As the smart meter roll-out continues to gain momentum, energy consumers are facing a new challenge, proposed changes to the Data Communications Company (DCC) charging methodology could see them paying twice for the same service. But what impact will these changes have on the smart meter roll-out? The proposed changes could put a stop to this progress and could discourage these companies from using DCC services, slowing down the adoption of smart meters. It is clear that the proposed changes to the DCC charging methodology are not the best. It is important that energy consumers across the board speak up and voice their concerns about these proposed changes to ensure the best decision is made.
PIPELINES: The Mountain Valley Pipeline withdraws eminent domain actions for land along a proposed extension from Virginia into North Carolina, but leaves the door cracked for the future. (Virginia Mercury)SOLAR:• Tampa, Florida’s electric utility announces it will add six new solar projects by the end of 2025. (Reuters)• Arkansas moves to grow its electric vehicle charging network from a current count of about 170 charging stations, but motorists likely won’t start seeing new stations until at least 2024. (NOLA.com, subscription)• A company breaks ground on an electric vehicle battery recycling and manufacturing facility in Kentucky. (Bloomberg)• Florida power outages that followed Hurricane Ian point toward the necessity of burying power lines to improve grid resilience, writes a land developer.3 months ago Energy News Network
MAHNOMEN — Near the tall grasses outside White Earth Tribal and Community College, students huddled around a small ground-mounted-unit solar array on an unusually warm October day. Andrew Goodwin works on connecting a solar array at White Earth Tribal and Community College. Plants emerge from a solar array at White Earth Tribal and Community College. Vernon Jackson completed the solar certification course at White Earth Tribal and Community College. Bridget Guiza, customized education coordinator at White Earth Tribal and Community College.3 months ago Energy News Network
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Concentrated solar power (CSP) is a formidable and fascinating technique for producing solar energy on a massive scale. Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) is a solar energy technology that harnesses sunlight to generate heat. What is concentrated solar power (CSP)? The difference between solar PV and concentrated solar powerCSP and photovoltaic solar (PV) utilise solar energy, frequently contrasting the two technologies. The plant would be Australia’s first utility-scale Concentrated Solar Power plant completed.3 months ago Energy Matters
Rishi Sunak said he supported maintaining a ban on fracking, in what would be a reversal of Liz Truss’ policy, during his first ever prime minister’s questions. The new PM has been facing MPs at the dispatch box today in his maiden outing since taking over from Liz Truss on Tuesday in the top job. Mr Sunak replied: “I’ve already said I stand by the manifesto on that,” in a reply that seemed to fall short of announcing he would reverse the ban being lifted. Wind, nuclear, renewablesEnergy policy was the opening issue Rishi Sunak faced in his first ever session of prime minister’s questions. That was part of a bid for energy self sufficiency by 2045, which included a “massive expansion in offshore wind”, but the ban on onshore deployment led to accusations of “economic illiteracy”.3 months ago Energy Voice
According to RBC Capital Markets, drilling delays associated with the loss will cost Santos around US$70 million (A$103 million). He claimed he was not adequately consulted by Santos before it received drilling approvals for the A$4.7 billion project. Santos and every other gas company must take note that this is our country and we must be consulted. It was thought the oil and gas company had a chance given judgement by Justice Bromberg had been overturned by a full bench in the past. Two weeks ago the Noble Tom Prosser rig drilling Santos Spartan-2 well, designed as backfill for its declining WA fields, was issued a safety notice by NOPSEMA.2 months ago Energy News Bulletin