By Tim Sylvia, PV Magazine
RE100, the coalition of the world’s largest companies committed to becoming 100% renewably powered experienced a banner year in 2019, growing by over a third, with 40% of that growth coming from Asia and the South Pacific. Now, with over 200 members, the cumulative electricity demand of RE100 participants, if taken as one country, would be 21st in the world, at 228 TWh/year. Read more here.
Almost every American supports the extension of clean energy tax incentives, Smart Energy International. The study was conducted by Global Strategy Group and has found that:
- Americans overwhelmingly support extending tax incentives for clean energy and would change their vote based on the issue. 89% of voters support the extension.
- 95% of Democrats, 86% of Independents and 83% of Republicans support the government’s extension of clean energy tax incentives.
ENERGY STORAGE NEWS & REPORT
- US storage market value to surge 737% by 2024, driven mostly by utility projects: Woodmac, Utility Dive. The U.S. energy storage market continued its growth streak in the third quarter of 2019, with a 93% year-over-year increase in megawatt-hours of storage deployed, but the dollar value of the market is set to explode by more than 700% over the next five years, according to the newest Wood Mackenzie U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, released Tuesday.
- NV Energy Gets Green Light for Massive Solar-Battery Projects, Greentech Media
Nevada regulators approve a plan for 1.2 GW of solar backed by gigawatt-hours’ worth of energy storage capacity.
- Brattle Economists Release Study on Future Market for Solar-Plus-Storage Energy Resources,
NEBRASKA IN THE NEWS HERE
Clean B.C. is quietly using coal and gas power from out of province. Here’s why, The Narwhal
Behind the sheen of its CleanBC program, the province holds back hydro power to instead import cheap electricity from 12 states including Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska and Montana which generate 55 to 90 per cent of their power from coal.
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Power in numbers: LPEA not alone in bid for buyout cost from Tri-State, The Durango Telegraph
- Gov. Polis on Colorado’s Quest for a Clean Grid — and Where Storage Fits In, Greentech Media
- Two Midwest utility execs explain why they’re betting on renewables, Yale Climate Connections Video. “Wind is quickly becoming the new baseload.”
- GM building $2 billion dollar electric vehicle battery factory in Ohio, PV Magazine
BIFACIAL SOLAR PANELS
Whiplash: Bifacial Solar Modules to Retain US Tariff Exemption, Greentech Media
In a win for project developers, a court blocked the Trump administration from withdrawing a tariff exemption for imported bifacial solar modules.
- 12 Strategies to Step Up Global Energy Efficiency, News Release, Renewable Energy Magazine
A drastic reduction in global energy use will be essential for an affordable and manageable transition to a renewables-based clean energy future, according to a joint 12-strategies report today by the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and the India-based Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy. The report offers recommendations to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency.
- Previously Posted ACEEE Report: Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050
- Resource for Individual Action: Energy Savings At Home: Energy Star
GTM POLITICAL CLIMATE PODCAST
Big Oil on Trial: Where the Climate Lawsuits Currently Stand, Greentech Media
In this episode of Political Climate, we speak to UCLA law professor Ann Carlson and journalist Emily Atkin about litigation that could cost fossil fuel companies billions.
FEATURED CLIMATE INITIATIVE
The U.S. Climate Alliance represents 55 percent of the U.S. population and an $11.7 trillion economy – an economy larger than all countries but the United States and China. The climate and clean energy policies in Alliance states have attracted billions of dollars of new investment and helped create more than 1.7 million clean energy jobs, over half the U.S. total. The Alliance is demonstrating that climate leadership and economic growth go hand-in-hand.
NATURAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
- Capturing the opportunities of natural climate solutions, GreenBiz
Companies are working with nature to reach their corporate carbon targets. Sponsored article by Michèle Zollinger, the Quantis expert on accounting for land-related emissions and opportunities along corporate supply chains.
- GreenBiz Archived Webcasts Include: “Natural Climate Solutions: Tap into the Opportunities”
SOLAR SCHOOLS & POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS
Standard Solar, Inc. is now supporting Richmond Public Schools with a 2.9-megawatt solar project that should be completed this year. “Energy management with education and local engagement is a powerful combination and with less funding being allocated to schools year over year, public school administrators must find innovative means to deliver programs,” explained John Finnerty, director of business development for Standard Solar. “With our smart project financing, solar expertise and local engagement, we can provide the funding to make implementing a solar energy program without capital expenditure possible, all while equipping schools for a brighter future.”
- Editorial: PPAs offer a financial bright side for our schools, Richmond Times-Dispatch
- SEIA Resource: Solar Power Purchase Agreements