Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (6/24/15)

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Here are five recommended reads for today (6/24/15)

  1. According to a report released by GTM Research“the cumulative operational capacity of microgrids in the U.S. is expected to more than double, from 1,283 megawatts in 2015 to 2,855 megawatts by 2020,” reports Greentech Media.
  2. “Rooftop solar and battery storage will account for more than half of Australia’s electricity needs by 2040, reducing the need for fossil fuel generation, as the share of fossil fuels falls by more than half to around 40 per cent,” says Renew Economy.
  3. “As droughts continue to worsen worldwide, a project in California is using solar power to bring water to desperate agricultural lands,” reports Renewable Energy World.
  4. A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance concludes that “the average cost of developing wind projects will fall by 32 percent and the cost of solar PV projects will fall by 48 percent by 2040,” reports Greentech Media. “Within a decade, wind will become ‘the least-cost option almost universally,’ and by 2030, solar will become the cheapest resource.”
  5. “In the wake of major hurricanes, floods and heat waves, scientists are quick to say that no single weather event can be attributed to climate change until careful analysis draws that conclusion. Now, a new study argues that thinking is backwards, that all extreme weather has a link to climate change,” according to Inside Climate News.