By Enrique Dans, Senior Contributor, Forbes
The Economist’s regular cartoonist, KAL, summed it up neatly in his cartoon last week: the battle humanity is waging against the coronavirus is only the preliminary round, and after that, we have a much bigger and stronger opponent waiting for us, called the climate emergency. That some people still may think that something as objectively and scientifically proven is still up for debate could be seen as one of the greatest achievements of the fossil fuel industry. It’s not. It’s the greatest threat to human life. Read more here.
Also written by Enrique Dans: Are We Going To Take Advantage Of This Small Window Of Opportunity For Change?, Forbes
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Solar energy continues its exponential growth, Red, Green and Blue
According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) World Energy Outlook 2019, solar photovoltaic (PV) is set to become the largest source of installed electrical capacity in about 2035, if countries pursue policies as planned.
- Dakota County considering moratorium on wind farms, Sioux City Journal
[Norfolk Mayor and founder of New Power Nebraska Josh Moenning] said he was aware of only one Nebraska county in the past three years that has adopted a wind farm moratorium, though others have pushed for zoning rules that would have made wind farm development impossible. After Stanton County passed its moratorium, Moenning said, wind energy developers took their plans to neighboring counties instead.
- LES distributing $20.9 million to local governments, Lincoln Electric System News Release
- NPPD’s Norfolk residential customers getting new meters, Nebraska Public Power District News Release
- Lightsource BP sets live Kansas’ largest solar plant, Smart Energy International
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- The City of Houston commits to 100% renewable energy, Green Houston Press Release
The City is estimated to see a $9.3 million reduction in its annual electricity bill and an estimated total savings of $65 million over seven years.
- Texas could add 3.5 GW of solar this year, PV Magazine
- Environmental groups push NIPSCO on coal ash removal plans, Times of Northwest Indiana
BLACK HILLS ENERGY
Pueblo, Colorado, set to vote on exiting Black Hills Energy, forming a municipal utility, by Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive. The city of 111,000 also has a goal of reaching 100% renewable electricity by 2035, and Pueblo officials think forming a municipal utility will create an easier path toward that goal.
About Black Hills Energy
Founded in 1883, Black Hills Energy serves 1.2 million customers in eight states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The company’s utilities are subsidiaries of Black Hills Corporation.
GREEN BONDS & ESG-LINKED LOANS
Like green bonds, ESG-linked loans have been growing over the past few years. Several entities have issued green bonds and taken out ESG-linked loans, mostly in the energy and utility sectors, given the pressure that these industries face to move toward a lower-carbon world. The coronavirus pandemic and its economic impacts may be occupying a great deal of investor attention at the moment, but climate change and sustainability remain high on many investors’ — and companies’ — agendas. Green bonds and their offshoots potentially could offer new opportunities to help make the pandemic recovery greener as well.
- Denver Receives $1,000,000 For Community Solar Gardens, Press Release from the City and County of Denver. Denver has been awarded $1,000,000 to support the city’s Renewable Denver Initiative from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Renewable Energy Challenge grant program. The city’s initiative will equitably accelerate Denver towards its goal of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 by hosting low-cost community solar gardens across municipal properties.
- So, What Exactly Is Community Solar?, Greentech Media
In the first of a new series of explanatory articles, GTM will help you understand what community solar is and how it works.
- Community-Scale/Utility-Scale Solar, Nebraskans for Solar Resource