By Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star
No longer does UNL use a coal-fired power and heating plant built at 14th and W streets in 1930 (now the site of the City Campus utility plant), giving the university an advantage over the University of Iowa, University of Illinois and others within the Big Ten still generating electricity on their campuses and expanding their carbon footprint. UNL instead purchases 100 percent of its electricity to power lights and computers, charge cellphones and run other equipment through Lincoln Electric System, which in turn buys power from the Southwest Power Pool and Western Area Power Administration. Read the entire article here.
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NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Poor People’s Campaign takes on economic justice, Jefferson City News Tribune
Ameren Missouri outlined a plan in September to spend more than $1 billion and add at least 700 megawatts of wind energy generation in Missouri and neighboring states by 2020. The Poor People’s Campaign called for power companies to build more renewable energy sources.
- Monmouth explores renewable energy partnership, Daily Review Atlas
MONMOUTH — The City Council on Monday approved a five-month study on the feasibility of a partnership with a renewable energy company. Bluestem Energy of Omaha, Nebraska, presented to the City Council Monday night about a potential partnership for wind and solar energy generation.
- Illinois energy law lures Northeast commercial-industrial solar developer, Midwest Energy News
- Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act
- 2 Wisconsin utilities plan to partner on $390 million large-scale solar projects, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The two solar projects would generate a total of 300 megawatts — enough electricity for more than 70,000 residential customers — and indicate the changing economics of large-scale solar projects.
- Largest solar project on tribal land being developed by NV Energy, 8minutenergy, Solar Builder
- Residential time of use pilot program coming to Minnesota, PV Magazine
- California gets more power from solar than gas in May, PV Magazine
- Colorado integrates storage into utility planning process, Utility Dive
- Davenport distributor completing solar array, Dispatch Argus
- Microsoft and other U.S. companies are driving a renewables boom, Seattle Times
- JinkoSolar to supply sPower with 1.43 GW of solar panels, PV Magazine
The massive deal follows on Jinko’s 2.75 GW supply deal with NextEra, as it deepens its presence in the U.S. market.
- Grid mod policy actions jump 75%, with storage playing a central role, Utility Dive
While the number of actions rose significantly from Q1 2017 to Q1 2018, they remained within the same set of 37 states, according to the latest edition of 50 States of Grid Modernization.