Last year, about 6.5% of U.S. electricity generation came from utility-scale wind or solar resources, despite the modest amount of intermittent renewable energy in play right now.
Proposals are being reviewed for lucrative contracts involving clean energy projects that will include overland transmission lines and at least two undersea cables. Plenty of bids are being considered, and if chosen, candidates will be eligible for 15-20 year contracts to provide power to the state starting in 2022.
Irma triggered one of the nation’s largest natural disaster-related power outages ever measured, leaving 10.5 million Florida households without power.
Read this Tampa Bay Times’ article that illustrates how restoring power for such a large number of customers simply takes time. Click here to read how Florida electric providers (including Duke Energy, TECO and FPL) tackled this enormous task.
In order for the electrical assets to grow as Mississippi grows, Entergy plans to invest $16.6 million to make their system more resistant to storm outages, as well as cyber-attacks and physical threats.
The grid reliability study produced by the Department of Energy is getting feedback centered around the importance of supplying clean and reliable electricity to the grid.
Click here to read Utility Dive’s article that covers the DOE’s acknowledgment of the need for “major transmission additions to connect the remote generation to the rest of the grid and to load centers.”
A recommendation has been filed to move forward with the construction of Vogtle nuclear expansion projects 3 and 4. The construction of the new Vogtle units is driving thousands of American jobs and will create nearly 800 new nuclear careers once operational, including careers for many veterans of the armed services.