By Chris Hubbuch, Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin utility regulators granted final approval Thursday for a controversial power line while rebuffing conflict of interest charges from opponents of the nearly $500 million project. At a meeting interrupted by protesters, the Public Service Commission voted unanimously to authorize construction of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line between Dubuque, Iowa, and Middleton in a written order summarizing points the three commissioners agreed to during a hearing in August. Read more here.
Photo: NPPD Transmission Tower
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- In Kansas City, advocates want to boost renters’ access to energy efficiency, Energy News Network. Across the country, the multifamily market has been historically underserved by utility and other efficiency programs, according to a report published in April by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy.
- Eden Prairie earns the gold, ECM Publishers
The City of Eden Prairie has achieved the Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar.
- SolSmart Program
- SPI day 2: Virtual reality, energy storage, big machines, ping pong & more!, PV Magazine. Walking the floor at Solar Power International means swimming in new hardware, smart company representatives, and new ideas. Here are a few.
- Solaredge launches smart modules with integrated power optimizer in Europe, PV Magazine
- All that solar jazz, PV Magazine
As 2019 enters its final quarter, the solar industry continues to face headwinds, even as the markets for solar deployment in Europe, the United States, and Australia remain strong. Paula Mints of SPV Market Research takes us through what to expect up until 2021.
- Sunnova CEO John Berger on the Solar ITC: ‘Extend It and Move On’, Greentech Media Four years ago Sunnova’s CEO did not support extending the ITC. His view has changed amid an abyss of federal leadership on decarbonization.
- Climate Week: Big companies, big commitments, GreenBiz
- Business leaders call out the climate action resisters among them, GreenBiz
- GreenBiz 350 Podcast – Episode 190: Ambition, angst and action at Climate Week, Danone CEO prioritizes biodiversity
- The Stranded Asset Threat to Natural Gas, Greentech Media. This week on The Interchange podcast: Is natural gas the new coal? There are $70 billion worth of natural-gas-fired power plants planned in the U.S. through the mid-2020s. But a combination of wind, solar, batteries and demand-side management could threaten up to 90 percent of those investments.
ENERGY TRANSITION MARKET SECTOR
The energy transition: A $4.3T, underfunded opportunity, contributed article by Kevin Stevens, partner at Intelis Capital, Utility Dive
For context, here are the sizes of popular, fast-growing sectors of technology that you might be familiar with:
- eSports = $1 billion currently, projected $3 billion by 2025
- Total Cryptocurrency Market Cap = $215 billion
- FinTech = $305.7 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of 22.7%
Let that sink in, those are all exciting sectors in their own right and the energy transition is more than 14 times the largest one listed. Other than healthcare ($10.2 trillion), I can’t think of a larger sector opportunity.
Oil and Gas Investor EnCap Muscles Into Energy Storage Business, Greentech Media
Former First Solar CEO Jim Hughes to help lead EnCap’s “energy transition” team, as it readies a push into the battery storage market. This could include large-scale solar-plus-storage projects of the kind that have been cropping up at increasingly competitive prices across the country’s key solar markets such as California, Nevada and Arizona. It could also include pairing wind farms with batteries in key markets, although these are more challenging to finance, given the lack of a clear tax credit mechanism to include batteries with wind, as exists with the federal solar Investment Tax Credit.