“With or without this new proposal, solar will continue to grow, power the economy and provide the clean energy that consumers want and the grid needs. When you combine low-cost and low-carbon with technology that continues to get smarter, you can compete in any market and under any regulatory regime. We pledge to work constructively with the administration to develop policies that help American consumers, add American jobs and protect the planet.” – Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association on the Trump administration’s proposal to revise the Clean Power Plan.
EPA’s Clean Power Plan replacement unlikely to have much impact on clean energy, PV Magazine. “All the trends are that we are seeing new demand for and investment in renewable energy, energy storage and distributed energy resources,” Advanced Energy Economy’s General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs Jeff Dennis told pv magazine. “One of the flaws in this rule is that it tends to ignore those trends.”
Utilities are decarbonizing. Will Trump rule change that?, E&E News “Market forces are moving the industry away from coal regardless of the Trump administration’s efforts to bolster the coal industry,” said Amanda Garcia, a staff attorney in the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Nashville, Tenn., office. For the states or electric utilities that have been planning shifts to cleaner generation sources, the Trump’s plan is “putting a thumb on the scale that would not be there otherwise,” despite the administration’s claim that it is not picking winners and losers, Garcia said in an interview with E&E News.
As a new RE100 leadership paper sets out guidance for companies everywhere to show leadership on renewable electricity, The Climate Group talks to Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Vice President of Sustainability, Mars – the first US company to step up and join RE100, back in 2014. Continue readinghere.
Bread & Roses, a community kitchen in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts, is keeping their energy local with their new solar panels installed by ReVision Energy from North Andover. The solar array, completed this past month, is a 6.7-kilowatt system consisting of 46 rooftop panels that will generate approximately 23,000 kilowatt hours per year while also offsetting 24,000 pounds of carbon pollution annually. ReVision Energy, an employee-owned company, was excited to partner with the local non-profit in an effort to transition away from fossil fuels and towards more socially-conscious, sustainable energy.
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. Clickhere to read more.
Sonnen secures €60 million investment from Shell Ventures, PV Magazine Germany-based PV-storage provider sonnen has closed a new funding round from a group of investors led by Shell Ventures. Sonnen has already begun to draw on the funds as it continues to expand market shares in the U.S. and in Australia.
Dedication held for Twin Buttes II wind farm in Prowers County,Lamar Ledger Editor
“The project is 75 megawatts,” commented Lee Boughey with Tri-State Generation. “What Tri-State does is we’ll purchase the power from this project over a 25 year power purchase agreement and that power will be put on our transmission network supplied to our 43 member systems across Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico.”
Businesses are locking in huge savings with renewable PPAs, The Fifth Estate
Globally, companies are finding economic relief and price stability in wind and solar power purchase agreements (PPAs), which are driving corporate engagement on renewables in Australia, the US, Mexico, India and parts of Europe. As of Q1 2018, nearly 20 gigawatts of PPAs have been executed by corporations globally since 2008.
The 478.6-megawatt nuclear reactor, situated about 20 miles north of Omaha, operated as part of OPPD’s generating fleet for 43 years.
But, as the energy market shifted and operating costs continued to challenge the organization, OPPD leadership made the recommendation in May 2016 to cease operations at the site. Concurrent with that, they announced a proposal to freeze general rates through 2021.
Written by Kathiann M. Kowalski, Midwest Energy News
The Trump administration’s shifts in energy and environmental policy likely won’t change the downward trajectory of America’s coal sector, industry experts reported at a panel in Cleveland this week. The program at Case Western Reserve University delved into reasons why the United States’ coal industry has declined and the impacts of legal developments over the last quarter of a century. Click here to continue reading.
Photo: The General James M. Gavin coal plant in southeast Ohio.