By Alexander C. Kaufman, The Huffington Post
Seventy cities and nine counties across the United States have now adopted ordinances setting targets to dramatically overhaul their electricity use, up from 36 cities before June 2017, according to a new Sierra Club analysis shared with HuffPost. The new total accounts for 10.3 million people using 2.5 percent of the country’s power output.
An additional 201 city mayors representing 24.4 million people and 6.5 percent of the nation’s electricity use have endorsed the 100-percent renewable goal, promising to roll out policies in the months to come. That figure, too, doubled since last year. Read more here.
NEBRASKA IN THE NEWS
- OPPD awards 20-year PPA for 5-MW community solar facility, American Public Power Association News
- More about the project developer, NextEra Energy Resources: Our Solar Energy Business NextEra Energy Resources is a leading operator of solar energy. The company generates solar energy at nine sites in California, as well as sites in Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico and Canada. NextEra operates more than 2,000 MW of solar generation. “Our goal is to hire as many workers from the area as possible, including heavy equipment operators, electricians, laborers, security and others.”
- Renewable Energy Jobs, Employment in Nebraska, Indeed (Search Field: Solar Energy)
- Renewable Energy Jobs, Employment in Nebraska, Indeed (Search Field: Wind Energy)
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- First Solar breaks ground on $400 million plant in Wood County, Toledo Blade
Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar broke ground Friday morning on a $400-million, 1-million-square-foot plant in Lake Township, which will produce its new Series 6 thin-film solar panels. The plant, which is set to reach full capacity in late 2019, will bring 500 jobs to the region.
- Colorado’s biggest utility dumps coal, replaces it with renewable energy, Mary Ann Hitt, Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Posted by Red, Green & Blue
- Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) update: Heartland U.S. utilities continue to move away from coal. Activity of note in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
- Illinois REC prices published for distributed generation, community solar, PV Magazine USA
The Illinois Power Agency published its renewable energy credit prices for upcoming auctions for the Adjustable Block and Illinois Solar For All programs. The competition is expected to be fierce for approved developers as projects need to have completed or be well along in interconnection, permitting, financing and subscriptions this summer and early fall for the fall auctions.
- S Dakota wind farm of up to 400 MW gets construction permit, Renewables Now
- Xcel Energy advances use of renewable energy in Minnesota, Windpower Engineering Development. Xcel Energy and Minneapolis’ Metropolitan Council are joining forces to ensure that the Council’s use of renewable energy for its wastewater and transit systems reaches 100% by 2040. The agreement also includes efforts to get more electric buses onto Minnesota roads.
- Lawmakers: Make solar farm sites friendly to bees, WNYT
- Senate Agriculture Committee releases bipartisan farm bill, High Plains/Midwest AG Journal
The committee will meet at 8:30 a.m., CDT, June 13, to consider the legislation. Visit agriculture.senate.gov to watch live.
- National Young Farmers Coalition Celebrates Bipartisan Farm Bill, And Now U Know
- 5 improvements to boost your home’s value, MarketWatch
Thirty-nine percent of agents surveyed recently by the National Association of Realtors said solar panels increased perceived property value.
- End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds, Utility Dive
As battery costs decline, researchers say localized portfolios of clean energy could challenge gas plant investments.
- IEEFA update: The American wind-energy horse is out of the barn: Power purchase agreement prices fall. Wind PPA prices recently went as low as $11 MWh in Nebraska.
- Canada Pension Plan Investment Board world’s first to issue Green Bonds, PV Magazine
The growing acceptance for renewable energy assets from sovereign wealth funds indicates a solid and healthy business climate for renewable energy, and could have positive effects for the industry in the future . . . The Climate Bonds Initiative, a not-for-profit investor-focused organization providing, among other services, detailed reports on the global Green Bond market, [estimates] that by the end of 2018 US$250 billion in green bonds will have been allocated. Moreover, the organization, estimates and actively works towards the goal of US$1 trillion in Green Bond investments by 2020. This demonstrates how rapidly this market is growing and how the finance sector is running with these investment mechanisms.
- Pope Tells Oil Executives to Act on Climate: ‘There Is No Time to Lose’, The New York Times