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Power Sources
U.S. geothermal capacity could hit 60 gigawatts by 2050, up from 3.8 GW today, if technology improvements drive down costs, according to a report by the Department of Energy.
Energy Storage
Local and state officials gathered in Ashburnham, Mass., to cut the ribbon on the Ashburnham Municipal Light Plant’s new three-megawatt, five-megawatt-hour battery storage project. The battery is helping AMLP reduce its costs for transmission and capacity.
Public power utility crews connected more than 200 Navajo Nation families as part of a mutual aid initiative by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and the American Public Power Association to provide electricity to thousands of Navajo homes that was recently completed.
The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Lightsource BP (a British Petroleum partnership) for the output of a 100-MW solar power project.
Electric Vehicles
The Electric Power Research Institute in conjunction with Arizona public power utility Salt River Project has completed a study of Tesla drivers that aims to help provide utilities with a better understanding of the charging behavior and driving practices of the owners of electric vehicles.
Boulder, Colo., and investor-owned Xcel Energy have reached a settlement related to the city’s municipalization efforts.
A new study from Cornell University’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering examines the use of utility scale solar power to meet peak power demand in New York State.
Electricity Markets
The PJM Interconnection on May 28 said that Andrew Ott, president and CEO of the grid operator, will retire from the organization on June 30, 2019.