A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- In an announcement expected on Friday, January 15, the White House is predicted to announce an overhaul of how the U.S. manages coal development on federal land and freeze new coal mining. Following the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama said he would “change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet.”
- The DOE announced up to $220 million in grid modernization funding. The funding falls under the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium with the purpose to support research and development for advanced storage systems, standards and test procedures, clean energy integration and other grid modernization areas. The DOE also announced the release of a Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan, a plan for modernizing the grid.
- Salesforce.com Inc., a cloud computing company, is buying 24 MW of capacity from a Texas wind farm in order to meet its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy. In December 2015, the company had purchased 40 MW of capacity from a wind farm in West Virginia. Salesforce.com joins Google and Microsoft Corp. in buying electricity direct from renewable-energy developers.