POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Apr. 7, 2016

Solar is poised for a record year; Venezuela shuts down to conserve electricity


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • The EIA reports that in 2016 we will see 9.5 GW of utility-scale solar installed, 8 GW of natural gas added and 6.8 GW of wind. These numbers indicate that solar is poised for a record year. “If actual additions ultimately reflect these plans, 2016 will be the first year in which utility-scale solar additions exceed additions from any other single energy source,” says EIA.
  • In an effort to conserve electricity during a prolonged drought, Venezuela has designated every Friday in April and May as a non-working holiday. This news comes following last month’s closure of the country during the Easter holiday. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro stated that by granting workers those additional days off, there were almost 22 centimeters of water saved (about nine inches) at the Guri Dam over the Easter holiday. The Guri Dam supplies as much as 75 percent of the electricity used in the country’s capital of Caracas.
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