- The wind resource in the Great Plains states is so extraordinary that some wind energy professionals call the region the “Saudi Arabia of wind.” Texas alone could provide sufficient electric power for the needs of the entire country, but the largest loads are on the East Coast, and transmission system upgrades are needed to move the power. [CleanTechnica]
- If India proceeds to build all proposed coal-fired power plants, the country may face a quarter million deaths every single year, according to the latest report from India-based Conservation Action Trust and Urban Emissions. A year ago, they found the death toll from coal emissions had already reached 80,000-115,000 per year. [Energy Collective]
- The UK’s renewable power produced by wind farms, solar panels, biomass plants and other green technologies prevented the release of nearly 38 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions last year, an additional 10 million tonne saving from 2012. Nearly a third of the amount was saved in Scotland. [Business Green]
- The US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is providing critical support to two new microgrid projects coordinated by the Electric Power Research Institute and GE. NREL will test microgrid controllers developed by EPRI and GE using its megawatt-scale power hardware-in-the-loop capability. [Solar Novus Today]
- Exelon says the EPA was “well within” its legal authority to require existing plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. An Exelon senior vice president said the Clean Power Plan was “legally and scientifically required.” She also called for more credit for nuclear plants. [Environment & Energy Publishing]
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