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Wilbert: Wyoming’s future depends on moving away from coal

Casper Star Tribune Guest Opinion, by Connie Wilbert, a Laramie resident and the director of Sierra Club Wyoming Chapter

It’s time to transition our economy away from a coal industry in permanent decline and make sure that workers have a path forward as market forces move the world away from coal power. Why is it so important that state leaders make transition a priority? In recent weeks we’ve seen numerous examples of what happens when coal executives are left in charge.
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Preparing for the future of electric cars, KOLN, Lincoln

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Does your city want to go 100% Renewable Energy? Here’s how you can fund that, Red, Green, and Blue

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Smart Solar: 8 Surprising Uses of Solar Energy in 2018

Utilities have a problem: the public wants 100% renewable energy, and quick

By David Roberts, Vox Opinion

The Sierra Club notes that so far in the US, more than 80 cities, five counties, and two states have committed to 100 percent renewables. Six cities have already hit the target. The group RE100 tracks 144 private companies across the globe that have committed to 100 percent renewables, including Google, Ikea, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Nike, GM, and, uh, Lego. Read more here.

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League of Conservation Voters News Release:
Over 1,400 Candidates Nationwide Make ‘Clean Energy for All’ Commitment To 100 Percent Clean Energy By 2050

 

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Solar’s growth spreads beyond California, Southwest, American Public Power Association

According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Utility-Scale Solar Report: The solar pipeline is filling up across the nation, but the authors noted the particularly robust growth in locations that previously were not solar hot spots. The central region, for instance, accounted for 27% of the 99.2 GW of solar projects that entered development last year, followed by the Southwest with 19% of the 99 GW, the Southeast with 15% of the total, and Northeast with 12%, while California and Texas each accounted for 11% of the new solar projects.

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Mayors Leading the Way on Climate
Mayors across the country are taking action to address climate change threats by committing to reduce carbon emissions. A nationwide survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions as part of their partnership, the Alliance for a Sustainable Future, demonstrates that cities are pushing ahead their efforts to implement climate programs. The survey also shows that cities are eager to partner with business and other communities to expedite carbon reduction initiatives to meet aggressive goals.

Deloitte: The case for renewables has never been stronger, PV Magazine International. Three key enablers – price and performance parity, grid integration and new technologies – are allowing solar and wind power to compete with conventional sources on price, while matching their performance, says Deloitte. In its new report Global Renewable Energy Trends, the global accounting giant says renewables, which have only recently been recognized as mainstream energy sources, are now becoming the preferred ones.

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If you missed the Clean Energy States Alliance’s webinar, California’s Pioneering Policies for New Homes: Greater Efficiency with Required Solar Energy, slides and a recording of this webinar are now available here. Learn more about Clean Energy States Alliance at: www.cesa.org

Colorado co-op vote sets table for defection from coal power wholesaler

By Mark Olaide, Energy News Network

A Colorado electric cooperative could strike the latest blow against a regional power wholesaler facing complaints that it has moved too slowly in its transition to renewable energy. The Delta-Montrose Electric Association will vote in October on rule changes that would allow another power supplier to help finance its exit from a contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission. The association is among Tri-State’s largest customers, and its defection could heighten the risk of a mass exodus as others are forced to cover a larger share of costs for operating the wholesaler’s infrastructure, including its coal-fired power plants. Read more here.

Map: Tri-State’s 43 co-op members include 6 in Nebraska.


The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report:
A Low-Cost Energy Future for Western Cooperatives, which concluded that transitioning to new solar and wind generation could save Tri-State members $600 million by 2030. In 2017 coal accounted for about half of Tri-State’s generation, according to the report.


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Q&A: Report outlines cost of continued reliance on coal, by Allen Best

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TRANSMISSION ENERGY-LOSS & NEW TOOLS TO REDUCE IT & SAVE CUSTOMERS’ MONEY

Better realtime loss analysis tells utilities where solar, storage DER make sense, by Dan Garvey,
Contributor, Electric Power & Light

Consumers who flip on lights and power up the ever-growing number of devices in their living rooms are receiving electricity from a grid that has to generate two Watts of electricity for every one Watt delivered.  Put another way, the Department of Energy estimates that more than 60 percent of the electricity generated is lost before it is consumed in our homes. Other estimates claim even larger losses.

According to the EIA, distribution system losses alone account for over $19 billion in the U.S. annually, in real physical losses and Unaccounted for Energy (UFE), the costs of which are passed on to all customers. In addition to the economic cost of such inefficiency, the negative environmental impact is substantial. We must do better. And with new tools available, now we can.

Canadian company reboots northern Minnesota solar panel factory

By Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

Ontario-based Heliene, Inc. has begun operations in a 25,000-square-foot factory in Mountain Iron, a city of nearly 3,000 people on Minnesota’s Iron Range, and it plans to hire 130 employees by September . . . Minnesota’s growing community solar garden program, the largest in the country, has been a boon for the company, and Illinois may represent the next big market for Heliene.  Read more here.

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WEC Energy bets on solar, wind and natural gas. So, what about coal?, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Public Service, the subsidiary of WEC Energy Group that operates in northeastern Wisconsin, and Madison Gas and Electric plan to invest a total of $390 million to buy 300 megawatts of generating capacity — enough electricity for more than 70,000 residential customers — in two solar power projects . . . WEC also plans to invest $424 million in wind projects in Illinois and Nebraska that will sell power to other companies.

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FEATURED RESOURCE: LOW-INCOME SOLAR POLICY GUIDE

The Low-Income Solar Policy Guide was originally developed and launched in 2016 by nonprofits GRID AlternativesVote Solar, and the Center for Social Inclusion, to help drive the proposal and adoption of new low-income solar policies and programs, both as stand-alone efforts and as part of broader renewable energy programs. GRID Alternatives and Vote Solar are current contributing partners to the Guide. It is meant to be a tool for policymakers, community leaders and others who are working on solar access at the federal, state and local level.
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NEW EV ANALYSIS

Electric vs. Diesel vs. Natural Gas: Which Bus is Best for the Climate?, by Jimmy O’Dea, Vehicles Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

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Solar Is Saving Low-Income Households Money in Colorado. It Could Be a National Model.

By Dan Gearing, Inside Climate News

Colorado is emerging as a national model for how to expand renewable energy to low-income homes. The state has been pursuing low-income solar programs since 2015, and it’s on track to have 20 megawatts installed by the end of 2019 as those programs ramp up. The total is the combination of several programs that, working with utilities and charitable organizations, provide rooftop installations and community solar arrays to help customers save money. One key to Colorado’s success is that much of the rooftop solar work is being run by county and regional weatherization offices that already provide insulation and other energy efficiency services. Read more here.

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UNL inching toward setting greenhouse gas reduction goals

By Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star

No longer does UNL use a coal-fired power and heating plant built at 14th and W streets in 1930 (now the site of the City Campus utility plant), giving the university an advantage over the University of Iowa, University of Illinois and others within the Big Ten still generating electricity on their campuses and expanding their carbon footprint. UNL instead purchases 100 percent of its electricity to power lights and computers, charge cellphones and run other equipment through Lincoln Electric System, which in turn buys power from the Southwest Power Pool and Western Area Power Administration. Read the entire article here.

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NV Energy Contracts to Build More Than 1,000MW of New Solar, 100MW of Battery Storage

Julia Pyper, Greentech Media

The plan represents the largest clean energy investment in Nevada’s history—as the state contemplates moving to an open, competitive retail electricity market. Read more here.

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2018’s Most Efficient Solar Panels

Electricity prices plunge with more renewables, study says

By David Ferris, E&E News, Wyoming Business Report

The study released by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory modeled how high penetration of solar and wind power — from 40 to 50 percent — would affect system operators in New York, the Great Plains, California and Texas . . . The study looked at four system operators: the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the California Independent System Operator and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), all of which neatly cover their home states. It also modeled the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which encompasses part or all of five wind-rich states: Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Click here to read more.

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Wind power poised for record year, despite initial tax law concerns

By Peter Maloney, Top Floor Power, Utility Dive

  • The number of contracts signed for wind power projects hit a record of 3,500 MW in Q1 2018, according to the American Wind Energy Association, signaling that 2018 should be a strong year for the renewable resource.
  • There are now 33,449 MW of wind projects under construction or in advanced development in the U.S., a 40% increase from last year and the highest level since AWEA began compiling the metric at the beginning of 2016.

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Nebraska Wind Projects, AWEA

  • Installed wind capacity: 1,415 MW
    State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 778
    State rank for number of wind turbines: 17th
  • Wind projects online: 22 (Projects above 10 MW: 15)
  • Wind capacity under construction: 732 MW
  • Wind capacity in advanced development: 726 MW

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Juhl Energy’s Journey from Utility-Scale Wind to Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge
Capitalizing on its experience in distributed wind, solar and cogeneration systems, the company has moved into hybrid, commercial, industrial and community microgrids that range from under 2 MW to in excess of 5 MW.

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Iowa university to install NEXTracker solar+storage power plant

By Chris Crowell, Solar Builder Magazine

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Iowa-based Ideal Energy is constructing a 1.1 MW power plant at the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, using the NEXTracker NX Flow integrated solar-plus-storage system. The project will be built on University land and, when completed, it is projected to be one of the largest solar-plus-storage power plants in the state, producing enough energy to cover nearly a third of the University’s annual electricity usage. In addition to those savings, NX Flow will use peak-shaving to significantly reduce MUM’s utility bill during high-demand times. Read more here.

RELATED: Massachusetts’ first community solar plus storage project now operational,
by Chris Crowell

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the progress made by more than 900 public and private-sector organizations that are driving energy efficiency in the U.S. economy through their participation in the Better Buildings Initiative. Moreover, partners across the Better Buildings Initiative are sharing their innovative approaches and successful strategies to accelerate the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices. The 2018 Better Buildings Progress Report released today highlights this progress in the commercial, industrial, residential and public sectors to improve energy productivity.

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