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New Announcements: Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference & SolSmart

2018 Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference Schedule Announced

October 16-17, 2018 | Marriott Cornhusker Hotel | Lincoln, NE

Visit the Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference website to view the 2018 schedule featuring Rob Chapman of the Electric Power Research Institute, an update from Nebraska state senators, and much more.

SolSmart Announcing the Third Annual City & County
Challenge for Solar Energy

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC) have launched two Challenge Campaigns for local governments to showcase their support for solar energy. This year’s prizes include a “techno-economic analysis” for solar installations on up to five sites, which can help communities better understand the costs and benefits of proposed solar projects.

The Challenges run until Friday, September 14, 2018. Only communities that have not yet submitted a SolSmart Application are eligible for the Challenges. Existing SolSmart designees may not participate. But even if your community is not eligible, we encourage you to spread the word to your neighbors. Visit the NACo and NLC blog posts for more information and entry requirements.

SolSmart Case Study

Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, a coalition of Chicago-area communities, advised 15 municipalities and counties and successfully led them to earning SolSmart Bronze, Silver, and Gold designations. MMC took a collaborative approach, setting up bi-weekly conference calls with all 15 communities, which generated unique ideas and easily facilitated the exchange of resources and information. Thanks to SolSmart, MMC and the communities that participated were able to develop effective strategies to make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar, tailor-made to each community.

Read More about Metropolitan Mayors Caucus experience.

New Facebook wind farm to cost $430M

 By Ty Rushing, Sioux City Journal

WAKEFIELD, Neb. — A new Facebook supported wind farm being built in Dixon County should give local residents a few million reasons to like it. The upcoming Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project will distribute $80 million in property tax and landowners payments over the first 20 years of its existence, according to officials at Enel Green Power North America Inc.

Read more here. 

Image: A rending of the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project. The $430 million wind farm is being built in rural Dixon County, Nebraska. Upon completion, it will be the second largest wind farm in Nebraska. The 400MW Grande Prairie Wind Farm near O’Neill in Holt County is currently the largest wind energy development in the state.


Does Customer Choice Aggregation spell the end of the regulated electric utility in California?
One of the biggest ideas challenging today’s utility business model is the customer choice aggregation (CCA) movement in California. By the end of 2017, a third or more of California’s investor-owned utility (IOU) customers will get electricity from alternative sources and/or providers and there will be 915,000 CCA customers. But that is just the beginning, according to a recent white paper from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The counties of San Diego (3.3 million) and Los Angles (10.2 million) are about to launch CCAs.