- An emerging option for grid stability, which will get a hearing next week at the 15th International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power in Vienna, is synthetic inertia. It is achieved by programming power inverters at wind turbines so that they emulate the behavior of synchronized spinning masses. [IEEE Spectrum]
- According to a report released by Oxfam, members of ISIS have torched more than a dozen oil wells as they retreat towards Mosul ahead of a massive Iraqi offensive. The situation was made worse after ISIS set fire to a sulfur plant in the area. ISIS fighters are leaving behind a toxic cloud causing breathing-related illnesses. [The Weather Channel]
- China, the world’s biggest clean-energy investor, lowered its solar and wind power targets for 2020, a reflection of how record installations of renewables have overwhelmed the ability of the nation’s grid to absorb the new electricity. China is now aiming for 110 GW of solar power by 2020, a 27% reduction in the target capacity. [Bloomberg]
- Wal-Mart is laying out its environmental map for the next several years as it tries to satisfy customers who want green products at affordable prices. The world’s largest retailer said it will seek to reduce emissions in its own operations by 18% by 2025. It will also work to add no waste to landfills in Canada and the United States. [Lowell Sun]
- Ameresco has completed a 16-MW landfill-gas-to-energy project in Illinois. The facility, at the Orchard Hills Generating Station near Rockford, Illinois is powered by six 620 GE Jenbacher engines. Municipal solid waste landfills accounts for 20% of methane emissions in 2014, according to the EPA. [Environmental Leader]
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