Avista signs on to Western Energy Imbalance Market, projecting more renewables integration

Utility Dive | April 30, 2019

Avista signed an agreement on Thursday with the California Independent System Operator (ISO) to participate in its Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), a move the Washington utility says will help to integrate more renewables into its energy mix. The real-time wholesale energy market launched in 2014 and now has nine active participants with another six utilities pending. Avista said it plans to enter the EIM by April 2022. On Monday, the ISO published "another healthy quarterly report" for the EIM, including $85.3 million in gross benefits in the first quarter of 2019 and more than $650 million in total benefits since the market launched five years ago.

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Early down-wind wind turbines in the US created low frequency noise; however current up-wind wind turbines generate considerably less low frequency noise.

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Early down-wind wind turbines in the US created low frequency noise; however current up-wind wind turbines generate considerably less low frequency noise.

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SoCalGas Among First Utilities in the Nation to Transition its Over-the-Road Fleet with Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

SoCalGas | January 24, 2022

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) announced that it took delivery of 23 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEV), marking the company's first purchase of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The company plans to expand its fleet of HFCEVs to 50 next month, making SoCalGas among the first utilities in the nation to start transitioning to hydrogen. These HFCEVs are an important step for SoCalGas in decarbonizing its fleet and supports the company's Net Zero 2045 climate goal, which includes replacing 50% of its over-the-road fleet with clean fuel vehicles by 2025 and operating a 100% zero-emission fleet by 2035. View footage of the Toyota Mirai HFCEVs here. "California companies must work together in the fight against climate change," said State Senator Susan Rubio. "The transportation sector is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in California and these types of efforts will help the state meet its climate goals." Each vehicle in our light duty over-the-road fleet is driven an average of 10,000 miles per year. The zero-emissions Toyota Mirai HFCEVs have a driving range of 400 miles and since they run on hydrogen the only by-product is water. Transitioning some of our fleet to HFCEVs will help us reduce emissions, moving SoCalGas closer to our net zero goal and helping California reach carbon neutrality faster." Sandra Hrna, vice president of supply chain and operations support at SoCalGas "Longo Toyota is honored to partner with SoCalGas on their strategy to reduce emissions from their vehicle fleet and we are excited to help them with the acquisition of 50 new Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles," said Doug Eroh, president and general manager at Longo Toyota. "The Toyota Mirai is fueled with hydrogen and makes its own electricity on board while only emitting clean water from its tailpipe. We look forward to working with SoCalGas in the years to come on the acquisition and service of their clean vehicle fleet." The light-duty vehicle industry has started to shift towards zero emissions vehicles, currently dominated by battery EVs (BEVs) and complemented by hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. SoCalGas' recently released economy-wide technical analysis reveals that in the light-duty vehicle sector, BEVs and HFCEVs could address different use cases. For vehicles with longer range requirements or higher utilization needs, such as taxis, ride-share fleet, or SoCalGas' own fleet, HFCEVs could be cost competitive in the 2020s. Earlier this year, in partnership with Hyzon Motors, SoCalGas announced plans to deploy its first hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric utility truck. As part of the partnership, Hyzon will deliver a Class 3 commercial service body utility truck to SoCalGas in 2022. The truck is expected to reach a maximum power of 200 kilowatts, with a range of 300 miles and will be built on the existing chassis OEM used by SoCalGas, minimizing the updates needed for operations, servicing, and training. With the addition of the 50 Toyota Mirai HFCEVs, a third of SoCalGas' over-the-road fleet currently operates on clean fuels. The company is on track to achieve its goal of 50% by 2025. SoCalGas is actively engaged in more than 10 pilot projects related to hydrogen, including a partnership with Netherlands-based HyET Hydrogen on technology that could transform hydrogen distribution and enable the rapid expansion of hydrogen fueling stations for HFCEVs like the Toyota Mirai. The technology would allow hydrogen to be easily and affordably transported via the natural gas pipeline system, then extracted and compressed at fueling stations that provide hydrogen for HFCEVs. The transition to hydrogen is a prime example and yet another way SoCalGas is demonstrating its commitment to being the cleanest, safest, and most innovative energy company in the country. About SoCalGas Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. Gas delivered through the company's pipelines will continue to play a key role in California's clean energy transition—providing electric grid reliability and supporting wind and solar energy deployment. SoCalGas' mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America. In support of that mission, SoCalGas is committed to the goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045 and to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for customers. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra, an energy services holding company based in San Diego.

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3E Introduces New Digital Solutions for the Renewable Energy Sector

3E | April 05, 2021

3E has revealed some details about its current positioning and expanding range of digital solutions. SynaptiQ, the company's digital platform, and its new upcoming applications, Solar Analytics and Wind Analytics (a collaboration with LivLiner), as well as a brand-new UI for the Asset Operations framework, aim to digitalize renewable energy assets. 3E has also unveiled a revised brand image as well as a new website. Following two decades of continuous innovation and investment in renewable energy, solar and wind are now the most viable and cost-effective options in most parts of the world. Over the next decade, we foresee even more growth, led by increasing energy demand and decreasing supply costs, as well as consolidation of the sector as it matures. Furthermore, due to tightening regulations, diversifying portfolios, and increasingly strict grid standards, the construction, and maintenance of energy infrastructure are becoming more complicated. Renewable energy consumers, operators, and developers want a long-term technology partner with both local expertise and global reach now more than ever before. SynaptiQ becomes 3E's innovative digital platform, placing the company's domain expertise and insight at the fingertips of its customers and helping them to plan, create, and operate renewable assets effectively from anywhere in the world. SynaptiQ integrates all of 3E's SaaS solutions which will help renewable energy projects from concept to completion. It employs artificial intelligence (AI) to centralize and supplement all available data, setting new performance and energy yield goals while dramatically lowering plant costs. It also has an open data and software framework developed by solar and wind experts, which helps to reduce investment costs while maximizing asset efficiency. Three New Digital Solutions on the Way In the spring of 2021, 3E will be launching one updated and two new SynaptiQ applications: • Asset Operations: an application that provides robust features outside monitoring to optimize the operations, performance review, and reporting of the renewable energy portfolio. This solution has been upgraded with a revised user interface. • Solar Analytics: an AI-based solution for automatic production loss detection and diagnosis, offering insightful feedback and actionable guidance to improve the efficiency of solar assets. • Wind Analytics – LivLiner Inside: An AI-based solution co-developed by 3E and Livliner for automatic output failure detection and diagnosis, offering forward-looking insights and actionable recommendations to increase wind asset efficiency. In the coming months, the company will also add more valuable SaaS applications, such as ‘Asset Flexibility' and ‘Yield Analysis.' The continued development in renewable energy, as well as the popularity of the company's digital solutions, prompted a redesign of 3E's branding and website. The new website will serve as a one-stop-shop for its SaaS offerings and will be expanded as new solutions become available.

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CenterPoint Energy issues All-Source RFP targeting renewables, thermal and demand side resources and short-term capacity

CenterPoint Energy | May 11, 2022

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) has announced that its Indiana-based electric utility business, CenterPoint Energy Indiana South, is opening a new all-source request for proposals (RFP) to seek a combination of resources including renewables (wind, solar and battery storage), thermal and demand-side resources, and short-term capacity to meet the future needs of its 150,000 electric customers in southwestern Indiana. "As we continue our electric generation resource transition, we are looking for additional resources that can contribute to our diversified portfolio to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective electric service to our customers," - Steve Greenley, Senior Vice President, Generation Development. The RFP will assist in identifying additional generation technologies that can provide fully accredited capacity no later than March 1, 2027. Later this year, CenterPoint Energy Indiana South will begin its 2022 Integrated Resource Plan, an analysis conducted every three years used to determine the best mix of generation and demand side resources to meet customers' needs over the next 20 years. Generation technologies being sought include: Renewables, both wind and solar along with battery storage in paired and standalone applications; Thermal, including coal and natural gas-fired generation, hydrogen, nuclear and other resources; Demand side and load-modifying resources, whether standalone or aggregated, capable of providing accredited capacity; and Short-term capacity, especially in years 2023-2025. Eligible transaction structures include power purchase agreements, asset purchases including projects in development, demand side contracts and capacity only contracts. About CenterPoint Energy As the only investor-owned electric and gas utility based in Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) is an energy delivery company with electric transmission and distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution operations that serve more than 7 million metered customers in Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas. As of March 31, 2022, the company owned approximately $35 billion in assets. With approximately 8,900 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years.

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