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[1THING] Blog: Archive for May, 2016

[ Enel starts production at its largest PV solar power plant in Chile ]

Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Chile Ltda., has completed and connected to the grid Finis Terrae, the company’s largest PV solar park in Chile.

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[ Weather Technology Falters Amid Communication Breakdown ]

Springtime is severe weather time in many parts of the United States. Strong storms and tornadoes can be a daily occurrence. Technology has improved to warn people days in advance, but effectively communicating severe weather remains elusive.

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[ US Energy Department Withdraws Funding for Virginia Offshore Wind Project ]

Dominion Virginia Power said it is assessing options for its proposed offshore wind demonstration project after the U.S. Department of Energy announced it is withdrawing $40 million in funding.

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[ Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It’s Complicated ]

Conservationists have long blamed farmers’ use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn’t the answer.

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[ Toshiba Wins Generator Contract for Geothermal Project in Turkey ]

Toshiba Corp. on May 30 said it will supply a flash steam turbine system and generator for the Kizildere III Geothermal Power Plant in Turkey.

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[ California Regulators Direct Southern California Edison to Expedite Call for Energy Storage ]

The California Public Utilities Commission, in a May 26 resolution, directed Edison International subsidiary South California Edison (SCE) to hold an expedited competitive energy storage procurement solicitation for capacity that must be available by the end of the year.

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[ Southern US States Lead Growth in Biomass Electricity Generation ]

Over the past five years, U.S. electricity generation from biomass across all sectors grew from 56 terawatthours in 2010 to 64 TWh in 2015. Much of this growth occurred in southern states such as Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. In 2015, electricity generation from biomass across all sectors accounted for 11.3 percent of renewable electricity generation and 1.6 percent of total electricity generation in the U.S.

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[ Listen Up: Practical Battery Storage Systems ]

Battery storage has made enormous strides in terms of cost and efficiency. Unfortunately, our society’s needs keep increasing — both for power (kilowatts for our cars, industries and HVAC) and energy (sustained energy delivery, even at night). Although battery-powered cars have indeed become cost-effective, pop culture’s impractical view of battery storage persists (see this recent SNL clip about the new Mercedes AA series car).

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[ Prescribed Burns Help Rebirth Sequoias After 2015 Wildfire ]

The giant sequoias of California are experiencing a rebirth. A massive wildfire in 2015 threatened numerous sequoia groves. The charred ground is coming back to life, in part, because of the fire.

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[ Pros And Cons Of Proposed Maine Woods National Park ]

A plan to establish a national park in Maine’s North Woods could receive a boost from the White House by the end of the year. A long simmering battle has been brewing over the area’s future.

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