A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- A new NREL study puts U.S. rooftop solar PV potential at 1,118 GW of capacity and 1,432 TWh of annual energy generation, equivalent to 39 percent of 2013 U.S. electricity sales. These figures are almost double than the analysis reported in 2008 with the difference attributed to increases in PV module power density, improved estimation of building suitability, higher estimates of the total number of buildings and improvements in PV performance simulation tools.
- The DOE will participate in the development of the 700-mile, 4,000 MW Clean Line transmission project. The DOE’s involvement attempts to clear the delays in route development, giving the line a defined path so that negotiations can begin with landowners. “The federal government will only exercise eminent domain as a last resort — after the project has met significant milestones to prove its viability — and the process will provide every opportunity for the land owner to maximize the value of their land in a transparent and fair manner,” the DOE said in a statement. Construction on the transmission line could begin as early as 2017 with the completed project delivering enough power for more than 1 million homes.
- Mexico had the country’s first-ever power action and awarded 1,720 MWs of wind and solar to seven companies that won 15-year contracts to rights to provide power beginning in 2018. These contracts are expected to generate more than $2.1 billion in investment by 2018 according to Mexico’s deputy electricity minister. The Mexican government has a goal of obtaining 35 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2024.