By Jason Kuiper, The Wire, OPPD Blog
In April, U.S. monthly electricity generation from renewable sources exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time, according to a recent story by the American Public Power Association (APPA). The APPA story was based on data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The story said renewable sources provided 23% of total electricity generation compared to coal’s 20%. Read more here.
NextEra Photo of Butler Ridge Wind Energy Center wind turbines on farm land in Dodge County, Wisconsin.
More News & Resources
- Study Identifies 20 Overlooked Benefits of Distributed Solar Energy, News Release, Center for Biological Diversity. The peer-reviewed study in Nature Sustainability was conducted by researchers from the Center for Biological Diversity, the University of California, Davis, and 11 other organizations. It suggests a framework for understanding more completely, and ultimately quantifying, the benefits of solar energy, identifying 20 frequently overlooked advantages. For example, solar panels paired with native plant restoration can result in both added habitat and increased panel efficiency.
- US renewable energy transition to move faster than anticipated by 2022: FERC report, Utility Dive
- Solar + wind + storage developers ‘gearing up’ as hybrid projects edge to market, Utility Dive
- The (solar) power of the people, PV Magazine
- Solar financing up but policy support is still crucial, PV Magazine
- Opportunities, as seen from above, PV Magazine
The United States’ solar market is growing again this year, and it is expected to accelerate further in 2020 and 2021, with heavy construction continuing through the end of 2023. For PV module suppliers, the different market segments require varying strategies for success.
- Companies to build blockchain-based REC trading platform, American Public Power Association
Many companies in the energy sector are looking at blockchain technology as a way of reducing transaction costs and as a means of making smaller transactions more feasible, particularly transactions involving distributed energy resources.
- Carbon Offsets & Renewable Energy Certificates: Know the Difference, Earth911
- Solving the EV Charging Problem, with Mobile Solar Energy, by Tina Casey, Triple Pundit
News & Resources from the Department of Energy’s Latest WINDExchange Newsletter
- 2019 Tribal Energy Webinar Series
- Wind for Schools Brochure 2019
- NREL Receives DOE Funding for Wind-Wildlife Mitigation Technologies
NREL recently received DOE funding to reduce environmental impacts of wind energy by improving the effectiveness of ultrasonic acoustic deterrents technology, which emit frequencies perceptible to bats to discourage them from approaching wind turbines. Other technological innovations include thermal imaging cameras and specially developed radar technologies, both of which detect and deter wildlife from approaching wind turbine blades. Learn more about NREL’s work to identify the best wind-wildlife mitigation technologies. Eight other organizations also received funding to help reduce environmental compliance costs and environmental impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy.
- DOE Announces Winners of Collegiate Wind Competition 2019 Technical Challenge
DOE’s Collegiate Wind Competition aims to prepare college and university students from multiple disciplines to enter the wind energy workforce by providing real-world technology experience. The competition challenges participants with tasks including business plan development; wind plant siting; and wind turbine design, building, and testing. Twelve collegiate teams gathered at DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Flatirons Campus in May to compete in the Collegiate Wind Competition Technical Challenge. Click here to see who won.