Morning Brief: Nation’s last new coal plant proposal denied in Georgia

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Nation’s last new coal plant proposal denied in Georgia: The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has denied a request for additional time to begin construction on the proposed Plant Washington, signaling the end of the troubled 12-year-old project. The now defunct consortium of electric membership corporations behind the project had 30 days to appeal the decision which expired last week. Plant Washington represented the last proposed new coal power plant project in the U.S. The 850 MW plant would have cost more than $2 billion dollars to construct. Source: Sierra Club

Audubon looking at how to build environmentally friendly energy projects without harming wildlife: If you’re working on new energy construction projects that are friendlier to the environment, how do you know where to build them so they won’t have a harmful impact on wildlife? That is a question that Sarah Haggerty and the Maine Audubon Society have been trying to answer. Besides being a conservation biologist, Haggerty also specializes in working with data mapping using Geographic Information Systems.  Source: Bangor Daily News

DSIRE adds energy storage incentives and targets to database: The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) announced the addition of energy storage incentives and state procurement targets to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE). DSIRE is a comprehensive public source for information on clean energy policies and incentives and is managed by NCCETC’s policy team. Currently, seven states have energy storage targets, with five of these being adopted or increased within the last two years. Source: NC Clean Energy Technology Center

California CCA signs agreement for 100-MW battery storage project: Clean Power Alliance, a California community choice aggregator, signed its first energy storage agreement with a 100-MW/400 MWh standalone lithium-ion battery storage project — the largest energy storage agreement for a CCA in California and one of the largest in the entire state. The project, located in the City of Lancaster, within Los Angeles County, will be owned and operated by sPower, an independent power producer. Source: American Public Power Association

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