By Matt Olberding, Lincoln Journal Star
If the Lancaster County Board wants to loosen rules regulating wind farms hoping to build turbines here, members will do so without support of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission. The six commissioners present Wednesday voted unanimously to recommend clarifying rules requiring a third party to perform any necessary noise studies but voted against changes recommended by the Planning Department. Continue reading here. Requires digital subscription.
Local View: Revisiting wind rules, by John Hansen and Ken Haar, Lincoln Journal Star
John Hansen is president of the Nebraska Farmers Union. Senator Ken Haar served in the Legislature from 2009 to 2016.
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Alliant Energy Donates Solar Blocks to Habitat for Humanity, Renewable Energy Magazine
- Michigan solar ruling could expand the role of residential energy storage, Energy News Network
- Detroit affordable housing project will give renters benefits of solar ownership, Energy News Network
- In Minnesota, key energy lawmakers see potential despite divided Legislature, Energy News Network
- These 3 US cities, all in red states, are green energy leaders, Electrek
- Avangrid unleashes 155MW of South Dakota wind, reNEWS
- Silicon Ranch selects Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives to construct 100 MW of solar in Georgia, PV Magazine. The project is being constructed to help support Facebook’s data center in Newton County, Georgia, and represents the solar partners’ second such project.
- Former Houston landfill set to become the country’s largest urban solar project, PV Magazine
- On a former brownfield site, an environmentally friendly Newburyport rental community grows, Boston.Com. Purposefully designed to address the three largest drivers of CO2 emissions — housing, food, and transportation — the 4.5-acre site will eventually include 48 market-rate one-, two-, and three-bedroom rental units and, unusually, an affordable 10-room communal shared-kitchen residence. Another unusual amenity is its onsite community-supported agriculture.
UNIQUE SOLAR CUSTOMER INCENTIVE
Con Edison Can ‘Connect’ Customers With Solar Energy And Savings, News Release, Consolidated Edison Company of New York
Con Edison is offering, free of charge, a device that can save upwards of $1,000 for a residential customer installing a new solar array. The Smart ConnectDER, built by ConnectDER, Con Edison’s partner on the project, allows the customer to avoid the cost of upgrading the circuit breaker panel. It also eliminates the need for excessive electrical boxes on the side of the home.
ConnectDER News Release
GTM’S ENERGY GANG PODCAST
This week on The Energy Gang: we dig into an analysis showing how local distributed resources are a cheaper way to build out the future grid.
FEATURED SOLAR+STORAGE GUIDE
This guide addresses commonly asked questions about solar PV and battery storage technologies. It is based on the results of a survey identifying the most common knowledge gaps around solar and energy storage. The information presented in the guide focuses primarily on customer-sited, behind-the-meter solar+storage installations, though much of the information is relevant to other types of projects as well, including storage-only projects and front-of-the-meter solar+storage projects. It is meant to serve as a starting point to establish a foundation of knowledge and understanding for individuals and organizations beginning to explore solar+storage options for their homes, businesses, or community facilities.
Shell Says Hydrogen Is Heavy Transport’s Future. What Now for Biofuels?, Greentech Media
A Deloitte report commissioned by Shell finds that the heavy-freight sector is increasingly planning for a switch to hydrogen. The study, carried out by global accountancy firm Deloitte on Shell’s behalf, questioned 158 executives in the road freight sector in 22 different countries. Of those asked, 70 percent ranked decarbonization as a top-three concern for their business. Many participants interviewed for the Getting into Gear report said they expect hydrogen to be commercially viable in just five to 10 years.