By Sarah Mills, University of Michigan, The Conversation,
San Francisco Chronicle
The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.
Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma lead the nation in renewable energy generation, with more than 30 percent of the power generated in each of these states coming from wind turbines and other renewable sources. Three nearby Great Plains states, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota, are also in the top 10 . . . One reason why these states are greening their electricity is simple. They are in the nation’s windiest region, which runs through the middle of the country from North Dakota down through Texas. Another reason for this wind boom: Many communities in these states see renewable energy as an economic opportunity. Read more here.
OPPD proposes goals of 50% renewables, 20% cut in ‘carbon intensity’, Omaha World-Herald
OPPD has asked the public to weigh in on the new draft directive by Nov. 4, using a form on its website, oppd.com. Officials plan to sift through the next round of public comments in time to share them with the board. If the compromise appears acceptable, the OPPD board could adopt it during its Nov. 15 board meeting. If not, it could be sent back to the drawing board.
The Wire, OPPD Blog Posts
- Staying the course to greener, windier pastures
- Upgrades position Sarpy Transmission Project for future growth
HAPPENING IN OTHER STATES
- Land secured for massive solar farm in Michigan, PV Magazine
Solar developer Ranger Power is making a name for itself in Michigan, as last week, the company secured over 1,200 acres of mostly farmlands for its proposed solar plant. Furthermore, local press reports that the project, if approved by the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners, would clock in with up to 239 MW in capacity.
Note: Ranger Power CEO Adam Cohen was one of three panelists who provided a presentation at last week’s Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference on the topic of “Solar Project Development: How to Make Your Project Successful from Day One.” The company was also a conference sponsor.
- Proposed Shiawassee solar farm would cover 1,200 acres in two townships, Michigan Live
[Development Company Ranger Power] projects the solar farm would result in a $250 million investment in the county, $16 million in construction spending, 321 jobs during construction in the county and $3.2 million in increased household earnings for property owners.
- Indiana needs 9.3 GW new resources by 2035, critics want more transparency, Utility Dive
A final analysis of Indiana’s future energy needs, released Wednesday, predicts slow demand growth over the next 20 years, but also a need for 9.3 GW of new resources as older plants are retired.
- Minnesota regulators delay ruling on proposed Superior natural gas plant; PUC must consider petition for environmental review of shared Dairyland Power project, Madison.Com
- Mountaintop Mining Is Destroying More Land for Less Coal, Study Finds, Utility Dive
Using satellite images, researchers tracked the scars spreading across Appalachia. They found 3 times more land being stripped per ton of coal than in the 1980s.
- BNEF: U.S. module prices seeing “aggressive” reductions, PV Magazine
- A Rare Political Common Ground: Rooftop Solar, OPB
Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, chances are you support rooftop solar. New research suggests there’s a reason why two groups that normally disagree on environmental issues both like certain types of renewable energy.
- EQ Research: Utilities failing at fixed charge increases, PV Magazine
The research firm’s latest analysis of utility rate case filings finds regulators often rejecting the hikes on fixed charges that many utilities are asking for. However, the general direction of fixed charges is still upwards.
MICROGRID KNOWLEDGE POSTS
- A Microgrid for Every Electric Bus Stop in Martha’s Vineyard Town
Off the coast of Massachusetts, on the history-filled island of Martha’s Vineyard, tourists may soon find themselves journeying into the future on a bus that is wirelessly charged by microgrids.
- A Surprise to Analysts: Less CHP in Microgrids, More Solar
- Duke Energy Proposes New Microgrid and $500M Energy Storage Investment
- Planning Ahead for Future Natural Disasters
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Longi forecasts 1 TW PV market, PV Magazine International
Zhenguo Li, founder and CEO of the Chinese solar manufacturer told the Future of Energy Summit in London the global PV marketplace would pass the milestone in the near future.
ADDITIONAL NEW RESOURCE
Tracking the Sun: 2018 Edition
This report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory documents trends in U.S. grid-connected solar installations, including overall price changes and how pricing depends on the location, system design, installer, customer, and other factors.