By Camille Erickson, Casper Star Tribune
The state’s largest utility company is placing the finishing touches on a new Integrated Resource Plan — a blueprint for PacifiCorp’s master energy strategy through 2038. “What we are basically seeing is the beginning of the end of coal mining in southwestern Wyoming, which has gone on since before statehood.” said Rob Godby, an economist at the University of Wyoming.
The plan emphasized the need to transition away from coal-fired power plants for the interest of saving ratepayers substantial costs down the road. Utility companies saddled with the mandate to keep electricity prices low for consumers have been attracted to the increasing cost effectiveness of wind energy in recent years. Read more here.
It’s widely known that almost all of Nebraska’s coal is imported from Wyoming, but as our state continues to grow our own renewable energy resources, more and more of our energy dollars will remain in our state, benefiting our communities, people and environment.
Nebraska Energy Profile, U.S. Energy Information Administration
MORE ENERGY TRANSFORMATION NEWS
- Coal-heavy Pennsylvania to join Northeast’s carbon cap and trade program, by Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive. Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are also in the initiative, with New Jersey rejoining the program in June.
- Meet The Coal Town Betting Big On Outdoor Recreation, Ohio Valley ReSource, WFPL
- Vogler: Virginia celebrates National Clean Energy Week, contributed opinion, Roanoke Times
Lee Vogler is the Vice-Mayor of Danville, He currently serves on the advisory board for Conservatives for Clean Energy Virginia.
- Kentucky Solar Industries Association becomes official SEIA affiliate, Solar Power World
“KYSEIA is excited to become a SEIA affiliate at a time when Kentucky’s power sector is undergoing a massive transformation,” said Matthew Partymiller, president of KYSEIA. “SEIA’s assistance and expertise is vital to our burgeoning solar industry, which is providing unprecedented customer choice and growth in high wage jobs across the Commonwealth.” To see a map of the current SEIA affiliates across the country, go to www.seia.org/official-state-affiliates.
MORE ENERGY TRANSITION
- Ameren Missouri looking to spread solar generation across state, Daily Energy Insider
Ameren Missouri plans to install solar generation facilities in parking lots, on roofs, and in other open spaces as part of an initiative to spread solar generation across the state. The effort is part of its Neighborhood Solar program, which was made possible by a law passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2018. The ideal partners for the program are non-profit organizations, schools, institutions, or other non-residential locations that are gathering spots in the community.
- First Illinois ‘Solar for All’ projects approved, Solar Power World
- Platte River Power wants to grow its PV capacity 500%, PV Magazine
- New England needs to floor it and increase solar deployments by over 1000%, PV Magazine
The Brattle Group has released an analysis suggesting that New England should double its electricity output and deploy between 158 and 285 GW of zero-carbon resources if it is to meet its regional goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gasses by 2050.
- 6 predictions for the future of solar in Arizona, AZ Big Media
- New law and Gov. Mills’ energy goals set off solar-farm land rush, Press Herald
Now that friendly policies are in place, developers are jockeying for access to Maine’s grid to build community solar projects.
- Church celebrates newly installed solar panels and electrical vehicle charging stations, THV11
- As world chases rare metal for batteries, Iowa looks to sodium for storage solution, Energy News Network
FEATURED CORPORATE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROCUREMENT NEWS
- Hospital electrification will lead corporate renewable procurement in next 5 years: Deloitte, Utility Dive. The healthcare and medical group sector will make up most of the planned corporate renewable deals in 2020-25, according to Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics. The energy-intensive healthcare industry is focused on near-term changes to electrify their energy needs, save money and reduce carbon emissions, according to the Deloitte study released on Wednesday.
- The Latest Competition Between Walmart vs. Target Is All About Solar Panels, Not Low Prices, Money Magazine. Giant companies such as Target, Walmart, Google, and Apple have become increasingly aggressive about investing in renewable energy and greening up their act, having purchased three times as much power generated from wind and solar panels last year as they did the year before. The price of clean energy becoming more affordable too. The nonprofit American Council on Renewable Energy says “that solar power is 90 percent cheaper than it was 10 years ago and wind power is about 70 percent cheaper.” This makes it easier for big companies like Target and Walmart to see it is a good investment.
- Bifacial solar panels lose Section 201 tariff exemption, Solar Power World
Well, the fun lasted four months. After granting an exemption to the Section 201 tariffs in June of this year, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has revoked the exclusion on all brands of bifacial solar modules. Bifacial imports will lose their exemption status starting Oct. 28, 2019.
- US solar industry gets unlikely boost from the Trump administration, CNBC