It’s been less than four months since California committed to getting all of its electricity from
climate-friendly sources by 2045. But the idea is already catching on in other states. At least nine governors taking their oaths of office this month, from Nevada to Michigan to New York, campaigned on 100% clean energy, or have endorsed the target since it was enshrined in
California law. The District of Columbia also set a 100% clean energy goal last month. So did Xcel Energy, a Minneapolis-based utility that serves 3.6 million electricity customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. Read more here.
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Six paths to 100% renewables for Los Angeles, PV Magazine USA Added transmission, varying levels of distributed generation, and increasing levels of “load modernization” are all under consideration in an NREL study. The results could illuminate paths for California and other states to reach 100% zero-carbon or renewable energy targets.
Green Team Massachusetts: We are first-term legislators supported by environmental scientists & civic leaders working to unlock & deploy
Massachusetts’ 100% renewable energy potential.
2019 Solar Outlook: Making ambitious state policy into a reality, Utility Dive Cities and municipalities are also increasingly committing themselves to 100% renewable
energy or zero net carbon goals. The numerous commitments offer an opportunity to research the best ways to interconnect additional solar resources and to modernize the grid, said
Jennifer Szaro, vice president of research and education at the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).
According to EIA’s latest inventory of electric generators, 23.7 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity additions and 8.3 GW of capacity retirements are expected for the U.S. electric power sector in 2019. The utility-scale
capacity additions consist primarily of wind (46%), natural gas (34%), and solar photovoltaics (18%), with the remaining 2% consisting primarily of other renewables and battery storage capacity.
Not everyone is benefiting equally from the availability of new solar energy technologies, a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and Tufts University shows. By combining remote sensing data from Google’s Project Sunroof with census tract information, the
researchers discovered significant racial disparities in the adoption of rooftop solar photovoltaics. The findings were published Jan. 10 in the journal Nature Sustainability. Read more on the Tufts University website.
When the project is done, the Capitol will be cooled and partially heated using geothermal energy. A geothermal well field will be installed in the ground in a city block around the Capitol. It will consist of 225 wells planted 670 feet into the ground. It will be a closed-loop system made up of a network of deep wells and pipes. The geothermal well field will not be cheap to install, but [State Capitol Administrator Steve Ripley] said it has the potential to serve more than one generation of heating and cooling systems in the Capitol. Clickhere to read more.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota all sourced more than 20 percent of their electricity generation from wind power during 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). It shows wind supplied over 5.5 percent of electricity nationwide, up from 4.7 percent in 2015. Read the entire release here.
Photo by Jamie Vesay: Petersburg Wind Farm in Nebraska
FROM AWEA’S UPDATED NEBRASKA FACT SHEET:
Nebraska is one of the top states in the country for potential wind energy generation, with a technical potential of approximately 880,000 megawatts (MW) according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Nebraska now has 1,328 MW of installed wind power.
State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
Number of wind turbines: 741
Wind projects online: 21 (Projects over 10 MW: 14)
Direct and indirect jobs supported: 3,001 to 4,000
Blessed with lots of open space, consistent and strong winds, and farm owners eager to garner extra income from planting wind turbines alongside corn, Iowa has been one of the epicenters of America’s long-running wind boom. In 2008, about 4 percent of Iowa’s electricity generation came from wind. But so many wind farms have been built in the state that in 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “wind provided 31.3% of Iowa’s total electricity generation in 2015, a larger share than any other state.” Read more here.
Defying all projections, wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first quarter of 2016. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest, just-released “Electric Power Monthly” report (with data for the first three months of 2016), net U.S. electrical generation from non-hydro renewables (i.e.,biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 22.9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015. Continue reading.
Kenneth Bossong is the Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign. The SUN DAY Campaign is a non-profit research and educational organization founded in 1993 to promote sustainable energy technologies as cost-effective alternatives to nuclear power and fossil fuels.
New statistics just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration suggest that in the coming year, the booming solar sector will add more new electricity-generating capacity than any other — including natural gas and wind. EIA reports that planned installations for 2016 include 9.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar — followed by 8 gigawatts (or 8 billion watts) of natural gas and 6.8 gigawatts of wind. This suggests solar could truly blow out the competition, because the EIA numbers are only for large or utility-scale solar arrays or farms and do not include fast-growing rooftop solar, which will also surely add several additional gigawatts of capacity in 2016. In other words, U.S. solar seems poised for not just a record year but perhaps a blowout year. Last year, in contrast, solar set a new record with 7.3 gigawatts of total new photovoltaic capacity across residential, commercial, and utility scale installations.
This photo of a solar array at Birdsong Peanuts’ shelling and drying facility in Colquitt, Georgia illustrates a 1MW-size solar project. Photo Credit: Hannah Solar
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has begun including data on small scale solar PV installations in its Electric Power Monthly reports, noting that the systems “have grown significantly in the United States over the past several years.” . . . Although each distributed PV system is very small [defined as up to 1MW], EIA noted that “there are hundreds of thousands of these systems across the country that add up to a substantial amount of electricity generating capacity.”
by Ron Meador, veteran journalist, Star Tribune / Posted on MinnPost.Com
The U.S. Energy Information Administration “ . . . just closed out its data gathering for calendar 2014, a process that includes asking utility-scale electric power generators about the new capacity they are adding in the year ahead.
For 2015, these companies told the EIA they plan to boost their combined output by about 20 gigawatts. More than half of that will come from new wind and solar installations.”