By Ethan Howland, American Public Power Association
Partly driven by falling renewable energy prices, at least 70,000 megawatts of coal-fired capacity could be shuttered this decade, on top of the 24,000 MW that is already set to retire, according to Morgan Stanley & Co. “We are at the start of a ‘second wave’ of renewables deployment and coal plant retirements, led by utilities that have historically not been leaders in decarbonization,” analysts with the investment firm said in a report released in December. Replacing coal with renewables could save consumers $3 billion to $8 billion a year, according to the report, The Second Wave of Clean Energy. It also represents a renewable energy investment opportunity of $93 billion to $184 billion, the analysts said. Read more here.
IOWA CITY SCHOOLS’ CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
- Climate Action Plan: Iowa City schools hope the state can push energy providers to provide cleaner energy, Iowa City Press-Citizen
- Previously Posted: Iowa City schools anticipate cutting carbon emissions in half in five years, Iowa City Press-Citizen
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Clean energy works for Minnesota; state should accelerate the transition, MinnPost
Contributing writer Gregg Mast is the executive director of Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, an industry-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to provide educational leadership, collaboration, and policy analysis that accelerates clean energy market growth and smart energy policies.
- Community Choice Aggregation: Connecticut towns want permission to buy clean power on behalf of residents, Energy News Network
- Cleaning up after Ohio’s oil and gas industry brings a growing price tag, Energy News Network
CORPORATE CLEAN ENERGY PROCUREMENT
Clean Energy Deal Tracker: Don’t say Amazon isn’t doing anything — international PPAs on the rise, GreenBiz. Here are five trends and notable developments based on last quarter’s clean energy procurement deals.
REGENERATIVE FARMING / REGENERATIVE ENERGY
- From sustainable to regenerative: bold business moves to transform the agriculture system, by Forum for the Future contributors Sandra Seru and Lesley Mitchell, GreenBiz. Even before flooding devastated the Midwest in 2019, farms filing for bankruptcy protection rose by 19 percent in 2018, the highest level in a decade, according to the Farm Bureau. But there is hope. A transition toward regenerative practices could bring a huge win-win for farmers, food companies and the environment.
- Solar ‘Farms’ Will Capture Greenhouse Gases to Store in the Soil, White Oak Pastures News Release, PR Newswire. What if renewable energy was not just sustainable but was also regenerative? This is the goal of a partnership between White Oak Pastures and Silicon Ranch Corporation, one of the nation’s largest independent solar power producers and the U.S. solar platform for Shell. In 2018, Silicon Ranch established Regenerative Energy, a holistic approach to the design, construction, and operation of solar farms that pairs regenerative agriculture with solar power generation and sets a new standard of excellence for the industry.
NEW OPPORTUNITY ZONES TOOL
U.S. Economic Development Administration And Indiana University Launch New USA Opportunity Zones Tool, EDA January 2020 Newsletter
On January 14, EDA and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business announced the launch of the USA Opportunity Zones tool. This new web-based tool will help local economic and community developers, investors, the more than 390 EDA-designated Economic Development Districts (EDDs), and others across the nation better target private investment to Opportunity Zones. As economic development practitioners build their five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), incorporating Opportunity Zones is a new and promising tool for further enhancing economic growth.