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Tri-State announces transformative Responsible Energy Plan

Tri-State News Release

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is pursuing an aggressive Responsible Energy Plan to transition to a cleaner energy portfolio, while ensuring reliability, increasing member flexibility and with a goal to lower wholesale rates.

“Our membership and board are unified in our pursuit of a cleaner, reliable and lower-cost resource portfolio,” said Rick Gordon, chairman of the cooperative’s board of directors. “We are making a strong and unequivocal commitment to transform Tri-State’s resource portfolio in a prudent and responsible manner.” Continue reading here.

From Tri-State’s Website

Our cooperative approach to a clean grid starts now.
We are pursuing an aggressive transition to a cleaner energy portfolio.

How we are transforming

  1. Developing a Responsible Energy Plan [to] comply with aggressive carbon reduction, renewable energy and resource planning requirements, ensure reliability and affordability and strive to lower wholesale rates while maintaining our strong financial position.
  2. Engaging with former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and the Center for the New Energy Economy to facilitate a stakeholder process that will contribute to our Responsible Energy Plan.
  3. Creating more opportunities for our members to develop local renewable energy by considering the types of memberships and contracts we offer.
  4. Increasing our renewable resources, with new wind and solar projects and a request for proposals for even more projects.
  5. Exploring opportunities with solar and energy services providers to make more community-scale solar, energy storage and electric vehicle infrastructure more available to our members at a lower cost.

Learn more about Tri-State’s Responsible Energy Plan.

Additional Recommended Reading

OPPD launches low-income efficiency pilot program

By Ethan Howland, American Public Power Association

The Omaha Public Power District is launching a pilot program aimed at expanding the public power utility’s energy efficiency program among its low-income customers. “We want to make our customers aware of energy efficiency to reduce their energy burden and cut their costs,” said Britton Gabel, OPPD product specialist. The pilot project is a redesign of OPPD’s Smart Steps low-income energy efficiency program, according to Gabel. Through a revamped program, OPPD hopes to reach segments of the low-income population the utility hasn’t reached before. Continue reading here.

OPPD’s Income-Qualified Energy Efficiency Pilot begins in June.

Previously Posted
OPPD Customers Embracing Programs, Pilots To Help Manage Their Energy Usage, OPPD News Release

Links to additional OPPD programs included in the news release: 

New OPPD Resource: Energy Conservation Video
4 little-known summer energy tips, The Wire

A Market-Driven Green New Deal? We’d Be Unstoppable

In this New York Times op-ed, RMI’s Amory Lovins and Rushad Nanavatty explain why any serious energy transformation will need to harness America’s powerful and creative economic engine. Read the op-ed here.

ALSO INCLUDED IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE’S LATEST E-NEWSLETTER

  • How Community-Scale Solar Can Change Our Energy System
    While both residential solar and utility-scale solar play a large role in a renewable future, there’s also a sweet spot in between those two. Community-scale solar—midsize solar arrays connected to the distribution grid—has huge potential to reach millions of US customers.
  • How Global Cities Are Going Green
    More US cities are looking for ways to cut emissions and develop resiliency plans. Curbed spoke with RMI and other energy and environmental leaders to get their take on global city climate policies that are progressive, practical, and—most importantly—working. 

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Free SEPA Research – Value Stacking in Minster: A rural village leverages solar, storage and 4 revenue streams

Grid-edge innovation of another order
With one award-winning solar-plus-storage project under its belt, the Village of Minster,
Ohio — population, just under 3,000 — thought adding a community solar project to its portfolio would be the logical next step. That is, it seemed logical until Dannon, the town’s largest energy user and employer, decided to add a 280,000-square-foot distribution center to its already massive yogurt-making plant, and wanted to power it with clean, solar energy.

Minster tackled the challenge by switching the community solar project to commercial. The town is also planning a third project, with additional storage to create a microgrid and sell power into the regional wholesale electricity market.

Small town, big vision
In 2016, Minster became the first small public utility to pair solar, and storage demand, serving  as a model for the kind of public-private partnerships that are needed to advance the combination of these technologies. The town’s story underlines why, sometimes, designing a successful community solar program means knowing when to put a project on hold, while staying focused on customers’ needs, shifting market conditions and the bottom line.
Download the Research Report here. 

Find out more:  Watch SEPA’s video on Minster’s successful strategies for expanding its solar and storage projects here.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

BROWNFIELDS NEWS

The Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2018: What’s changing for the Brownfields Program?, Lexology

The Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2018, which was part of the omnibus spending bill, does not significantly overhaul the old Brownfields program, rather it “builds” on it by:

  1. Significantly increasing the program’s funding and ability to participate in the Brownfields programs;
  2. Incentivizes the redevelopment of contaminated properties adjacent to water or those which will promote renewable energy; and
  3. Expands the exceptions from liability under CERCLA.

New Rocky Mountain Institute Report: The Progress and Potential for Community-Scale Solar

The Rocky Mountain Institute believes the Community-Scale Solar (CSS) segment sits in an economic sweet spot in the market and represents an economic opportunity of as much as $30 billion. Read more here.

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NEWS FROM OTHER NEIGHBORING STATES

GLOBAL NEWS
Visa Commits to 100% Renewable Electricity by End of 2019: Supports industry progress by joining RE100 Initiative and Business Renewables Center, signing Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles.

5 Reasons Community-Scale Solar is a Multi-GW Market Opportunity

By Kevin Brehm and Joseph Goodman, Rocky Mountain Institute

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Community-scale solar has unique attributes that both leverage the best attributes of behind-the-meter-distributed solar and utility-scale solar, respectively, and which set community-scale solar apart from those market segments.

Read more here.

Download RMI’s new report, Community-Scale Solar: Why Developers And Buyers Should Focus On This High-Potential Market Segment