management of greater system variability. Such regulatory frameworks could include new markets for ancillary services and price signals for RE power generators that incentivise the reduction of integration costs.


The firm bagged two orders totalling Rs 913 crore for design, supply and construction of 500 kV and 225/90 kV transmission lines in Thailand and Africa.

PGCIL had complained about renewable project developers who had obtained connectivity rights at its sub-stations and taken control of one or more bays there, but were not using them to transmit power.

Power Grid Corp, the central power transmission utility, has an ambitious investment plan and has budgeted CAPEX including investment in joint venture.

The move follows another large state-run power utility Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) switching to Ola cab service for its employees in June.

Anand Kumar, secretary at the ministry of new and renewable energy, has communicated this to the CERC days before the quasi-judicial body hears the matter.

The company was incorporated by RVPN in May 2016 for development of 220 KV and 132 KV grid sub-station, along with associated transmission lines and schemes and works in PPP mode.

WHITEFISH, Mont., Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Whitefish Energy Holdings, LLC today announced its continued support of the Puerto Rico power restoration mission with the formal approval and ratification by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) Board of Governors of the company's $300 million agreement with PREPA.  Whitefish Energy has been working for PREPA since Sept. 26, 2017 to repair and reconstruct electrical transmission infrastructure on the island. The company has been providing, and continues to provide, daily updates on its progress.

WHITEFISH, Montana, Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Whitefish Energy Holdings, LLC today announced its continued support of the Puerto Rico power restoration mission with the formal approval and ratification by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) Board of Governors of the company's $300 million agreement with PREPA.  Whitefish Energy has been working for PREPA since Sept. 26, 2017 to repair and reconstruct electrical transmission infrastructure on the island. The company has been providing, and continues to provide, daily updates on its progress.

Three hundred Whitefish Energy employees and subcontractors have temporarily relocated to Puerto Rico from all over the United States mainland. Whitefish Energy is mobilizing an additional 700 people to support the critical mission of restoring power to Puerto Rico as quickly as possible.

Working side-by-side with the engineering team of PREPA, Whitefish Energy has already repaired several miles of key transmission and distribution lines, bringing the team within days of energizing and restoring power to multiple Puerto Rico towns and communities.

Consistent with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló's plan, Whitefish Energy is committed to restoring power to 100 percent of the island, and ensuring Puerto Rico has an improved, resilient electrical grid.

For Whitefish Energy daily progress updates please visit facebook.com/WhitefishEnergy or twitter.com/WhitefishEnergy.

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NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hilco Real Estate LLC announces November 15, 2017 as the Qualifying Bid Deadline for the sale of a 200± AC private mountaintop manufacturing facility and its adjoining natural gas units located in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.

The expansive property consists of two fully functional quarries producing highly desirable Pennsylvania Bluestone; multiple manufacturing, warehouse and office buildings; and three Marcellus Shale income-producing natural gas units that are leased to a national gas operator. The structures total over 54,000 SF of industrial space and include piped stations for air compressors, liquid oxygen and propane are included throughout the site. A 100-ton truck scale and 480 V-3 Phase power also complement the facilities.  

Situated in the productive Marcellus Shale region, the largest source of natural gas in the nation, the property is set to reap the benefits of the natural gas trend. The Marcellus Formation is a massive area known for gas extraction, stretching across Pennsylvania and West Virginia into southeast Ohio and upstate New York. Susquehanna County is considered the second highest gas-producing county within Pennsylvania, which has resulted in significant investments to expand the current pipeline network, including construction of the Bluestone Pipeline, Constitution Pipeline and Millennium Pipeline (which feeds into New York City). With the recent developments and interest in this resource and its location source, the property's opportunities for natural gas drilling may offer tremendous current and future income potential, and there are already plans to add additional wells on these three gas units which could increase the royalties paid to the owner of this property.

Historically known for building train parts, Susquehanna County is more currently known for the local quarries which produce sought-after Pennsylvania Bluestone. Much of the unique layered sandstone is found in northeastern Pennsylvania and is prized for its architectural uses, such as patios, walkways, wallstone and other landscape features due to its strength and durability. There also exists a strong market for Bluestone aggregate.

The property sits just two miles from Route 171 and roughly six miles from Interstate 81 and is accessible to several arterial roadways, including Route 79 and Route 92, as well as rail centers in Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey, and numerous ports along the eastern shore.

Jeff Azuse, Senior Vice President with Hilco Real Estate said, "This sale offers a unique opportunity for a savvy investor to take advantage of not only buying a beautiful property, but a property that has considerable value in its mineral and gas rights with a currently operating bluestone quarry and currently producing natural gas wells."

Mr. Azuse continued, "The Marcellus and Utica Shales, of which this property is part of both, are two of the largest shale basins in North America and account for a significant amount of the natural gas production in the United States.  Although difficult to predict, the future gas production on this site could be very significant."

The Qualifying Bid Deadline is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Bids must be delivered to the offices of Hilco Real Estate on or before 5:00 p.m. (CDT) on the day of the deadline to be considered. Interested buyers can submit their bids via mail to the following address: Hilco Real Estate, 5 Revere Drive, Suite 320, Northbrook, IL 60062, or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information on the property, an explanation of the sale process and Terms of Sale, and to obtain access to the Virtual Deal Room containing all the property due diligence, please visit HilcoRealEstate.com or reach out to (855) 755-2300. Hilco makes no representations or warranties with respect to the property.  Any statements and information with respect to the property were provided by the Seller and other sources deemed reliable and are subject to the buyer's due diligence.

For more information about this or other properties available for sale, please visit HilcoRealEstate.com.

About Hilco Real Estate
Hilco Real Estate ("HRE"), a Hilco Global company (HilcoGlobal.com), is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois (USA). HRE is a national provider of strategic real estate disposition services. Acting as an agent or principal, HRE uses its experience to advise and execute strategies to assist clients in deriving the maximum value from their real estate assets. By leveraging multi-faceted sales strategies & techniques, aggressive repositioning and restructuring experience, a vast and motivated network of buyers and sellers, and substantial access to capital, HRE exceeds expectations even in the most complex transactions.

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FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) is pleased to announce that they have partnered with New Hampshire-based Wheelabrator Technologies (Wheelabrator) to assist in the collection of mercury-containing thermostats in Massachusetts.  This collection program is part of the Mass Save energy efficiency installation and weatherization program, funded by a coalition of utility companies.

"We are excited to partner with Wheelabrator to encourage and ensure the safe collection of mercury-containing thermostats under the Mass Save program," said Ryan Kiscaden, TRC's executive director.  "When you have a committed strategic partner as we do with Wheelabrator, staff that understand the ease of the recycling process, and an informed public that encourages recycling efforts, it increases the recycling rates of these devices dramatically."

Under this agreement, TRC will provide free recycling containers for consolidating mercury thermostats that have been replaced in homes and businesses under the Mass Save energy efficiency program.  Wheelabrator will facilitate the shipping of these devices from participating trade partners or local utilities.  Lastly, TRC will process, count, and dispose of the thermostats collected.  Reporting will be made available to any interested stakeholders including utility companies, participating trade allies, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

"Wheelabrator looks forward to working with TRC to provide a proactive, coordinated solution for the collection of thermostats as part of the Mass Save program," said Jim Connolly, vice president of environmental, health & safety for Wheelabrator. "The ability to utilize TRC's recycling services ensures the safe and cost-effective handling of mercury-containing thermostats.  This agreement plays a key role in meeting the mercury recovery goals outlined in Wheelabrator's Material Separation Plan for Massachusetts, aimed at diverting mercury from the waste stream to prevent it from being processed at our energy-from-waste facilities."

The Mass Save energy efficiency program has the potential to extract substantial mercury thermostats for recycling, allowing Massachusetts to capture one of the last reservoirs of mercury still in service.  For more information regarding state regulations on the disposal of mercury-containing thermostats, visit here

About TRC
Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) was founded in 1998 as an industry-funded nonprofit. Membership consist of 31 manufacturers who either branded and sold mercury thermostats in the U.S. prior to their discontinuation in 2007, or produced devices that may replace mercury-containing thermostats.

With a network of more than 3,400 collection sites nationwide, TRC has recovered more than 2.1 million thermostats, or 10 tons of mercury, to date. TRC assumes all costs to transport and properly dispose of recovered thermostats.

Visit thermostat-recycle.org to learn more and find a recycling location near you.

About Wheelabrator

Wheelabrator Technologies is the second largest U.S. energy-from-waste business, and an industry leader in the conversion of everyday residential and business waste into clean energy. Wheelabrator has a platform of 23 power-producing assets across the US and UK: 19 energy-from-waste facilities; four independent power plants; four ash monofills; and three transfer stations. Wheelabrator currently has an annual waste processing capacity of over 7.5 million tons, and a total combined electric generating capacity of 853 megawatts—enough energy to power more than 805,000 homes. Wheelabrator also recovers metals for recycling into commercial products.

Wheelabrator is owned by Energy Capital Partners, an energy infrastructure-focused private equity firm. To learn more, visit Energy Capital Partners at ecpartners.com or Wheelabrator at wtienergy.com.

Media Contacts:
Laura Hortman
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Thermostat Recycling Corporation
500 Office Center Drive, Suite 400 19034
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Michelle Firmbach Nadeau
Senior Manager | Communications & Community Engagement 
Wheelabrator Technologies
100 Arboretum Drive, Suite 310
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Tel 603.929.3458 | Cell 603.918.3811

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MILWAUKEE, Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC) today declared a quarterly cash dividend of 52 cents per share on the company's common stock. 

The dividend is payable Dec. 1, 2017, to stockholders of record on Nov. 14, 2017. This marks the 301st consecutive quarter – dating back to 1942 – that the company will have paid a dividend to its stockholders.

WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), based in Milwaukee, is one of the nation's premier energy companies, serving 4.4 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.

The company's principal utilities are We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Michigan Gas Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources and Upper Michigan Energy Resources. The company's other major subsidiary, We Power, designs, builds and owns electric generating plants.

WEC Energy Group (wecenergygroup.com), a component of the S&P 500, has approximately $30 billion of assets, 8,500 employees and 55,000 stockholders of record.

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AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) will release financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2017 after markets close on Thursday, October 26.  These results will be discussed by FirstEnergy management during a conference call with financial analysts at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, October 27.  A question-and-answer session will follow.   

Investors, customers and other interested parties are invited to listen to a live webcast of the call and view slides associated with the presentation via FirstEnergy's Investor Information website, www.firstenergycorp.com/ir.  The webcast and presentation will be available for replay on the site for up to one year. 

The company plans to post its third quarter Consolidated Report to the Financial Community to the investor section of the website after markets close on October 26. 

FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.  The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at www.firstenergycorp.com.

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International collaboration enables the sharing of risks, rewards and progress, and the co-ordination of priorities in areas such as technology, policy, regulation and business models. In order to reach the goals set out in this roadmap, smart grids need to be rapidly developed, demonstrated and deployed based on a range of drivers that vary across regions globally. Many countries have made significant efforts to develop smart grids, but the lessons learned are not being shared in a co-ordinated fashion. Major international collaboration is needed to expand RDD&D investment in all areas of smart grids – but especially in standards, policy, regulation and business model development. These efforts will require the strengthening of existing institutions and activities, as well as the creation of new joint initiatives.

The old definition of a microgrid was usually an electricity source, often a combined heat and power natural gas plant or a reciprocating engine generator, that provided fulltime or backup power for an industrial site, military installation, university, or remote location.

Today’s definition is much broader, incorporating cleaner technologies and more diverse customers, establishing microgrids as a key component of tomorrow’s more resilient, efficient and low-emissions electricity system.

Market Research Hub (MRH) has recently announced the inclusion of a new study to its massive archive of research reports, titled as “Global Microgrid as a Service (MaaS) Market Status, Size and Forecast 2012-2022.” This report provides an in-depth evaluation on the market for Microgrid as a Service (MaaS), elaborating on the prime dynamics influencing the development of this market. These dynamics include the major drivers, opportunities, restraints etc. Geographically, the global market is categorized into EU, United States, China, India, Japan and Southeast Asia.

With an extensive forecast period of 2016 to 2021, the analysts have studied major dynamics for the market, which can be helpful for the established players as well as new entrants in this market. In terms of geography, with constant rising industrial sector, countries such as China, India, Japan and South Korea are gaining extensive market share of the MaaS market.

A grid-connected microgrid can be defined as, a set of distributed energy resources and interconnected loads mainly use to supply power to the main grid or utility grid. Microgrids can operate as stand-alone 'islands' and are able to provide reliable electricity even during bad weather. According to the key findings, from several years, the escalating demand for power, along with an increased need for secure, reliable and emission-free power propels the demand for microgrids. Also, it is projected that the microgrids as a service market are recording healthy growth due to various benefits offered by Microgrids, such as highly reliability, economical & effectual energy power, improvement of renewable energy sources and smart grid integration etc.

These microgrids can be divided into Grid type and Service type.

On the basis of grid type, it covers:

Grid Connected

By service type, it includes:

Monitoring & Control Service
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Engineering & Design Service
Operation & Maintenance Service

On the other hand by applications, the report has segmented the market into Military, Industrial, Government & Education, Utility, Residential & Commercial. The Microgrid as a Service Market is having significant growth in many areas where continuous power is must such as industries, Residential & Commercial, hospitals and universities among others.

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) said last week that global annual revenue from microgrids rose 29 percent between 2015 and last year, according to Microgrid Knowledge. The revenues totaled $6.8 million at the beginning of 2017. The report, which was prepared by Navigant Research, said that the market in the United States has more than doubled since 2011. The sector reached $2.2 billion last year after enjoying a 16 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), between 2015 and 2016.

Today, the microgrid technology only produces 0.2 percent of U.S. electricity (about 1.6 GW). That capacity is expected to double in the next three years, however.

Microgrids not only improve reliability and resilience – keeping the lights on during a widespread disaster that affects the main grid -- but also increase efficiency, better manage electricity supply and demand, and help integrate renewables, creating opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.
But financial and legal hurdles stand in the way of accelerating their deployment.

Each microgrid’s unique combination of power source, customer, geography, and market can be confusing for investors. Microgrids can run on renewables, natural gas-fueled turbines, or emerging sources such as fuel cells or even small modular nuclear reactors. They can power city facilities, city neighborhoods, or communities in remote areas. As we heard during our research, “If you’ve seen one microgrid, you’ve seen one microgrid.”

The legal framework can be confusing, too. Most states lack even a legal definition of a microgrid, and regulatory and legal challenges can differ between and within states. Issues include microgrid developers’ access to reasonably priced backup power and to wholesale power markets to sell excess electricity or other services. Also, franchise rights granted to utilities may limit microgrid developers’ access to customers.