By Catherine Morehouse, Utilty Dive
Two Wisconsin coal plants cost Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin customers $16 million in 2019 alone, according to a report released Tuesday from the Sierra Club. Alliant on Friday announced it plans to retire one of those facilities — the 380 MW last remaining unit of its Edgewater plant — by 2022. However, the 1,023 MW Columbia coal plant has no set retirement date, and if it continues to operate the utility’s share of the plant could cost customers $257 million through 2030, according to Sierra Club. Read more here.
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Related: Alliant Energy looks to add 675 MW of PV and quadruple Wisconsin’s solar capacity, PV Magazine
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Cuomo Calls for Canada-to-NYC Power Line to Deliver Clean Energy, Bloomberg Green
The plan includes installing cables to bring wind and solar power down from the state’s rural regions to New York City and its suburbs, Cuomo said Tuesday during a news conference. He’s also seeking to expedite a plan to deliver hydropower from Canada through a transmission project that’s been in the works for years.
- Connecticut churches, nonprofits band together on electricity purchases, Energy News Network
- On opposite ends of state, Missouri cities go different directions on building energy use, Energy News Network
- Shell turns to NextEnergy Capital for US solar PPA, PV-Tech
The projects in question – Briel Farm and Fardy’s Mill, both located in Virginia – form part of NEC’s NextPower III fund’s portfolio, which amounts to 250MW. Shell’s wider interest in solar has continued to climb, driven by a now established goal to attain net zero status by 2050.
- Amazon to invest in 2 Ohio solar farms, The Columbus Dispatch
- Enel Expands Renewable Energy Platform In US & Chile, CleanTechnica
This week, the company announced its has added 50 megawatts of new capacity at its High Lonesome wind farm located in Upton and Crockett counties in Texas.
- Offshore wind project near Virginia Beach to use giant turbines with 108-meter blades, CNBC
- Largest solar-storage plant in the US will be managed by new subsidiary of ESG investor Quinbrook, PV Tech
The (energy) efficient road to small business recovery, Utility Dive
The following is a contributed article by Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Co-Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and John Di Stasio, President of the Large Public Power Council.
MORE ON SECRET GROUP’S FERC PETITION
24 Congressional Democrats urge FERC to reject net metering overhaul, Utility Dive
A group of Democratic senators and representatives on Tuesday wrote to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, urging the regulatory body to shut down a net metering proposal that experts say would effectively overturn the policy nationally. In the letter, Congress Members questioned FERC’s authority to make such a rule and also asked the commission to ask the petitioner, New England Ratepayers Association (NERA), to disclose its members.
Upcoming Advanced Energy Economy Webinar
This webinar will explain how FERC ruling the wrong way could impact existing and emerging state and municipal and cooperative utility approaches to supporting distributed energy resources in retail markets.
- Ted Thomas, Chairman, Arkansas Public Service Commission
- Hannah Muller, Director of Public Policy, Clearway Energy
- John McCaffrey, Senior Regulatory Counsel, American Public Power Association
- Jeff Dennis, Managing Director and General Counsel, Advanced Energy Economy
PEAK COALITION REPORT
Dirty Energy, Big Money, by the PEAK Coalition
Subtitle: How Private Companies Make Billions from Polluting Fossil Fuel Peaker Power Plants in New York City’s Environmental Justice Communities – and How to Create a Cleaner, More Just Alternative
The high costs of these peaker plants—both in public health impacts and on New Yorkers’ electric utility bills—are largely hidden to the public. It is not well known, but the owners of these plants receive exorbitant payments from utilities and other energy service providers just for the plants to exist.
UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS STUDY
The Coal Bailout Everybody Is Talking About, by Joseph Daniel, senior energy analyst with the Climate & Energy program at UCS
As we found in our new UCS report, Used but How Useful, How Electric Utilities Exploit Loopholes, Forcing Customers to Bail Out Uneconomic Coal-Fired Power Plants, utilities across 15 states right in the heart of the U.S. exploited power market loopholes, costing customers $350 million in 2018.
- Uneconomic coal plants cost Michigan ratepayers millions, analysts say, Energy News Network
- Coal Is No Longer a Baseload Resource, So Why Run Plants All Year?, by Joseph Daniel, Union of Concerned Scientists