China Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race, Bloomberg. The world’s second-biggest economy, which has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030 and curb worsening air pollution, is the latest to join countries such as the U.K. and France seeking to phase out vehicles using gasoline and diesel.
While 15 states and the District of Columbia have policies to support community solar, each policy is structured differently and many, when put into practice, have not driven growth. As a result, only five states have active markets. To rectify this, experienced developers in the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) put together a report that aims to help policymakers design community solar programs. Read more here.
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Download Community Solar Policy Decision Matrix: Guidance for Designing Community Solar Programshere.
About the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) Founded in February 2016, CCSA is a business-led trade organization that works to expand access to clean, local, affordable energy nationwide through community solar. These programs can also expand access to solar energy to low-income households. For more information on CCSA, visit the website at www.communitysolaraccess.org,
On a crowded stretch of one of the Twin Cities’ busiest freeways, a glassy new five-story building announces itself with a large sign saying, “OATI Microgrid.” Inside the building in Bloomington, workers are putting the final touches on the OATI Microgrid Technology Center, which features solar panels, wind turbines, a combined heat and power plant and energy storage. It’s part of a pilot project for Open Access Technology International, a Minneapolis-based company that provides cloud-based software applications for more than 1,600 clients, including independent service operators (ISOs), electric cooperatives, energy traders and utilities. Continue reading.
Photo by Open Access Technology International. A rendering of OATI’s new office building in Bloomington, Minnesota, equipped with a microgrid powered by renewables and CHP turbines.
RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative of companies committed to 100% renewable electricity. Click the RE100 link to read about the actions they are taking and why.
Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles. The Principles publicly launched in July of 2014 with 12 signatories, initially representing 8.4 million megawatt hours of renewable energy demand by 2020. As of September 2016, 62 companies have signed on, representing over 45 million MWh of annual demand by 2020.