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Clean electricity standard lands spot in $3.5 trillion Democratic-backed infrastructure deal

By Scott Voorhis, Utility Dive

The Biden administration wants Congress to pass a clean electricity standard but is also prepared to pursue efforts to push utilities to ratchet down their emissions through the federal regulatory process should a national standard fail to make the final bill, according to Gina McCarthy, the White House’s national climate adviser. McCarthy said the administration believes a national clean energy standard would be more effective in prompting action on part of the utility industry to reduce emissions. Read more here.

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SOLAR TOOL FOR INSTALLERS & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

U.S. Department of Energy Kicks Off ‘Summer of Solar 2021’ With Tool That Fast-Tracks Solar Power For Communities Nationwide, Department of Energy News Release

Washington, D.C.— The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today kicked off the ‘Summer of Solar 2021’ with the nationwide launch of the Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus (SolarAPP+) tool – a free web-based platform that gives local governments the ability to expedite their review and approval of residential solar installation permits. Developed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), SolarAPP+ will drastically reduce barriers to solar deployment, spur community economic development, and advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s clean energy goals.  

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FEATURED REPORTS

The Clean Economy Revolution Will Be Unionized, Center for American Progress
While no state or city government has taken every necessary step to achieve good jobs, climate action and environmental justice, many of them have made important progress—and from this progress, federal lawmakers and lawmakers in other states can derive policy lessons and political momentum. This report offers a recap of some informative state and local actions designed to support good jobs, ensure high-road labor standards, and confront the climate crisis.

Clean Energy Labor Supply Report, American Clean Power Association
Based on two scenarios of renewables deployment — 50% and 70% of electricity generated from renewables by 2030 — the study projects the number of workers that will be needed to meet these goals and highlights those occupations where high demand for workers could result in labor gaps.

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Nebraska has high growth possibilities with wind

Norfolk Daily News

Wind power today is America’s top choice for new power installations and its top renewable energy provider, and Nebraska continues to be one of the fastest growing wind states in the country with some of the greatest potential for further growth. The Wind Powers America annual report for 2019, which was released Thursday, indicates the percentage of electricity share Nebraska receives from wind energy grew to nearly 20 percent, up from 14 percent in 2018. The state also registered the highest average wind energy capacity factors in the nation at 43 percent, and Nebraska ranks as the second fastest growing state for wind energy generation, according to the report. Continue reading here.

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IN NEBRASKA – PREVIOUSLY POSTED IEA ANNOUNCEMENTS

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc. Announces $98 Million Wind Construction Project in Nebraska, Globe Newswire. The award is for construction of the Milligan 1 Wind Farm in Saline County in southeast Nebraska. This is a 300-megawatt project that is expected to provide enough energy to power up to 115,000 homes. The power generated by the project’s planned 99 turbines will be delivered into the Southwest Power Pool electrical grid. Work on the Milligan 1 project [began[ in September with full operation by November 2020. 

Aksamit Resource Management, located in Plano, Texas and Lincoln, Nebraska, is developing the project. Source: Wind Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc. Announces Wind Construction Project Award in Nebraska
The award is for construction of the Thunderhead Wind Project in Antelope and Wheeler counties in Nebraska. The project will consist of 108 GE turbines with 300 megawatts of capacity. The power will be delivered into the Nebraska electrical grid. Work on the project began in November with completion scheduled for September 2020.

Thunderhead Wind Energy LLC in Lincoln, Nebraska is building the wind farm. Source: Wind Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

CLEAN ENERGY JOBS

Repowering The US Economy With Clean Jobs, CleanTechnica
A call-to-action within a new report, “E2: Clean Jobs America,” shows why it’s imperative for lawmakers to focus on clean energy in economic stimulus packages and other policies aimed at restarting the US economy. Clean energy has been one of the US economy’s biggest and fastest-growing employment sectors over the past decade.

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Plug In America’s popular Electric Vehicle Guide, which includes all major EVs available for consumers in the United States, has just been updated.  

GLOBAL NEWS

The world’s energy order is changing — and China is set to reap the strategic benefits, by business reporter Gareth Hutchens, ABC News/Australia

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, countries that have the ability to take advantage of new renewable energy technologies can expect to enhance their global influence and reach in the future. And it has singled out Australia as a potential new energy leader. “Australia’s economically-demonstrated solar and wind energy resources are estimated to be 75 per cent greater than its combined coal, gas, oil and uranium resources.” But it says one country in particular has positioned itself well to dominate strategically in the future. “No country has put itself in a better position to become the world’s renewable energy superpower than China,” it said. “In aggregate, it is now the world’s largest producer, exporter and installer of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and electric vehicles, placing it at the forefront of the global energy transition.”

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