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Utilities have a problem: the public wants 100% renewable energy, and quick

By David Roberts, Vox Opinion

The Sierra Club notes that so far in the US, more than 80 cities, five counties, and two states have committed to 100 percent renewables. Six cities have already hit the target. The group RE100 tracks 144 private companies across the globe that have committed to 100 percent renewables, including Google, Ikea, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Nike, GM, and, uh, Lego. Read more here.

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League of Conservation Voters News Release:
Over 1,400 Candidates Nationwide Make ‘Clean Energy for All’ Commitment To 100 Percent Clean Energy By 2050

 

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Solar’s growth spreads beyond California, Southwest, American Public Power Association

According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Utility-Scale Solar Report: The solar pipeline is filling up across the nation, but the authors noted the particularly robust growth in locations that previously were not solar hot spots. The central region, for instance, accounted for 27% of the 99.2 GW of solar projects that entered development last year, followed by the Southwest with 19% of the 99 GW, the Southeast with 15% of the total, and Northeast with 12%, while California and Texas each accounted for 11% of the new solar projects.

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Mayors Leading the Way on Climate
Mayors across the country are taking action to address climate change threats by committing to reduce carbon emissions. A nationwide survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions as part of their partnership, the Alliance for a Sustainable Future, demonstrates that cities are pushing ahead their efforts to implement climate programs. The survey also shows that cities are eager to partner with business and other communities to expedite carbon reduction initiatives to meet aggressive goals.

Deloitte: The case for renewables has never been stronger, PV Magazine International. Three key enablers – price and performance parity, grid integration and new technologies – are allowing solar and wind power to compete with conventional sources on price, while matching their performance, says Deloitte. In its new report Global Renewable Energy Trends, the global accounting giant says renewables, which have only recently been recognized as mainstream energy sources, are now becoming the preferred ones.

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Native Americans Fighting Fossil Fuels

By Tracey Osborne, Scientific American

Indigenous people are rejecting oil, coal and gas extraction in favor of renewable energy to save their land, increase employment and fight global warming.

In the U.S. Native American reservations represent only 2 percent of the land but hold approximately 20 percent of the country’s fossil fuel reserves, including coal, oil and gas. Together these fuels are worth some $1.5 trillion, according to the Council of Energy Resource Tribes. Whereas some have called for privatizing and exploiting native lands to unleash the economic potential of fossil fuels, many indigenous leaders from both the U.S. and other countries disagree with this approach. Read the entire article here.

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Xcel Energy receives shockingly low bids for Colorado electricity from renewable sources

Solar and wind generation with storage now competitive with coal power.
Written by Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post

What stands out about the response Xcel received is that wind sources with storage are now cheaper than coal generation, and solar plus storage is now cheaper than about 75 percent of coal generation in the state, according to CarbonTracker. “As far as we know, these are the lowest renewables plus storage bids in the U.S. to date. Click here to read more.

Photo by Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file

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In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy’s insanely cheap future: Even with storage, new renewables beat existing coal, Vox

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Google, Biggest Corporate Buyer of Clean Power, Is Buying More

By Brian Eckhouse, From Climate Changed, Bloomberg News 

Google has now signed enough renewables deals to match all of its energy needs this year, though not all the projects are currently operational. The company has agreed to buy 2,397 megawatts of clean power in the U.S. — and 3,186 megawatts overall, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Amazon.com Inc is the second biggest corporate buyer, with 1,219 megawatts, all in the U.S. Read more here.

Photo: The Block Island Wind Farm in the waters off Block Island, Rhode Island.
Credit: Eric Thayer / Bloomberg

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Turning the promise of solar landfills into reality

Waste Dive guest opinion written by Jesse Grossman, CEO of
New Jersey-based solar energy company Soltage

The promise of utilizing the thousands of closed landfills across the country to produce clean, solar energy has been tantalizingly close to reality for years. In 2013, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) published their best practices for installing solar on municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills, which was a watershed moment in the recognition of landfills as viable solar platforms. With 10,000 closed landfills and other brownfield sites covering 15 million acres across the country, both solar developers and landfill owners have been understandably eager to take advantage of the opportunity. To put that land area into perspective, it’s large enough that if all of the landfills in the US were covered with solar panels we could power the entire country. Read more here.

Image: Landfill Solar Farm. U.S. Department of Energy

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City council explores possibility of solar power, joining Nebraska Community Energy Alliance

By Austin Koeller, Grand Island Independent

The City of Grand Island and the Utilities Department may begin using solar panel in the near future. Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger gave a presentation to the city council as part of a study session Tuesday night, Luchsinger told the council that in the late 1990s, the Utilities Department began exploring wind power and became a minority partner in various wind projects. He added solar power may be the future and the Utilities Department would like to explore its possibility as a renewable energy resource. The Utilities Department plans to potentially do a small, pilot solar project at a site near JBS at the corner of Swift Road and Museum Drive. It would be a one-megawatt project that would provide power to 180 homes on an annual basis. Continue reading.

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Tiny Iowa town considering building 1.42-megawatt solar project on former baseball field

Ty Rushing, Sioux City Journal

The proposed project would save Marathon residents $2 million over 20 years in electric costs and produce 2 million kilowatt hours per year, according to research from Trusted Energy, the Spencer, Iowa-based renewable energy company that has been working with the town since October to develop the project. Read more here.

Photo: Trusted Energy of Spencer, Iowa, has built several solar projects in Northwest Iowa, including this one shown above near Merrill. The renewable energy company is currently working with the city of Marathon, Iowa, to install a 1,400-panel solar farm in the Buena Vista County town of about 237 residents.

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