Highlights of IDC Energy Insights Clean Energy Outlook

IDC Energy Insights hosted its semi-annual Clean Energy Outlook in Boulder, Colorado on Tuesday, September 28th. A series of speakers, including IDC Energy Insights analysts, spoke on a range of topics, many of which touched on renewable energy and the challenges and opportunities of renewable energy integration.

Scott Frier, Chief Operating Officer of Abengoa Solar, presented an overview of the company's numerous concentrating solar power projects around the world, with a focus on the 280 MW Solana project to be built in Arizona. Solana will use parabolic trough technology and will include several hours of thermal storage. Scott noted that the greatest challenges of building new renewable plants in the US today revolve around financing, and for these large projects he believes loan guarantees are the most critical government incentive available today for US projects. He believes the similarity between the Solana project and the SEGS power plants built in California during the 80's are responsible for their ability to obtain financing for the project: although there are newer approaches out there, banks are most comfortable with tried and true technologies.

Frank Novachek, Director of Corporate Planning for Xcel Energy, provided information on Xcel's Wind to Battery project, which paired a 1 MW NaS battery system with the 11.5 MW Minwind Energy LLC wind facility in Luverne, MN. The "Luverne Distributed Energy Storage System" (DESS) is providing Xcel with invaluable information about the strengths and weaknesses of storage paired with renewable energy installations. To date the battery has met expectations by successfully in all modes tested, including basic generation storage, economic dispatch (charging or discharging based on price signals), frequency regulation, wind smoothing, and wind leveling (effective in leveling 1 MW of installed wind capacity). The assessment of the DESS is ongoing, with a final report expected during the summer of 2011.

These and other findings shared during the conference highlighted the dramatic progress in renewable implementation being made by both utilities and the private sector, while underlining the importance of government stimulus in helping the industry bring down costs continue to grow.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags energyIDCindustry verticalsrenewable energyPolicy/Regulation

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jay Holman

Unknown Publication
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?