By Jacob Pramuk, CNBC
The Senate voted Friday to move forward with a bipartisan infrastructure bill, as Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pushes to pass it as soon as next week. The vote was delayed briefly as senators reportedly worked out an issue related to broadband. The final text of the legislation has yet to be released. The procedural measure needed only a simple majority to pass. The final tally was 66 votes in favor, and 28 against. Continue reading here.
- Solar Industry Statement on Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement, SEIA News Release
- American Clean Power Association Statement on Senate Action on Bipartisan Infrastructure Package, ACP News Release
AMERICAN CLEAN POWER ASSOCIATION REPORT
First Clean Power Annual report shows record U.S. renewables growth and investment
WASHINGTON DC, July 29, 2021 – The American Clean Power Association today released its first Clean Power Annual report, which showed wind, utility solar, and battery storage power capacity in the U.S. topped 170 gigawatts (GW), following a record 26 GW of clean energy projects coming online in 2020.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- Bipartisan Bills In Congress Allow For Energy Tax Credit Transfer To Public Power Owners, American Public Power Association
- Xcel plans to roll out 10,000 MW of renewable energy in Minnesota, Colorado by 2030, Utility Dive
- Solar farms promise to be Ohio’s energy cash crop, WFMJ
USDA REAP FUNDING NOTICES
- Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants (July 26, 2021) Federal Register Notice
- Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants (July 26, 2021) Federal Register Notice
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Lower Battery Costs, High Value of Backup Power Drive Distributed Storage Deployment
Fourth Report in NREL’s Storage Futures Study Uses Distributed Generation Market Demand Model To Estimate Behind-the-Meter Storage Capacity, Identify Drivers of Customer Adoption. Several findings in the study demonstrate that PV and batteries make an economical pairing. Because an average PV-plus-battery storage system is larger than PV-only configurations, battery storage increases the PV capacity and the system’s economic value.
Read the Report: Distributed Solar and Storage Outlook: Methodology and Scenarios.
Upcoming Webinar: NREL’s Storage Futures Study team will host a free public webinar on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, from 10 to 11 am CT. Register here.
BATTERY MATERIALS RECYCLING
Former Tesla battery guru JB Straubel’s materials recycling company Redwood Materials has attracted more than US$700 million in investment. Redwood, which is currently developing processes to produce battery materials that can be resold into the supply chain, has partnerships in place with the likes of Panasonic, Envision AESC and Amazon. The company pledges to recycle any device with a lithium-ion battery including phones, laptops and power tools, although a major focus is being placed on electric vehicle (EV) batteries.