By Jean Haggerty, PV Magazine
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Americans for a Clean Energy Grid are launching the Macro Grid Initiative to improve the country’s balkanized electricity transmission system and better integrate low-cost renewable energy. Breakthrough Energy, an organization that Bill Gates formed in 2015 to expand clean energy investment and innovation, will provide substantial funding for the initiative. “To respond to the challenge of climate change, we need ambitious investments in our electrical grid. Solar, wind and other renewable energy sources are booming, moving us toward a carbon-free future,” said Gina McCarthy, president and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Continue reading here.
Photo Credit: Nebraska Public Power District
The R-Project in Nebraska: You can learn more about NPPD’s construction of the 345,000-volt transmission line and stay informed on the latest R-Project information here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Investment To Impact: The Next Decade of Cleantech Innovation
CleanTechnica article contributed by Richard Adams, Director of NREL’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center.
- 5 US Clean Energy Projects That Barreled Through the Coronavirus Lockdowns, Greentech Media. Fears that the outbreak would sideswipe the renewable energy market appear overblown so far, and the proof is in the projects.
- 78% to 12% coal: Ind. utility announces renewable shift, E&E News
The electric utility serving southern Indiana’s coal country yesterday announced a plan to transition swiftly from coal to renewable energy as part of a strategy it said would save consumers more than $300 million and slash carbon emissions.
- Enel wants coal exit quickly and its hydrogen 100% green, exec says, Renewables Now
- Enel YouTube video featuring a major project built in our state: Rattlesnake Creek: our first wind farm in Nebraska
- Also Previously Posted: Report says Nebraska in the top five states for wind energy investment, Siouxland Proud
NEW JERSEY’S WIND PORT & THE STATE’S 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY COMMITMENT
- New Jersey aims to grab wind energy leadership with turbine facility, Press Herald
New Jersey is making a bold play to grab a leading share of the growing offshore wind energy industry by building a facility to build and deploy the huge turbine blades needed to operate windmills. Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday the state Economic Development Authority will lead development of the New Jersey Wind Port, whose cost is estimated between $300 million to $400 million, and which could generate $500 million of economic activity a year once it is fully functional.
- New Jersey Wind Port Will Help New Jersey Reach a 100%, Renewable Energy Future, Environment America
UNILEVER’S HOLISTIC CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
Unilever unveils climate and nature fund worth more than $1 billion, GreenBiz
Unilever CEO Alan Jope emphasized the company intended to eschew a sustainability strategy that focused on emissions alone and instead take a holistic approach. “Climate change, nature degradation, biodiversity decline, water scarcity — all these issues are interconnected, and we must address them all simultaneously,” he said.
RE100: Unilever is one of 241 RE100 companies that have made a commitment to go 100% renewable. An increasing number of them are also working with their supply chains to help the companies purchase renewable energy for their own operations, providing an exponential boost to its deployment. Read about the actions RE100 businesses are taking and why here.
REIT HOSTS ROOFTOP COMMUNITY SOLAR
Duke Realty Set To Become New Jersey’s Largest Community Solar Host, Duke Realty News
Duke Realty, the largest domestic-only, pure-play logistics property REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) in the United States, has announced it will host solar projects covering nearly 1 million square feet of roof space across four of its New Jersey industrial sites through a partnership with Solar Landscape. The Clean Energy Act of 2018 established a statewide Community Solar Program in New Jersey. The pilot program allows property owners to lease their rooftops or land to solar developers to construct large solar projects that power their communities. The pilot program is being rolled out over three years.