By Paul Ciampoli, American Public Power Association
Public power cities Austin, Texas, Orlando, Fla. and San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 11 were included among the list of final winners in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge. Launched in June 2018, the American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million program designed to catalyze efforts in 25 cities “to tackle climate change, promote a sustainable future for residents and help deliver on the America’s Pledge initiative to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement,” according to a Bloomberg news release. The other two cities named as winners in the challenge on Jan. 11 were Albuquerque, N.M., and Denver, Colo. Read more here.
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- Minnesota youth call for urgent action on climate from new governor, Midwest Energy News
A coalition of groups led by the clean change youth organization iMatter and Climate Generation’s Youth Environmental Activists have created an umbrella organization, Minnesota Can’t Wait, that offered lawmakers a 10-point “Green New Deal” platform. The initiative calls for generating all power from renewables, creating a statewide smart grid and ceasing construction of pipelines, including the controversial Line 3 Enbridge project. The youth organization wants to end investment in any fossil fuel infrastructure and continue to make Minnesota a national green economy model.
- 2020 pressure for Green New Deal, Axios
- One Planet: What’s the path to a clean energy future?, KALW San Francisco, NPR Morning Edition. The conversation on this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series is with Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Woods Institute for the Environment, and co-founder of the Solutions Project. He says there is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy covering all sectors including transportation, agriculture, and electricity.
- Tri-State members increasingly unsatisfied as the rise of distributed resources upends the G&T model, Utility Dive. Given the increasing affordability of renewable energy, “the very reason G&Ts were created is less valid every day,” CEO Chris Riley of Guzman Energy told Utility Dive.
- Portland utility proposes $1/kWh incentive for residential peak shaving, PV Magazine
The utility aims for at least 66% participation in a residential demand response pilot. It also gives customers the option of moving to a lower rate structure by allowing the utility to automatically reduce their consumption during peak periods.
- Bifacial gets the big money, PV Magazine
There’s much work going on in the research of bifacial. In November, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) 53 investments in the sun DNV GL was awarded $200,000 for a bifacial module energy modeling validation study. Also as part of this program, Case Western University was given a chance to research a 50 year glass on glass solar module lifetime – the type of product that bifacial modules are. Meaning 50 year power purchase agreements are coming!
- FedEx makes the largest commercial electric vehicle purchase in the U.S., continues the zero-emissions trend, Fleet Equipment Magazine. In a groundbreaking decision, FedEx Corp. is expanding its fleet to include 1,000 new electric vehicles.