A majority of power outages occur on electrical distribution systems, affecting a large swath of the national economy, public health, and well-being. Microgrids, due to their designed operations to enable continuous power delivery in the face of grid outages, have seen early adoption by local communities, commercial/industrial facilities, campuses and institutions, and utilities.
The Integrated Resource Plan released in August 2018 calls for a significant increase in renewable energy. To support the increase in intermittent resources, South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom has unveiled its Distributed Battery Storage Program and environmental and social management framework study (ESMF), committing to solar-plus-storage and energy storage projects totaling 1,400MWh. The plan calls for storage in all nine provinces and has two phases of development and construction.
Regional economic impacts are a critical piece of the decision making process surrounding carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) implementation. Integration of carbon capture technologies with the existing coal fleet not only helps to ensure the longevity of an existing industry, jobs are created at the capture plant during the construction and operational periods. A significant number of jobs are created during the construction period, which results in additional job creation through indirect and induced effects.
The International Energy Agency has established that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a critical component in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The cost to capture CO2 has often been cited as a major impediment to the deployment of CCS. However, costs vary considerably across different industrial sectors. Significant opportunities for CCS deployment can be found in lower-cost sectors. In addition, research and development efforts are underway to substantially drive down costs in all sectors.
A majority of power outages occur on electrical distribution systems, which affect a large swath of national economy and public health and wellbeing. Microgrids, due to their designed operations to enable continuous power delivery in the face of grid outages, have seen early adoption by local communities, commercial/industrial facilities, campuses and institutions, and utilities.
Please join 22 heads of utilities and energy companies from West Africa as they discuss the future of energy in the region. The region of West Africa is home to diverse sources of energy, including hydropower and wind power, and over 350 million residents who depend upon a consistent energy supply for a growing population.
As the annual motion picture awards season comes to a close, USEA welcomes you for a screening of the documentary "CCS: Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future" which was underwritten by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB) and produced to engage the global community in a conversation about the vital role carbon capture and storage (CCS) must play in mitigating climate change.