- In 2000, wind farms composed just 116 MW of capacity on Texas’ main electric grid. That number has since soared to more than 11,000 MW, while wind fuels about 10% of all generation. (On average, one MWh of wind energy can power 260 typical Texas homes for an hour.) [Midland Reporter-Telegram]
- Indian Prime Minister Modi wants companies from China, Japan, Germany and the United States to lead investments of $100 billion over seven years to boost the country’s solar energy capacity by 33 times to 100,000 MW, a top official in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said. [Economic Times]
- The Kulan is an electric-powered farmer’s utility vehicle named after a Central Asian type of donkey. It has two 2-kilowatt motors in the back two wheels. There’s a lithium-ion battery sitting there between them. Its range is 186 miles, the top speed is 31 mph, and it can carry 1 ton of cargo. [CleanTechnica]
- About 60 giant turbines erected on a remote mesa in western New Mexico began churning out power for the state’s largest electric provider on New Year’s Day. The Red Mesa Wind Energy Center marks the latest effort by utility PNM to add more renewable energy resources to its portfolio. [Boston Globe]
- In comments filed in December, leaders of Mississippi utilities, state agencies and business groups called the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan illegal, infeasible and economically unbearable. The proposal calls for Mississippi’s power plants to emit 38% less carbon dioxide in 2030 than in 2005. [Jackson Clarion Ledger]
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