- There has been a lot of controversy around the Ivanpah concentrating solar power plant. Charges range from the idea that it is killing thousands of birds to the idea that it is producing only a fraction of the power it was designed to make. One thing to remember is that you should not believe everything you read in the media.
- AES is building a 100 MW, 400 MWh lithium-ion battery for Southern California Edison as an alternative to gas peaker plants. The president of AES Energy Storage called it “the new state of the art.” He added, “This contract marks the emergence of energy storage as a cost-effective alternative to peaking power plants for local power capacity and reliability.”
- Renewable energy generators in the US have had a revenue boost of 49% over five years. Revenues by hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, biomass and solar power companies rose from $6.6 billion in 2007 to $9.8 billion in 2012. The wider electric power generation sector saw an overall decline of in revenues of 1.2%, dropping from $121 billion to $119.5 billion.
- Almost 60% of Portugal’s energy needs came from renewable sources last year, a 20% increase from 2012. Not long ago, large utilities were being paid by small consumers. Now families have their own power, and small wind farms, solar farms, small biomass feed power to the grid. In addition, thousands of jobs were created by renewables industries.
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