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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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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

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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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.

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Warren Buffett utility says no new gas

By John Weaver, PV Magazine

Pacificorp, a Berkshire Hathaway electricity utility serving six Western states, said it has no plans to build new gas or coal in the coming decades, but instead plans to add 2.7 GW of wind and 1.8 GW of solar. Click here to read more.

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More U.S. jobs in solar than coal and nuclear combined, by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine
A new report from a think tank headed by former Energy Secretary Moniz reveals an additional 100,000 jobs with a part-time solar component, and hints at the political powerhouse that solar is becoming.

Myth Busted: No partisan divide on wind support, young Americans overwhelming in preferences

By Greg Alvarez, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog

Among American adults, 85% support increased reliance on wind power according to new data from the Pew Research Center. That includes 91% of Democrats and those who lean Democratic, and 79% of Republicans and those who lean Republican. Such cross-cutting support for renewables stands in contrast to other forms of energy.

Another recent poll, by the American Conservation Coalition (a college Republican clean energy group) and the Conservative Energy Network, found 79% of millennials “felt that a pro-clean energy candidate cares more about their family’s future.” Likewise, millennials favored wind by a 39 point margin in their survey. Click here to read the entire post.

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The latest trends in renewable-energy tech, markets, and policy

By Energy Dialogues, Environmental Defense Fund

Renewable energy, and its role in energy future, is an intense topic that spans across all corners of the energy spectrum. For example, our recent Mexican Energy Series featured a lively discussion of whether Mexico is on course for the 2024 target of 35% renewable energy, and what this pledge means for the country. Each year, as new corporations, municipalities, and countries make bold and vocal commitments to offsetting energy consumption, and to pursuing clean energy resources at a higher level, the conversation intensifies.

For an insider perspective about the current state of renewable energy, we called upon Lenae Shirley, Senior Director, Technology Innovation and Market Adoption for Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Lenae is working at the nexus of technology, markets and policy, leading efforts with EDF’s demonstration partners to prove the impact of clean technology innovations. As a result of these initiatives, Lenae identifies trends and market opportunities to accelerate the transformation of the electricity sector, with data-driven decisions that push forward market adoption for renewable methods. Here is our conversation. Click here to continue.

Photo: Kearney, Nebraska Solar Farm

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OMCO Solar Announces Commitment to Future of Northeast Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Industries Association
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How the SolSmart Solar Energy Program Helps Communities Go Solar

By Tina Casey, Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

Until recent years, businesses seeking on site solar energy had to negotiate a thicket of regulatory glitches and permit issues for solar installations. Practically every solar buyer had to reinvent the wheel, leading to increased costs at the least, and insurmountable obstacles at the worst. Fortunately, those days are fading into memory as the solar market matures. In the latest sign that it’s getting easier to go solar, 200 US cities and counties — accounting for a population of almost 60 million people — have signed on to the SolSmart solar engagement program. Read more here.

SolSmart Website
SolSmart Designees
Lincoln, Nebraska is a SolSmart Designee, with the goal of achieving the highest level: Gold. See: Lincoln Environmental Action Plan (PDF)

These May 16 SolSmart webinars discuss the application process.

  • Webinar for Community-Based Application: 2pm Central TimeRegister here.
  • Webinar for the Organization-Based RFP: 3pm Central TimeRegister here.

New project expands solar offerings for Minn. Residents

Associated Press, Post Bulletin

CleanChoice won a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy to develop an easy online experience for joining community solar projects, said Kate Colarulli, a vice-president for the company. The new Minnesota solar network is one of the first projects to use this technology, she said, which has been in the works for more than a year. “We’re really proud that this is like a 10-minute signup experience as opposed to something that would require multiple sit-down meetings, loans, etc.,” Colarulli said. There’s no initial investment required to sign up, either.
Read more here.

Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

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The scientist still fighting for the clean fuel the world forgot, MIT Technology Review
Jay Keasling grew up in a small Nebraska town, on a corn farm that’s been in his family for five generations.

Iowa university to install NEXTracker solar+storage power plant

By Chris Crowell, Solar Builder Magazine

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Iowa-based Ideal Energy is constructing a 1.1 MW power plant at the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, using the NEXTracker NX Flow integrated solar-plus-storage system. The project will be built on University land and, when completed, it is projected to be one of the largest solar-plus-storage power plants in the state, producing enough energy to cover nearly a third of the University’s annual electricity usage. In addition to those savings, NX Flow will use peak-shaving to significantly reduce MUM’s utility bill during high-demand times. Read more here.

RELATED: Massachusetts’ first community solar plus storage project now operational,
by Chris Crowell

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the progress made by more than 900 public and private-sector organizations that are driving energy efficiency in the U.S. economy through their participation in the Better Buildings Initiative. Moreover, partners across the Better Buildings Initiative are sharing their innovative approaches and successful strategies to accelerate the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices. The 2018 Better Buildings Progress Report released today highlights this progress in the commercial, industrial, residential and public sectors to improve energy productivity.

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