- “State Clean Energy Laws Make New England Grid More Resilient” • The New England power grid is more resilient and reliable thanks to state laws that promote renewable energy and efficiency and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. That is our evidence-based message to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
- The US Energy Information Administration projects that 21 GW of gas-fired generators will be brought online in 2018, out of a total 32 GW of new capacity expected to be added this year. If that is correct, 2018 will be the first year since 2013 in which renewables failed to account for a majority of new generating capacity. [Daily Energy Insider]
- The California Energy Commission has voted unanimously to adopt new energy efficiency standards, which would make solar panels a requirement for new home construction. While the vote was a big step forward, the proposed new standards will still have to go to the California Building Standards Commission for final consideration later this year. [CNN]
- German utility Uniper launched a pilot scheme to produce methane gas at its Falkenhagen site from wind power as the country seeks wider uses for renewable energy. The plant, set up five years ago in Germany’s wind-swept Brandenburg state, already produces green hydrogen. Carbon for the methane will be supplied from a bio-ethanol plant. [Reuters]
- Hawaii’s position as one of the leading US states for energy storage deployment shows no sign of weakening as Hawaiian Electric Co last week announced 120-MW of new battery storage across two projects in Oahu. One will be a 20-MW/80-MWh system, and the other will have 100-MW/100-MWh of storage capacity. [Energy Storage News]
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