By Paul Ciampoli, American Public Power Association
As federal lawmakers craft legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are being urged to allocate billions of dollars in additional funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), given that the pandemic is expected to result in widespread financial distress and a spike in unemployment.
“As you craft additional supplemental appropriations legislation, we urge you to consider $1.4 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),” wrote members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation in a March 18 letter to several key members of the House and Senate. Read more here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Don’t call it a Clean Peak Standard: Leveraging renewables to reduce customer costs during peak demand. Utility Dive article contributed by Ronald DiFelice, managing partner at Energy Intelligence Partners. A Clean Peak Standard requires a percentage of annual system peak demand be met with clean resources. Massachusetts recently issued draft regulations of their Clean Peak Energy Standard that was passed into law in 2018. Arizona and California have previously explored a Clean Peak Standard, and it has been proposed for North Carolina.
- In a circular economy, product-as-a-service has social and environmental benefits, GreenBiz
- What COVID-19 teaches us about resilience, GreenBiz
- What it takes to be a corporate climate leader, GreenBiz article contributed by Mike Hower, Managing Director, Sustainability & Social Impact at thinkPARALLAX
- Plans announced for what could be Idaho’s largest wind farm, The Argus-Press
PV MAGAZINE ARTICLES
- First order for 500 W solar modules announced
Chinese manufacturer Risen Energy will supply Malaysia’s Tokai Engineering with 20 MW of its new panels, unveiled in December. Risen claims its products can help reduce balance-of-system project costs by 9.6% and levelized cost of energy by 6%.
- Capturing the full value of energy storage
The International Renewable Energy Agency has devised a valuation framework to lay the foundations for successful storage deployment. As the technology matures and moves toward a projected fall in price, revenue stacking will be crucial to assess viability and properly value its benefits.
- A second life for disused modules and EV batteries
A study led by Bern University of Applied Sciences is moving into the demonstration phase, with projects in Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium. With partners from all over Europe, the Swiss researchers are developing models for how solar modules and batteries from electric cars can still be used in a sustainable way after their lifecycle has ended.
- European agrivoltaics
According to SolarPower Europe, local agriculture and solar energy could become the engines of a sustainable European economy. The trade body has created a task force, led by French independent power producer Amarenco, that aims to place agrivoltaics at the top of the European agricultural policy agenda, while also establishing global standards for the segment.
- Forget toilet paper, Australians are panic-buying PV
Byron Bay-based solar retailer Smart Energy says it is seeing an unprecedented surge in sales and enquiries for solar and home energy storage as consumers look to shore themselves up in uncertain times.