POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Apr. 26, 2016

DOE awards $3.5 million for hydropower development; China halts construction of 200 new coal power plants; Ikea to sell solar panels


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • The DOE has announced that it will award $3.5 million in funding for hydropower development. Hydropower currently provides approximately seven percent of the country’s electricity and is the nation’s leading source of renewable energy.
  • China has postponed its plans for the construction of roughly 200 new coal-fired power plants. These 200 plants would have been able to produce a total of 105 GW of power, more than the U.K.’s electricity-generating capacity from all sources.
  • Ikea stores in the U.K. are adding solar panels to the list of items that shoppers can buy towards the end of 2016. The country’s solar industry regulator reports that in February and March of 2016, U.K. households have installed solar capacity of 21 MW (each), down from the 81 MW that were installed during this same time in 2015. Despite these numbers, the retailer is making a second attempt at selling solar panels to this market. The first was in 2013-2014.
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