- Frustrated by its lack of influence in the siting of solar projects in town, the Rutland Town Select Board is distributing a resolution asking all Vermont municipalities to call for more municipal involvement in the Certificate of Public Good process required in permitting renewable energy projects in the state. [Vermont Public Radio]
- A major Midwest utility holding company is teaming up with a Massachusetts equipment maker to create a statewide series of microgrids, including one in the Albany, New York Region. Microgrids using locally supplied power, including from renewable sources, can operate even during overall grid disruptions. [Albany Times Union]
- European day-ahead electricity prices went sharply lower in January as wind power generation posted new records in Germany and the UK. The Platts Continental Power Index fell 7.44% in January to €35.81/MWh compared to December’s €38.69/MWh. The Index was down 11.12% from January 2014. [Your Renewable News]
- Siemens introduced Spectrum Power 7 Microgrid Management System, the company’s first advanced microgrid management software. It allows microgrid operators to manage and control distributed energy resources dynamically with integrated weather and load forecasting, based on the microgrid’s goals. [PennEnergy]
- Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant will begin supplying power by March 1. The $6.5 million anaerobic digester in Kenya will consume an annual 50,000 tons of organic waste. The power that the 2.8-MW will put on the grid will cost $0.10/kWh compared with $0.38/kWh for diesel-generated power. [Bloomberg]
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