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.
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- What’s in store for the future of energy markets, day to day?, GreenBiz
Our research team at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory decided to look at what effect a higher share of wind and solar will have on these questions. In our latest study, we found that high shares of these energy resources lead to several profound changes in electric power.
- 320 GW Of Non-Traditional, Untapped Rooftop Solar Potential In USA, CleanTechnica
- Does 112% growth in 2017 mean community solar has finally solved its complexity problem?, Utility Dive. Solar developers and utilities are moving into the sector fast, writing new rules as they go.
- Farm bill energy programs have earned bipartisan support, The Hill
Congress would be hard-pressed to find a more cost-effective way to build the rural economy. The energy title programs represent less than 1 percent of the federal government’s spending on agriculture and nutrition programs, but they generate a strong return on investment.
- Indigenous communities moving away from government utilities, Phys.Org
- Renewables boom is a bust for gas equipment suppliers like GE, Utility Dive
- 13 projects from the leading edge of the utility transformation, Utility Dive
- Sonnen secures €60 million investment from Shell Ventures, PV Magazine
Germany-based PV-storage provider sonnen has closed a new funding round from a group of investors led by Shell Ventures. Sonnen has already begun to draw on the funds as it continues to expand market shares in the U.S. and in Australia.
- Here’s how to move LEED forward on climate change, GreenBiz
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Minnesota overhauls interconnection standards to streamline clean energy, Utility Dive
- What is the future of Michigan’s energy infrastructure?, Michigan Radio
- University of Texas develops new solar system integrating energy generation and storage, PV Magazine. Researchers at the University of Texas have been awarded $3 million by the Texan Department of Energy in a bid to accelerate research in battery storage technology to overcome the “Achilles heel” of solar power.
- Governor Phil Murphy Signs Historic Measure to Revive Renewable Energy in New Jersey, Solar Energy Industries Association News Release
- New Jersey joins the 50% by 2030 renewable energy club, PV Magazine
- More than 2,400 solar projects completed through New York Sun’s Solarize Initiative, Solar Power World
- Dedication held for Twin Buttes II wind farm in Prowers County, Lamar Ledger Editor
“The project is 75 megawatts,” commented Lee Boughey with Tri-State Generation. “What Tri-State does is we’ll purchase the power from this project over a 25 year power purchase agreement and that power will be put on our transmission network supplied to our 43 member systems across Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico.”
MORE CORPORATE NEWS
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.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- New EV program will measure impact on system, The Wire, OPPD Blog
- EV Strategy: OPPD Board Committee Presentation, Aaron Smith, Director – Operations
- News Release: EV Research Strategy Presented To OPPD Board
- NPPD’S EV Charging Station Incentive Pilot Program
- Electric vehicles are here: are utilities ready to charge forward?
Navigant Research said in a report, prepared for the American Public Power Association, that by 2021 it conservatively projects new EV (battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) sales of more than 700,000 units in the U.S. annually. Markets saw a 37 percent increase in sales of plug-in electric vehicles in 2016 and Navigant Research expects 50 percent growth in market sales in 2017 and 2018, largely due to Tesla’s Model 3 and other longer-range, low cost battery electric vehicles coming to the market, as well as more vehicle options becoming available for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
- Multi-faceted EV approaches getting closer look from states: report
Among the top electric vehicle policy trends in the first quarter of 2018 were states considering multi-faceted approaches to EVs and related infrastructure, the North Carolina Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) said in a recently released report.
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!
- 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!
- 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you from all of us at Nebraskans for Solar!
Photo: Washington State Habitat for Humanity volunteers celebrating a job well done.
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.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Harder to Find, More Expensive in High-Poverty Neighborhoods, Greentech Media. A Detroit area study finds that energy-efficient CFLs and LEDs are more expensive and less readily available in high-poverty urban neighborhoods.
- A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening, Think Progress
New study debunks myths claiming renewables can’t be integrated into electric grid.
- The unstoppable tide of solar illustrated by the rise of floating projects, PV Magazine International. Price deflation and technological innovation are helping solar transform the global electricity sector. A new report by IEEFA highlights the latest solar milestones around the world and charts important trends, including the rise of floating solar and the corporate PPAs helping the tech giants ‘green’ their energy-hungry data centers.
- Study: Solar Can Fill Gap in Dynegy Coal Plant Closures, Public News Service
If Dynegy Energy closes its eight coal-fired power plants in downstate Illinois, all will be fine – and better for the environment – according to a new study commissioned by environmental groups . . . “And it would save a total of up to $14 billion on electricity between 2018 and 2030, again that’s because the wind and solar projects are significantly cheaper than those Dynegy coal plants.” – Rachel Fakhry, energy policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council
Now in effect in Illinois: The Future Energy Jobs Act
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.
- Posted Earlier:
Warren Buffett utility says no new gas
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
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
Download Fact Sheet (PDF)
MORE WIND & SOLAR NEWS
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.
ENERGY STORAGE NEWS
CLIMATE CHANGE CAUCUS NEWS
Three Republicans join climate change caucus, The Hill
GREEN TRANSPORTATION NEWS
Photo Credit: Northeast Frontier Railway
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
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)
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
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- 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
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
MORE SOLAR & WIND PLUS STORAGE NEWS & AN OP-ED
- Utility-scale solar: A cost-effective, reliable cornerstone for America’s economic growth,
PV Magazine: In this op-ed SEIA’s Abigail Hopper and Martin Hermann of 8minutenergy argue that the rapid growth of solar and storage will completely reshape America’s energy economy for the better, with cheaper, cleaner power, and that the shift is already taking place across this country.
- Solar-Plus-Storage Microgrids Installed in Santa Rita Schools, Renewable Energy Magazine
Solar PV plus Sharp SmartStorage® energy storage systems have been installed at six sites within the Santa Rita Union School District in Salinas, California. The systems will provide up to seven hours of power at each school during a grid outage and are expected to offset the school’s energy and demand usage resulting in savings on its utility bills.
- Competitive solar-plus-storage moves closer to reality, Utility Dive: Incentives and economics result in more pairings of solar power and energy storage.
- Advantages of solar plus storage, role in RFPs get a closer look, American Public Power Association
- Salt River Project, NextEra Energy Resources unveil opening of solar/storage project, American Public Power Association
- Arizona Utility Welcomes 20 MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project, Solar Industry
- Vivint Solar to use LG’s RESU residential energy storage system, PV Magazine
The nation’s third-largest residential solar company is rolling out the batteries first in California, with plans to offer them nationwide by the end of 2018.
- Why California’s New Home Solar Requirement Includes Batteries and Not Zero Net Energy, Clean Energy Group
- Siemens Gamesa Pursues Hybrid Wind and Solar Projects With Energy Storage: The company confirms hybrid systems are a growing focus area.,Greentech Media
- Pennington, N.J., Dept. Of Public Works Adopts Solar-Plus-Storage, Solar Industry
It is one of four similar projects that are in service as part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program, 158 MW DC solar initiative that uses rooftops, parking lots, utility poles and landfills/brownfields for large-scale, grid-connected solar projects.
- Nissan kicks-off UK home solar and storage sales, PV Tech
- Solar has transformed into solar-plus-storage: What will net metering become?, Utility Dive
- Energy Storage News: Articles tagged with Solar-plus-storage
- Clean Energy Group Report – Jump-Start: How Activists and Foundations Can Champion Battery Storage to Recharge the Clean Energy Transition
- New Energy Sources Challenge Utilities to Innovate, WhereNext
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