- In early 2015, scientists announced the discovery of an almost circular structure in the Antarctic ice surface, about 2 km (1.2 miles) wide. Now, a team of climate researchers has found that the mysterious crater on the King Baudouin ice shelf shows that the East Antarctic ice sheet may be more vulnerable to climate change than expected. [Raw Story]
- A “trail-blazing” trial in a Welsh village could change how communities up and down the UK buy their electricity. By clubbing together, 100 households in Bethesda will be able to purchase the power generated by a local hydro scheme for half the price. Other communities might benefit from renewable energy projects in their areas. [BBC News]
- Texas grid operator ERCOT announced a new record in November for wind power in the state. For the first time, wind provided more than 15,000 megawatts of electricity in a single day. Already a clear leader in wind power in the US, Texas has more than 18,000 megawatts installed and another 5,000 under construction. [Energy Digital]
- The Block Island Wind Farm is supplying power to the grid, making it America’s first offshore wind facility. Deepwater Wind and project partners have commissioned the 30-MW installation off the coast of Rhode Island, and it is now delivering power into New England’s electric grid via a 20-mile-long submarine cable. [POWER magazine]
- According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Q4 2016 US Solar Market Insight report, 4,143 MW of solar PV were installed in the US in the third quarter of the year, a rate of one MW every 32 minutes. Thable News]
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