Renewable Energy

Alaskan Arctic village hopes battery storage will boost its wind power


Kotzebue, Alaska was getting power amounting to 20 percent of its average electricity demand from a wind farm last year, and now hopes to boost its effectiveness by adding battery storage to the village microgrid, E&E reports.

GM says Chevy Bolt electric range could be over 200 miles

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors' entry into the long-range electric vehicle market should be able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge, company officials said Tuesday.

The company also plans to market the Chevrolet Bolt, a small hatchback car due out late next year, as a crossover SUV as it tries to take advantage of the global thirst for SUVs.

Solar projects encroaching on natural landscapes: Study

The San Diego Union-Tribune

A Carnegie study released Monday found that new solar projects in California are being located in natural landscapes instead of developed areas, affecting wildlife habitats and reducing arable land, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Faster hydro permitting would aid climate fight: Industry

The Hill

The National Hydropower Association launched a promotional blitz Monday that argues a permitting process for hydropower projects that can take “up to ten years” isn’t acceptable for a government focused on cutting carbon emissions and expanding clean energy, The Hill reports.

Georgia thermal energy system set for official unveiling

The Telegraph

Officials are cutting the ribbon Monday on a borehole thermal energy system – said to be the first in the country --  that will provide heating to the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga., The Telegraph reports.

Breakthrough starting in battery storage


Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric said at a conference last week that battery storage is becoming competitive with natural gas-fired plants when it comes to providing power to handle peaks on the grid, Bloomberg reports.

Austin buying more solar power

Austin Monitor

The City Council in the Texas capital has increased Austin Energy's solar power purchases from 288 megawatts to more than 400 megawatts, and set a long-term goal of 600 megawatts, the Austin Monitor reports.

Hawaii move to end net metering draws mixed response

Pacific Business Journal

While some solar companies are sanguine about the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission decision to close net metering programs to new customers, the head of the local Sierra Club chapter slammed the move, Pacific Business News reports.

Pickens in court after losing Canadian wind power battle

The New York Times

T. Boone Pickens’ Mesa Power is waging a legal battle against NextEra Energy, alleging that Ontario’s  decision to award $3.8 billion in wind power contracts to the company was based on favoritism after the Florida-based firm gave $18,600 in donations to the Liberal Party in Canada, The New York Times reports.

Hydropower good alternative to nuclear, says Massachusetts energy boss

Boston Herald

Massachusetts is scrambling to find low-carbon energy with the impending closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, and state Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton believes hydropower offers a “cost competitive” alternative, the Boston Herald reports.


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