By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive
The future is in utilities investing in technologies to manage the growth of customer-owned DER and customers offering their DER as grid services, advocates for utilities and DER told a Jan. 25-28 conference on load flexibility strategies. And there is an emerging pattern of cooperation between utilities and customers based on the shared value they can obtain from reduced peak demand and system infrastructure costs, speakers said. Read more here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Jigar Shah’s Plan to Manage DOE’s $40B Loan Program, Greentech Media
The solar PPA pioneer and “infrastructure-as-a-service” investor has been selected to revive the program that boosted Tesla and utility-scale renewables.
- 7 key trends from renewable energy’s 2020 prices and some initial takeaways from Texas 2021, Utility Dive. Contributed article by Adam Reeve, senior vice president at REsurety.
- Environment America Research & Policy Center launches campaign to get Walmart to go big on solar, Environment America News Release. Environment America Research & Policy Center launched a new campaign Tuesday calling on Walmart to publicly commit to installing solar panels on the roofs of nearly all of its more than 5,000 locations across America — and over the parking lots that surround them — by 2035. There are 42 Walmart Stores in Nebraska.
- As project nears final approval, Vineyard Wind hopes to have offshore wind farm up and running by 2023, WPRI. Vineyard Wind’s proposed 84-turbine offshore wind farm would generate 800 megawatts of clean energy and power 400,000 homes. The company said it would be the first large-scale offshore wind farm energy project in the country.
- Mainspring Energy Lands $150M Deal to Deploy its Linear Generators With NextEra, Greentech Media. The startup’s fuel-flexible systems offer low emissions of fuel cells with the affordability and flexibility of engines and microturbines.
- Commentary: Yes, our electricity grid can support an electric vehicle future, Energy News Network article contributed by Charlie Michel, a retired petroleum engineer who resides in Bremerton, Washington. He submitted this column in cooperation with Coltura, a nonprofit working to improve climate, health, and equity by accelerating the transition from gasoline and diesel to cleaner alternatives.
- The Biggest Barrier To The EV Revolution In America? Dealers, CleanTechnica
When it comes to electric cars, too many dealers are like King Canute, sitting on the side of the ocean and commanding the tide not to rise. They will either adapt or be swept away in the coming flood of electric vehicles — maybe not today or even next week, but soon. Make that very soon.
Tesla launches social platform to spur owners to take political action on its behalf, CNBC
Tesla launched a social platform named Tesla Engage, in part to spur customers to take political action that benefits Elon Musk’s electric vehicle and solar company. [In] a post aimed at Tesla fans in Nebraska, the company is urging residents to push local elected officials to change laws that bar Tesla and others from selling vehicles direct to consumers there, i.e. without operating a franchise dealership in the state. They have even provided a quick way for fans to contact the appropriate committee members or send comments to the Nebraska legislature.
Nebraska Legislation: LB633 – Change provisions of the Motor Vehicle Industry Regulation Act
FAST COMPANY’S 2021 TOP 50
To determine this year’s Top 50, Fast Company editors and reporters mined our lists of the Top 10 companies by industry for organizations that embody creative problem-solving and fearlessness in the face of crisis. Here are the ones that rose above, along with the business trends they’re advancing. Click the above link to see the list.
Fast Company’s 2021 Top 10 Lists Include
- The 10 most innovative energy companies of 2021
- The 10 most innovative transportation companies of 2021
- The 10 most innovative corporate social responsibility companies of 2021
LEGO SOLAR FARM MODEL
Renewable energy advocate submits Solar Farm design to LEGO Ideas, by Kelsey Misbrener, Solar Power World
Rob Davis, a renewable energy enthusiast whose day job is leading the Center for Pollinators in Energy at Fresh Energy, submitted a model that has a chance of becoming the first solar farm kit produced by LEGO. His Solar Farm LEGO kit includes solar panels, pollinator-friendly ground cover, honey bee hives, grazing sheep, an inverter control box and an engineer/site manager/grazer.