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December 7, 2007

Southwestern Energy Service Providers Work Together to Get Large-Scale Solar Project Built

A multi-state consortium of southwestern energy service providers is issusing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a utility-scale concentrating solar power plant. The plant would be owned by a third party, with consortium members each signing long-term purchase power agreements. The plant, with size, design, and location to be determined by the RFP submissions, is expected to produce 250 megawatts and be located in either Arizona or Nevada.

November 29, 2007

Assistant Secretary Announces New Solar Initiative

Alexander Karsner, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, today announced a new solar energy initiative designed to speed adoption of low-cost concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies into the marketplace.

November 27, 2007

NREL Sponsors Energy Analysis Forum on Carbon Policy Design

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) held its fifth Energy Analysis Forum, "Analytic Insights into Carbon Policy Design and the Implications for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy," in Golden, Colorado, on November 27-28.

November 20, 2007

FERC Approves Requests for Transmission Investment Incentives

In a move expected to enhance grid reliability, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on November 15 approved several requests for transmission investment incentives for new grid construction.

November 5, 2007

PG&E and Ausra Announce 177 Megawatt Solar Thermal Power Agreement

Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced Nov. 5, 2007, that it has entered into a 177 megawatt solar thermal power purchasing agreement with Austra Inc. The project, to be located in central California, is being developed by Ausra and is expected to begin generating power in 2010.

November 1, 2007

Deadline for Utility-Scale Wind Turbine and Ocean Energy Technologies R&D Proposals Extended

The U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program extended its deadline for proposals from potential partners in research and development of utility-scale wind turbine and ocean energy technologies. The new deadline for submitting proposals is November 26, 2007.

November 1, 2007

Deadline for R&D Partnerships for Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Testing Extended

The U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program extended the deadline for proposals for partnerships to test utility-scale wind turbines through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). The new deadline for submitting proposals is November 26, 2007.

October 31, 2007

Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power

This report is a summary of case studies addressing concerns about the impact of wind power's variability and uncertainty on power system reliability and costs.

October 16, 2007

Increasing Renewable Resources

Markets supported by Independent System Operators (ISOs) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) have proven to be fertile ground for the development of renewable resources. This report explains how ISOs and RTOs are helping meet public policy objectives.

September 25, 2007

R&D Partnership Opportunity for Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Testing

The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program released its first call for proposals from developers, owners, operators, and manufacturers interested in forming partnerships through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to test utility-scale wind turbines.

September 21, 2007

R&D Partnership Opportunities for Utility-Scale Wind Turbine and Ocean Energy Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program released its first call for proposals from companies or organizations interested in a research, testing, or product development partnership.

September 14, 2007

NREL Receives Presidential Award for Federal Energy Management

SEAAC staff members Nancy Carlisle and Otto Van Geet have been selected to receive one of the 2007 Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management.

September 1, 2007

NREL, LBNL Sponsor Workshop on Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

NREL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) cosponsored a "Workshop on Renewable Energy Certificate Markets and Challenges." The workshop promoted an exchange of experiences and lessons learned on renewable energy certificates or credits (RECs).

August 20, 2007

David Hurlbut Appointed to State RE Mapping Task Force

David Hurlbut, senior analyst with NREL's SEAAC, was recently appointed to Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's Renewable Resource Generation Development Area Task Force.

August 6, 2007

California Utility Agrees to Buy 553 Megawatts of Solar Power

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced on July 25, 2007, that it has agreed to buy power from a 553-megawatt solar thermal power plant to be located in California's Mojave Desert. Solel-MSP-1 plans to build the Mojave Solar Park using its parabolic trough technology.

July 16, 2007

DOE's NREL Seeks Proposals for Independent Testing for Small Turbines

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for commercially available small wind turbines to be tested at NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC).

May 30, 2007

DOE Announces Funding Opportunity for Concentrating Solar Power

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to address market barriers for utility-scale electricity generation using concentrating solar power technologies.

April 3, 2007

European Commission Announces First Commercial Solar Plant

An 11-megawatt, concentrating solar power plant is now in operation in Seville, Spain.

March 9, 2007

PV Incubator Involving Small Business and non-Federal Research Institutes Is Proposed

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar America Initiative (SAI) work provides significant opportunities for collaboration and partnership among industry and university researchers to develop and improve solar energy technologies. Subject to Congressional appropriations, during 2007 DOE expects to issue an "incubator" solicitation. The responder to the solicitation must be a small business. The small business may team with a large company and/or university partner(s).

March 9, 2007

Partnership Opportunity for Advanced Wind Turbine Blade Test Facility Progresses

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced today that applications from partnerships in Massachusetts and Texas—to design, construct and operate an advanced wind turbine blade test facility—will move on to a final competitive round. The finalist will be awarded a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with NREL in mid-2007.

January 23, 2007

NREL Author Receives Outstanding Paper Award at Reno Conference

Jason Jonkman, a senior engineer at NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), received an award for Outstanding Wind Energy Conference Paper for the paper he presented at the 26th ASME Wind Energy Symposium on January 8.

January 10, 2007

NREL Upgrades Wind Turbine Test Capabilities

The Controls Advanced Research Turbine (CART) at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) received a facelift last month when an NWTC team replaced its two-bladed rotor with a new three-bladed rotor from GE.

January 4, 2007

President Bush Approves One-Year Energy Tax Credit Extension

President Bush approved a bill on December 20th that will extend federal tax credits for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

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