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New ERCOT Report Shows That Texas Wind And Solar Are Highly Competitive With Natural Gas

January 29 --  An interesting fact seemed to go unnoticed in all the press around the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’s (ERCOT) Long Term System Assessment, a biennial report submitted to the Texas Legislature on “the need for increased transmission and generation capacity throughout the state of Texas.” ERCOT found that if you use updated wind and solar power characteristics like cost and actual output to reflect real world conditions, rather than the previously used 2006 assumed characteristics, wind and solar are more competitive than natural gas over the next 20 years. >>View Article

DOD To Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations

January 29 -- The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest single consumer of energy in the world, gobbling up 3.8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and 120 million barrels of oil per year. It’s an expensive habit, costing the agency some $20 billion a year. >>View Article

Google Partners With San Diego Wind Developer

January 28 -- Google has invested $200 million in a utility-scale wind farm developed by a San Diego company.  A spokeswoman for EDF Renewable Energy, headquartered in the Carmel Valley neighborhood, said Thursday that participation by the internet search giant was a departure from working with traditional financial institutions.  >>View Article

Middlesex County(NJ) To Save Millions In Electricity Costs With Solar Panels

January 28 -- An energy company has installed more than 25,000 solar panels at the county’s Apple Orchard Lane complex in North Brunswick — enough to power the entire complex of seven buildings, which includes the county jail, county archives, youth detention center, highways and bridges building, public property and central vehicle buildings, and county sheriff’s substation.  >>View Article

Getting Geothermal Out Of Its Rut

January 25 -- Geothermal power plants plug along delivering around 20 gigawatt-hours of power to the California grid every single day. Why aren't we taking more advantage of this 24-7 power source? >>View Article

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