8 August 2016 2016 12:38 PM GMT

Duke Energy Monitoring Surges; Serving 3.5GW Wind And Solar Energy Plants In US

Duke Energy Renewables has announced its monitoring and control center now serves more than 3,500 megawatts of wind and solar energy plants across the U.S. since it opened in its new location in 2015. As a result of this rapid growth, the center is further enhancing its cyber security and other capabilities.

“The expanded Renewable Control Center (RCC) is at the heart of our growing renewable operations across the U.S.,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables & Distributed Energy Technology. “The enhanced RCC increases our ability to safely and reliably operate wind and solar plants across the country and maximizes the performance of our assets and those of our third-party customers.”

The RCC oversees Duke Energy Renewables’ more than 2,500 megawatts (MW) of wind, solar and battery installations located in 12 states. It also serves another 1,000 MW of renewable energy plants owned by third-party generators.

The center is registered as a generator-operator with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and is implementing additional cyber security controls this year to meet NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) requirements. This certification raises the security standards for both physical and cyber assets and will be completed by year-end.

“The RCC greatly enhances our boots-on-the-ground operations, maintenance, monitoring and safety offerings to other renewable energy operators,” said Jeff Wehner, vice president of Duke Energy Renewable Operations.

“We’re now able to offer both our expertise as owner-operators and the advanced technology and security of a CIP-compliant control center to others in the renewable industry,” he added. “This gives them access to a proven operator without having to invest the time and money to build a control center of their own.”

RCC operators are familiar with the requirements of U.S. transmission operators, including both regional transmission organizations and independent system operators. The RCC is also a qualified scheduling entity in the Texas transmission system (ERCOT), and has operator certification in the PJM market, the U.S. transmission organization that controls the Mid-Atlantic energy grid. Other services include providing information about plant scheduling, weather, outage planning, generation status, day-ahead and seven-day production forecasts, plant curtailment, and data compilation.

Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy’s Commercial Portfolio, focuses in developing innovative wind and solar energy generation projects for customers throughout the United States. The company’s growing portfolio of commercial renewable assets includes approximately 20 wind projects and more than 40 solar facilities in operation in roughly a dozen states, totaling about 2,500 megawatts in electric-generating capacity. Duke Energy Renewable Services, part of Duke Energy Renewables, operates and maintains wind and solar projects for customers throughout the United States. The company’s growing fleet of owned and third-party wind and solar operations now spans 80 projects in 15 states, totaling more than 4,300 megawatts in electric-generating capacity.

August 16th 2019
Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

August 10th 2018
Major Role For WorleyParsons’ Advisian On World’s Largest Solar Power Project

Noor Energy 1 has appointed Advisian, the global consulting firm of WorleyParsons, as Owner’s Engineer for the concentrating solar power (CSP) fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. The 700MW project will be the largest of its kind in the world and as an Owner’s Engineer, Advisian will protect the owner’s interests by ensuring all contractors are adhering to project specifications. It will also provide a review of the basic and detailed engineering, manage risk and provide technical support during construction & commissioning of the plant.

August 12th 2019
Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

August 14th 2019
Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

Wind industry intelligence service A Word About Wind has launched its Emerging Markets Attractiveness Index report for 2018, which provides insight and analysis into the most attractive emerging markets for wind companies. The index, now in its second year, ranks the top 30 emerging markets that investors should consider when investing in wind in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The list considers factors including political and economic stability for investors, alongside the growth of electricity demand and potential for wind growth, in order to rank the countries by overall potential. As with last year’s report, China tops the list and the ongoing trade war with the US shows no sign of slowing China’s formidable growth.

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