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Coverage of power grids since August 9, 2023.

Smith's Sovereignty Act resolution on clean electricity regs enshittifies energy politics even more

"...The more they push back, the greater the enshittification of energy politics, the better the chance Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government will be forced to compromise – again, I might add – and offer more money for fossil fuel-extending projects like carbon capture and storage. The Liberals are looking ever more hapless on this file. Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson was reportedly gobsmacked by Smith’s Sovereignty Act maneuver because federal-provincial energy discussions behind closed doors were quite amiable..."

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Alberta continues opposition to national Clean Electricity Regulations Globalnews.ca

"...“Not only from a carbon emissions perspective, but also renewable sources by definition can be used over and over again, unlike fossil fuels of which have an end life. ”But she acknowledges it will be an expensive transition, something the province has been warning people of in their $8 million cross-country advertising campaign. “That cost is going to be passed down to the consumer in some way,” Simmonds said..."

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Renewable energy having strong impact on province, Paintearth County

"...Renewable energy is having a positive impact on municipalities bottom-lines across the province. (Castor Advance file photo)..."

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Emergency exercise tests Yukon officials' response to violent storm and destroyed power grid

"...Days of freezing rain have blanketed the southern half of the Yukon in as much as 10 centimetres of ice, the temperature is frigid as residents flock to warming centres in Whitehorse or huddle around wood stoves. Power lines and some roofs have bowed and broken under the frozen weight. It will be weeks or longer before the power grid and other systems are running normally..."

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Countries have to double their power grid renewal to meet climate targets

"...At present, grid renewal is “not keeping pace with the rapid growth of key clean energy technologies such as solar, wind, electric cars and heat pumps,” the IEA says in a release. “Without greater policy attention and investment, shortfalls in the reach and quality of grid infrastructure could put the goal of limiting global warming to 1. 5 °C out of reach and undermine energy security..."

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Todd Sayers: Why non-dilutive funding is revolutionizing B.C.’s cleantech sector

"...The diversity of these recipients is remarkable. Takachar, for instance, is making biomass-based chemicals and biofuels economically feasible by prototyping a small-scale, portable biomass conversion unit on tractors and pick-up trucks to process raw biomass on-site in remote communities. Invinity is accelerating the adoption of renewable energy by delivering vanadium flow battery storage for electrical grids worldwide, while HTEC is building hydrogen fueling stations that can withstand extreme weather conditions..."

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Feds pledge $175M for 12 clean energy projects in Alberta Globalnews.ca

"...Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson announced, during a Monday morning event in Calgary, a total pledge of more than $175 million toward 12 new wind, solar and smart-grid projects in the province. The funding, made available through the federal government’s Smart Renewable and Electrification Pathways program, is expected to create thousands of jobs, including many in First Nation communities. “Together these projects will provide 387 megawatts of clean reliable power to Albertans while creating hundreds of jobs and displacing emissions from high-carbon sources,” Wilkinson said..."

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Alberta renewable energy development pause affects $33B in investment, 24,000

"...Data source The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) maintains a list of electricity generation projects formally within development on their website. Projects are categorized under several statuses and stages indicating how far along they are in the development process. Any projects that are in stage 5 or 6 have already received the necessary approvals from the Alberta Utility Commission (AUC) and are not affected by the moratorium..."

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$74 million announced for small nuclear reactor project in Saskatchewan Globalnews.ca

"...“We are investing in non-emitting nuclear technologies to power us forward — a future that leverages Saskatchewan's world-leading production of uranium to create jobs and help create non-emitting, reliable and affordable power to Saskatchewanians across this province,” Wilkinson said during a press conference at the University of Saskatchewan. No one from the Saskatchewan government attended the Saturday announcement. The money is to go towards the possible construction of a small nuclear reactor (SMR) to support decarbonization..."

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Ottawa holds fast to clean power rules amid blowback from Prairie premiers

"...Ottawa acknowledged it is expensive to decarbonize the grid. However, it noted provinces, territories and utilities will need to invest more than $400 billion in the coming decades to replace and expand their power generation even without the rules and said that’s why it's committing billions of dollars worth of tax credits and other measures to help provinces make the transition. Alberta Premier Danielle Smith, whose province has over 500 active gas fields and generates roughly 90 per cent of its power from fossil fuels — approximately 54 per cent from natural gas and 36 per cent from coal — was quick to attack the regulations, calling them “unconstitutional” and “irresponsible..."

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A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention power grids.

Alex Gilbert on the Texas Blackouts

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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Fighting climate change with an open source power grid: Shuli Goodman - LF Energy

Duration: 53:08

"...Our guest today is Shuli Goodman, founder and executive director of LF Energy, a new Linux Foundation project that supports open source innovation in the energy and electricity sectors. Shuli had the opportunity to work on an IT project with independent..."

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TIL about uncertainty

Duration: 10:36

"...How do we make choices in the face of uncertainty? In this episode of TILclimate (Today I Learned: Climate), MIT professor Kerry Emanuel joins host Laur Hesse Fisher to talk about climate risk..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about power grids.

Is the U.S. Power Grid Vulnerable to Chinese Attack?

"...House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, the answer is, “yes. ” The committee is concerned about vulnerability of cloud connected systems to cyberattack, but also noted that physical infrastructure attacks in the form of terrorism or vandalism have increased..."

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Exploring the Power Grid of the Future

"...How do you get that energy distributed around the globe? Countries like India are pushing for a "one sun, one world, one grid" power grid concept..."

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What Really Happened During the Texas Power Grid Outage?

"...It was one of the worst winter weather events in history, creating loss-of-life and economic impacts that will take years to unfold..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about power grids relevant to the latest news.

Hybrid and Modified Harmony Search Optimization application in economic load dispatch with integrated renewable source

"...Nowadays researchers are moving toward, developing and demonstrating net zero emission (CO2 emission) renewable energy sources (like solar energy, wind power, Hydro plant and more) technologies..."

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A Comprehensive Review on Ensemble Solar Power Forecasting Algorithms

"...With increasing demand for energy, the penetration of alternative sources such as renewable energy in power grids has increased..."

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A Review on Machine Learning Models in Forecasting of Virtual Power Plant Uncertainties

"...The penetration rates of renewable sources and energy storage systems in the energy market have risen considerably due to environmental and economic concerns..."

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An Experimental Performance Evaluation and Management of a Dual Energy Storage System in a Solar Based Hybrid Microgrid

"...The paper proposes an energy management control scheme for a converter based hybrid AC?DC microgrid employing solar photovoltaic as the main power source..."

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Assessing the power grid vulnerability to extreme weather events based on long-term atmospheric reanalysis

"...Within this context, and given its importance to long-term planning and investment, we ultimately assess the potential impact of climate change on the resilience of the distribution grid, by evaluating the non-exceedance probabilities of six historical hurricanes that impacted the Eversource Energy service territory in Connecticut through a parametric statistical approach..."

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Adaptive probabilistic neural network based on hybrid PSO?ALO for predicting wind speed in different regions

"...Due to this, this paper work considered employing these machine learning neural models for forecasting application in respect of renewable energy applications and in particular focused on the forecasting of wind speed..."

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An Overview of Bidirectional EV Chargers: Empowering Traction Grid-Powered Chargers

"...In this case, the battery of an electric car can store energy when there is excess generation (for example from renewable sources), and supply it to the grid when there is a lack of generation, realizing the functions of vehicle to grid (V2G)..."

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Enhanced Frequency Support of MMC-MTDC Systems with Offshore Wind Plants Integration

"...With the increasing penetration of renewable energy generation in the power grid, there have been several actual cases of high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) systems replacing conventional high-voltage AC power transmission systems for long-distance power transmission..."

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Passive islanding detection in microgrids using artificial neural networks

"...With the increased emphasis on renewable energy, modern power grids have become more reliant to smaller distributed generation units..."

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Passivity-based control strategy for hexagonal converter under unbalanced power grid

"...When a hexagonal converter (Hexverter) is applied to high-power renewable energy generation such as offshore low-frequency transmission, using traditional PID control to ensure the stable global operation and strong robustness of the system is difficult due to the random fluctuation of renewable energy, system parameter uptake, its non-linear characteristics, and the possible unbalanced grid situation..."

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Grid Scheduling Strategy Considering Electric Vehicles Participating in Multi-microgrid Interaction

"...With the expansion of the scale of power grid and the increase of the number of microgrids, the energy interaction between microgrids using contact lines will greatly increase the computation of the superior dispatching center..."

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