Heat Wave Hits Hard in Eastern US
As we head into Independence Day celebrations, scorching temperatures leave nearly 2 million homes and businesses in the eastern third of the US without power. Record breaking temperatures and violent storms have left at least 22 people dead across the country.
From Illinois to Virginia, many are without power as utilities warn that some will have to go without air conditioning for a while. In Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray has expressed his concerns and said the local power company, Pepco, has reported the 90 percent without power in the area would have it restored by the end of the week.
"We have had power outage after power outage in the District of Columbia. Frankly, the people are just fed up with it. I don't have any power in my own home," Gray told CNN.
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In other states, many are still struggling with outages. According to Baltimore Gas and Electric, 165,000 of its customers aren't expected to get power back up until the weekend. Weather forecasters predict this weekend to reach scorching heat levels again, slightly less severe from last week. Sunday, 288 temperature records were set across the country.
In the upper Midwest, more severe thunderstorms are also expected similar to the one that ripped down trees and power lines in Minnesota. From the Midwest to the Atlantic Ocean, storms and hurricanes devastated the power grid last week.
In areas where power lines are down, the US government told federal workers in the Washington area to take unscheduled leave or work from home Monday and Tuesday.
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.