EIA: Expanding energy policies would spur renewables, efficiency


By Robert Walton, Utility Dive

Extending tax credits for renewable energy, efficiency standards for appliances and vehicles, and making the Clean Power Plan more aggressive past 2030, would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from energy sources and boost renewable production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Solar and wind generation could grow to 1,236 billion kWh in 2040, 30% above a projected 950 billion kWh in the current reference case if tax credits are kept in place. Click to continue reading.

Photo: Blakeman Ranch’s 650-kilowatt solar array in Custer County, Nebraska. Credit: Innovative Solar LLC

Texas on Track to Become the Fastest-Growing Utility-Scale Solar Market in the U.S., Solar Energy Industries Association. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kicking off the year with record growth across all solar sectors, Texas is on track to become the fastest-growing utility-scale solar market in the U.S. within the next five years, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight, Q2 2016, compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) . . . Of the 4,600 MW projected to come online in Texas by 2020, 4,000 MW will be utility-scale. Read more here.