By Kenneth Bossing, Renewable Energy World
In April, solar reached a new milestone, providing more than 2.3 percent of U.S. electrical supply, according to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information’s (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, with data through April 30, 2017. Consequently, solar has now moved into third place among renewable sources — behind hydropower and wind but ahead of biomass and geothermal . . . And not coincidentally, as renewables’ share of electrical generation has grown, that of fossil fuels has declined. Electrical generation by fossil fuels (i.e., coal, natural gas, petroleum liquids + petroleum coke) dropped by 5.2 percent during the first third of 2017 compared to 2016. In light of their growth rates in recent years, it was inevitable that renewable sources would eventually overtake nuclear power. The only real surprise is how soon that has happened — years before most analysts ever expected. Read more here.
Photo: Lincoln Electric System’s solar farm, currently Nebraska’s largest utility-scale project.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- American Jobs Project: Report offers strategies for growing Minnesota’s energy efficiency sector, Midwest Energy News
- U.S. Renewable Energy Jobs Employ 800,000+ People and Rising in Charts, Inside Climate News
- Third-party solar financing grows in Wisconsin, despite legal uncertainty: Nonprofit institutions across Wisconsin are taking advantage of third-party financing to help pay for solar energy installations, despite the lack of a clear statewide policy, Midwest Energy News
- SMUD board approves new Time-of-Day standard residential rates, Public Power Daily, American Public Power Association Blog
- Lake Park High School District unveils new solar components, Illinois Business Daily
- Trash into Treasure: Landfill Site Becomes Solar Farm, Engineering.Com
- REBA, a Google SVP and a physicist find the equation for change, GreenBiz
There are moments when, suddenly, big change looks much more possible than previously imagined. For advocates of renewable energy, one of those moments came two years ago when executives from a few major corporations met with officials from a half-dozen utilities. It was the first meeting organized by the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)
- New York legislature’s push to create energy storage programmes and targets welcomed by industry, Energy Storage News
- The National Geographic Documentary “From the Ashes” can be viewed free on a variety of platforms from June 26-July 3. The film will be available commercial-free via YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play and VOD and on Natgeotv.com and Nat Geo TV Apps (iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku and Samsung Connected TVs).
- Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Launches Nonprofit Energy Futures Initiative (EFI). “The Energy Futures Initiative team will share the innovations that we know work best with businesses, NGOs and governments around the world.”
Watch a brief YouTube video about EFI here.