By Karl-Erik Stromsta, Greentech Media
The world’s leading nuclear power generator is betting big on a future of small-scale, distributed energy. Électricité de France operates 58 nuclear reactors in its home country and owns stakes in several U.S. nuclear plants that it’s now moving to sell. But EDF’s biggest stamp on the American power market has come in large-scale renewables: Its San Diego-based EDF Renewables North America subsidiary has developed and now operates gigawatts of wind and solar farms across the country. Now, EDF Renewables is trying to replicate that success on a much smaller scale. How it fares in the distributed space will be of great interest to other 20th-century energy giants feeling their way toward a transformed, low-carbon future. Read more here.
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MORE ENERGY TRANSITION ARTICLES
- Air Pollution, COVID-19 and Earth Day, Scientific American
The best way to safeguard public health, of course, is not to pollute our air in the first place. Coal-fired power plants are terrible for our lungs, producing particulates (smog) as well as lead, mercury, arsenic and a host of other harmful pollutants. Government investments can help transition these sites to provide renewable energy jobs, converting both current and decommissioned sites.
- Avingrid dials in T-Mobile deal for Otter Creek, reNEWS
The Otter Creek wind farm achieved commercial operation on 1 March 2020 and is expected to generate more than 504,100MWh annually, or enough to power roughly 60,000 typical Illinois homes in a year. Avangrid Renewables is a subsidiary of Avangrid and part of the Iberdrola Group. It is a major renewable energy company in the US owning and operating a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities primarily using wind power.
- Developers pitch 16 GW of solar in coal-fueled Indiana, S&P Global
- Navajo Power CEO sees 10 GW renewable potential across the Navajo Nation, PV Magazine
- Wind tops coal in U.S. power, marking its rapid ascent, E&E News
- Citi pledges to stop thermal coal-mining financing by 2030 to aid shift from fossil fuels, Utility Dive
- Storage, smart grid, energy efficiency sectors see $337M in Q1 corporate funding: Report, Utility Dive
OPPD NEWS RELEASE
OPPD Named An Environmental Champion
The Environmental Dedication Index and other findings are from the Cogent Syndicated Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement™: Residential study from Escalent, a top human behavior and analytics firm. The study looked at 140 utilities, overall. OPPD is among 31 utilities that received the Environmental Champion designation, based on customer scores. Some areas ranked include a utility’s encouragement of “green” initiatives for buildings and vehicles, and support for environmental causes. OPPD President & CEO Timothy J. Burke spoke to a number of these efforts during the virtual Earth Day Omaha celebration Saturday.
Smaller Cities Like St. Louis Lead on Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Defense Council
St. Louis passed its highly ambitious Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) ordinance, making it the fourth jurisdiction in the United States and first in the Midwest to do so. Mayor Lyda Krewson is expected to officially sign the ordinance into law in the coming weeks. With the adoption of this policy, the city will accomplish a major goal in creating more energy-efficient buildings.
Dear efficiency advocates: Don’t fear electrification, Utility Dive article contributed by Richard Oberg, an energy efficiency implementer with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
T. BOONE PICKENS & LAZARD’S LCOE ANALYSIS
Dear Oil Executive, Is There A Lack Of Imagination?, by Daryl Elliott, CleanTechnica
T. Boone Pickens, a former oil and business magnate, now deceased, built a ton of wind turbines. Most of that work was done when wind power was costly, before an adequate grid transmission line architecture had been built, and during his Midwest natural gas scheme boondoggle. The combination of these points had him claiming that he lost money, but at the time of his passing, he was still looking to build more wind turbines because if we examine Lazard’s most recent LCOE (Levelized Cost Of Energy) analysis, we see that onshore grid wind power, along with grid-scale solar, is among the least expensive new production energy sources. Wind power is best when built with battery storage so that electricity can be delivered to the grid smoothly around the clock as needed. Might you oil execs want to partner with Tesla to build some grid-level storage plants? Capitalism can make strange bedfellows.
Himalayas Visible For The First Time In 30 Years In India, CleanTechnica