By Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News
The plummeting price of electricity from solar panels is one of the driving forces aiding the transition to clean energy. Government policies and scientific innovation around the world have helped to reduce the average cost of utility-scale solar power by more than 80 percent since 2010, making it the least expensive power source in many, if not most, places. Now the Department of Energy has set a target of reducing the cost by more than half again by 2030, to an unsubsidized average of 2 cents per kilowatt-hour. That cost, which takes into account the price of construction and operation, would have seemed like a fantasy not long ago. Read more here.
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The U.S. transition to a low-carbon economy is already underway, and some of the most striking progress is within the energy-generation sector. As the cost of solar, wind, and other renewable sources continues to fall, market forces will continue to encourage renewable energy generation and lead to the closure of fossil fuel extraction and generation activities.
MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY STUDY
Study shows homeowners with PV are subsidizing their neighbors, Renewable Energy World
For years some utility companies have worried that solar panels drive up electric costs for people without panels. Joshua Pearce, Richard Witte Endowed Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Technological University, has shown the opposite is true — grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) owners are actually subsidizing their non-PV neighbors.
As OPPD moves forward with Pathways to Decarbonization, the utility will seek input from the community through a variety of channels, including workshops for the energy portfolio. The first of these online workshops will be Wednesday, April 7.
Customers can engage with OPPD through OPPD Community Connect, the utility’s stakeholder engagement platform that hosts up-to-date information, details about the workshops, workshop recordings and ways to submit ideas or ask questions around the initiative.
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- Here’s how to get solar power on roofs and in the ground, PV Magazine
Tax credits are great, but many individuals and businesses don’t pay enough in taxes to make them work. Why not create a paradigm shift in how credits are distributed?
- Celebrating spring and mesmerizing wind turbines, Miami County Republic article contributed by Beth Conner, a Miami County resident, teacher and outdoor enthusiast.
- Illinois lawmakers push for more union jobs in renewable energy industry, Chicago Sun-Times
The Climate Union Jobs Act aims to increase union work and diversity in the wind and solar energy fields.
- Apple powers ahead in new renewable energy solutions with over 110 suppliers, Apple Newsroom. A new energy storage project marks the next frontier of Apple’s efforts to become carbon neutral for its supply chain and products by 2030.