Center Stage Podcast, GreenBiz
It’s clear that 100 percent renewable energy is imperative to fight climate change. And it’s already starting. Chris Clark, president at Xcel Energy; Bill Weihl, former sustainability and energy efficiency manager at Facebook; and Neha Palmer, head of energy strategy at Google talked about how to push and pull all companies, utilities and the public toward accessible 100 percent renewable energy. Listen to the Podcast
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ALSO IN THE NEWS
- Utility of the Year: Xcel Energy, Dive Awards
- “Sun in a box” Stores Renewable Energy & Delivers It On Demand, SciTech Daily
- Watertown Becomes 1st Town In New England To Require Solar Panels On New Commercial Constructions, WBUR
HAPPENING IN OTHER STATES
- Solar energy companies flocking to Metro East, Illinois
St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The solar industry in Missouri is actually larger than in Illinois, producing a total of 167 megawatts versus 90 in Illinois. But experts say that Illinois, ranked 34th nationwide in solar capacity, is poised to grow to 1,856 megawatts in the next five years, putting the state in 11th place and well on its way to meeting the legislation’s goal to get to 3,000 megawatts by 2030.
- City Council pledges to operate on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, WCPO Cincinnati. With a resolution passed last week, City Council made Cincinnati the 100th U.S. city to pledge to neutralize its carbon footprint by 2035.
- Solar energy co-op sells subscribers energy — and a piece of the business, Minneapolis Star Tribune. Cooperative Energy Futures develops arrays and then seeks subscribers who also essentially become shareholders.
- Stanford University’s Electricity Will Be Completely Carbon-Free 24 Years Ahead of California’s 100-percent Goal, Solar Magazine
- Solar energy initiative brings green jobs in Harlem, Metro USA
- Rhode Island looks to spare green space with brownfield solar projects, Energy News Network
A new state incentive offers money to developers that build solar projects on polluted properties instead of forests or farmland.
- Duke solar solicitation nearly 6x over-subscribed, PV Magazine
78 proposals ranging from 7 MWac to 80 MWac are vying for spots under the 680 MW solicitation, which has been issued as part of a compromise between Duke and the solar industry.
- Exxon’s Power Play Points to Texas’ Future, Bloomberg
The oil giant’s big bet on Permian renewables shows how the economics of the electricity market are changing.
SOLAR MODULE NEWS
Solar module lifetime predictions are getting better, PV Magazine
NREL has proposed a new methodology for determining solar module degradation rates, taking into account measurement challenges such as sensor drift, inverter nuances, soiling and others – keeping the focus on the solar modules themselves. Image: NREL, Hit me with your SunShot
100% Renewable Energy As Catalyst For Achieving Peace & Justice
By Rob van Riet, Director of the Climate Energy Program at the World Future Council and a regular contributor to The Beam
Unlike fossil fuels, which are characterized by the uneven geographical distribution of natural reserves, RE is abundant across regions and countries. Photo by Justin Holzgrove, DOE’s Hit me with your SunShot
HOW DOES THAT WORK? SERIES
Mutual Aid, by Jason Kuiper, The Wire, OPPD Blog
WHAT IS IT? Mutual aid is an agreement through which other utilities offer their restoration services after natural disasters strike and cause widespread power outages. OPPD has been on both sides of the aisle. Photo: OPPD trucks line up in Tampa, Florida, part of the mutual aid deployed to help restore power following a hurricane.