By Saif Bepari, Technology Magazine
Speaking on the announcement, JP Roehm, Chief Executive Officer, IEA, said that the Richland project validates Iowa’s ongoing and strong commitment towards wind energy. Iowa has already made some substantial progress by installing nearly 9,000 megawatts, while more than 1,100 additional megawatts are currently under construction in the region. Read more here.
Previously Posted IEA News Release, August 6, 2019
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc. Announces $98 Million Wind Construction Project in Nebraska, Globe Newswire. The award is for construction of the Milligan 1 Wind Farm in Saline County in southeast Nebraska. This is a 300-megawatt project that is expected to provide enough energy to power up to 115,000 homes. The power generated by the project’s planned 99 turbines will be delivered into the Southwest Power Pool electrical grid. Work on the Milligan 1 project is scheduled to begin in September with full operation by November 2020.
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Michigan joins spate of state grid modernization initiatives, Utility Dive
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D, and the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday unveiled a grid modernization initiative designed to guide resident and business customers “through the energy industry’s rapid changes in the transition to clean energy.” The MI Power Grid program will focus on three areas: customer engagement, integrating emerging technologies and optimizing grid performance and investments.
- From Corn To Solar: For Some Farmers, There’s ‘More Money In Producing Electrons’, Indiana Public Media
- New York City trades gas plant for the world’s largest battery, PV Magazine
Regulators have approved Ravenwood Development to build a 316 MW / 2,528 MWh energy storage facility across the East River from Manhattan to replace two gas peaker plants in Queens.
- Commonwealth of Virginia, Dominion Energy Partner on Historic Renewable Energy Agreement, Dominion Energy News Release, PR Newswire. 420 megawatts of renewable energy will power universities, state offices and facilities. Agreement includes first onshore wind facility in Virginia, four new solar projects.
- Dominion throws the challenge flag on the Energy Freedom Act PV Magazine
The utility is attempting to set the avoided energy cost rate for solar projects under PURPA at just $16.76/MWh for new generation and $23.46/MWh for queued generation. These are some of the lowest avoided cost rates seen to date.
- Philadelphia launches regional collaborative to tackle climate change, recycling, renewable energy, The Philadelphia Inquirer. When Philadelphia officials announced an agreement one year ago to purchase nearly a fifth of municipal electricity from a solar farm, they began fielding calls from curious businesses, universities and others: How can we get in on that?
ABIGAIL ROSS HOPPER POST
Why America’s Top Businesses Are Also Leading on Solar Energy, SEIA Blog
It’s time to value DER in resource adequacy
In this op-ed for pv magazine, Craig Lewis of Clean Coalition argues for a greater role for distributed energy resources to mitigate future power shortages and grid instability.
NREL engineer on the ‘grand challenges’ of supersizing wind power on the grid, Energy News Network. Wind energy is growing at a fast pace, with various forecasts projecting it will supply between one-quarter and one-third of the world’s electricity by 2050. The potential could range up to half if scientists and engineers can resolve three big challenges, according to a new review study published this month in the journal Science.
COMMERCIAL SOLAR MARKET
5 Observations on the Commercial Solar Market, contributed article by Richard Walsh, Greentech Media. There’s more capital chasing solar assets than there are quality projects available, giving developers their pick of partners, the author writes. Richard Walsh is managing partner at Madison Energy Investments, a platform that develops, owns and operates distributed generation projects within the commercial and industrial and small utility-scale sectors.
Getting Real Serious About Renewable Hydrogen In Real America, CleanTechnica
CIRCULAR ECONOMY NEWS
5 emerging jobs in the circular economy, GreenBiz
The circular economy is celebrated as a trillion-dollar opportunity beginning to penetrate industries around the world. There’s no sector or region left untouched by the potential for reinventing systems, products and services in a fashion that ultimately creates no waste and even regenerates natural systems. At least that’s the hope among evangelists of circularity, notably the Ellen MacArthur Foundation alongside many hundreds of corporations aligned on various ambitious circular goals.
WIND WILDLIFE RESEARCH FUND
Funding innovation to support science-based solutions: The Wind Wildlife Research Fund, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog. This is a guest post from Kyle Boudreaux, NextEra Energy Resources and Chair of the Wind Wildlife Research Fund Advisory Council.
NEGATIVE WHOLESALE POWER PRICES
Strong wind power in the US Midwest today means wholesale prices are below zero, Electrek
The Plains states are seeing strong, steady winds today that are keeping the wind turbines turning, so wholesale power prices have fallen below zero. Negative electricity rates are becoming more common as utilities incorporate solar and wind power with no fossil-fuel costs. This will only increase as the US reduces coal consumption and builds more green energy sources.