Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network
Four Midwestern rural electric cooperatives are installing smart batteries in the homes of a few customers to test whether they can economically reduce peak demand or provide other benefits to customers or their systems. The co-ops came together through a professional association and pooled their purchasing power to buy the batteries, which have built-in management systems that allow them to, for example, monitor energy use.
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Puerto Rico governor signs 100% renewable energy mandate, Utility Dive. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on Thursday signed into law a 100% renewable energy mandate that the hurricane-battered island must meet by 2050. The Public Energy Policy Law of Puerto Rico, passed last month by territory legislators, directs the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to source 40% of its power from renewables by 2025 and cease burning coal in 2028 on its way to 100% renewables. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
- 100% clean electricity in Washington state: Achievable, affordable and reliable, Utility Dive
The following is a contributed article by Adam Maxwell, government relations director at Audubon Washington, with contributions from Caleb Heeringa, Sierra Club; Sean O’Leary, Northwest Energy Coalition; and Vlad Guttman, Climate Solutions.
- It’s official: Chicago will go 100% renewable, PV Magazine
The City Council has approved Mayor Emanuel’s plan to transition the entire city’s electricity supply to renewable energy by 2035, which makes Chicago the largest U.S. city to set a 100%
renewable energy commitment.
- Chicago Commits to 100 Percent Clean Energy, Sierra Magazine
This means that Chicago is now officially a part of the Ready for 100 club, joining 118 other cities across the country that have committed to generating 100 percent energy from clean, renewable sources, and six of which (Aspen, Burlington, Georgetown, Greensburg, Rock Port, and Kodiak Island) have reached their goals.
- Apple Greens Supply Chain With More 100% Renewables Commitments, Greentech Media
The tech giant is pressing suppliers to follow its lead in going all in on solar and wind.
- The Illinois community solar lottery results are in. Did you win?, PV Magazine
Yesterday afternoon, the state of Illinois chose – via algorithm – the solar power projects that will receive the solar renewable energy certificates as required by the state’s Long-Term Renewable Resource Procurement Plan. The results are listed here – and partially below.
- The Solar Bill of Rights passes its first hurdle, PV Magazine
The California Senate Energy Committee has given its 11-0 blessing to a bill enshrining in law the right of citizens to generate their own electricity and participate in wholesale power markets.
- Rapid EV adoption could lower rates for Ill. consumers, American Public Power Association
Under what the report calls “optimized charging” all electric vehicle owners would charge their vehicles between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. “Unmanaged charging” assumes EV owners charge their vehicles between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Under the optimized scenario, the report found that by 2030 all Illinois electricity consumers could save between $238 million and $2 billion in energy costs, between $32 million and $124 million in capacity costs, and between $198 million and $536 million in residential electricity delivery rates.
- Grid modernization is the best new deal, Utility Dive
The following is a contributed article by Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn, USN (ret.) and Roger Sorkin, board member and executive director, respectively, of the American Resilience Project.
ENVIRONMENT AMERICA’S SHINING CITIES 2019 REPORT
The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy: Sixth Annual Environment America Survey
Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 60 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power nearly one in every 11 homes in America. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them. America’s major cities have played a key role in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap tremendous benefits from solar energy. As population centers, they are major sources of electricity demand and, with millions of rooftops suitable for solar panels, they have the potential to be major sources of clean energy production as well.