By Dick Munson, Director of Midwest clean energy for the Environmental Defense Fund, Guest Opinion, Midwest Energy News
Each fall, Chicago throws a Humanities Festival to promote “the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human,” attracting thoughtful authors and expressive performers. Two lectures on a recent Saturday afternoon provided fresh perspectives on how environmentalists combat pollution and envision a healthier planet.
For me, those discussions revealed how we can tap different threads — specifically faith and literature — to make our cases more effectively.
Read more here.
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
By Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News
It’s rare to see millennials attending a PUC hearing, or even someone not on the payroll of an organization involved in the process. But administrative law judge Ann O’Reilly accepted the argument by Youth Climate Intervenors that their generation will disproportionately feel the burden of climate change.
“In a landmark decision she granted us standing,” said Akilah Sanders-Reed, the 23-year-old who founded the group. “She acknowledged we (young people) had a stake in it and that we deserved a seat at the table. What that means is that the Youth Climate Intervenors have the same rights in that courtroom as Enbridge Energy does.” Read more here.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- Solar costs to fall 60% over the next decade: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) forecasts as much as 90 GW of new solar additions annually across the globe over the next few years, driving a 60% reduction in costs, PV Magazine
- Facebook’s Nebraska Data Center Will be Powered by Wind, Renewable Energy Magazine
- Iowa lights way to a solar future as largest solar garden comes online: Known more for its wind than its solar resources, Alliant Energy Iowa has brought a 6.2 MW solar project online. PV Magazine
- Energy efficiency as a resource: The power of getting more from less, Utility Dive Guest Opinion by Ryan Katofsky, vice president, industry analysis, at national business group Advanced Energy Economy. This is the third in a 7-part series from AEE that addresses how the power sector can successfully transition to a 21st Century Electricity System.
- California allocates $55M for energy storage in low income neighborhoods, Utility Dive
- Sonnen seeks to work with US utilities, not replace them, Energy Storage News
- South Portland starts farming solar energy, The Forecaster. The new solar array is at the city’s 34-acre capped landfill at 929 Highland Ave., behind the transfer station and new public services facility.
- Solar record-breaking China aims for 50GW installed in 2017, Inhabitat
- World’s first floating wind farm goes online in Scotland, Inquirer
- Jeff Bezos smashing that champagne bottle: the story behind the story, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
By Jennifer Deloney, Associate Editor, Renewable Energy World
A new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) said that innovation is enabling more corporate solar procurement, with new purchasing models, declining costs, and increased interest by corporate purchasers driving this segment.
NREL said that as of July, corporate customers have contracted for more than 2,300 MW of utility-scale solar PV. In addition, corporate procurement of utility-scale solar PV grew from about 1 percent of annual installed utility scale capacity in 2014 to 9 percent in 2016, and it accounted for 17 percent so far this year. Click here to learn more.
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- Why It’s time to fully embrace America’s energy grid diversification, Utility Dive Guest Opinion
U.S. regulators should help drive more distributed resources into the grid, ICF’s Philip Mihlmester writes, recommending how they can do so to the benefit of energy consumers and utilities.
- Grid resilience depends on distribution-scale solar, GreenBiz
- Trio of new bills in Congress aim to support energy storage deployment, Utility Dive
- Senators want more than $1 billion to promote energy storage answers, PV Magazine
- 4 Utilities Betting Billions on Renewable Energy, Madison State Journal
- New Climate Action Financing Platform Announced by World Bank and UN, SDG Knowledge Hub
- Accelerating The Global Transition To 100% Renewable Energy, Clean Technica
- Climate and energy are becoming focal points in state political races, The Guardian
- 6 Ways to Encourage American Solar Manufacturing Without Import Duties, Greentech Media
- Suniva, SolarWorld offer revised proposals for trade action, PV Magazine
- As DiCaprio’s Foundation Grows, New Grants to Solar, Lions and More, Inside Philanthropy
By Joe Dejka, Omaha World-Herald
LINCOLN — After months of public debate, the Nebraska State Board of Education approved new state science standards Friday. The board voted 6-1 to approve the standards, which will introduce climate change in Nebraska high school science classes for the first time. Read more.
By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News
The economy is growing as carbon dioxide emissions fall and renewable energy rises. A new report examines the carbon footprint of the top electricity generators.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- EEI 2017: The utility sector’s business case for deep carbonization, Utility Dive
- Trump lawyers try ‘extraordinary trick’ to quash youth climate case, Climate Change News.
- Recently passed legislation to open up PACE financing in Illinois, Midwest Energy News.
- Madison Area Technical College rooftop solar energy system would be largest in the state, Wisconsin State Journal
- Does Wisconsin employ more jobs in fossil fuel or alternative energy generation? Wisconsin State Journal
- Akron Mayor Horrigan signs executive order backing Paris climate agreement goals, Akron Beacon Journal
- Solar array land lease charges ahead, Goshen News
- FirstEnergy to offer residential customers Energy Conservation Kits, Cleveland Plain Dealer
- Net-zero energy building a natural resources teaching tool for students, Michigan Live
- Bringing economic development to those who need it most, Into the Wind, American Wind Energy Association Blog
- Goldman Sachs to Power Up With 100% Renewables, Environment News Service
By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald
President Donald Trump’s removal of the United States from the Paris Agreement climate plan won’t provide a lifeline to the ailing coal industry — even in a state like Nebraska that burns a lot of it. Utilities, railroads and other users and haulers of the black stuff say that when it comes to the move away from coal, the train has already left the station.
Photo: A Union Pacific train carries coal through North Platte, Nebraska. The coal industry has seen growing competition from natural gas, wind and solar power.
Credit: Rebecca S. Gratz / The World-Herald
By Austin Koeller, Grand Island Independent
The City of Grand Island and the Utilities Department may begin using solar panel in the near future. Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger gave a presentation to the city council as part of a study session Tuesday night, Luchsinger told the council that in the late 1990s, the Utilities Department began exploring wind power and became a minority partner in various wind projects. He added solar power may be the future and the Utilities Department would like to explore its possibility as a renewable energy resource. The Utilities Department plans to potentially do a small, pilot solar project at a site near JBS at the corner of Swift Road and Museum Drive. It would be a one-megawatt project that would provide power to 180 homes on an annual basis. Continue reading.
Nebraska Community Energy Alliance
Photo of Downtown Grand Island by Joe Wicks
MORE NEBRASKA / MIDWEST NEWS
Solar Energy Market Expected to Reach $422 Billion, Globally, by 2022 – Allied Market Research,
By Nick Gebhart, North Platte Bulletin
Sens. Ken Haar of Malcolm and Tyson Larson of O’Neill heard testimony Wednesday from leaders from around the state calling for a response to the growing threat of climate change and an increase in energy from renewable resources . . . A group of students and faculty from Omaha North High School were at the hearing and a student, Gabriel Runyon, testified. Runyon said committing to renewable resources and stopping the effects of climate change were important to his generation. Haar thanked him for testifying, and said that more young people should speak out, because elected officials would listen. Read more.
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Note: The stated cost of the installation is before incentives, such as the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) of 30%, are subtracted.
Here are ten policies, trends, and market forces that are having a larger substantive impact on the trajectory of CO₂ emissions in the U.S. than the Clean Power Plan will.
1. MERCURY AND AIR TOXIC STANDARDS
2. INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT EXTENSION FOR SOLAR PV AND PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT EXTENSION FOR WIND
3. SUPREME COURT RULING ON FERC 745 (DEMAND RESPONSE)
4. ECONOMICS OF COAL, GAS, AND RENEWABLES
5. LEADING UTILITIES
6. INDUSTRY LEADERS
7. LEADING STATE LEGISLATIVE POLICIES
8. LEADING STATE REGULATORY POLICIES
9. PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT SYSTEM OPERATORS
10. CUSTOMER CHOICE
Click here to read about each one.