Tag Archives: grid

Africa: Energy – Why the Grid Isn’t Always the Answer

analysis The World Bank recently announced that between May 2014 and May 2015, Kenya’s national . The electrification of poor settlements clearly . But in most cases the electrification of poor rural settlements has yet to spur the transformational economic growth – in productivity, manufacturing and off-farm employment – that many had hoped for. Evidence […]

Ethiopia: Ethiopia to Soon Add 1800MW to Main Grid

Addis Ababa — Testing started recently at the Gilgel Gibe III hydro-electric dam which when fully operational will add 1870MW to Ethiopia’s power grid. According to a government statement last week, the largest hydropower plant in Ethiopia and one the biggest in Africa to date, started trial electric power production on August 11, 2015. The […]

Texas electric grid serves record-high power demand

August 17, 2015 Source: EIA, based on Note: Data for 2015 are preliminary. During the recent heat wave in Texas, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the operator of the electric grid covering most of the state, set a new record for electricity use when demand for electricity reached 69.8 gigawatts (GW) between 4:00 […]

California grid expected to maintain reliability despite drought

July 6, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on North American Electric Reliability Corporation According to the of 38% for the region. California’s hydroelectric generation varies seasonally. From January 2014 to April 2015, hydroelectricity accounted for 6% to 14% of the , averaging near 9%. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Since early 2014, much […]

Northern Maine considers options to gain direct access to New England electric grid

January 22, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Form EIA-860; Republished January 22, 2015, 2:45 p.m. to correct an error in the text. Northern Maine is a unique power market: unlike any other part of the Lower 48 states, this region is connected to one of the three main power grids serving the United States […]

Rwanda: Solar Grid Capitalizes On Limited Sunshine

By Nick Long Kigali — The biggest solar power plant in East Africa has just opened in Rwanda. It is the first grid level solar plant in the region – a 21-hectare field covered with panels. Rwanda might not seem an obvious place to put it, as the country averages only about five hours of […]

Fewer wind curtailments and negative power prices seen in Texas after major grid expansion

June 24, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on the for electricity prices Curtailments of wind generation on the Texas electric grid have steadily dropped since 2011 as more than 3,500 miles of transmission lines have been built, largely as a result of the state’s (CREZ) program. Occurrences of wind-related negative real-time electricity prices […]

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