NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, July 2: AUSTIN, TEXAS, APPROVES 570 MW OF NEW WIND; WORLD’S BIGGEST SOLAR TEST CENTER; BIG MONEY IN HIGH POWER NETWORKS

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    Tuesday, July 02, 2013

    QUICK NEWS, July 2: AUSTIN, TEXAS, APPROVES 570 MW OF NEW WIND; WORLD’S BIGGEST SOLAR TEST CENTER; BIG MONEY IN HIGH POWER NETWORKS

    AUSTIN, TEXAS, APPROVES 570 MW OF NEW WIND Austin Energy receives approval to purchase 570 MW of wind power

    Bryan Schutt, June 29, 2013 (SNL)

    “The Austin City Council…approved three new wind contracts totaling 570 MW, a decision that will push Austin Energy well ahead of its goal to use 35% renewable energy resources by 2020…Even with a short-term wind contract expiring in 2015, the new contracts will bring Austin Energy's total wind portfolio to 1,225 MW. The contracts have terms up to 25 years and fixed pricing between $23/MWh and $33/MWh…[T]he wind farms that will be supplying the electricity are in south Texas, where coastal wind patterns are more closely aligned with peak customer demand…” click here for more

    WORLD’S BIGGEST SOLAR TEST CENTER A&M’s Killeen campus announces partnership on solar testing facility

    Laylan Copelin, June 126, 2013 (Austin American Statesman)

    “Texas A&M-Central Texas and a California company, PPA Partners, are announcing a partnership… that officials say will create the world’s largest solar testing site…The Center for Solar Energy will include a 50-megawatt solar farm on 500 acres that will be capable of testing 100 different solar technologies simultaneously under the same conditions. An additional 300 acres is set aside for offices and labs…” click here for more

    BIG MONEY IN HIGH POWER NETWORKS Direct Current Distribution Networks; Remote and Grid-Tied Systems for Data Center Microgrids, Telecom/Village Power, Commercial Buildings, and Military Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

    2Q 2013 (Navigant Research)

    “The market for direct current (DC) distribution networks is not a single, cohesive sector. Rather, it consists of several disparate opportunities…Navigant Research forecasts that, under a conservative forecast scenario, revenue from DC distribution networks will grow from $2.8 billion annually in 2013 to $24.1 billion by 2025…” click here for more

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