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November 3, 2015

A ‘wind rush’ of new development is underway as power production sets records

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-03 06:42:08

Wind power industry officials are touting what they describe as a “wind rush” of new development and technology advances in the U.S. market, a trend characterized by substantial expansions of generation capacity in Texas and other wind-rich states, and the improved operating efficiencies of wind farms due to technology advances and higher turbine heights. Those conditions and a blustery October helped grid operators in Texas, the Great Plains and the Midwest set new records for wind energy generation, with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas achieving a new peak wind power output of 12,238 megawatts on Oct. 22, followed by the Midwest Independent System Organization hitting a 12,383 MW production peak on Oct. 28. [ read more … ]

By the Numbers: China’s Clean Energy Investments Show Big Strides

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2015-11-03 06:42:37

China does things in a big way, and nowhere is that more evident than in renewable energy. The world’s most populous nation was the biggest center of investment in the quarter ended Sept. 30, with $26.7 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The U.S. was second for the same period at $13.4 billion. [ read more … ]

Wis. judge rejects demand charge for utility’s rooftop customers

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-03 06:43:18

A Wisconsin judge on Friday rejected state regulators’ approval of a demand-based charge for new solar-owning customers served by the state’s largest electric utility. In a verbal order, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Peter Anderson said there wasn’t sufficient evidence in the case record and sent the issue back to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to draft a new order consistent with the ruling, said Tyler Huebner, executive director of RENEW Wisconsin. [ read more … ]

Cheap, reliable, lightweight battery may be near, but is not yet here

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-03 06:43:35

In the push for a better battery, many in the industry are finding that the biggest challenges aren’t in chemistry and physics, but in regulations and market forces. Currently, the opportunities for a cheaper, more efficient way to store electricity are booming. Market research firm IHS Inc. reported that grid-level energy storage is on track to reach 40 gigawatts in capacity by 2022, a hundredfold increase from 2013. Meanwhile, global light-duty electric vehicle sales are expected to increase from 2.1 million in 2014 to 6.3 million in 2020, according to Navigant Research. [ read more … ]

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