Tag Archives: Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)

Black Hills Energy program offers customers a renewable energy option

By Sunday Miller, KEVN, Black Hills Fox News

Black Hills Energy’s new “Renewable Ready” program allows certain customers to decide what percentage of their energy they want to come from a renewable resource. Solar, hydro, wind are all forms of renewable energy, and the company is ready to harness that power in its subscription-based program. “Instead of building your own facility, instead of placing either a wind or solar facility on your property, this allows you to buy into a larger scale renewable facility, in this case wind, and basically decide for yourself as a customer, do I want 10 percent, 20 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent of my energy to come from a renewable resource,” said Bret Jones, regional manager of Black Hills Energy. This new program offers larger customers, like the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, an alternative electricity option to power their facilities.
Read more here.

Image: Renewable Ready – Black Hills Energy is building a wind farm in Wyoming to provide a renewable energy source for customers.

About Black Hills Corporation
Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, Black Hills Corporation serves over 1.27 million customers in more than 800 communities in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Related
Civic center commits to green energy, Rapid City Journal
The venue is among the first major entities in Rapid City that has been announced as a customer of the wind farm that Black Hills Energy aims to build outside Cheyenne, Wyoming. Civic center directors have said that the complex will be powered solely with energy generated by the $57 million plant.

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POTENTIAL ON-BILL FINANCING MODEL

Holland leads with energy financing program, but work remains, by Andy Balaskovitz, MiBiz
A financing program in Holland that helps residents pay for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades remains one of the only such programs in Michigan, and could be a model for more to come. Known as on-bill financing, the program allows Holland Board of Public Works customers to obtain a loan through the utility’s nonprofit arm to pay the upfront cost of projects.

NEW CLIMATE ACTION RESOURCE

VERGE VANGUARD 2019 AWARDS

GreenBiz names 2019 VERGE Vanguard award winners
GreenBiz Group today named the 2019 VERGE Vanguard, honoring 20 dreamers, pioneers, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, business leaders, policymakers and investors on the cutting edge of sustainability and technology.

GREEN BIZ WEBCAST

5 Steps for Embedding ESG Into Your Corporate Culture: September 17, 2019 at 12 PM
If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and slides, available to you on-demand after the webcast.

Solar for All: Illinois incentive program aims to make solar more accessible

By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

Solar incentives in Illinois’ 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act helped Josh Lutton grow his Chicago solar company to 30 employees in the span of just a few years. Now, Lutton is hoping for even more growth with the rollout of one of the law’s marquee programs aimed at making solar accessible to more people. Illinois Solar for All is designed to serve people traditionally left out of the solar market: low-income households, including rural homeowners and renters in urban apartment buildings; people of color; and residents of environmental justice communities most impacted by pollution from fossil fuels . . . The Clean Energy Jobs Act and another bill that would expand solar incentives in Illinois, Path to 100, are before the Illinois Legislature, which closes its session at the end of the month. Read more here.

HAPPENING IN OTHER STATES

VW SETTLEMENT NEWS

Report: States missing opportunities to electrify transportation with VW money, by Frank Jossi, Energy News Network. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and the Environment America Research & Policy Center created a scorecard to grade states on how they are allocating money from the settlement. Most states earned D or F grades for allowing money to be spent on diesel and other fossil fuel vehicles. The program’s second phase could offer bigger, if fewer, grants to pay for electric vehicle purchases.

Iowa Governor To Lead Midwestern Governors Association With Focus On Transmission

By Betsy Lillian, North American Windpower

The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) has announced its 2019 leadership: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz have been named chair and vice chair of the association, respectively . . . Under Reynolds – hailing from wind-rich Iowa – the association will bring together the energy policy and utility regulatory staff, as well as the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and stakeholders, to establish a long-term transmission grid vision for the region. Read more here.

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Omaha-based Tenaska developing 2,000 MW of solar in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Market, Tenaska News Release

The transaction includes 14 solar projects with approximately 2,000 megawatts (MW) in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market. The portfolio represents a large share of all solar projects currently in the MISO North interconnection queue, with projects in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota.  Flickr Photo by Juwi Renewable Energies Limited

Solar tsunami, PV Magazine USA
Developers have applied to build 139 GWac of large-scale solar projects in the territory of six grid operators – around five times what is currently online across the country – and that figure doesn’t even cover the entire United States. By any metric, we are looking at an unprecedented boom in solar development over the next five years. 

Electric Power Markets: National Overview, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Nebraska is a member of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) wholesale market.

Based in Little Rock, Arkansas. SPP manages transmission in fourteen states: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. Its membership is comprised of investor-owned utilities, municipal
systems, generation and transmission cooperatives, state authorities, independent power producers, power marketers and independent transmission companies.

Minnesota nonprofits using community solar to help veterans, families in need

By Frank Jossi, Energy News Network

Minnesota nonprofits are turning to community solar as a tool to fight poverty. Community solar typically involves households or businesses buying subscriptions to projects owned by a third-party developer. The power generated is credited to subscribers’ utility bills and generally reduces monthly payments. But the model comes with barriers such as credit score checks that can put it out of reach for some of those who have the most to potentially gain. Several Minnesota charities are experimenting with ways to spread the benefits. Read more here.

Photo Credit: Rural Renewable Energy Alliance

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NEBRASKA IN THE NEWS HERE

  • Wind energy may flow to Maryville in future, The Edwardsville Intelligencer
    Bluestem Energy Solutions of Omaha, Nebraska is partnering with five or six towns in the state. The Future Energy Jobs Act, or FEJA, passed in 2016, requires 4,300 megawatts of new solar and wind power to be built in Illinois by 2030. Illinois is giving out $30 million in incentives to build clean energy-related job training programs and support future employees between now and 2030.
  • Gordon City Council Minutes May 9, 2019, Sheridan County Journal Star
    City Manager Glen Spaugh updated council on the current solar project. The state electrical inspector has done the final inspection. Once GenPro receives the certificate of inspection they will file it with Northwest Rural Public Power District. City Manager Spaugh also needs to complete some paperwork with NWRPPD. The solar panels are projected to be on line in June.
  • Glion Scooters in Holdrege focuses on taking care of local customers, even though its scooters are manufactured in China, Kearney Hub

Solar panel shipment data points to construction boom

By Christian Roselund, PV Magazine

As recently reported by pv magazine USA, S&P Global Market Intelligence is estimating that over the last two quarters the U.S. utility-scale solar project pipeline has ballooned to 23 GW. We’re seeing evidence of this from grid operators as well. The MidContinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is reporting 35 GW of solar projects in its interconnection queue, nearly all of which were added this year and last year. ERCOT also reports 32 GW of solar projects in its latest interconnection queue, and although only 3.9 GW of these have interconnection agreements, the vast majority of projects that ERCOT is reporting are solar and wind.
Read the entire article here.

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100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS

Following Breckenridge and county, new group pushes for 100-percent renewable energy in Frisco, Summit Daily News.

If the town decides to hop on board, Frisco would join Breckenridge
and Summit County as communities in the area committed to weaning their way off of coal and natural gas. Photo Credit: Eli Pace/Summit Daily


City of Boise calls on residents for input on future renewable energy, KIV TV

This is all part of Mayor Bieter’s announcement in September that the electricity that powers the city of Boise’s facilities and operations will be 100% renewable by the year 2030.

MAYORS FOR 100% CLEAN ENERGY

More than 200 U.S. mayors have joined Mayors For 100% Clean Energy. Learn more about #Mayors4CleanEnergy and read the Endorsement Letter here.

Learn more about how you can launch a Mayors For 100% Clean Energy Campaign: View the Mayors For 100% Clean Energy Organizing Guide here.

If you’re a resident who is ready for your mayor to support 100% clean and renewable energy in your city, town, or community, ask your mayor to support a 100% clean, renewable energy future and add their name to the Mayors For 100% Clean Energy endorsement letter.

NEW CARBON TRACKER REPORT

Cheap coal is ‘a myth,’ renewable energy increasingly more economically viable: study, The Oregonian

The study argues that, within 12 years, 100 percent of the U.S.’s coal capacity will have higher “long-run operating cost” than renewable energy options, thanks to anti-pollution rules and other economic factors.