By Joe Smyth, Clean Cooperative
“We’ve seen the cost of renewables plummet. From the first renewable project we signed 10 years ago, we’re seeing like an 85% reduction in the cost of solar energy. And because the wind and solar energy now comes in prices lower than the cost of generating with any fossil fuel, coal or gas, it provides us with an opportunity, if you want to call it a “green energy dividend,” that those savings in energy costs can be used to help us accelerate the retirement of coal and pay for that accelerated retirement, without negative rate impacts.” – Tri-State CEO Duane Highley
Tri-State Association members are located in four states: Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Nebraska.
Previously Posted: Tri-State CEO says wholesaler’s clean energy transition will pay dividends, Energy News Network
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- State approves 1,200-acre solar farm in Jefferson County, Lake Geneva Regional News
Wisconsin regulators have unanimously approved construction of a 149-megawatt solar farm in Jefferson County to produce energy for Dairyland Power Cooperative. Ranger Power plans to build and operate the Badger State solar farm on about 1,200 acres of land in the towns of Oakland and Jefferson, about 25 miles southeast of Madison. La Crosse-based Dairyland has a contract to purchase the power.
- In Nebraska – Previously Posted: Ranger Power looks for buyer after getting solar energy site approved, KOLN. Ranger Power will search for a buyer of its 230 million dollar solar site in eastern Lincoln. The company spokesperson Dan Parson said, “This project, when it comes on line, would have the equivalent of powering 50,000 homes.”
- Michigan environmental justice council to take on energy access and pollution, Energy News Network. Members of the state’s Advisory Council for Environmental Justice expressed optimism as they began work this month.
- How A Utility’s Counterintuitive Strategy Might Fuel A Greener Future, Wall Street Journal
Patti Poppe, the head of a Michigan utility that serves 6.7 million people, wanted to get greener, faster. Four years ago, Consumers Energy relied on power plants that burn fossil fuels for 74% of its electricity—until staff realized the utility could nearly eliminate its dependence on coal and natural gas, thanks to the plunging costs of renewable energy.
- A coal-powered giant bets on wind. Will it work?, E&E News, Republished by Energy News Network. American Electric Power Co. Inc., one of the nation’s largest utility companies and highest-profile emitters, is facing yet another multibillion-dollar test to see how fast it can shift from coal to renewables. This time, it looks like AEP might succeed.
CLEAN ENERGY CAREERS
What’s It Like to Be a Solar Salesperson at a Residential Installer?, Greentech Media
Clean Energy Careers: In a new Greentech Media series, we’re asking people with cleantech jobs to tell us what they really do all day.
SUNNOVA’S NEW SERVICES BUNDLING MODEL
Sunnova to bundle roof replacements along with home solar + storage financing, Solar Builder Magazine. “Launching this product provides another way for our dealers to offer a holistic energy experience for our customers,” said John Santo Salvo, Executive Vice President, Channel Operations and Chief Procurement Officer at Sunnova. “This is another link in our value chain that enables our dealers to source solar, storage, service and now roofing from a single, national service provider.”
- The 2020 Chevy Bolt — GM Changes The Game, Again, by Robert Dee, CleanTechnica
- The Key To The Electric Car Revolution? It’s The Batteries, Stupid, CleanTechnica
SEIA NEWS RELEASE
Solar Industry Response to Solar Tariff Midterm Review Report
“On behalf of more than 10,000 U.S. solar companies and 242,000 American solar workers, we are asking President Trump to give American solar companies the certainty to move forward on billions of dollars in new investment. “Let’s work together on solutions that advance American-made products and that build a stronger clean energy economy for all Americans. An added tariff burden, most certainly is not the answer.” – Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
GLOBAL ENERGY TRANSITION QUOTATION OF THE WEEK
“The energy transition will have an impact on every single oil and gas player.”
– Valentina Kretzschmar, director of corporate research at Wood Mackenzie
The quotation is from the PV Magazine article: Oil and gas giants Shell and Total get serious about solar