- Oil markets slid to new lows after the International Energy Agency lowered its forecast for demand growth in 2015, the latest sign of continuing oversupply. Falling oil prices may boost economic growth, but they could threaten the economic health of oil producers and lead to lower investment in expensive drilling projects. [Wall Street Journal]
- Salt River Project, an Arizona utility, is proposing higher charges for customers who have their own solar PVs. The company suggests changing the rate structure so such customers pay about $50 more a month, which SRP officials say is necessary to cover their use of the power grid when the sun is not shining. [azcentral.com]
- On Monday National Grid plans to announce it will install solar panels at 19 sites across Massachusetts that can produce enough electricity to power 3,200 homes, in one of the largest solar buildouts in the state’s history. The new installations, located on both public and private land, will have a capacity of over 16 MW. [Boston Globe]
- Nebraska’s wind energy industry has immediate potential for even short-term expansion. An official report released by the Nebraska Power Review Board found that Nebraska’s existing transmission infrastructure has room for at least 2,000 MW of additional renewable generating resources. [McCook Daily Gazette]
- Xcel Energy is launching a new program that it hopes will be a big boost in solar electricity for the Minneapolis-based utility. Instead of installing panels on their rooftops, customers can subscribe to a community solar garden. Xcel currently has about 14 MW of solar capacity. The program could add 100 MW next year. [CBS Local]
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