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Solar beats gas when utilities use all-source procurements

By William Driscoll, PV Magazine

With an all-source procurement, a utility solicits bids to identify the costs of solar, wind and storage, which can be “significantly less expensive than new gas,” as an Indiana utility found. A clean energy group calls for state regulators to require all-source procurements, for the vertically integrated utilities that serve half the country. The report’s authors are offering a webinar to discuss their findings on Thursday, April 30. The report is titled “Making the most of the power plant market: Best practices for all-source electric generation procurement.” The ten case studies are presented in an appendix. The authors are John D. Wilson, Mike O’Boyle, Ron Lehr and Mark Detsky. Read more here.

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DISTRIBUTED WIND & MICROGRIDS

Struggling Distributed Wind Sector Eyes Role in Microgrids Market, Greentech Media
Makers of small wind turbines have been crushed by solar energy. New R&D funding and a possible role in microgrids keep the sector hopeful.

WOODEN WIND TOWERS

First Wooden Wind Power Tower Erected In Sweden, Renewable Energy Magazine
The wind towers in wood can be built at a significantly lower cost than steel, which lowers the production cost of the wind power-generated electricity. The carbon dioxide absorbed by trees as they grow is stored in the wooden towers, which means that the wind turbines are climate neutral right from the start.

EV NEWS

Cincinnati wants to build country’s largest municipal solar array

 By WLWT

The array would cover up to 150 acres of city property, including Lunken Airport, and help power things like the police department and City Hall. City officials hope to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035. Read more here.

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“Solar Spring Break” Connects Students With Clean Power In Underserved Communities

By Glenn Meyers, CleanTechnica

All-women engineering team from UNR Oroville, California, Solar Spring Break 2015

All-women engineering team from UNR – Oroville, California 2015

In the 2016 “Solar Spring Break,” over 100 students from 10 US colleges will be taking on the task of installing rooftop solar for low-income families, and learning as they work.

The program runs through March 25. Students will connect with clean energy at Solar Spring Break — an alternative spring break program hosted by GRID Alternatives.

Teams of 10–12 students will travel to different sites in California and Colorado, where they will spend a week learning about solar array design, installing rooftop residential systems, and meeting with solar industry employers. Most participating students have taken solar or sustainability courses and tentatively expect to join the clean energy industry upon graduation.

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ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report, “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want”

OUR OPINION: South Sioux City’s energy strategy deserves praise

South Sioux City senior code official Kent Zimmerman demonstrates the electric-car charging station in front of City Hall. The northeast Nebraska city has four electric cars, part of its push to use more renewable energy. Photo by Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

South Sioux City senior code official Kent Zimmerman demonstrates the electric-car charging station in front of City Hall. The northeast Nebraska city has four electric cars, part of its push to use more renewable energy. Photo by Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

Editorial Board, Sioux City Journal

Citizens should appreciate efforts by city government in South Sioux City, Neb., to, through a creative and diversified energy strategy, save them money by reducing their electricity costs, support the state’s important renewable energy industry and protect the environment.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
South Sioux City embraces electric cars, wind, solar options, by Mike Bell, Sioux City Journal