- A research paper examines a previously unknown influence of humans on extreme weather. Carbon emissions lead to warming of the atmosphere in polar regions, and this leads to the jet stream getting stuck in place. This, in turn, leads to extended periods in which the weather persists, producing drought and other extreme weather. [CleanTechnica]
- EnBW has secured the bulk of the 1.5-GW on offer with its 900-MW He Dreiht project in the German North Sea. The developer won with a bid of zero, which means it is pledging to build and operate the wind farm without the support of a feed-in tariff and relying instead on the market rate. The wind farm is expected to be operational in 2023. [reNews]
- The number of solar panels being installed in the UK has fallen by more than 80%, according to an analysis of new figures. It is the latest sign that the industry is being strangled by government policies despite being one of the cheapest sources of electricity. The number of people putting solar panels on their homes is now at a six-year low. [The Independent]
- Advanced Microgrid Solutions announced it will design, install and operate its Hybrid Electric Building systems for Walmart, providing 40 MWh of battery systems for 27 stores in Southern California. AMS says these will improve energy efficiency, guarantee the retailer electricity savings and provide grid services to local utilities. [Energy Matters]
- The Arizona Republic reports Peabody Energy is working to save the 2,250-MW Navajo Generating Station, the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, which purchases coal from the mining company. Peabody has offered coal at a lower fixed price through 2025, and believes new ownership could keep the plant running profitably. [Utility Dive]
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