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Vestas reaches 100-gigawatt wind turbine installation landmark

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC News

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Danish wind energy business Vestas says it has become the first company to install 100
gigawatts (GW) of wind turbines. In an announcement Wednesday, the firm said it reached the milestone in late 2018, when it installed a V110-2.0 MW turbine at MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project in Iowa. The Wind XI facility is set to have a capacity of 2,000 MW and will be made up of “multiple sites in Iowa.”  Read more here.

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MORE GOOD NEWS FROM CITIES & STATES

RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES

Holy Cross Energy inks deal to develop 100-megawatt wind farm, offload coal plant, Real Vail

Guzman Energy Group, which helped New Mexico’s Kit Carson Electric Association begin to reach its renewable goals in 2016, is also working with the Delta-Montrose Electric Association to break away from wholesaler Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which DMEA feels isn’t moving away from fossil fuels quickly enough.

Holy Cross, meanwhile, has been held up by Xcel Energy as an example of a progressive rural coop whose members want a quicker shift to renewables and away from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Minnesota-based Xcel, Colorado’s largest supplier of electricity, recently announced its goal of being totally carbon-free by 2050.

INVESTMENT NEWS

The (Western) money is all going downstream, by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine USA

The numbers given by Mercom support what we at pv magazine USA have been reporting: that solar projects are becoming accepted even by more conservative investors such as pension funds and insurance companies as a good buy, and that the money chasing these projects exceeds the available projects for sale. In fact 2018 was a record year for solar projects changing hands, with 82 projects totaling 29 GW being bought and sold.

INSPIRING VIDEO

Greta Thunberg’s speech at UN Climate Change COP24 Conference

In the words of Greta Thunberg, the 15-year-old Swede who addressed UN leaders at the December climate conference in Poland, “Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come.”

Solar panel shipment data points to construction boom

By Christian Roselund, PV Magazine

As recently reported by pv magazine USA, S&P Global Market Intelligence is estimating that over the last two quarters the U.S. utility-scale solar project pipeline has ballooned to 23 GW. We’re seeing evidence of this from grid operators as well. The MidContinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is reporting 35 GW of solar projects in its interconnection queue, nearly all of which were added this year and last year. ERCOT also reports 32 GW of solar projects in its latest interconnection queue, and although only 3.9 GW of these have interconnection agreements, the vast majority of projects that ERCOT is reporting are solar and wind.
Read the entire article here.

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100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS

Following Breckenridge and county, new group pushes for 100-percent renewable energy in Frisco, Summit Daily News.

If the town decides to hop on board, Frisco would join Breckenridge
and Summit County as communities in the area committed to weaning their way off of coal and natural gas. Photo Credit: Eli Pace/Summit Daily


City of Boise calls on residents for input on future renewable energy, KIV TV

This is all part of Mayor Bieter’s announcement in September that the electricity that powers the city of Boise’s facilities and operations will be 100% renewable by the year 2030.

MAYORS FOR 100% CLEAN ENERGY

More than 200 U.S. mayors have joined Mayors For 100% Clean Energy. Learn more about #Mayors4CleanEnergy and read the Endorsement Letter here.

Learn more about how you can launch a Mayors For 100% Clean Energy Campaign: View the Mayors For 100% Clean Energy Organizing Guide here.

If you’re a resident who is ready for your mayor to support 100% clean and renewable energy in your city, town, or community, ask your mayor to support a 100% clean, renewable energy future and add their name to the Mayors For 100% Clean Energy endorsement letter.

NEW CARBON TRACKER REPORT

Cheap coal is ‘a myth,’ renewable energy increasingly more economically viable: study, The Oregonian

The study argues that, within 12 years, 100 percent of the U.S.’s coal capacity will have higher “long-run operating cost” than renewable energy options, thanks to anti-pollution rules and other economic factors. 

Wind power poised for record year, despite initial tax law concerns

By Peter Maloney, Top Floor Power, Utility Dive

  • The number of contracts signed for wind power projects hit a record of 3,500 MW in Q1 2018, according to the American Wind Energy Association, signaling that 2018 should be a strong year for the renewable resource.
  • There are now 33,449 MW of wind projects under construction or in advanced development in the U.S., a 40% increase from last year and the highest level since AWEA began compiling the metric at the beginning of 2016.

Read the entire article here.

Nebraska Wind Projects, AWEA

  • Installed wind capacity: 1,415 MW
    State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 778
    State rank for number of wind turbines: 17th
  • Wind projects online: 22 (Projects above 10 MW: 15)
  • Wind capacity under construction: 732 MW
  • Wind capacity in advanced development: 726 MW

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MORE WIND & SOLAR NEWS

MICROGRID NEWS

Juhl Energy’s Journey from Utility-Scale Wind to Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge
Capitalizing on its experience in distributed wind, solar and cogeneration systems, the company has moved into hybrid, commercial, industrial and community microgrids that range from under 2 MW to in excess of 5 MW.

ENERGY STORAGE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE CAUCUS NEWS

Three Republicans join climate change caucus, The Hill

GREEN TRANSPORTATION NEWS

                                           Photo Credit: Northeast Frontier Railway

How to get suppliers to act on climate

By Cassandra Sweet, GreenBiz

More than 1,000 of the world’s largest companies report their greenhouse gas emissions and have emissions-reduction targets for their own operations. Now, they want the thousands of companies that supply them with goods and services to reduce their own emissions. To jumpstart the process, 99 large companies ask the CDP to survey more than 9,000 of their suppliers to determine how many have climate goals and where they are in the process.
Read more here.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

ENERGY STORAGE NEWS

INVESTMENT NEWS
New York’s Giant Pension Fund Doubles Climate-Smart Investments, Inside Climate News
The $2 billion boost was announced at the Investors Summit on Climate Risk, where top fund managers discussed finance for a low-carbon, clean energy future.

RENEWABLE ENERGY WORLD MAGAZINE’S LATEST ISSUE
Renewable Energy World Magazine, January/February Issue

Coal ‘action plan’ finds success: Trump contributor has gotten about half of the items on his wish list

By Michael Biesecker, Associated PressOmaha World-Herald

[The coal wish list Robert Murray, the chairman and CEO of Ohio-based Murray Energy, sent to the White House includes] “pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accords and revoking the Clean Power Plan . . . Under Trump, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has also moved to reconsider rules meant to protect miners from breathing coal and rock
dust — the primary cause of black lung disease — and diesel exhaust, which can cause
cancer . . . Only about 500 coal mining jobs were added in Trump’s first year, bringing the total to about 50,900 nationally, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more here.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

  • 2017 U. S. Energy and Employment Report, Department of Energy
    In 2016 Just under 374,000 individuals worked, in whole or in part, for solar firms, with more than 260,000 of those employees spending the majority of their time on solar. There are an additional 102,000 workers employed at wind firms across the nation. The solar workforce increased by 25% in 2016, while wind employment increased by 32%.
  • In coal country: Ohio and other states throughout the region are developing local sources of clean energy and green jobs that are good for people, the planet and profits:

LOCAL GRASSROOTS GROUPS 
Not only businesses but also social entrepreneurs and nonprofits all across Appalachia are leading the region’s transition from coal to renewable energy.  Some of these grassroots groups have been in existence for a number of years, while others are relatively new. All of them, however, share the same mission of creating a post-coal future for their own and neighboring communities. Examples of these groups include:

SOLAR HOLLER
What We Believe: Solar Holler isn’t your typical company. We’re a social enterprise that is focused on bringing clean and local energy within reach of those who need it most–Appalachia’s community organizations, non-profits, municipalities, and our low-income neighbors.  Why is our focus there?  Because every dollar a church, or a library, or a municipality doesn’t spend on utility bills means another dollar is going toward improving our towns and communities. Because West Virginia’s miners and their families powered America’s growth and cities during the 20th Century.  If we have anything to do with it, we’ll power America throughout the 21st Century, too–with clean, renewable energy. And, most importantly, because these hills and hollers are home. Websitewww.solarholler.com 

KENTUCKIANS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH
We are Kentuckians. We believe that today we have our best chance in decades to build New Power in Kentucky. New Power means thousands of new jobs, healthy communities and opportunities for our children. But we have to address the problems caused by Old Power – old political power, old economic power and old energy power. Website: www.kftc.org 

I LOVE MOUNTAINS.ORG
Local, state, and regional organizations across Appalachia are working together to end mountaintop removal and create a prosperous future for the region. Through iLoveMountains.org, members of the Alliance for Appalachia have come together to use cutting edge technology to inform and involve Americans in their efforts to save mountains and communities.

Partners

1. Appalachian Voices
2. Black Warrior Riverkeeper 
3. Center for Coalfield Justice
4. Coal River Mountain Watch
5. Heartwood
6. Keeper of the Mountains Foundation
7. Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
8. Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
9. Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment
10. Sierra Club Environmental Justice
11. Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards
12. SouthWings
13. STAY Project
14. West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

Website: www.ilovemountains.org

Shell chairman announces new Energy Transitions Commission: “We won’t abandon energy, but we will evolve”

By Adam Lashinsky, Fortune

Shell, the leader in oil and gas, says it will pursue solar power and other alternative energy—if that’s where the market is going.

Chad Holliday, chairman of oil giant Shell, said Monday the company aims to change accordingChad Holliday to data gathered by a new industry commission it is helping to form—even if the information leads it away from its current businesses. Shell will be part of the 16-member Energy Transitions Commission, which he announced at Fortune Brainstorm E, an energy and environment conference in Austin.

Holliday credited global consultant McKinsey for coming to the oil industry with the idea for the commission. He said it will look initially at issues like solar energy and air pollution. The goal, he said, is to paint [a] picture of where the energy industry is going—as opposed to where the oil industry would like it to go.

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About Brainstorm E – from Fortune’s CEO Daily Blog

The conference, which assembled several hundred business leaders and energy experts in Austin, Texas, is providing plenty of reason for optimism. Solar and wind energy are expanding faster than expected, thanks to the combination of rapidly falling prices and tax subsidies. Battery technology for energy storage is advancing. Efficiency gains have kept overall energy usage below 2007 levels. And new investments in technology promise more progress in the future. The conference also has highlighted efforts by business to encourage, and profit, from the change – including the creation of a new Energy Transitions Commission to help business gather data and make smart decisions about the rapidly changing energy environment.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
3 Reasons Why Shell Halted Drilling in the Arctic, by Wendy Koch, National Geographic. “Its news coincided with the launch of the Energy Transitions Commission, a global group including Shell that aims to address both energy poverty and climate change.”