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Power Sources
The U.S. saw a surge in new wind capacity in the first half of 2019, up 53 percent from a year ago. Strong consumer demand from Fortune 500 businesses and utilities as well as calls from multiple states for offshore projects added to wind power’s growing development pipeline, said AWEA.
Electricity Markets
Texas public power utilities stepped up to the plate this week after soaring temperatures stressed the state's power grid by urging their customers to cut their electricity use. Russ Keene, Executive Director of the Texas Public Power Association, noted that TPPA members are responding proactively in the face of tightened reserve margins.
Environment
The Department of Interior announced final revisions to the Endangered Species Act. The changes do not apply to species already listed as threatened or endangered, but alter how future assessments are made.
Community
Valley Clean Energy, a community choice energy provider in Davis, California is studying the possibility of acquiring Pacific Gas and Electric distribution facilities in Yolo County.
Disaster Response
Conditions are more favorable for an above normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, according to the NOAA. The forecast includes 2 to 4 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater).
Electricity Markets
Some New England generators might receive “windfall” payments in the coming winters as a result of an order that went into effect because FERC lacked a quorum, according to one commissioner.
Solar
Energy Storage
A community choice aggregator run by the City of San Jose’s Community Energy Department signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for 100 megawatts of new solar energy and 10 MW of battery storage.
Energy Storage
An Arizona utility regulator is raising questions about the safety of certain lithium-ion batteries, following fires at Arizona Public Service battery storage facilities.