OPPD News Release
Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s latest ratings give OPPD an Aa2 and AA, respectively. These ratings are among the highest ratings a public power utility can receive. OPPD’s solid financial position has allowed it to access credit markets during the current market downturn, while lower rated entities have had limited access . . . The board received an update on OPPD’s Pathways to Decarbonization strategic initiative. A long-term study is underway to identify pathways to improve our environmental impact while maintaining reliability, resiliency and affordability. During its committee meetings this week, the board received an update on OPPD’s Power with Purpose (PwP) plan, approved in November 2019. The plan includes the addition of between 400 and 600 megawatts of accredited utility-scale solar generation, as well as the addition of modernized natural gas backup generation assets. Read the entire news release here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- SMUD mapping tool aids investment in under-resourced areas, American Public Power Association. The Sustainable Communities Resource Priorities Needs Map incorporates several layers, including education, tree canopy, electric vehicle charging, food deserts, public transportation information, as well as a variety of economic government data, in an interactive format and covers SMUD’s entire territory.
- Renewables accounted for more than 61 percent of MidAmerican Energy electricity delivered last year, Daily Energy Insider
- Boiling Point: Giant batteries are changing everything for clean energy, Los Angeles Times
- 4 reasons clean energy jobs are key to economic recovery, GreenBiz
THE HEROES ACT
House Democrats unveil $3 trillion COVID-19 response proposal, American Public Power Association. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law in late March by President Trump included $900 million for LIHEAP to help low-income households pay their utility bills during the crisis. But the National Energy Assistance Directors Association (NEADA) on April 6 said that due to the depth of the crisis, “this funding only scratches the surface of what families will need to stay afloat.”
CLEAN ENERGY FORWARD INITIATIVE
Republicans Are Leading On Clean Energy, Newsweek
Opinion contributed by Heather Reams, the executive director of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, a non-profit organization that recently launched Clean Energy Forward to engage Republican policymakers and the public about responsible, conservative solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge.
TRANSITION PATHWAY INITIATIVE
Investor group: No European oil and gas major has a credible net zero plan, GreenBiz
That is the conclusion of a new analysis from the influential Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), backed by investors representing $19 trillion of assets worldwide.
- Once a cautionary case study, Tri-State is lauded in report as a standout example among utilities on renewables, The Denver Post. Tri-State CEO Duane Highley said the average, combined cost of the 1,000 megawatts of wind and solar energy the utility will add is 1.7 cents per kilowatt hour. “That’s generally lower cost than anything else we can do, in terms of fossil fuel or anything.” While Highley doesn’t think the utility’s transition to more renewables has been “abrupt,” he said it has been rapid.
- Colorado Tri-State ruling could provide co-op exit template amid rising tensions with G&T providers, Utility Dive. Tri-State wants a ruling by FERC, but two Colorado co-ops asked state regulators to decide on a fair cost of moving to local renewables
SOLAR PLUS STORAGE
- The largest US solar-plus-storage plant will deploy 690 MW of bifacial modules on trackers, PV Magazine. The Gemini project will be the largest solar plant in the U.S. and among the top-ten worldwide when completed on BLM land near Las Vegas. We spoke with the project developer to get some details on “one of the purest forms of time shifting you’ll ever see.”
- The challenges and tricks of adding battery storage to existing solar projects, PV Magazine
Alencon Systems teamed up with Duke Energy to look at some of the challenges faced by a utility when adding a battery storage system to an existing solar installation.
GAF SOLAR ROOF
GAF Energy Launches New Flex Option for Roof-Integrated Solar System, Solar Industry Magazine
GAF Energy, a provider of roof-integrated solar solutions in North America, has launched their “Flex” option for use with the company’s redesigned Decotech 2.0 roof-integrated solar product. Flex maintains the efficiency of standard system sizing, while also introducing new configuration choices for homeowners.
- Homeowners interested in learning more about the GAF solar roof, click here.
- Roofing contractors interested in installing GAF Energy products, click here.
THIN-FILM SOLAR MODULES
A new player appears in American thin-film cadmium telluride solar module manufacturing, PV Magazine. Toledo Solar is trying to distinguish itself from First Solar’s cadmium telluride dominance by operating in the residential and commercial markets, markets which have been historically unkind to the technology.
GREENTECH MEDIA’S INTERCHANGE
Mapping the Post-COVID Future for Electric Cars, Behavior Change and Energy Demand, Greentech Media. This week on The Interchange, we talk with futurist Ramez Naam about a wide range of scenarios for energy.
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