One lawmaker compared the passage of the statute, which requires the state to move to 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2045, to landing on the moon.
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NEW YORK INITIATIVES
In New York, a New Way for Stay-at-Home Customers to Get Paid for Shaving Peak Energy, Greentech Media. New York is struggling with the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak, but it’s also pushing ahead on its ambitious clean energy goals. Those include major expansions of wind and solar power, more energy storage to manage that intermittent supply — and, on the demand side of the equation, programs that can turn utility customers from passive consumers into active grid-balancing participants.
University of Pennsylvania signs PPA for largest solar project in the state, Solar Power World
The University of Pennsylvania has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the creation of a solar power project moving the University significantly closer to meeting its commitment of a 100% carbon neutral campus by 2042, as outlined in the “Climate & Sustainability Action Plan 3.0.”
NextEra, Vistra join array of stakeholders in asking FERC to look at carbon pricing, by Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive. A wide group of energy stakeholders, including independent power producers, gas interests and clean energy advocates, are asking federal regulators to look more closely at the benefits of pricing carbon across wholesale electricity markets.
ECONOMIC RECOVERY & RESILIENCE
- Should we spend billions on clean energy? It worked during the last crisis, by Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times. Over the last decade, U.S. wind power capacity has tripled. Solar photovoltaic capacity has grown by a factor of 76. Costs have fallen so dramatically that solar and wind power are now two of the cheapest sources of electricity generation. That can’t all be attributed to federal support. But researchers at Sweden’s Lund University published a peer-reviewed study in 2015 concluding that the Recovery Act “played a significant role” in increasing the country’s renewable energy installations.
- Post-coronavirus economic recovery requires EV adoption, Smart Cities Dive
Contributed article by EVolve Houston Executive Director & President Christopher George, and Operations Director Jan Maceczek. The next federal stimulus bill should include three objectives to create a healthier economy: more access to EV charging stations, electrification incentives and support of grid-level demand.
- Previously Posted: A Boom Is Coming for All-Electric Homes Despite Lagging Consumer Awareness, Greentech Media
- Resilience after recession: 4 ways to reboot the U.S. economy, by Devashree Saha, Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute, GreenBiz. Doubling down on low-carbon investment can be one solution to help the U.S. economy by putting into place the kind of job-creating, economic activity-inducing initiatives that can help reverse some damages from COVID-19. Here are four key opportunities, among many:
- Jeff Bezos: Widespread coronavirus testing needed before economy can get running again, CNBC
- Previously Posted: Amazon’s Bezos pledges $10 billion to climate change fight, Reuters
US judge cancels permit for Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, Associated Press