POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for May 10, 2016

Renewables covered 95 percent of Germany's electricity consumption; Hawaii budgets to study alternative utility and regulatory models


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • On Sunday, May 8, renewable energy covered 95 percent of Germany’s electricity consumption at 11 a.m. (local time). This was made possible due to strong winds, abundant solar as well the addition of biomass and hydropower to the energy mix. At 11 a.m., Germany’s energy consumption was 57.8 GW while the total capacity of solar PV installations reached 26.11 GW, the capacity of wind power plants reached 20.83 GW, biomass reached 5.14 GW and hydropower generation reached 2.75 GW.
  • Hawaii is budgeting $1.2 million to study alternative utility and regulatory models, including cooperative, municipal and independent distribution system operators.  The study will focus on how to best use existing resources and will consider alternatives to the investor-owned utility business model. If this study is approved by the state’s governor, it will mark the second time the state seeks to find the viability of an alternative utility business model.
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