- Pacific Gas & Electric submitted six energy storage contracts, totaling 165 MW, to the California Public Utilities Commission for approval as part of its efforts to meet the state-mandated goal of adding 580 MW of storage by 2020. If these contracts are approved, PG&E will have already reached 42% of its energy-storage goal. [pv magazine International]
- Cincinnati has entered a contract with Dynegy to purchase 100% renewable electricity for most of its municipal facilities, starting next month and running through at least 2021. The green electricity will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreations centers and most administrative buildings including city hall. [Smart Cities Dive]
- General Electric Co is planning to cut 12,000 jobs in its power business, with most of the cuts happening outside the US, a person familiar with the matter said. The manufacturer has been hit hard by flagging demand for electricity generated with natural gas, in part due to a shift toward power from renewable sources. [BloombergQuint]
- The Moray Council has backed a development that could transform an abandoned airfield in northern Scotland into one of Europe’s biggest solar farms. Elgin Energy wants to cover the Milltown Airfield with about 200,000 solar panels. Moray’s attraction is due to its long summer days, the result of its being so far north. [Energy Voice]
- West Australia’s Horizon Power has become the first major Australian utility to embrace the idea of “base-cost renewables.” The idea is to build the grid up from the base with installations of inexpensive renewables, then add storage and other smart technologies such as demand response and energy efficiency to fill in the gaps. [RenewEconomy]
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