Monthly Archives: May 2018

Electricity prices plunge with more renewables, study says

By David Ferris, E&E News, Wyoming Business Report

The study released by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory modeled how high penetration of solar and wind power — from 40 to 50 percent — would affect system operators in New York, the Great Plains, California and Texas . . . The study looked at four system operators: the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the California Independent System Operator and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), all of which neatly cover their home states. It also modeled the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which encompasses part or all of five wind-rich states: Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Click here to read more.

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OPPD EV pilot focuses on system impact, customer education

By Bob Matyi, American Public Power Association

Omaha Public Power District is launching a pilot program in June to educate its 374,000 customers about the benefits of electric vehicles, while providing incentives for their potential use. Throughout the pilot and beyond, OPPD will be tracking and monitoring impacts to its distribution system for use in grid planning and will also develop a plan for managing those impacts. Read more here.

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Many thanks to our Green Watts for Good supporters during Omaha Gives!

Forty-two contributors generously donated $3,172 to our Green Watts for Good Fundraising Campaign! At midnight that put us halfway to our goal of raising sufficient funds for a second 4-kilowatt (4000 watts) photovoltaic (PV) system!

Additional Contributions

  • A generous donation today of $1,000 from the Nebraska Solar Energy Society brings the total amount raised toward the second PV system to $4,172!
  • NFS also has received pledges from two Nebraska solar energy businesses to donate solar panels for Green Watts for Good projects!

Next Steps 

  • We will use all Green Watts for Good donations to date to leverage matching contributions from local foundations, businesses and individual philanthropists.
  • We will also work with our partnering nonprofit to finalize plans to install the first 4-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system on an Omaha home using the generous donation to our Green Watts for Good Fund made by two local philanthropists on Earth Day.
  • Organize a “barn-raising” type effort to install the PV system. NFS board members, who include three solar professionals and four with rooftop solar, and other volunteers will “raise” the solar panels, which come with a manufacturer’s warranty to last 25 years.
  • Celebrate.

Nebraskans for Solar is an all-volunteer nonprofit, and so 100% of all donations go to support our Green Watts for Good Initiative.

Our long-term goal is to create a revolving loan fund to enable homeowners to purchase PV systems and to save money over many years.

If your ecology or sustainability club, faith group, foundation, business or other organization would like to sponsor a solar system for a family in your community, please send us an email: nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com

Thank you from all of us at Nebraskans for Solar!

Photo: Washington State Habitat for Humanity volunteers celebrating a job well done.

Number of Wind Power Projects Hits Record High

By Emily Holbrook, Energy Manager Today

In March, Facebook and Adobe announced they signed power purchase agreements with EGPNA, the renewable energies division of the Enel Group, for the sale of energy produced by Enel’s 320 MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm. Facebook’s deal with Enel expands upon the previous agreement for the purchase of Rattlesnake Creek’s output, increasing the renewable power supply to Facebook’s data center in Papillion, Nebraska, upon its expansion.
Click here to read more.

Photo Credit: Energy Manager Today

Posted Earlier – Facebook’s total investment in the Papillion Data Center: $1 billion.

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PUBLISHED BY PV MAGAZINE 

  • House rejects amendment to eliminate REAP
  • Are the big Chinese powerhouses coming to America?
    According to the BMI Research report, manufacturers based in what is expected to be the world’s biggest PV market up to 2027 are eyeing the anticipated second and third largest marketplaces over the same period – the U.S.A. and India, who between them are expected to add 153 GW over the next decade, compared to a predicted 148 GW market in the rest of the world, excluding China.
  • Rush to gas risks hundreds of billions in stranded assets
    A new report by Rocky Mountain Institute finds that gas plants proposed across the United States over the next 15 years could be replaced by clean energy portfolios at a net savings, and that these projects are at risk of becoming stranded assets.
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Warren Buffett utility says no new gas

Michigan lawmakers consider first statewide community solar program

By Kelsey Misbrener, Solar Power World

The Michigan House Energy Committee will conduct a hearing today on House Bill 5861, which will bring community solar for residents, nonprofit organizations and other constituents looking to lower utility bills and access clean energy options. The Community Renewable Energy Gardens bill is among five separate bills in the bipartisan Energy Freedom Package, which taken together would significantly advance Michigan’s clean energy economy.

Read more here.

Michigan’s Energy Freedom Package

Photo Credit: Pixabay.Com

Wind power poised for record year, despite initial tax law concerns

By Peter Maloney, Top Floor Power, Utility Dive

  • The number of contracts signed for wind power projects hit a record of 3,500 MW in Q1 2018, according to the American Wind Energy Association, signaling that 2018 should be a strong year for the renewable resource.
  • There are now 33,449 MW of wind projects under construction or in advanced development in the U.S., a 40% increase from last year and the highest level since AWEA began compiling the metric at the beginning of 2016.

Read the entire article here.

Nebraska Wind Projects, AWEA

  • Installed wind capacity: 1,415 MW
    State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 778
    State rank for number of wind turbines: 17th
  • Wind projects online: 22 (Projects above 10 MW: 15)
  • Wind capacity under construction: 732 MW
  • Wind capacity in advanced development: 726 MW

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Juhl Energy’s Journey from Utility-Scale Wind to Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge
Capitalizing on its experience in distributed wind, solar and cogeneration systems, the company has moved into hybrid, commercial, industrial and community microgrids that range from under 2 MW to in excess of 5 MW.

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Three Republicans join climate change caucus, The Hill

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The Peregrine Hotel – First Omaha project to use PACE financing

By Cindy Gonzalez, Omaha World-Herald

About $3.4 million in PACE funds are to fill a gap in the overall $13.6 million cost of converting the seven-story downtown structure to the hotel, said Rob Shear of PACE Sage Capital LLC, which helped arrange the private financing for ViaNova. He said the PACE loan is to close later this month. Shear calls the new financing mechanism, which is used already in some other states, a boost to economic development. He said it can breathe life into commercial projects that otherwise might never get off the ground.

First look: Peregrine boutique hotel at 18th and Douglas is partly financed by new clean-energy program

Photo: Downtown Omaha, Wikimedia Commons

MORE ABOUT PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY (PACE) 

PACE was named one of the top 20 “world-changing” ideas by Scientific American magazine.
PACE Nation

Nebraska State Capitol begins a tall task — a $106 million, eight-year renovation

By Emily Nitcher, Omaha World-Herald

When the project is done, the Capitol will be cooled and partially heated using geothermal energy. A geothermal well field will be installed in the ground in a city block around the Capitol. It will consist of 225 wells planted 670 feet into the ground. It will be a closed-loop system made up of a network of deep wells and pipes. The geothermal well field will not be cheap to install, but [State Capitol Administrator Steve Ripley] said it has the potential to serve more than one generation of heating and cooling systems in the Capitol. Click here to read more.

Also Published by the Omaha World-Herald
Photos: The Nebraska State Capitol through the years

More About Geothermal Energy: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Bigger than ever, wind is coming to Wyoming

By Heather Richards, Casper Star-Tribune Online

Over the next five to seven years, Jonathan Naughton, director of the Wind Energy Research Center at the University of Wyoming, expects as much as 5,000 megawatts of new wind power could take form in Wyoming. That’s three times the amount of power potential in Wyoming’s current fleet of wind projects . . . With the expiration date of the federal tax credits looming, what would have happened anyway in Wyoming is speeding up, Naughton said. “Utilities want wind these days,” he said. “Not because of environmental policy. They want it because it’s cheap.” Read more here.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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  • Nebraska State Profile and Energy Estimates, U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Nearly all of the coal consumed in Nebraska arrives by rail from the nearby low-sulfur coal fields in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.
  • TP&L Claims Largest Wind Component Distribution Center In North America, North American Windpower. With the recent expansion of its location in Garden City, Kan., and additional distribution centers in North Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Nebraska, the company serves multiple industries, including wind power, with rail, port and trucking logistics support and management.

American Wind Energy Association Infographic

Solar and wind power will drive the value of energy storage, remaking the power grid

By John Weaver, PV Magazine

A much heralded report shows solar and wind will lower wholesale prices, but it also shows a coming evolution in the pricing profile of the grid. These shifts in timing, shape, regularity and length will drive energy storage demand. Read the entire article here.

Photo Credit: Tesla

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