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Clean energy groups bring models to a modeling fight

By William Driscoll, PV Magazine

In states with a weak renewables standard, or none at all, a key battle over an electric utility’s solar deployment plan is fought in a regulatory proceeding triggered by the utility’s filing of an integrated resource plan (IRP)—at least in the 33 states that require utility IRPs.

In theory, to develop an IRP, a utility uses an optimization model that spits out the least-cost mix of future generation resources to meet projected demand, plus a reserve margin.  As prices for solar, wind, and storage fall, you would expect to see these plans reflecting an increasing percentage of renewable generation. Yet a utility controls the inputs to the model, and selects which scenarios to consider, so it can skew the model results in ways that disadvantage solar and other clean energy resources. Read more here.

Photo Credit: Rob Davis, Fresh Energy 

Understanding IRPs: How Utilities Plan for the Future, AEE Blog

William Driscoll, MPA, JD, is an energy and environmental policy analyst who has worked primarily for the United States Environmental Protection Agency via the firm ICF Consulting.
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US adds 1.15 GW of large wind, solar capacity in Jan 2019

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Update,
Post Written by Renewables Now

The 202.5-MW Upstream Wind Energy Project in Nebraska and the 161.3-MW Pine River Wind Park in Michigan were among the biggest newly completed installations in the US in January. Most of the new solar power capacity for the month is located in Florida. Read more here.

Invenergy Photo: Upstream Wind Energy Center Turbine

About Nebraska’s Upstream Wind Energy Center
Invenergy has constructed several other wind projects in Nebraska in addition to the  81 turbines for the Upstream Wind Energy Center on the north and east side of Neligh in Antelope County. The wind project became operational in January, 2019. Maximum capacity is 200,000 kilowatts (or 200 megawatts). The wind project is expected to supply enough annual energy to power approximately 68,000 homes.

Invenergy also built the 118–turbine Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm located in Antelope, Boone, and Madison counties, which began commercial operation in March 2014. Maximum capacity is 200 megawatts. The average annual output could power 60,000 homes.

Source: Wind Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Energy Office

Previously Posted News Release
In January Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced in a news release a groundbreaking “30-by 30” plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030. “FPL and its sister company, NextEra Energy Resources, are already the world’s largest producer of renewable energy from the wind and sun and, when this plan is completed, FPL expects to be the largest utility owner and operator of solar in America.” Read the news release here.

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After a tough 2018, solar is getting ready for a major boom, by Tim Sylvia and Christian Roselund, PV Magazine USA

The United States finished 2018 with nearly 24 GWdc of utility-scale projects under power contracts, a volume only ever exceeded three months ago. Furthermore, 2.6 GWdc of those contracted projects are already under construction. When looking beyond projects which have contracts secured, Wood Mackenzie identified more than 42 GWdc of projects that have been announced and are in their respective interconnection queues nationally.

NextEra expects storage to add half a cent to solar in mid-2020’s

By Christian Roselund, PV Magazine USA

1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. That’s how much NextEra Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jim Ketchum estimates that batteries have added to the cost of solar and wind projects that the company has built over the last six to 12 months, as revealed in the company’s second quarter results call yesterday. But that’s not all. Ketchum further added that he expects this cost to fall to around half a cent per kilowatt-hour in the middle of the next decade. Read more here.

Photo Credit: NextEra Energy Resources

IN NEBRASKA

NextEra is developing OPPD’s 5-megawatt solar project in the Fort Calhoun area. Would adding storage be an economical option in the near-term? Omaha World-Herald news stories about the solar project:

Indiana solar, solar+storage comes in at low prices

By John Weaver, PV Magazine USA

Indiana solar, solar+storage comes in at low prices

Also written by John Weaver

  • Texas power grid begging for solar power
    ERCOT has set mid-day demand records and touched pricing maximums over the past week as summer heat broke state records – all of which creates tremendous opportunities for solar.
  • Big oil going big solar

Big oil going big solar

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US Solar Market Adds 2.5 GW of PV in Q1 2018, Growing 13% Year-Over-Year

Solar Energy Industries Association News Release

BOSTON, Mass. and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Showing resiliency in spite of the new tariffs on imported modules, the U.S. solar market added 2.5 gigawatts of solar PV in the first quarter of the year, representing annual growth of 13 percent, according to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Solar PV accounted for 55 percent of all U.S. electricity capacity added during the quarter and added more than two gigawatts for the 10th straight quarter, the study said. Read the rest of the release here.

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Myth Busted: No partisan divide on wind support, young Americans overwhelming in preferences

By Greg Alvarez, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog

Among American adults, 85% support increased reliance on wind power according to new data from the Pew Research Center. That includes 91% of Democrats and those who lean Democratic, and 79% of Republicans and those who lean Republican. Such cross-cutting support for renewables stands in contrast to other forms of energy.

Another recent poll, by the American Conservation Coalition (a college Republican clean energy group) and the Conservative Energy Network, found 79% of millennials “felt that a pro-clean energy candidate cares more about their family’s future.” Likewise, millennials favored wind by a 39 point margin in their survey. Click here to read the entire post.

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IREC launches new checklist for inspecting residential solar

By Mark Burger, PV Magazine USA

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has produced an updated Model Inspection Checklist for Residential Rooftop PV. This 15-page document facilitates a process for local inspectors and installers in plan review and field inspection steps, from structural analysis to signs and labels to be posted. Continue reading here.

Photo: Bob & Gina’s home in Lincoln, Nebraska – Solar Examples

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Bipartisan congressional solar caucus coalesces after tariff decision

By Frank Andorka, PV Magazine

Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) and Ralph Norman (R) have founded what appears to be the first solar-specific caucus in Congress . . . The Solar Caucus will work on a bipartisan basis to find common ground to tackle issues facing solar business and communities,” Krishnamoorthi said. “We will raise awareness for how policymakers, business leaders, and academic experts can work together to foster jobs, growth, and America’s leadership in the solar industry.”
Read more here.

Photo: Congress – Wikimedia Commons

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BREAKING: Mission Solar to double solar module manufacturing

By Christian Roselund, PV Magazine USA

The expansion to 400 MW will make Mission the fourth-largest
PV module maker in the nation.

It has been taken as an article of faith among opponents of solar tariffs that such action would not result in new cell and module manufacturing capacity. However, in the past three months pv magazine has reported five instances of either U.S. module manufacturing expansions or Asian companies planning to relocate factories in the United States. Read more here.

Photo Credit: Gary Perkins

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Bringing life-saving power to Puerto Rico

By Christian Roselund, PV Magazine USA

In this interview, Solar Foundation President and Executive Director Andrea Luecke talks about how Solar Saves Lives came together, what the organization is doing now and what it needs.
Click here to read the entire interview.

Photo by Operation Blessing

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