By Elena Shao, New York Times
Building and operating renewable energy projects has long been cheaper than fossil fuel plants. The barrier “is not economics anymore,” said Joseph Rand, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which conducts research on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. “The hardest part is securing the interconnection and transmission access.” This makes old coal plants an attractive option as sites for renewable energy projects. Not only are the old plants already wired into the transmission system, they also have substations, which help convert electricity to a supply that’s suitable for use in homes and businesses. Read more here.
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY NEWS RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), today announced a slate of new initiatives and $56 million in funding, including $10 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to spur innovation in solar manufacturing and recycling. Together, the funding will help make clean energy more affordable and reliable, create good-paying jobs, and enhance U.S. economic growth and competitiveness. Developing more solar power, the cheapest form of new electricity supply, is key to achieving President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035. “This administration wants to seize U.S. leadership in solar energy, from manufacturing to recycling, and that means making the right investments to ensure these technologies are made right here at home,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Xcel taps Colorado leader to help prepare utility for carbon-free future, Energy News Network
In an interview with the Energy News Network, Xcel Energy’s new chief planning officer Alice Jackson talks about the potential role of storage, hydrogen and nuclear as the utility tries to zero out its carbon emissions. NFS Note: Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electric and natural gas company, providing energy to customers in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.
- In wake of Supreme Court ruling, we must go full steam ahead to reduce methane pollution, Environmental Defense Fund
- There’s big money in recycling materials from solar panels, PV Magazine
Recycling solar panels keeps them out of landfills, but also provides much-needed raw materials with Rystad Energy projecting a value approaching $80 billion by 2050.
- How two college friends launched a company that has helped save 32 terawatt hours of energy and more than $3 billion in energy bills, CNBC
Alex Laskey and his college friend Dan Yates founded Opower in 2007, a company which works with utility companies to help their customers save energy and money. In 2014, Opower went public and in 2016, it was acquired by software giant Oracle for $532 million.
NEW CENTER FOR RURAL AFFAIRS WHITE PAPER
Exploring Siting Guidance: Agriculture Siting Matrices Inform Renewable Energy Siting,
by Lindsay Mouw, Policy Associate, Center for Rural Affairs
Statewide renewable energy siting matrices can help reduce barriers to renewable energy development by providing guidance to local decision makers while improving transparency, trust, and fairness in the siting process. A siting matrix also creates clear standards for future development that project developers can reference before proposing a project.