- Water saving potential of renewable energy is a key finding of new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. Realising the renewable energy targets of the Gulf Cooperation Council region will result in a 22% reduction in water consumption for power generation and associated fuel extraction. [Yahoo! Maktoob News]
- A project called Second Life Batteries is bringing Bosch, the BMW Group, and Vattenfall together to interconnect used batteries from electric vehicles to form a large-scale energy storage system in Hamburg. As part of a virtual power plant, its energy is available within seconds to help keep the power grid stable. [Autocar Professional]
- Dubai has more than doubled its target for renewables in its overall energy mix given the falling cost of solar power. The change comes days after the emirate upsized a planned solar after receiving what the consortium building the scheme said was the cheapest cost ever proposed to generate solar power. [Gulf Business News]
- The first pieces of legislation put forth by a Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature advanced Wednesday, with the Senate voting 33-0 to repeal the 2009 Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act and the House of Delegates advancing its own repeal to a third reading. [Huntington Herald Dispatch]
- Kansas City Power & Light, facing tougher environmental regulations, plans to curb its use of coal to generate electricity. The utility said Tuesday that a total of 700 MW of generating units will be shuttered or converted to use natural gas starting in 2016. This amounts to a nearly 19% reduction in use of coal. [Lake Expo]
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