- Wind power keeps chugging along, with prices falling over time, though not as dramatically as solar, and installed capacity going up. Every new turbine that goes up will keep producing clean power for decades to come at very little cost (basic maintenance, no fuel costs unlike fossil fuel power plants). The US added 4.8 GW of windpower in 2014, 24% of our new capacity. [Treehugger]
- China is now adding one IDLE coal power plant per week. State-owned power companies have continued adding new coal-fired power plants to the grid at a feverish pace, and in the first half of 2015, 23.4 GW of thermal power plants were brought online. But at the same time, thermal power generation dropped 3.2%, and their capacity utilization fell to just below 50%. [Business Spectator]
- The M5BAT is a modular, 5 MW, multitechnology medium voltage battery storage system under construction at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. It combines different battery technologies to deliver a significant upgrade in system stability and modularity. A group of businesses are working on it, and the German Ministry for Economic Affairs has granted it €6.7 million. [pv magazine]
- Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, the largest ski resort in southern New England, will soon be home to the largest community solar project in the northeastern United States, thanks to the construction by Nexamp of a 2.3-MW solar installation on 12 acres of the facility’s property. This project will supply Jiminy Peak with enough energy to offset 90% of its annual needs. [CleanTechnica]
- While opponents of the Clean Energy Plan are preparing for all-out war against it (“I will not sit by while the White House takes aim at the lifeblood of our state’s economy,” vowed Senate Majority Leader Mitch-McConnell of Kentucky) the rule shines a light on a key renewable fuel for Iowa: wind. And wind power is booming, [The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines]
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