- An engineer has devised a system to convert the power of the wind directly into heat in an invention which could rid Scottish roads of frost in the winter and allow certain crops to be grown for 365 days a year. He believes one of the systems could heat up to 250 acres of farmland and also generate electricity. [Herald Scotland]
- A new study released by the International Renewable Energy Agency says renewable power generation technologies reached a historical level of competitiveness between 2013 and 2014. Power from geothermal, hydro and onshore wind are in the same competitive price range as traditional fossil fuels. [The Weather Channel]
- Northern Ireland has one of the best wind resources in Europe. Nevertheless, until now they haven’t been able to make full use of them. That’s all about to change with AES’ plans to install Europe’s biggest electricity storage battery, a 10-MW lithium-ion battery array, at a site next to Kilroot power station. [Belfast Telegraph]
- A Massachusetts lawmaker is proposing sweeping changes to the state’s energy strategy, including measures to help fund a gas pipeline, more efficiently site electric transmission and expand the use of offshore wind generation. The state is expecting to retire 8,000 MW of existing generation in coming years. [Utility Dive]
- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is taking a closer look at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station after the plant shut down unexpectedly during last week’s blizzard, the NRC announced Monday. The special inspection at the plant is to review problems that led to the shutdown on January 27. [Barnstable Patriot]
- The National Hockey League today announced that it is ranked Number 17 on the US EPA’s National Top 100 list of the largest users of green power, making it the first professional sports league ever to achieve the distinction. The league has a number of significant green power achievements that it can point to. [NHL.com]
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