Data visualization: How the United States generates electricity
Earlier this year, the Washington Post published an interactive map showcasing the source of electricity generation in each state from January to May 2015. The map breaks down data from the Energy Information Administration to outline every power source in the United States and categorize it by type and size.
The United States has 511 coal-fired power plants that generate 34 percent of the nation’s electricity.
The United States has 1,740 natural gas power plants that generate 30 percent of the nation’s electricity.
The United States has 99 nuclear reactors that generate 20 percent of the nation’s electricity.
There are 1,436 hydroelectric plants in the U.S. They have generated 7 percent of the nation’s electricity this year.
There are 843 wind-powered electric plants in the U.S. They have generated five percent of the nation’s electricity this year.
There are 772 solar-powered electric plants in the U.S. They have generated 1 percent of the nation’s electricity this year.
There are 1,098 oil-powered electric plants in the U.S. They have generated one percent of the nation’s electricity this year.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.