By David Levy, Omaha World-Herald
The writer is a partner and chair of the energy practice group at Baird Holm law firm in Omaha, representing wind and solar energy developers, Nebraska municipal utilities and rural public power districts. This commentary reflects his personal views and not the views of Baird Holm.
Wind is creating new opportunities in communities across Nebraska. In the 20 years since Nebraska’s first wind farm began operations, wind energy businesses have invested more than $2.6 billion in the state. Nearly 2,000 Nebraskans now work in the wind industry, where wind technicians on average make close to $55,000 annually and work and live in rural areas. Thousands more construct wind farms across the state, infusing hundreds of millions of dollars in new wages and spending into local economies . . . Nebraska has a lot to gain if the wind industry continues its growth. And it has just as much to lose if these tariffs move forward. Concerned voters should ask their congressional representatives to urge the administration to exempt wind energy components from these harmful tariffs. Read more here.
NPPD Photo: Steele Flats Wind Farm
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- Wind + solar make up more than 20% of generation in 10 states – more on the way, PV Magazine. The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put in stark terms that we have 12 years to clean up our carbon emissions, or face dire consequences for our civilization and our species. That’s the bad news. The good news is that an energy transition is underway in the electricity sector.
- Climate bill would move D.C. to 100% renewable energy by 2032, The Washington Post
The District would adopt one of the nation’s most aggressive plans to cut carbon emissions, aiming to use entirely renewable sources of energy for the city’s power grid just 14 years from now, under new legislation proposed by five D.C. Council members.
- Why 100 percent renewable energy pledges should cover internet infrastructure, GreenBiz
More companies are committing to climate action through campaigns such as We Are Still In, RE100, the Science Based Targets Initiative and the Step Up Declaration. However, many companies making these commitments are leaving out a large and growing segment of their emissions: data.
- Spatial and temporal specificity: the new high bar for 100% renewables, PV Magazine
Google, already 100% renewable powered via PPAs offsets of fossil fuels, is now aiming to make sure they’re clean energy powered 24/7 – even as the sun sets, and winds die down.
- General Motors will soon use wind power to build pickups and SUVs, CBS
- Related article: GM’s Arlington plant now operates on 100% renewable energy
- IKEA Celebrates Grand Opening of IKEA Midwest Distribution Center in Joliet, IL, Business Wire
The Joliet distribution center is LEED Gold Certified, a first for IKEA properties in the U.S. A key environmental highlight is its 268,920-square-foot solar array built with 9,036 solar panels, currently the largest in Illinois.
- AEP to shutter 1,590 MW Ohio coal plant two years ahead of schedule, Utility Dive
- Wisconsin’s Solar Energy Will Increase By 33 Percent Under New Public-Private Partnership, Wisconsin Public Radio
New tool helps states identify EV policies that work, and those that don’t, Utility Dive
The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), which has developed, along with Cadmus, a tool for states and localities to assess their policies and develop regulations that will encourage smart growth of charging infrastructure and vehicle adoption.
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“With California legislation requiring all new homes to have solar starting in 2020, and other states soon to follow, the new home segment is one of the fastest growing markets and this program provides a fantastic tool to address that demand,” said Chairman and CEO Jason Bak. “SunBox provides residential developers with all of the tools they need to provide their customers with a permit-ready solar package. Including solar in the initial home design makes long term economic sense and provides another option for developers to offer their customers. The new home market is massive, and this program allows us to target it strategically.”