- The head of one of Australia’s biggest electricity networks says he sees a long-term future for neither large, centralized electricity generators, nor big electricity retailers. He says the generators will be made redundant by the increased use of localized, mostly renewable generation, and the retailers won’t be needed any more. [CleanTechnica]
- Japan’s nuclear regulator gave safety clearance to two more reactors Wednesday, raising the prospect that Japan could have four units back online next year to help power the nation’s economy. The approval comes three days after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ’s pronuclear party won decisively in a general election. [Wall Street Journal]
- The city of Austin raised its solar power goal from 200 MW by 2020 to 950 MW by 2025. 200 MW of this solar power will be operating within Austin’s city limits and 750 MW will be utility-scale solar. For the 200 MW within city limits, half has to be from customers, meaning residents or building owners with their own solar power PV systems. [CleanTechnica]
- First Solar (one of the biggest solar module manufacturers and solar developers) has just partnered with Clean Energy Collective, a leading developer of community solar solutions, to advance community solar power. They will together develop and market community solar offerings to customers directly on behalf of client utilities. [CleanTechnica]
- Vermont Governor Shumlin’s administration is considering replacing the SPEED program with a plan that would require the state’s electric utilities to sell a certain amount of renewable power to Vermont customers, an official said Monday. This would mean that Vermont would have a mandatory renewable energy standard. [Brattleboro Reformer]
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