Rocky Mountain Institute News Release
Corporate renewable energy procurement has set a new single-year record for new capacity of announced wind and solar deals in 2018, the Business Renewables Center (BRC), a membership program at Rocky Mountain Institute, reported in its updated corporate-backed renewable energy procurement deal tracker.
“The record number of companies successfully pursuing renewable energy this year sends a clear signal that environmental sustainability is a serious priority for business leaders across the economy,” said Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute. “These companies aren’t going to wait for public policy on climate issues to catch up—they are taking the initiative to
accelerate toward a prosperous, low carbon economy.” Read more here.
RMI offers playbook to support non-wires projects, American Public Power Association
IN NEBRASKA / THE MIDWEST
One for the Books: The Biggest Corporate Renewable Deals of 2018,
Energy Manager Today. Facebook: The BRC found that the social media giant signed 20 renewable contracts totaling 1,894.5 MW in 2018, which tops all the corporate deals the BRC tracked in 2016 put together. Those deals included a power purchase agreement with Enel Green Power North America in March for energy from Enel’s planned 320 MW
Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Nebraska.
- Wind Dominates First-Quarter Midwest Power Project Starts, Completions, an Industrial Info News Alert, PR Newswire. Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) is tracking nearly $6 billion in Power Industry projects that are planned to start or be completed in the U.S. Midwest market region in first-quarter 2019. The Midwest includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska,
North Dakota and South Dakota. Wind power dominates these projects in terms of project
value. Iowa, with more than $1.8 billion in planned starts and completions, leads in terms of project value.
- County Board OKs higher wind turbine noise limits for participating landowners, Lincoln Journal Star
- Illinois Wind Farm Now Operating, Supplying Power to Bloomberg LP and GM, Energy Manager Today
ALSO IN THE NEWS
Wind and Solar Are Revitalizing Rural America, by Grant Smith, Senior Energy Policy Advisor, Environmental Working Group
The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports that solar companies are streaming into Illinois and partnering with farmers to lease some of their land for solar projects. But this is not happening only in Illinois. Across the nation, wind and solar investments are revitalizing rural economies, providing a boost to the ups and downs of farm income.
- Solar Energy Installer Freedom Forever continues rapid growth with $110 million in revenue in 2018, PR Newswire. Freedom Forever has been among the fastest growing energy companies in the United States with 3000% revenue growth over the last three years. So far, the company has installed solar systems on more than 10,000 homes in California, Arizona and Nevada and installed a total of 26 Megawatts of solar capacity in 2018. In November, Freedom Forever
expanded operations to Colorado and looks forward to continuing to expand into several additional states in 2019.
- Colorado Launches Clean Energy Fund Modeled After Green Banks, North American Windpower
- D.C. Council Green-Lights 100% Renewable Energy Goal, North American Windpower
- Why more suburbs are going after a SolSmart designation, Daily Herald
If you want to install solar panels for your house or business, you’re likely to find a faster and more user-friendly permitting process if your community has earned a SolSmart designation.
- New York officially ups its energy storage goal: 3 GW by 2030, PV Magazine
With the passage of twin initiatives, New York has set an ambitious plan to raise its energy
storage capacity to 1.5 GW by 2025 and 3 GW by 2030.
- Solar + wind + storage makes for a DC-powered microgrid, PV Magazine
- President’s Council Urges Solar & Microgrid Use For Energy Security, CleanTechnica
- The outlook is sunny for solar in 2019, according to Credit Suisse, PV Magazine
Not for lack of ideas: an interview with NREL’s Dr, Peter Green, PV Magazine
In this interview pv magazine talks with the chief research officer at the United States’ foremost clean energy laboratory about the work that NREL has been doing, and what to expect for the
future of electricity and transportation.
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