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.
ALSO PUBLISHED BY ENERGY NEWS NETWORK
Q&A: Report outlines cost of continued reliance on coal, by Allen Best
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES & PUERTO RICO
- EU hails California legislation to boost clean energy transition, New Europe
The bill should be on Brown’s desk for signature before the governor convenes the Global Climate Action Summit being held in San Francisco in September. Meanwhile, the Global Commission on the New Climate Economy will release a major new report on September 5, just ahead of the San Francisco summit. The Commission, headed by former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and experts from around the globe, is expected to reportedly reboot the economic case for climate action, finding that scaling up action in line with the Paris Agreement would deliver a $26 trillion boon to the global economy by 2030
- National Solar Leaders Endorse Nevada’s Renewable Energy Ballot Measure, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) News Release. Question 6 would require Nevada’s electric suppliers to generate at least 50 percent of their total electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030.
- Europeans break ground in Texas and Utah on 300 MW of solar power, PV Magazine
- OG&E declines to renew coal PPA, potentially forcing Oklahoma plant to close, Utility Dive
- Local environmentalists call for Virginia to transition to all clean energy, Fairfax Times
- Virginia’s rural co-ops learning lessons with community solar, Energy News Network
- Why and How Puerto Rico Must Prioritize Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrid Knowledge
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- China’s solar subsidy cuts erode the impact of Trump tariffs, Reuters
- What Facebook and Apple can teach other tech titans, GreenBiz
- The rise of corporate PPAs for renewable energy, Wind Power Engineering
Baker McKenzie‘s new report, The Rise of Corporate PPAs 2.0, summarizes the growing trend of corporates entering into renewable power purchase agreements.
- Solar on water, robots, and 2-sided panels, oh my: solar tech’s near future, Vox
- US has gone past 1GWh of installed battery capacity, with help from utilities, Energy Storage News
- Could EVs Be the Secret to a 100% Renewable Grid?, Sustainable Brands
- Pipe dream or reality? Mexico looks to harness waves for green energy, The Christian Science Monitor
TRANSMISSION ENERGY-LOSS & NEW TOOLS TO REDUCE IT & SAVE CUSTOMERS’ MONEY
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.