Tag Archives: Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition

Building Electrification Could Add Hundreds Of Millions Of Batteries To The Grid

By Sonia Aggarwal, Forbes

To confront rising electricity demand from buildings, places as far apart as Singapore and California have set net-zero energy building targets. The goal is to build a fleet of super-efficient individual structures, topped with solar panels, generating at least as much energy as they consume, avoiding the need for more expensive power plants that could lock in decades of GHGs from coal or natural gas. Read more here.


  • Residential Energy Storage VPPs Are Gaining Traction, Transmission & Distribution World
    Aggregated residential energy storage systems are increasingly deployed by utilities to provide a variety of services including replacing fossil fuel power plants, supporting increased renewable generation, and improving grid-resilience and reliability.
  • How to have an all-renewable electric grid, by David Timmons, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Boston, The Conversation. Many studies demonstrate that fully renewable electric grids are feasible in the United StatesEuropeAustralia and elsewhere.
  • Energy Storage Developer Buys Texas Windfarms With Major Battery Retrofit Planned, Forbes
    A U.S.-based energy storage developer this week bought itself a portfolio of eight North Texas wind farms. The move is a sign of the growing status and confidence of the storage sector as well.
  • Form Energy Raises $40M Series B for Super-Long-Duration Grid Storage, Greentech Media
    Long-duration storage startup Form Energy thought that solving the problem of months-long grid storage would take a decade. But its last year of work advanced faster than expected. Long-duration storage startups have struggled for years, but the market has heated up in recent weeks. That’s in large part due to the growth of renewables pushing a need for more grid storage in the near term.
  • Pacific Northwest Facility to Study Grid Security, Resilience, Government Technology Magazine
    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been tapped by the U.S. Department of Energy as the new site for a national research effort around grid stability, energy storage and system security.
  • The ten-year, 73 gigawatt renewable energy business plan, PV Magazine
    Renewable portfolio standards across 29 US states represent significant, legally required additions of wind and solar – including 15 states whose requirements will drive more than 11 GWac of solar power. An interesting nugget – 9 GW of RPS requirement meeting renewables have been built in non-RPS states, and wheeled into the state via power lines.
  • Renewable Energy Standards, Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Coming Soon to Your Home: Cleaner Air and Climate Action, Earthjustice
    The city of Berkeley, California, has opted to take one giant leap into a clean energy future – and is being closely watched by cities across the world. The city council voted unanimously in July to ban natural gas in new buildings, making it the first city in the United States to do so. The ban will apply first to all new low-rise buildings in 2020, and will then expand to other building types.  


Q&A: Minnesota companies create ‘circular economy’ coalition

Written by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

Mike-HarleyMore than 25 Minnesota businesses, which include the state’s largest employers, have come together on a strategy for creating a “circular economy” to eliminate waste and rely on renewable energy. The Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition will be led by the Environmental Initiative. The members include many familiar names with local and international reach — 3M, Andersen Corp., Aveda, Best Buy, Cargill, General Mills, Hormel Foods, Target and Xcel Energy, to name a few. Continue reading. Photo: Mike Harley, Executive Director of the Environmental Initiative