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Colorado co-op vote sets table for defection from coal power wholesaler

By Mark Olaide, Energy News Network

A Colorado electric cooperative could strike the latest blow against a regional power wholesaler facing complaints that it has moved too slowly in its transition to renewable energy. The Delta-Montrose Electric Association will vote in October on rule changes that would allow another power supplier to help finance its exit from a contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission. The association is among Tri-State’s largest customers, and its defection could heighten the risk of a mass exodus as others are forced to cover a larger share of costs for operating the wholesaler’s infrastructure, including its coal-fired power plants. Read more here.

Map: Tri-State’s 43 co-op members include 6 in Nebraska.


The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report:
A Low-Cost Energy Future for Western Cooperatives, which concluded that transitioning to new solar and wind generation could save Tri-State members $600 million by 2030. In 2017 coal accounted for about half of Tri-State’s generation, according to the report.


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Q&A: Report outlines cost of continued reliance on coal, by Allen Best

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Better realtime loss analysis tells utilities where solar, storage DER make sense, by Dan Garvey,
Contributor, Electric Power & Light

Consumers who flip on lights and power up the ever-growing number of devices in their living rooms are receiving electricity from a grid that has to generate two Watts of electricity for every one Watt delivered.  Put another way, the Department of Energy estimates that more than 60 percent of the electricity generated is lost before it is consumed in our homes. Other estimates claim even larger losses.

According to the EIA, distribution system losses alone account for over $19 billion in the U.S. annually, in real physical losses and Unaccounted for Energy (UFE), the costs of which are passed on to all customers. In addition to the economic cost of such inefficiency, the negative environmental impact is substantial. We must do better. And with new tools available, now we can.

U.S. Wind Power Is ‘Going All Out’ with Bigger Tech, Falling Prices, Reports Show

By Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News

Wind power capacity has tripled across the United States in just the last decade as prices have plunged and the technology has become more muscular, the federal government’s energy labs report. Three new reports released Thursday on the state of U.S. wind power show how the industry is expanding onshore with bigger, more powerful turbines that make wind energy possible even in areas with lower wind speeds. Offshore, the reports describe a wind industry poised for a market breakthrough. Continue reading here.

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Energy industry associations tell FERC that DOE proposal to subsidize coal, nuclear power plants is unsupported by record, would throw a costly wrench into electricity markets

American Wind Energy Association Press Release

Joint filing from broad array of groups takes aim at financial “Beneficiaries” as the only entities to support the DOE proposal – and whose filings fail to establish that the proposed subsidies are needed or legally valid. Read more here.

Good energy policy is good people policy

By Erica Mackie and Adam Browning, Opinion Contributors, The Hill

In 2014, two families of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians in rural California installed rooftop solar panels to stem rising energy bills that were straining their already tight budgets.

Now, three years later, thanks to California’s innovative low-income solar incentive program, the tribe is well on its way to meeting a goal of 100 percent solar energy for the reservation’s 50 homes, including 12 that never had power at all. The tribal community has also built their own solar company, generating steady income in a community that suffered from an 80 percent unemployment rate in 2014. Continue reading.

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Erica Mackie is co-founder and CEO of GRID Alternatives, America’s largest nonprofit solar installer.
Adam Browning is executive director of Vote Solar, a nonprofit working to expand solar energy nationwide.

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California is shattering solar records. This bill could take renewable energy to the next level.

By Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun

Introduced by Assembly member Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo, the bill would create a “clean peak energy standard” for California utilities. By 2029, utilities like Southern California Edison, PG&E and SDG&E would be required to get 40 percent of their energy from clean sources during “peak demand” periods — the handful of hours each day when homes and businesses use the most energy — on at least 15 days each month. That requirement would encourage the development of battery storage systems, which could soak up excess solar generation during the middle of the day and release that energy onto the grid after sundown, reducing the need for gas plants. The bill could also speed the adoption of energy efficiency and conservation programs that reduce electricity use during peak periods. Click here to read more. 

Photo by Jay Calderon, The Desert Sun: NextEra’s 250-megawatt McCoy solar project, just west of Blythe, California.

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