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California set a goal of 100% clean energy, and now other states may follow its lead

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times

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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New electric generating capacity in 2019 will come from renewables and natural gas

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.


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Who benefits from the solar energy revolution?, by Kara Manke, UC Berkeley News

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.

Nebraska State Capitol begins a tall task — a $106 million, eight-year renovation

By Emily Nitcher, Omaha World-Herald

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. Click here to read more.

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Photos: The Nebraska State Capitol through the years

More About Geothermal Energy: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

US wind generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016: 5 Heartland states now more than 20% wind-powered

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

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
  • Total capital investment: $1.7 billion
  • Annual land lease payments: $1-5 million

Download Nebraska’s Fact Sheet.

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2016 US Renewable Generation Blows Past EIA’s Earlier Forecasts

The Most Impressive State for Clean Energy

By Daniel Gross, Slate Magazine
Iowa wind

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.

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Renewable Resources Set New Records in US Electricity Generation in 1Q16

Photo Credit: Clean Technica

Photo Credit: CleanTechnica

By Kenneth Bossong, Renewable Energy World

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.

Solar energy is poised for an unforgettable year

Image credit: U.S. Department of Energy

Image credit: U.S. Department of Energy

By Chris Mooney, The Washington Post

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.

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EIA: Small-scale installations make up a third of solar generation

This photo of a solar array at Birdsong Peanuts' shelling and drying facility in Colquitt, Georgia illustrates a 1MW solar project. Photo Credit: Hannah Solar

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.”

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EIA electricity data now include estimated small-scale solar PV capacity and generation
Small-scale distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, such as those found on residential and commercial rooftops, have grown significantly in the United States over the past several years. Starting this month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is including monthly estimates of small-scale distributed solar PV capacity and generation by state and sector in EIA’s Electric Power Monthly.

US: EIA to begin including small-scale solar output in new data, PV Magazine

Wind and solar projects will power half of U.S. utilities’ new output for 2015

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.”

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