Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (6/19/14)

Here are five recommended reads for today (6/19/14).

  1. Climate Progress reports: “It turns out wind power isn’t just a source of clean energy — it also helps protect consumers from price volatility. Texas got the benefit of that on Tuesday, when the state’s wind generation kept its electricity spot price down even as heat waves drove it up in other regions of the country.”
  2. According to Treehugger: “Despite being quite a grey country, with average solar irradiation levels worse than even the US Northwest and Alaska, Germany is the world’s solar power leader. In the past couple of weeks, it just broke another three records.”
  3. NPR reports: “A large swath of the Atlantic Ocean could soon be used to generate electricity, as a U.S. agency proposes opening more than 1,000 square miles of ocean to wind energy projects. The area is off the coast of Massachusetts, which has been working on the proposal with federal officials.”
  4. According to Greentech Media, “California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program is about to be re-authorized by Governor Jerry Brown and will continue to provide $83 million per year (through 2019) for behind-the-meter generation technologies including wind, fuel cells and energy storage.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “The British government has approved what could become the world’s largest offshore wind farm, a 1,200-megawatt endeavor that is slated to begin producing energy by 2019.”