Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/24/15)

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Here are five recommended reads for today (7/24/15)

  1. “Wind and solar power pose unique challenges to electricity grids, and those challenges put economic constraints on the growth of renewables,” says Vox. “In 2014, wind generated just 4 percent of US electricity; solar produced less than 1 percent. But if wind and solar ever hope to supply 30 percent, 50 percent, or even 100 percent of electricity, they’ll have to address the obstacles posed by current grids.”
  2. “Solar power [in India] could become as cheap as conventional thermal energy over the next two to three years,” reports The Economic Times. A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency found that “solar photovoltaic prices have fallen nearly 80% since 2008” and “solar module efficiency has witnessed an annual increase of 3.5%-4.5%.”
  3. “The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says more than 1.6 GW of newly installed capacity wind turbines came online during the second quarter, with more than 13.6 GW currently under construction,” according to North American Wind Power.
  4. “States can significantly lower electricity bills for consumers and businesses if they take the right steps in complying with the Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants, a new report concludes,” reports The Hill.
  5. “While renewable energy policies have pushed down the costs of wind and solar — in some cases below the average cost of existing resources — the technical ability of renewables to deliver clean, reliable and economic power has improved dramatically. However, the full transition to a cleaner, more reliable and more affordable electricity system still requires resolution of significant institutional barriers,” says Greentech Media.