By Pippa Stevens, CNBC
U.S. solar and wind deployments are on track to hit new records in 2022 as momentum behind the energy transition grows, according to a new report from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The firm expects as much as 44 gigawatts of utility-scale solar, and 27 gigawatts of wind to come online next year. For solar, the forecast is nearly double 2021′s estimated 23 gigawatts of new capacity. For wind, 2022′s projected additions easily surpass the current annual record of 16 gigawatts, set in 2020. By way of comparison, the U.S. has a total generating capability of about 1,200 gigawatts, according to the Public Power Association. Continue reading here.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE
A new RMI analysis shows that the clean energy tax credits and low-cost financing provisions in the Build Back Better framework would help customers save on electricity costs. A related op-ed in the Morning Consult explains how the clean energy provisions could help the United States reach its clean electricity goals by 2030, while saving utility customers $9 billion annually by the end of the decade.
Another RMI analysis shows how a simple change in the tax rules for stand-alone battery storage and transmission would make the proposed legislation even more transformative for the climate and for household energy bills. Source: RMI Newsletter
See Also: Build Back Better Framework
FROM SOLAR POWER WORLD: VETERANS IN THE CLEAN ENERGY WORKFORCE
- Veterans serve on the clean energy front lines
Contributed by Frank Reichert, Navy veteran and director of operations and maintenance, GlidePath.
- A veteran’s perspective: Finding a renewed sense of purpose in clean energy
The contributor, Greg Gebhardt, is a Duke Energy strategic account manager, supporting the needs of new and existing customers of the company’s commercial brand, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. Gebhardt also serves as a Major in the North Carolina National Guard, as well as the operations officer of the 105th Engineer Battalion in Raeford, North Carolina.
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- Tesla can now sell electricity to Texans: Here’s how it could work, KXAN
- New Austin housing development built for sustainable living, net-zero energy, KXAN
- How steel is decarbonizing, GreenBiz
- Eight Awesome STEM Programs You Didn’t Know About, Department of Energy