What we’re reading this week

PowerSource: West Penn pledges to end frequent power interruptions; tree work a big part of the plan. 

The PUC expects power outages to occur, but what happens when a utility is deemed to have more frequent and longer lasting outages than is expected? A plan is developed that includes everything from installing new modern switches to good old-fashioned tree trimming.

Clean Technica: The Great Lakes Wind Atlas could help boost region’s wind energy development.

For the first time, high-definition meteorological data for the Great Lakes region has been compiled by a group of researchers. The work, published in the journal, Remote Sensing of the Environment aims to be a tool for advancing wind-energy development in the region.

Engineering Materials: The testing and analysis  of wind turbine blades.

While computers are conducting materials modeling undreamed of just twenty years ago, structural testing of 80 meter long turbine blades still undergo physical tests in massive facilities.

The Washington Post: Solar energy is poised for yet another record year

A new report shows that 6.2 gigawatts of solar power was installed last year and projects that number to rise to 7.7 gigawatts this year as large utility scale projects come online.

StateImpact Pennsylvania: False positive results of radioactivity suspected in Greene County stream

A 2014 test at Ten Mile Creek by DEP showed levels of radium 60 times higher than federal drinking water standards. However, new research by a team of scientists at West Virginia University found radium levels to be below the standards. The use of an inappropriate test method by DEP may be to blame for the disparity in test results, not impacted water.

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