TerraForm Power has contracted GE Renewable Energy to remotely monitor and optimize its 1.6-gigawatt installed wind capacity in North America. "This agreement with TerraForm is a great example of how we can combine GE's unmatched onshore equipment and services experiences to create the right solutions for our customers," said GE General Manager of Onshore Wind for the Americas Vikas Anand.
Clobotics has raised $11 million to expand its footprint in the US and to further incorporate artificial intelligence and other digital technologies into the wind turbine inspection project. Clobotics Smart Wind uses AI-equipped software and drones to monitor wind turbines in real-time.
Wind firms, renewable energy companies and grid operators in Europe must collaborate to develop the transmission infrastructure needed to support growing generation from renewables, writes WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson. "To deliver an adequate grid in Europe and further reduce system costs, the extension of electricity infrastructure needs to be done in a smarter way," he writes.
The state of North Dakota should share a portion of the tax revenue paid by wind companies, rather than directing it all to the counties where projects are located, says state Rep. Mike Brandenburg. He is expected to introduce a bill in January that would redistribute one-third of the state's wind revenue.
National research labs won't face budget cuts next year, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said during a visit to the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo. "I deal with the reality, which I think is a pretty nice budget to fund the National Renewable Energy Lab and other energy labs around the country from a management standpoint at the Department of Energy," Perry said.
Just over 40% of FirstEnergy employees at the Perry nuclear plant in Ohio will receive a bonus if they stay on until all four reactors are shut down. Bonus-eligible employees are not represented by a union, but it wasn't a "specific decision" to exclude union employees, says FirstEnergy executive Paul Harden.
The recently increased expected cost to finish Plant Vogtle in Georgia could allow Oglethorpe Power Corp. and Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia to opt out of the project. On the idea of Plant Vogtle being too big to fail, state Public Service Commissioner Tricia Pridemore notes, "I believe that the question is, has the project moved so close to completion that it doesn't make sense not to finish it?"
Franklin Haney's Nuclear Development LLC is looking to takeover the Bellefonte nuclear plant in Alabama from the Tennessee Valley Authority before the Nov. 14 deadline. Haney is also seeking the go-ahead from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to transfer the construction permit.
Despite recent worries about a cyberattack on the electric grid, the risks of a full takedown of the grid is nil, says FiveThirtyEight's Maggie Koerth-Baker. "Bringing down the grid is a lot harder than just flicking a switch, but the danger is real -- and it may never go away," she writes.
South Carolina Electric & Gas says the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff's sanctions request against it is "baseless" and invalid. "There is nothing inappropriate, let along [sic] sanctionable, about logging documents as privileged in accordance with the explicit directive in the (PSC) order," SCE&G's attorneys say.