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Victoria agribusiness turns to 196MW wind farm with 20MW storage

Victoria hydroponics vegetable producer turns to 100% renewable strategy for country's biggest glass-house after nearly abandoning project due to gas prices. A 196MW wind farm and 20MW of battery storage will be built - separate to the Victoria battery storage tender.

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Choose Energy, a KPCP-Funded Retail Choice Provider, Acquired by Red Ventures for ‘Less Than $100M’

Digital advertising firm Red Ventures just acquired Plano, Texas-based Choose Energy for "less than $100 million," according to Dan Primack's Term Sheet. (We'd like to know just how much "less than $100 million" is and we're asking around.) Choose Energy is a retail energy choice provider that allows residential and commercial electricity and natural gas customers (in non-regulated states) …

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New York State Lawmakers Pass Energy Storage Target, Await Governor’s Signature

The New York legislature passed a bill authorizing the Public Service Commission to set an energy storage target for 2030, when the state aims to draw half its power from renewable sources. The PSC must choose the goal by the start of 2018. Then, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Long Island Power Authority will start implementing a deployment program to meet the target. The program must consider both customer-sited and front-of-the-meter storage, evaluating its use for …

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MIT Libraries staff honored with 2017 Infinite Mile Awards

The MIT Libraries honored the outstanding contributions of staff to the Institute at its Infinite Mile Awards ceremony on June 14. The libraries put their own unique spin on the MIT tradition with a nautical theme that infused everything from the remarks to the décor, and with a celebratory luncheon where staff members danced to music by the libraries' house band, Dewey and the Decimals. Director Chris Bourg presented awards to individuals and teams in the categories listed below; award recipients are listed along with …

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Robert Lees, cardiologist and former MIT professor, dies at 82

Physician and former MIT faculty member Robert S. Lees died on Monday, June 5, at the age of 82, after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Lees had a long and distinguished career in academic medicine. He was a cardiologist on the staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital for 50 years, as well as a professor at MIT in the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology (HST). His devotion to his patients, and his remarkable skill at keeping them alive and happy for many years, were widely admired and …

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US Coal Mining Up By 19% In 2017 — Is Trump Fulfilling His Campaign Promise?

US Department of Energy data as reviewed by The Associated Press reveals that the US mined a staggering 19% more coal in the first 5 months of 2017 than during the same period in 2016. This is especially surprising given the developments of last year, when US coal was clearly dwindling US Coal …

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Microbe generates extraordinarily diverse array of peptide

It's one of the tiniest organisms on Earth, but also one of the most abundant. And now, the microscopic marine bacteria called Prochlorococcus can add one more superlative to its list of attributes: It evolves new kinds of metabolites called lanthipeptides, more abundantly and rapidly than any other known organism. While most bacteria contain genes to pump out one or two versions of this peptide, Prochlorococcus varieties can each produce more than two dozen different peptides (molecules that are …