Tag Archives: America’s transition to clean and renewable energy

Inside Clean Energy: What Happens When Solar Power Gets Much, Much Cheaper?

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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BROOKINGS INSTITUTION REPORT

How renewable energy jobs can uplift fossil fuel communities and remake climate politics, by Adie TomerJoseph W. Kaneand Caroline George

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 neighborsRenewable 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.


OPPD WORKSHOP

Customers invited to workshops about decarbonization, by Jason Kuiper, The Wire

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 Connectthe 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. 

OPPD Resource: Guidance for adding solar panels and more

ALSO IN THE NEWS

Biden picks deal-makers, fighters for climate, energy team

By Ellen Knickmeyer and Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press,
Omaha World-Herald

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is picking deal-makers and fighters to lead a climate team he’ll ask to remake and clean up the nation’s transportation and power-plant systems, and as fast as politically possible. While the president-elect’s picks have the experience to do the heavy lifting required in a climate overhaul of the U.S. economy, they also seem to be reassuring skeptics that he won’t neglect the low-income, working class and minority communities hit hardest by fossil fuel pollution and climate change. Continue reading here.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday that he had chosen North Carolina regulator Michael S. Regan as his nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as his pick for interior secretary. Biden said the selections round out what he said would be an experienced climate team ready from their first day in office to tackle the “undeniable, accelerating, punishing reality of climate change.” Biden is proposing a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s transportation and electrical systems to cut the oil, gas and coal emissions behind worsening global warming. 

“She understands at a very real level — at a generational level, in her case going back 30 generations — what it is to care for American lands,” says Aaron Weiss, deputy director of the Center for Western Priorities. 

ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST

  • Biden’s climate and energy team welcomed by US renewables sector, by Jules Scully, PV-Tech
    Upon taking office next month, Biden will work to make his US$2 trillion climate plan a reality and look to transition the US to a carbon-free power sector by 2035. That climate plan aims to unleash a “clean energy revolution” and spur the installation of millions of solar panels, including utility-scale, rooftop and community solar systems, Biden’s campaign said when it was announced earlier in the year. Since last month’s election, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released its policy wish list for the incoming Biden-Harris administration.

  • 6 mind-bending energy moments of 2020, by Sarah Golden, GreenBiz
    I’m a clean energy evangelist, yet even I was surprised at many energy headlines of 2020. Things I didn’t know were possible happened. Moments I never imagined came to be. Clean energy showed its strength in the face of uncertainty. Here are six times I had to pick my jaw up off the floor this year, and what it means for the ongoing transition to clean energy.