Posted by Betsey Lillian, North American Windpower
Lower installed project costs, along with improvements in capacity factors, are enabling aggressive wind power pricing. After topping out at 7 cents per kWh in 2009, the average levelized long-term price from wind power sales agreements has dropped to below 2 cents per kWh. Recently signed wind energy contracts compare favorably to projections of the fuel costs of gas-fired generation. Solar prices have also declined precipitously, pressuring wind’s competitiveness in some regions. Read more here.
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- OPPD Initiative Will Lay Groundwork For Modernized Electric Grid, OPPD News Release
- SEIA President and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper on The Weather Channel, YouTube Video
- MIT Research: Shift to renewable electricity a win-win at statewide level
In a study focused on the U.S. Rust Belt, their assessment showed that the financial benefits associated with air quality improvements from these policies would more than pay for the cost of implementing them. The results appear in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
- Everyone loves a guaranteed discount: New financing approach drives community solar growth, Utility Dive. Florida Power and Light (FPL) is working to build the country’s largest community solar project; a new “fixed discount” business model is creating savings certainty for customers that could eliminate longstanding private sector marketing challenges; and new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-backed approaches are reaching underserved customers.
- Solar Panels on Farmland Have Huge Electricity-Generating Potential, Yale Environment 360
- Louisa County to hold public hearing on regulating renewable energy, Nebraska City News-Press. An Idaho-based solar facility developer and CIPCO (Central Iowa Power Cooperative) have announced plans to construct a 100-megawatt solar farm on about 850 acres of land south of Wapello. Groundbreaking is planned for early next spring, with completion later in the year.
- Wyoming wind farm making same power with 80% fewer turbines, Associated Press, KTAR
- Churches see the (solar) light, Great Lakes Echo
Interest in powering Catholic parishes, schools and missions with the sun is surging in the wake of a solar deal recently announced in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. And church groups nationwide, including in Michigan and Minnesota, are keeping a close eye on the project.
- Interchange Podcast: The State of Distributed Energy Aggregation: How Business Models and Applications Are Evolving, Greentech Media
- Companies are already decarbonizing shipping without electric fleets — here’s how, GreenBiz
- The climate solutions beneath our feet, by Melissa Ho, Senior Vice President, Freshwater and Food, World Wildlife Fund. Published by GreenBiz. By using a combination of climate-smart practices — rotational cattle grazing on native grasslands, planting cover crops to keep soil in place and enrich it with nutrients, innovative feed options that provide nutrition and increase the efficiency of an animal’s gut biome — a producer theoretically could achieve net negative emissions.
- USDA reports 19 million prevented planting acres in nation, Nebraska TV
American farmers were not able to plant crops on more than 19 million acres in 2019, including more nearly a half-million acres in Nebraska alone. This marks the most prevented plant acres reported since USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began releasing the report in 2007, and it’s also 17.5 million acres more than last year at this time.
- CBS News Documentary: A Climate Reckoning in the Heartland. Posted by Regenerate Nebraska.