New York state could replace electricity from the Indian Point nuclear power plant through improved efficiency and imported hydropower, says a Feb. 23 study by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Riverkeeper.
With several large, grid-scale battery-storage facilities opening in quick succession in Southern California, pundits say the state has taken a leading role in developing infrastructure to hold renewable power generated during low-demand periods, using it to supply customers during peak hours.
Renewable generation is expected to account for about two-thirds of the 24 GW of energy capacity the U.S. added in 2016, and industry observers don’t expect alternative-energy additions to fall in coming years, despite changed political winds.
New Jersey utility Public Service Electric & Gas on Nov. 30 said it has gotten the go-ahead from state regulators to invest up to $80 million in the next three years to build solar farms on brownfields and landfills in its service territory.
SolarReserve LLC, a privately owned company based in Santa Monica,
Calif., plans to make a final decision in the next six months on a site in Nye County, Nev., for what would be the world’s largest solar facility.
At the mouth of the Bay of Fundy on the border between easternmost Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, Ocean Renewable Power Co. has been testing huge undersea turbines that the company claims eventually will generate low-cost tidal power from the tidal flow in Cobscook Bay for all of Downeast Maine.