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From the U.S. presidential race to Portugal's stunning renewable energy mark, it's been a busy week throughout the industry. 

To help round up the latest energy news, we've complied direct links to some of the week's top stories.  

U.S. Natural Gas Capacity Continues to Grow - EIA

In 2015, natural gas-fired power generation grew 19 percent due to low prices, increased gas-fired generation capacity and coal power plant retirements. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that gas-fired generation will exceed coal generation this year and continue to grow in the coming years as 18.7 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity comes online between 2016 and 2018. 

Panoramic Power Unveils Device Analyzer Technology - Panoramic Power

On Wednesday, Panoramic Power released its advanced machine learning technology which utilizes an innovative data science approach to generate actionable energy and operational efficiency insights for businesses. 

NERC Releases Reliability Assessment of Clean Power Plan - Utility Dive

According to a new Clean Power Plan analysis produced by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), annual U.S. electricity demand growth will drop from 0.61 percent to 0.31 percent annually. While annual growth rates have been declining for years, NERC finds that the Clean Power Plan would accelerate the decline. 

Energy Positions Taking Shape in U.S. Presidential Race - Scientific American/Greentech Media

While neither major party has officially nominated their presidential ticket, the energy policy positions of leading candidates are slowly beginning to become more clear. On the Republican side, Donald Trump recently named U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) as his top energy advisor. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton's energy policy advisor, Trevor Houser, recently sat down with Greentech Media to shed light on Clinton's positions on a number of hot-button issues, including solar power, regulation and climate change.

Portugal Sets Renewable Energy Record - The Guardian

Last week, Portugal hit a major renewable energy milestone. For four consecutive days (more specifically, 107 hours), the country was powered completely by solar, wind and hydro-generated electricity. The milestone is particularly significant given that renewable sources made up less than 50 percent of the nation's overally electricity generation last year. 

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Posted: May 20, 2016