By Aaron Sanderford, Omaha World-Herald
Many utilities, including local ones, have committed millions of dollars to wind and solar projects, signing contracts with significant penalties if broken. Utilities also belong to regional groupings that require certain levels of production. “The bottom line of what it would do is increase our prices,” said Anne McGuire, vice chair of the Omaha Public Power District board. “We would have to increase our rates, which we wouldn’t be too happy about.” The president on June 1 ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to boost struggling coal and nuclear plants. Read the entire article here.
Omaha World-Herald print title: Utilities wary of possible requirement to use more coal, nuclear power
Photo Courtesy of Lincoln Electric System: OPPD is planning to build a solar array near Fort Calhoun similar in size to Lincoln Electric System’s SunShares 5-megawatt Solar Farm.
- FERC regulators: No security emergency to justify DOE coal, nuke bailout, Utility Dive
- American Public Power Association urges DOE to reject FirstEnergy plea for emergency order
- Trump-appointed regulators reject plan to rescue coal and nuclear plants, Washington Post, January 8, 2018. The independent five-member commission includes four people appointed by President Trump, three of them Republicans. Its decision is binding . . . “The law and common sense prevailed over special interests today,” John Moore, director of the Sustainable FERC Project Coalition, said in a statement. “The FERC correctly found that the Department of Energy’s proposal violated the basic requirements of the Federal Power Act. Secretary Perry’s plan would have subsidized coal and nuclear plants with a 90-day fuel supply yet Perry never explained why those plants were inherently more reliable or resilient.”
- FERC Rejects Perry’s Coal/Nuke Bailout, Finding It Illegal, Natural Resources District Council, January 9, 2018
- Oil And Gas Industry Attacks Perry’s Plan for Saving Nuclear And Coal, Forbes, October 5, 2017
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- Trump administration wants welfare for coal and nuclear power, Denver Post Opinion
The Trump administration just sent a tsunami through America’s electrical energy world when a leaked memo revealed that it had a new plan to shovel millions of dollars to the coal and nuclear power industries.
- Is coal power too expensive in the country’s largest coal state?, Casper Star-Tribune
- Clean Jobs America reported that nearly 3.2 million Americans work in clean energy—in energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean vehicles, and other smaller sectors like energy storage and grid modernization. Wind power supports over 105,000 jobs nation-wide, with jobs in all 50 states. Many of these bring new opportunities to farming and factory towns, since more than 500 U.S. factories build wind-related parts. Download Clean Jobs America Infographic here.
- Fastest Growing Occupations, Bureau of Labor Statistics
#1 Solar photovoltaic installers
#2 Wind turbine service technicians
- Here comes the sun: Solar plus storage energy solutions get competitive, GreenBiz
- Op-Ed: With more solar and wind, North America’s grid is getting more reliable, PV Magazine
The North American electric grid’s annual checkup shows that it is becoming increasingly reliable, as solar and wind gain share, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).