- Moving toward renewable power, American Electric Power is planning to add 8.36 GW of new renewable capacity by 2030. Of this, 5,295 MW is wind power, including the 2 GW Wind Catcher project planned for Oklahoma, which will feature 800 GE 2.5-MW turbines. AEP also aims to develop 3,065 MW of new solar capacity. [reNews]
- The National Solar Job Census 2017, published this week by The Solar Foundation found that the US solar industry employed 250,271 people in 2017. This is a 3.8% decline on 2016 figures, or around 9,800 fewer jobs. It was the first year that jobs have decreased since the Solar Foundation began publishing its census in 2010. [CleanTechnica]
- NextEra Energy, parent of Florida Power and Light and owner of several US nuclear power stations, launched a lawsuit against the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear industry’s trade group, claiming extortion. Among other things, NextEra accused the NEI of trying to instill a false panic about the reliability of renewable energy sources. [OilPrice.com]
- Edinburgh start-up Gravitricity secured a £650,000 grant from Innovate UK to help with plans for energy storage projects at the sites of disused mines in Scotland. The technology would use weights of up to 2000 tonnes suspended in mine shafts by cables attached to winches. Energy is stored by raising the weights and released by lowering them. [reNews]
- For the fourth year in a row, new US electricity capacity from renewable sources surpassed those from natural gas. They accounted for nearly half of all new capacity additions, according to recent figures published by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Out of 24,614 MW of new capacity, 12,270 MW was renewable. [CleanTechnica]
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