- Residential prices for electricity have dropped this year for the first time since 2002, despite worries that shutting down coal-fired power plants and relying more on wind and solar would ruin the economy, according the Energy Information Administration. This it not what the defenders of burning coal said would happen. [Houston Chronicle]
- According to the team from the Solar Energy Institute of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, up to 1 MWh of energy can be stored in just one cubic meter of molten silicon. Silicon is the most abundant element in the Earth’s crust. The technology holds a promise for dealing with the intermittency of renewable power generation. [E&T magazine]
- More Scottish homes and businesses are seeing the benefit of renewable heat than ever before, according to new figures. Data published by the Energy Saving Trust estimate that last year saw the largest annual increase in renewable heat output since measurement began in 2008, up by over 1,100 GWh in a single year. [Scottish Construction Now]
- If the European Union is to meet the terms laid out in the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2050 by 80-95% compared to 1990 levels, the Member States have to act fast, and act now, beginning the process of decarbonizing, according to a report just published by the European Environment Agency. [pv magazine]
- State and local leaders joined executives from NextEra Energy Resources and Xcel Energy to celebrate commissioning the Roswell and Chaves County Solar Energy Centers, New Mexico’s largest solar energy projects. They feature about 600,000 solar panels on trackers with a total generating capacity of 140 MW. [Electric Light & Power]
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