Tag Archives: carbon neutrality

Climate Courage—Cities and States Matter, Too

Across America, local governments are leading the way with some of the
most progressive transitions in the nation.

Contributed Opinion by Frances Moore LappéZachary Field, Common Dreams

More than one in five Americans—that’s over 70 million of us—now live in a place committed to 100 percent carbon-neutral electricity—including 131 towns and cities, seven states and Puerto Rico. The seven states already committed to carbon-neutral electricity—including two of the top nine carbon-emitters, California and New York—representing 14 percent of national emissions in 2016. With new clean-electricity bills being introduced in blue states such as MassachusettsNew Jersey and Illinois, further progress is expected soon. Moreover, the clean-electricity transition is hardly limited to liberal bastions. Continue reading here.

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VIRTUAL POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS

Q&A: How Akamai, VPPAs Are Paving the Way for a Corporate Clean Energy Future, sponsored content by Akamai, Sustainable Brands. Akamai, which has committed to power the internet more sustainably, took part in the US’ first corporate aggregated VPPA — a game-changing approach for smaller renewable energy buyers.

Save the Date!
Nebraskans for Solar’s September Speaker: David Bracht, Attorney With Kutak Rock and Former Nebraska Energy Office Director, September 12, 2019, 7 to 8:30 pm, UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rooms 201 & 205. Mr. Bracht will provide an overview of Nebraska’s wind and solar development and our state’s potential for future growth.

Specific topics will include:

  • power purchase agreements
  • virtual power purchase agreements
  • commercial and industrial use of solar
  • the potential for combined solar and battery installations
  • incentives and depreciation

OPPD partnering with UNMC on state’s largest rooftop solar array

By Jodi Baker, OPPD Blog, The Wire

Darren Dageforde, executive director of utilities and energy utilization for UNMC, said the med center has already made great strides in reducing its energy use and increasing efficiency. “Having a renewable energy source on campus demonstrates our commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030 and parallels our mission to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities.” This solar installation is expected to be the largest rooftop system in Nebraska, said Jared Friesen of Morrissey Engineering, which designed the project. Read more here.

Photo Credit: Morrissey Engineering

Jared Friesen is immediate Past President of Nebraskans for Solar. Our nonprofit has the governing structure of President, President-Elect, and Past President.

OPPD NEWS RELEASE
OPPD To Consider Updating Plant Decommissioning Method
Due to the great strides made by Omaha Public Power District employees in the decommissioning of Fort Calhoun Station (FCS), the utility will consider a timely, more economical approach. In a presentation shared with the OPPD Board of Directors during their committee meetings Tuesday, the district’s senior management team provided the option of shifting from the SAFSTOR (safe storage) decommissioning method to DECON (decontamination) . . . DECON has the potential to save the utility up to an estimated $200 million, due to reduced building maintenance and upkeep.

At Global Climate Action Summit ChargePoint Makes Commitment to Deploy 2.5 Million Charging Ports by 2025

ChargePoint News Release: Electric Vehicles Drive a Sustainable Future

“Our commitment to deploy 2.5 million charging spots by 2025 comes as the company embarks on the most significant period of growth in our history and in the midst of a revolution in transportation.” – Pasquale Romano, President and CEO of ChargePoint

Read more here.

Learn about ChargePoint and other EV chargers from the owners of electric vehicles, as well as experts in the field, this Sunday at the following event: National Drive Electric Week – Lincoln

MORE GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT NEWS 

Luther College in Decorah, Iowa to dedicate new solar arrays on Earth Day

Luther College

The new 820 kW solar array was financed through a third-party solar power purchase agreement with a local Iowa corporation, Oneota Solar, LLC. The project is an example of an innovative and forward-thinking partnership that will benefit the local economy and the college. Under the terms of the agreement, Luther will pay a fixed price per kilowatt-hour for 10 years, and then will purchase the facility from Oneota Solar, LLC, and operate the arrays for the long term. Luther expects to save at least $1 million in electricity costs over the 20-year life of the system. This solar energy project is part of Luther’s aggressive goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Read more here.