By Paul Ciampoli, American Public Power Association
The U.S. wind market will add 14.6 gigawatts of capacity in 2020, according to Wood Mackenzie’s latest North America wind power outlook. The record-setting mark underlines the strength of the 23 GW pipeline Wood Mackenzie has identified as currently under construction or contracted for commercial operation in 2020, the consulting firm said on Sept. 12. The phase out of the Production Tax Credit beginning in 2021 has developers rushing to complete projects in 2020, driving major bottlenecks in both logistics and interconnection queues, Wood Mackenzie said. Continue reading here.
How Much Power is 1 Gigawatt?, U.S. Department of Energy
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Here are the winners and losers on climate policy in 2019, by Bob Keefe, Environmental Entrepreneurs Executive Director. Published by GreenBiz. For the most part, states continue to be beacons of hope lighting and leading the way for our nation on climate and clean energy amid lack of leadership at the federal level. In doing so, the most forward-looking states are creating new jobs in clean energy, driving economic growth and investments — and helping all of us in the fight against climate change. Backed up by cities and regional consortiums, state lawmakers this year made it easier to get renewable energy in some parts of the country.
- SPI Sneak Preview: The Secret Behind Political Organizing in the New Era of Climate Politics, SEIA News Release. While federal policymakers are driving the news cycle, the most meaningful actions are happening at the state and local level. Governors and state legislatures are creating new opportunities to participate in the clean energy economy and are moving us closer to solar comprising 20% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030.
- Three Colorado Fortune 500 companies try to turn might into right — for the environment, Denver Post. All three have set targets for phasing out the use of fossil fuels and reducing their greenhouse-gas emissions. They’re among a growing number of large, multinational corporations that are taking steps to use more clean energy and shrink their carbon footprints. The reasons vary: economics; pressure from employees and investors; demands from customers; looking for a competitive edge; internal beliefs. Or all of the above. For more information about Vail Resorts’ “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint”, visit www.epicpromise.com/zerofootprint.
- Previously Posted: How to view the purchase of wind power by Vail Resorts, by Allen Best, Mountain Town News. Vail’s virtual power-purchase agreement will give it 310,000-megawatt-hours of production annually from the Plum Creek Wind Project near Wayne, Neb., beginning in 2020.
- Hardware brief: Sonnen gets smarter, tariffs biting harder, Vikram Solar’s new modules, more!, PV Magazine. Only a couple of weeks until Solar Power International when we get to see the hardware in person – but for now, you get us! Kern Solar Structures galvanizes their steel well, a delta between 275 and 310 watt modules, and Solis is launching a utility scale inverter in the USA.
- IREC releases updated interconnection guide that includes energy storage for first time, Solar Power World
- The growing concern over stranded assets, GreenBiz
NEW RMI REPORT
The economics guiding U.S. investments in electricity generation have reached a historic tipping point: Combinations of solar, wind, storage, efficiency and demand response are now less expensive than most proposed gas power plant projects, claims new research from independent nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). According to an RMI report, The Growing Market for Clean Energy Portfolios, portfolios of these clean energy resources can provide the same energy and reliability services as traditional gas power plants; the difference is they cost less.
Why building owners should take charge of EV adoption, GreenBiz
The electric vehicle revolution is well underway. According to Bloomberg NEF’s “Electric Vehicle Outlook 2019” report, United States-based EV sales will grow from 2 percent in 2019 to nearly 60 percent in 2040. And more electric cars were sold in the first half of 2018 than all of 2016. Unlike conventional vehicles that refuel only at gasoline stations, EVs charge at many locations, such as at home, at work or in public spaces. But what does EV growth mean for commercial building owners?
INSPIRING EXAMPLE: MIDWEST NET-ZERO ENERGY SCHOOL
ENERGY GANG PODCAST
How America Thwarted a Giant ‘Extension Cord’ for Renewables, Greentech Media
Our guest this week is Russell Gold, author of a new book, “Superpower,” about wind energy pioneer Michael Skelly’s attempt to build one of the most ambitious energy infrastructure projects in recent history — and how he faced nearly every obstacle imaginable. What does Skelly’s journey tell us about America’s diminishing ability to do great things?
QuickBOLT is hiring salespeople in Midwest and East Coast markets, Solar Power World