By Mark Williams, The Columbus Dispatch
State regulators have approved a 325-megawatt solar farm to be built in Union County, the second to be approved for Union County in recent months. AEUG Union Solar is slotted to begin construction this year on a project that will take up 2,013 acres within a 3,355-acre project area in Washington and York townships, according to the Ohio Power Siting Board, which approved the project Thursday. Regulators approved Cadence Solar Energy project last fall to be built in York, Liberty and Taylor townships. The two are among nearly 50 solar projects in some stage of development in Ohio amid a surge in interest in renewable energy. Read more here.
MORE MIDWEST / NEBRASKA NEWS
- Illinois muni and co-op members want in on state’s solar boom, Midwest Energy News
The 2021 Climate and Equitable Jobs Act revived state solar incentives and specifically ensured the “right to self-generate” for everyone in the state, but despite that assurance, many barriers still exist for as many as 1 million customers of Illinois munis and co-ops.
- Wisconsin bill would grant utilities a monopoly on building transmission, Energy News Network
- A Sun Powered City: Norfolk builds largest solar farm in Nebraska, Wayne Stater
LOUISIANA’S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
Louisiana Task Force Approves State’s First-Ever Climate Acton Plan, American Public Power Association
A Louisiana task force has approved and presented to the state’s governor a Climate Action Plan that would set a goal of achieving zero net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
The Climate Action Plan recently unanimously approved by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force has three priority policy pillars: renewable electricity generation, industrial electrification, and industrial fuel switching to low- and no-carbon hydrogen.
BUILD BACK BETTER
- Build back later, PV Magazine
After multiple rounds of slashing the total cost of the Build Back Better bill, US senators remain locked in negotiations. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (West Virginia) voted against an earlier proposal, shocking many, and has now said he will reopen negotiations “starting from scratch.”
- It’s time for West Virginia to have a seat at Clean Energy table, opinion contributed by Dan Conant, CEO of Solar Holler, West Virginia News
- West Virginia to See Thousands of New Jobs from Build Back Better Act [NRDC Analysis]
- Dems look to reframe ‘Build Back Better’ on pocketbook issues, E&E Daily
- More than 250 leaders from 30-plus states urge Congress to pass climate legislation, Environment America. Local government officials, health professionals, academics and business owners support immediate action on climate. Read quotations here: In their own words: Local leaders urge Congress to act on climate
NEW FERC POLICY
In past practice, FERC judged whether a pipeline was needed solely by whether it had contracts for its supply. The agency will now consider other factors such as demand projections, estimated capacity utilization rates, potential cost savings to customers, and statements from state regulatory commissions or local distribution companies, according to agency staff. FERC will also consider how gas infrastructure could affect the applicant’s existing customers; the interests of existing pipelines and their customers; environmental interests; and, the interests of landowners and surrounding communities, including environmental justice communities, staff said during the meeting.
NEW ENVIRONMENT AMERICA REPORT
Rooftop solar and the 2021 Texas power crisis: Exploring small-scale solar’s potential to improve grid resilience during a deep freeze event. Released by Environment America Research & Policy Center, Environment Texas Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group
Taking advantage of the nation’s vast rooftop solar potential would not only help build a more reliable grid, but also reduce other environmental and public health impacts of our current energy system. Download Report (PDF)
More Environment America Reports
Clean Energy in America Reaches Milestone in 2021, But Installation Pace Must Accelerate to Reach Emissions Goals, American Clean Power Association News Release
While clean energy capacity passed the major milestone of 200 gigawatts (GW) – enough to support the energy needs of almost 2 out of every 5 American homes – the pace of clean energy installation risks hitting a plateau, with significant project delays due to supply chain bottlenecks and policy headwinds.
Clean Power Nebraska (PDF), ACP Resource