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Beatrice moves toward wind energy

By Alex Zorn, Beatrice Daily Sun

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The city of Beatrice is taking the first step in planning a local wind power generation facility. The City Council approved an application at its Monday meeting for Nebraska Public Power District to do a review of electrical capacity and transmission, in order to assess the feasibility of a wind generation facility. The application was originally recommended by the Board of Public Works at a prior meeting and is the first step in what will be an ongoing process. Click to read more. 

Photo: Wind-farm turbine near the small, centrally-located city of Broken Bow. Credit: Caroline Jezierski

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Refining Nebraska’s approach to economic development, Plattsmouth Journal / Fremont Tribune
6 Signs The Big Global Switch To Solar Has Already Begun, Oil Price.Com
Solar Working for All Americans, Solar Energy Industries Association Blog
10 Reasons Why We Love Community Solar, Forbes
Iowa City Climate Action Plan: Creating a Regenerative City In The Heartland, Huffington Post
Hundreds Rally in Chicago to Support the EPA’s Clean Energy Incentive Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
How Electrifying Railroads Could Help Us Transition from Fossil Fuels and Power Rural Economies, In These Times / Rural America Post
How Kansas City became the EV mecca of the Midwest, ClimateWire, E&E Publishing
Electric Vehicles: How to make a clean car even cleaner, ClimateWire, E&E Publishing
Tesla and SolarCity to Combine, SolarCity Media Release
Alliant Energy Announces $1 Billion Wind Project, Transmission & Distribution World Magazine
Alliant pursues wind energy plans in Wisconsin after major Iowa wind investment, Utility Dive
An Energy Storage Mandate Could Be Coming Soon to Massachusetts, Greentech Media
Energy Storage Procurement Guidance Documents for MunicipalitiesClean Energy States Alliance
Report Release: An Integrative Business Model for Net Zero Energy Districts, Rocky Mountain Institute  

New Analysis Shows Minnesota Can Save Millions AND Cut Carbon Pollution

Written by Sam Gomberg, Union of Concerned Scientists Blog

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A new UCS analysis released today shows that strengthening Minnesota’s commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency will drive billions in capital investments, reduce carbon emissions, and lead to significant cost savings on consumer electricity bills through 2030. Further, by setting a cap on carbon emissions and auctioning off carbon allowances, the state could generate more than $200 million in annual revenues that could be used to further reduce electricity bills or be reinvested for the benefit of Minnesotans. Read more here.

Sam Gomberg is an energy analyst and an expert on responsible energy policies that support the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency resources.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Report suggests Minnesota aim beyond Clean Power Plan target, by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News 

Clean Power Plan: After the stay: Where all 50 states stand, by Elizabeth Harball and Emily Holden, E&E Publishing  

On the cusp of a boom, “soft costs” pose a challenge for solar

By Umair Irfan, E&E Reporter

UAirfanThe technology behind solar power continues to ramp up in performance and drop in price. As it does so, the soft costs — permitting, financing, installation — are making up a bigger portion of the price tag for new projects . . . As a result, the biggest advances in the solar sector over the next years may not come from more efficient photovoltaics, but rather from simpler permitting rules and better business models for renewable energy.

Read more here.

WHAT LOCAL NEBRASKA GOVERNMENTS CAN DO

Local Nebraska governments interested in reducing the soft costs of installing solar in your communities can now apply to the new Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) program.Solar Powering America By Recognizing Communities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative selected The Solar Foundation to lead a $10.3 million solar technical assistance effort for local governments, through the Department’s Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) Program. The combined technical assistance and designation program efforts seek to reduce solar energy’s soft costs in 300 communities over the next 3 years.

“Local governments are uniquely positioned to take action to make solar more affordable in their jurisdictions and to unlock the economic development benefits associated with increased solar deployment. We look forward to assisting local governments in tackling soft cost barriers and growing their solar footprint in order to further benefit their constituents.”
– Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation

Press Release: http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/press-release-sparc-tap-award/

Communities that take steps that signal they are “open for business” for solar may receive technical assistance and national recognition through this new U.S. Department of Energy-supported program and designation as a “solar ready community.” The program will recognize communities that are taking steps to reduce barriers to solar adoption and foster the growth of mature solar markets.

Read more here: http://www.gosparc.org/new-blog/?mc_cid=1322d6ff99&mc_eid=817c56e651

Apply for the SPARC “Early Adopters” Campaign here: www.gosparc.org/take-action-1

Contact Philip Haddix, Program Director at The Solar Foundation Email: phaddix@solarfound.org / Telephone: 202-469-3743  

Please share this information with government leaders in your community and encourage them to apply to the “Early Adopters” Campaign.