Solar, wind and energy storage industry communicators and advocates, it’s time for us to jointly and individually state a very public goal of attaining 100% renewable energy in the United States by 2050. Read the entire opinion here.
Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza is senior strategy adviser for Kiterocket’s renewable energy practice and a communications consultant for other solar and renewables brands.
By Craig Duff, a Chicago-based video journalist whose work has appeared on The New York Times, NBC News and MSNBC. This video explores how evolving grid technology, as well as new and existing state policies, have contributed to clean energy job growth in Illinois.
Largest U.S. Bank to Rely 100% on Renewable Energy, Environment News Service. JPMorgan Chase has announced it will source renewable power for 100 percent of its global energy needs by 2020. The firm has offices and operations in more than 60 countries across 5,500 properties, covering 75 million square feet. JPMorgan Chase also is making a commitment to facilitate US$200 billion in clean financing by 2025, the largest commitment to date by a global financial institution.
Operators of the state’s largest solar farm have yet to publicly market shares of the community solar project being built at Kearney’s technology park. But six months before Chicago-based SoCore Energy completes the project in Kearney, organizers have already landed a high-profile taker that will purchase more than half of the electricity generated by the $11 million project. The University of Nebraska at Kearney expects to get about 12 gigawatts of electricity a year from the 5.8-megawatt solar farm through its purchase of about 3,600 “shares” in the project. Continue reading.
Photo: Jon Watts, left, UNK’s vice chancellor for business and finance, with Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse. The solar farm is being built in Kearney. Credit: UNK Communications
By next year more than 20 percent of the electricity needs of the University of Minnesota will be powered by renewable energy. Over the course of the last several months, the university has inked a 10-year subscription to a new green tariff program developed by Xcel Energy. It joins a list of clean energy investments that includes a much bigger deal to purchase power from four community solar gardens for a combined total of 24.5 megawatts (MW) and construction on its own 2.25-MW solar program. Continue reading.
Image: Solar array on the University of Minnesota campus.
Arizona utility taps storage over traditional grid upgrade, Public Power Daily, American Public Power Association Blog. Arizona Public Service is installing a 2 MW, 8 MWh battery storage system instead of rebuilding about 20 miles of transmission and distribution poles and wires. It is the first time that APS, an investor-owned utility, has used energy storage as an alternative to traditional infrastructure, but it will not be the last, Scott Bordenkircher, director of transmission and distribution technology innovation and integration at APS, says.
Policymakers and regulators in several states, including New York, Minnesota, Illinois and Colorado, are using the social cost of carbon to measure and reduce CO2 impacts from their power grids. Some are using it to compensate rooftop solar panel owners who feed low-carbon power in the grid. Others use it to incentivize nuclear power and renewable energy. Their efforts, aimed at reducing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, come as Congress and the Trump administration try to restrict its use. Read more here.
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Dallas-based Tri Global Energy (TGE) will begin building Nebraska’s 100MW Sugar Loaf Wind Energy Project this year.
By Betsy Lillian, North American Windpower
When asked why Nebraska was selected for its latest wind venture, TGE told NAW in a statement that it has “received interest from communities across the U.S.” and that Sugar Loaf “represents an opportunity to work cooperatively with the community and local partners.”
“The community and partners share TGE’s core values and desire for economic development in rural communities,” the company explains. Read the entire article here.
CCC’s new Kearney Center a real gem
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The 11 a.m. ribbon cutting will be followed by tours through 8 p.m. [New facilities in Kearney] include structures and installations such as the Health Science Education Complex at UNK, the 400,000-square-foot distribution center at Baldwin Filters, and SoCore’s 53-acre solar array that will be Nebraska’s largest when it goes online in January. Read more here.
By Jennifer Runyon, Chief Editor, Renewable Energy World
Wednesday in Houston at the Offshore Wind Executive Summit, representatives from Statoil, DONG Energy, Avangrid/Iberdrola and US Wind explained why their companies decided to move into offshore wind after working in offshore oil and gas for decades.
Meagan Keiser, legal counsel for Statoil said that just this year her company launched a new division called Statoil New Energy Solutions with the aim of building a profitable renewable business. “So, my team is now working full-time in renewables,” she said. Click here to read more.
Power Storage Banks Shift Energy Industry, Engineering News-Record. The falling prices that have led to the growth of energy storage is part of a wider shift underway in the power sector. The industry is moving away from the central-station model that has prevailed for a century to a model where electricity flows two ways, where customers can also be generators. In many states, customers with rooftop solar panels can sell excess electricity back to their utility.