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Aggressive clean energy bill would push Illinois to 100% renewables by 2050

By Kari Lydersen, Energy News Network

An ambitious energy bill introduced Thursday in Illinois would mandate the state shift to
entirely renewable energy by mid-century with an emphasis on job creation and equity. The
Clean Energy Jobs Act (HB 3624/SB 2132) grew out of listening sessions held statewide last year
by environmental and energy groups that are members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition.

The coalition says the bill will expand on and address shortcomings in the implementation of the Future Energy Jobs Act, passed with much fanfare in 2016. They say it would create four
times as much wind and solar power as FEJA, enough to power 4 million homes through
40 million solar panels and 2,500 wind turbines. Continue reading here.

Daniel Schwen / Wikimedia Commons Photo

Related: Vote Solar Announces Support for Clean Energy Jobs Act to Bring 100% Clean Energy to Illinois

MORE 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS

Mills sets goal to fight climate change: 100% renewable electricity by 2050, The Portland Press Herald
Gov. Janet Mills outlined an extensive climate agenda on Thursday,
pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, work toward 100
percent renewable electricity generation and to work with other
governors on regional solutions. Mills said she joined a coalition of
more than 20 governors committed to pursuing the goals of the Paris
Agreement on climate. 
U.S. Climate Alliance Website

BOOSTING RENEWABLE ENERGY’S VALUE

Cost-Effective Solutions for Boosting Solar Farm Production, Power Magazine. According to Berkeley Lab, solar trackers accounted for 80% of installations in 2017, among projects larger than five megawatts. By following the sun, output can be boosted by 20%, increasing capacity factors and lowering the production cost of electricity. Photo: Fremont’s first of two solar farms installed by GenPro Energy Solutions, both with sun trackers.

Google’s DeepMind Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Wind Farm Energy Output 36 Hours in Advance, Fortune
According to the company, DeepMind’s predictions have boosted the value of Google’s wind energy by roughly 20%.

Google Blog Post: Machine learning can boost the value of wind energy
Based on these predictions, our model recommends how to make optimal hourly delivery
commitments to the power grid a full day in advance. This is important, because energy sources that can be scheduled (i.e. can deliver a set amount of electricity at a set time) are often more valuable to the grid. About DeepMind for Google

Previously Posted Article: Google announces plans to build data center in Nebraska; signs point to Omaha area, Omaha World-Herald 

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How to Get a Job in the Clean Energy Economy
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Year-End Reflections and Predictions From a Solar Veteran

Vote Solar’s Adam Browning offers up his picks for the most
important trends of 2018. Published by Greentech Media.

In 2002, when solar was $9 a watt, I co-founded an advocacy organization to bring solar into the mainstream. Solar’s made a lot of progress since then, and 2018 feels like a crucial year in many ways, with some key successes and pivotal developments.

Here’s my list of the most important stories in solar in 2018, and predictions for 2019.

Continue reading here.

SEIA Raises Doubts About Trump Administration’s Proposed Climate Rule

Solar Energy Industries Association Media Release 

“With or without this new proposal, solar will continue to grow, power the economy and provide the clean energy that consumers want and the grid needs. When you combine low-cost and low-carbon with technology that continues to get smarter, you can compete in any market and under any regulatory regime. We pledge to work constructively with the administration to develop policies that help American consumers, add American jobs and protect the planet.”  – Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association on the Trump administration’s proposal to revise the Clean Power Plan.

Read the entire release here.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Midwest Utilities Contemplate a Future Less Reliant on Coal

By Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media

The Midwest has long been a wind energy hub. Now, an increasing number of the region’s utilities are turning away from baseload coal and contemplating a future that relies heavily on clean energy. Utilities in states such as Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin and Michigan have recently announced goals to pivot towards cleaner resources. In Kansas, newly-joined Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy (also known as Kansas City Power & Light) — now collectively known as Evergy — laid out a plan to retire a handful of old coal plants this fall and begin cleanup of the leftover coal ash. An executive of the company, John Bridson, told the area’s NPR affiliate that “it’s time to retire older, less-efficient fossil fuel plants.” Continue reading here.

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Energy

ALSO IN THE NEWS

NEW REPORT
Inclusive Solar Finance Framework, released today by the nonprofit organization Vote Solar, provides a guide for policymakers, advocates, the solar industry, community groups, and financial organizations to address the barriers faced by up to 78 million low-income or low-credit score households and ways to make solar more accessible for all.

Indiana solar, solar+storage comes in at low prices

By John Weaver, PV Magazine USA

Indiana solar, solar+storage comes in at low prices

Also written by John Weaver

  • Texas power grid begging for solar power
    ERCOT has set mid-day demand records and touched pricing maximums over the past week as summer heat broke state records – all of which creates tremendous opportunities for solar.
  • Big oil going big solar

Big oil going big solar

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No Longer a Novelty, Clean Energy Technologies Boom All Across the US

By Julia Pyper, Greentech Media

Today, renewable energy is taking off in virtually every state in the nation. A new report and interactive map released this week by Environment America takes stock of U.S. clean energy progress to date. It finds that leadership is no longer concentrated in select parts of the country, but that it is distributed across states with varying economic and democratic makeups. “You’re seeing an evolution that’s happening everywhere; and it will be interesting to see what will happen 10 years from now,” [Rob Sargent, energy program leader at Environment America] said. The “Renewables on the Rise” report highlights how much has changed in a relatively short period of time, which can be easy to forget.

Read more here.

According to the report, Nebraska is 10th in the nation in wind-energy development. 

What India’s Solar Tariff Exemption Could Mean for the US Market

By Julia Pyper, Greentech Media

The market impact from new solar tariffs announced earlier this week is shaping up to be less severe than it could have been. But while analysts don’t expect solar cell and module prices to skyrocket, some big business decisions will be made in the coming weeks and months around the modest price increase — which has prompted a series of questions around how, exactly, the new tariffs will be implemented. One of the interesting pieces of information revealed in trade documents obtained by GTM this week is that crystalline silicon solar products from India are not subject to the new tariffs. Click here to read the full article.

Photo Credit: Adani, the largest cell and module manufacturer in India.
Additional information should become available in the coming days, with the tariffs scheduled to take effect on February 7. On February 22, the USTR will release the rules for companies seeking exemptions from the tariffs. The possibility of an exemption is particularly significant for San Jose-based SunPower, which announced this week it is canceling $20 million in investment as a result of the tariffs.

New Tax Bill Offers Unexpected Benefits to Commercial Solar Installations

By Samuel Adeyemo, Greentech Media

The commercial solar industry entered the holiday season with an unexpected policy gift from Washington. The new tax plan passed by Congress introduced two provisions favorable for commercial solar installations: a reduction in the corporate tax rate and the expansion of depreciation allowances. Click here to continue reading.

Photo: Telesis Inc’s net-zero-energy business complex in Lincoln’s Haymarket

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
SEIA Announces Release of Two Documents to Open Commercial & Industrial Solar, Solar Energy Industries Association Press Release 

Was 2017 the Year Global Energy Giants Went All-In on the Distributed Energy Revolution?

By Jeff St. John, Greentech Media

Over the past year, we’ve seen a number of major European energy companies — and some Japanese, American and Israeli ones as well — buy into the proposition that providing distributed energy technologies and services to their customers will be a significant part of their
futures . . . Here’s our month-by-month breakdown of the major acquisitions of the year.
Read more.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
U.S. renewables replace coal and gas in 2017, by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine

Solar Will Dominate Globally. Let’s Make Sure the US Industry Profits From It

By Nat Kreamer, outgoing board of directors chair at the Solar Energy
Industries Association. He’s also the CEO of Spruce Financing.
Posted on Greentech Media.

Since 2013, I have had the honor of leading the SEIA board of directors as its chairman and vice chairman, working with many members from all sectors of our industry to win critical policy fights and shape the future for solar and the technologies that complement it. Thank you to the board, the SEIA team and member companies for working together to make solar stronger. Next month marks the planned completion of my time as chairman, following a successful CEO selection and on-boarding of Abby Hopper, who is an outstanding leader for the SEIA team. Tom Starrs, vice chairman, dear friend and partner in leading the board, will become the acting chairman. Based on what I have learned over the last four years, please accept these recommendations for the future . . . Continue reading.