- Vermont is considering legislation changing its energy policy. It would end a practice critics say double-counts benefits of its renewable power sources. It would also allow utilities to count for credit weatherization or efficiency projects they sponsor, such as new windows, insulation, biomass heat, or heat pumps. [San Francisco Chronicle]
- “Why utilities across the nation are embracing community solar” – The shared renewables movement is catching on, and 2015 could be community solar’s year. Utilities and private sector players are immersed in plans. Regulators from California to the District of Columbia are working on program designs. [Utility Dive]
- Powerful fossil fuel companies and energy utilities have taken control of key renewable energy lobby groups in Europe in an effort to slow the transition to clean energy, according to industry insiders. They have majorities on the boards of the European Wind Energy Association and European Photovoltaic Industry Association. [The Guardian]
- A Saudi Arabia company is to build the world’s first large-scale solar-powered water desalination plant, using solar PV for its power needs during daylight hours. Abengoa will build the 15-MW solar PV facility, with tracking, and expects it to provide all desalination plant’s energy needs during peak output. [RenewEconomy]
- California is in a state of drought emergency. Residents are being urged to save water in any way they possibly can. In the midst of this time where conserving water is crucial, however, it has been discovered that at least nine underground water aquifers have been purposely contaminated by fracking waste water. [One Green Planet]
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