By Edward Klump, E&E News
Bruce Rew, senior vice president of operations at SPP, said the expanded RTO footprint could utilize several grid connections that run from the Western Interconnection to the Eastern Interconnection. The connections are in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. Additional connections could be considered later. SPP’s bid to tie the nation’s main Eastern and Western grid networks together would be a first among existing RTOs. “I think it’s a very significant change in terms of how the electric grid is [operated] and what the potential benefits that closer operation between the Western Interconnection and Eastern Interconnection can provide,” Rew said. Read more here.
NEBRASKA ALSO IN THE NEWS HERE
- BIA Announces Over $6.5 Million in Energy and Mineral Development Grants Awarded to 34 Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations, Red Lake Nation NewsGrant Awards Include: Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska ($29,300.00) – To support its continued efforts to develop and utilize renewable solar energy resources. The objective of this project is to complete a feasibility study, over the course of 12 months, to assess the viability of 11 tribal building rooftops and two tribal land locations as potential sites for solar panel installation. Click here to learn about just some of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska’s previous solar installations, with links to archived news stories.
- The Keystone XL Pipeline Is Dead, but TC Energy Still Owns Hundreds of Miles of Rights of Way, Inside Climate News. When Richard Johnson heard that the Keystone XL pipeline had been canceled earlier this month, he felt a surge of relief. Johnson’s ranch lies directly on the pipeline’s planned route through the sandy plains of eastern Nebraska, and he had been tangling in court with the developer ever since the corporation used eminent domain to condemn a strip of his property in 2019. But relief quickly gave way to confusion and uncertainty when he learned that the condemnation would not necessarily be reversed, even if the pipeline is never built.
- Nebraska to Install Hydrogen-Capable Turbines to Back Up Utility-Scale Solar Installation, Environment+Energy Leader
To meet the U.S. national climate goal of cutting emissions 50% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, as well as the Biden administration’s 2050 net-zero emissions goal, the U.S. will need to scale a range of new clean energy technologies. While proven technologies such as renewable generation and energy efficiency can drive a significant share of the greenhouse gas emission reductions necessary to achieve the U.S. climate target, new technologies are needed to address the remaining hard-to-decarbonize sectors that are important drivers of economic growth in the U.S., such as industry and heavy-duty transportation. Promoting U.S. innovation and competitiveness will require incentives to scale these emerging technologies. One such emerging technology is green hydrogen, which is well-placed to help the U.S. address a range of hard-to-decarbonize sectors.
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- Transparent solar panels for agrivoltaics, PV Magazine
- Solar 101: ‘Goldilocks’ your PV project to make it just right, PV Magazine
Too big? Too small? Just right? Many factors need to be considered when deciding how large or small to make your rooftop solar array.
- Dominion’s Plan for Biggest U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Advances, Bloomberg Green
The announcement comes among a flurry of recent Interior actions designed to help fulfill President Joe Biden’s goal of installing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by the end of the decade.
- American Clean Power Association Statement on Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, ACP News Release
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