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June 17, 2015

Calif. tops many nations in capacity

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-17 05:50:43

California has become the first state in the nation to top 10,000 megawatts of solar capacity, a quantity able to power nearly 2.6 million homes, the latest “U.S. Solar Market Insight Report” said today. The Golden State’s total solar power tops that of most nations, including the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia and Belgium, according to the analysis from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). [ read more … ]

Policy paper sees little need for new major power lines in New York 

Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-17 05:51:04

The last thing New York needs is a new multibillion-dollar power line that crisscrosses the state, according to a policy paper by the Washington, D.C.-based National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy. The paper, authored by research fellow Timothy Schoechle, argues that the momentum that led to proposals like the Champlain Hudson Power Express, which would connect hydropower in Quebec to New York City, is outdated and no longer supported by evidence of need for such a project. [ read more … ]

High-Tech Solar Projects Fail to Deliver

By Cassandra Sweet, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2015-06-17 05:51:26

Some costly high-tech solar power projects aren’t living up to promises their backers made about how much electricity they could generate.Solar-thermal technology, which uses mirrors to capture the sun’s rays, was once heralded as the advance that would overtake old fashioned solar panel farms. But a series of missteps and technical difficulties threatens to make newfangled solar-thermal technology obsolete. The $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power project in California’s Mojave Desert is supposed to be generating more than a million megawatt-hours of electricity each year. But 15 months after starting up, the plant is producing just 40% of that, according to data from the U.S. Energy Department. [ read more … ]

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