- Researchers from West Coast Wave Initiative in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and the University of Victoria, have mapped the waves off British Columbia’s coast at 50-meter resolution using data from the past 12 years. The data could help wave-tech companies who want to test their instruments. [MetroNews Canada]
- “New Mexico’s Largest Electricity Provider Proposes Going 100% Coal-Free” • The Public Service Company of New Mexico has issued a landmark finding. After a routine assessment of future power supply scenarios, the utility made an anything-but-routine conclusion: the best version of its future self was coal-free. [Union of Concerned Scientists]
- Australia’s largest integrated energy company, AGL Energy, says Australia’s transition away from a grid dominated by coal to low-carbon generation will largely bypass “baseload” gas. The prediction is based on the now fairly well accepted economic view that gas power is becoming less competitive with large-scale solar and wind. [RenewEconomy]
- Dominion Virginia Power is planning to reduce its carbon emissions by up to 25% by building new renewable projects and closing some coal facilities. It also plans for 3,200 MW of new solar capacity by 2032 and 5,200 MW of new solar by 2042. An oil-fired plant and several coal-fired plants would be closed. [Power Engineering Magazine]
- Massachusetts has taken the wraps off plans to solicit up to 800 MW in its first call for offshore wind. A draft request for proposals seeks 400 MW, but up to 800 MW will be considered if the evaluation team determines that a larger-scale proposal is “superior” to other bids or is likely to produce “significantly more” economic net benefits. [reNews]
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