By Roberta Combs and Tom Kiernan, Opinion Contributors, The Hill
This week, hundreds of young conservatives from across the country will be visiting the nation’s capitol. Their mission is to participate in a time-honored democratic tradition—making sure their elected officials hear their voices. The message these young men and women plan to convey is simple: they support clean energy, and they want to power more of America with it.
Vigorous conservative support for clean energy may come as a surprise to some, but it shouldn’t. In fact, conservative principles and clean energy align quite well. Shared common values include a belief in markets, devotion to a strong U.S. economy, and the practice of good stewardship. And many of the country’s wind leaders–like Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and
Kansas–have long conservative histories. Continue reading here.
About the Writers
Roberta Combs is President & CEO of the Christian Coalition.
Tom Kiernan is CEO of the American Wind Energy Association.
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Solar has the potential to foster peace and aid conflict resolution by being deployed in several of the world’s crisis areas. Electricity is one of the highest costs for humanitarian missions in fragile regions, such as South Sudan, the Congo, Somalia, Myanmar and Yemen, among others. In an interview with pv magazine, the CEO and founder of Energy Peace Partners describes how solar installed in camps and protected areas, could improve the outcomes of such missions.
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Image: UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti. Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David A. Frech
- India to generate 100 GW solar energy by 2022: Suresh Prabhu, Economic Times
New Delhi: Union Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that India has set a target to generate 100 GW solar energy by 2022 for increasing share of carbon-free energy in the energy mix. While speaking at a function of International Solar Alliance (ISA) Innovation and Investment Forum here today Prabhu stressed on joint efforts required to reduce the cost of finance and technology for massive production of solar energy. “Many firms of Australia and Japan are keen to invest in India in the solar energy sector.”
By Tracey Osborne, Scientific American
Indigenous people are rejecting oil, coal and gas extraction in favor of renewable energy to save their land, increase employment and fight global warming.
In the U.S. Native American reservations represent only 2 percent of the land but hold approximately 20 percent of the country’s fossil fuel reserves, including coal, oil and gas. Together these fuels are worth some $1.5 trillion, according to the Council of Energy Resource Tribes. Whereas some have called for privatizing and exploiting native lands to unleash the economic potential of fossil fuels, many indigenous leaders from both the U.S. and other countries disagree with this approach. Read the entire article here.
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By Jake Richardson, Clean Technica
Renewable energy is already cheaper than other energy options in most of the world, but it comes with other economic and societal benefits as well. Because of the number of countries investing in renewable energy, the complexity of their national economies and their energy infrastructure details, it isn’t possible to cover everything in one online article. The subject would be better addressed in a book. So, this article is intended only to be a snapshot of some key high-level points. Click here to continue reading.
Photo: Telesis Inc’s solar array in Lincoln’s Haymarket
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Solar and wind generation with storage now competitive with coal power.
Written by Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post
What stands out about the response Xcel received is that wind sources with storage are now cheaper than coal generation, and solar plus storage is now cheaper than about 75 percent of coal generation in the state, according to CarbonTracker. “As far as we know, these are the lowest renewables plus storage bids in the U.S. to date. Click here to read more.
Photo by Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file
In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy’s insanely cheap future: Even with storage, new renewables beat existing coal, Vox
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- NREL Launches Electrification Futures Study Series, Renewable Energy Magazine
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is spearheading the Electrification Futures Study, a research collaboration to explore the impacts of widespread electrification in all U.S. economic sectors—commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and industry.
- Shuttered coal plant fixer-uppers for sale all over the U.S, Utility Dive
More than half of all coal plants are, or will soon be, shuttered. Collaboration and compromise by some are beginning to reveal ways to reclaim the sites for new purposes.
- OPPD turns fly ash into cash, OPPD The Wire
For years, OPPD sold a good portion of the fly ash from North Omaha and Nebraska City stations rather than disposing all of it in landfills located at the generating stations. But with 2016’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule, there was concern on the marketability of the fly ash due to planned chemical injection into the flue gas that could modify the fly ash properties.
- Seasonal patterns show a need for more solar in the U.S. electricity mix, PV Magazine
- Shell to acquire 44% stake in solar developer Silicon Ranch, PV Magazine
The pioneering Southern solar developer will now be backed by Europe’s largest oil and gas company. Shell notes that the acquisition is part of its global New Energies portfolio, and will complement its sale of wholesale power in the United States.
- 2017 Update: State Net Metering Policies, National Conference of State Legislatures
- IRENA: Global Renewable Energy Prices Will Be Competitive With Fossil Fuels by 2020, Greentech Media: The International Renewable Energy Agency calls it “a significant shift in the energy paradigm.” IRENA credits the industry’s growing economic edge to a triad of drivers including quickening technological improvements, competitive procurement, and a growing base of globally experienced developers.
- The Force Is With Clean Energy: 10 Predictions for 2018, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
- China More Than Doubles America’s 2017 Investments in Clean Energy, in a ‘Runaway’ Year. Greentech Media. The market in China continues to expand, accounting for half the globe’s 2017 investments in solar.
- Government of Canada Funds Smart Grid Expansion to Fight Climate Change, Create Clean Jobs and Ensure Safer Power Delivery for Canadians, Natural Resources Canada, Newswire Canada
- 340 billion gallons of sludge spur environmental fears in Canada, Bloomberg News
By Brian Eckhouse, From Climate Changed, Bloomberg News
Google has now signed enough renewables deals to match all of its energy needs this year, though not all the projects are currently operational. The company has agreed to buy 2,397 megawatts of clean power in the U.S. — and 3,186 megawatts overall, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Amazon.com Inc is the second biggest corporate buyer, with 1,219 megawatts, all in the U.S. Read more here.
Photo: The Block Island Wind Farm in the waters off Block Island, Rhode Island.
Credit: Eric Thayer / Bloomberg
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- Google is officially 100% sun and wind powered – 3.0 gigawatts worth, Electrek
- Big Blue to install big solar in Boulder, PV Magazine. IBM has announced plans to install the largest PV system in Boulder, Colorado, which will also be the largest system on IBM property, as the city continues to move toward municipalizing its electricity system.
- The Commercial and Industrial Microgrid: A Growing Number of Corporations Going Green, Microgrid Knowledge
- Solar capacity jumps by more than half in developing nations, Renewable Energy Magazine
- St. Louis pursues 100 per cent clean energy, shrugs off coal opposition, BusinessGreen
- We Energies to shut Pleasant Prairie coal plant, increase renewables, Utility Dive. According to the Sierra Club, it is the 266th coal-fired power plant in the United States to close down.
- WEC Energies expected to replace coal plant with 350 MW of solar, PV Magazine. The company will close the 1,200 MW Pleasant Prairie coal plant early next year, on the heels of its plan to install 350 MW of solar by 2020.
- Editorial: Coal plants will continue to shut down, Wisconsin State Journal Editorial Board
- Virginia group seeks policy changes to boost solar in coal country, Southeast Energy News. Electric
- Electric Co-ops Dedicate 60-Acre Solar Farm, LEX18. Members of the 16 electric cooperatives that make up Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives can participate by licensing solar panels. For a one-time payment of $460 per panel, participating members will receive a 25-year license and they will get credit on their monthly power bills for the value of the energy generated by their share of the solar farm. Cooperative Solar Farm One features 32,300 solar panels capable of producing up to 8.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to provide all the power needs for approximately 1,000 typical homes.
- AWA launches statewide campaign showing benefits of wind, Windpower Engineering Development. American Wind Action (AWA) launched a statewide campaign in Iowa to engage the public and encourage, as well as support efforts to protect its 9,000 local jobs and contribution to the local economy. AWA will air a series of TV, print, radio, and digital ads in a variety of Iowa media markets throughout the remainder of the year.
- What ‘Resilience’ Means in a Clean Energy Future, Greentech Media
- New York becomes the fourth state to add energy storage mandate, PV Magazine. Following the lead of Utah, Oregon and Massachusetts, the New York Public Service Commission has been charged with creating the targets by January 1.
- World’s Largest Battery Is Turned On In Australia, As Tesla Ties Into Power Grid, NET
- GTM Research identifies five new countries poised to install more than a gigawatt of solar annually, Greentech Media Research. When this year comes to a close, GTM Research expects eight countries will top the 1-gigawatt mark in annual PV installations. By the end of 2018, that number will grow to 13 countries. According to GTM Research’s latest Global Solar Demand Monitor the next five countries to cross the 1-gigawatt annual threshold will be Brazil, Egypt, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain.
- NREL develops switchable solar window, Renewable Energy Magazine
- Rocky Mountain Institute Report Release: State of the Market 2017: Corporate Renewable Procurement in China
- California Is Plenty Green But Iowa Has the Cleanest Power, Bloomberg News.
Aggressive environmental polices under Governor Jerry Brown have given rise to vast wind and solar farms, allowing California to generate almost one-third of its electricity from renewable sources. Meanwhile, Iowa has one of the nation’s least ambitious clean-energy targets and gets as much as 40 percent of its power from wind and solar farms.
Daniel K. Gardner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Today, China is the world’s largest investor in renewable energy, with outlays in 2015 totaling $103 billion, more than double U.S. spending of $44 billion. Of the planet’s 8.1 million jobs in renewable energy, 3.5 million are in China, whereas fewer than 1 million are in the United States. Persuaded that clean energy is good for the environment and the economy, China has committed $367 billion through 2020 to the development of renewable power sources — a level of investment that is expected to generate 13 million jobs.
China also is looking beyond its borders, by exporting the expertise it has developed in renewable energy and supporting technologies. In 2016, China invested tens of billions in renewable energy projects in Australia, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Pakistan, Vietnam, Indonesia and elsewhere. Read the entire article here.
Stock Photo: In China, the number of premature deaths from air pollution is more than 1 million every year. Each year, 200,000 Americans die prematurely because of bad air quality.
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- How utility pilot programs are driving renewable energy integration, Utility Dive
- Morgan Stanley and Citi Say They Will Run on 100 Percent Clean Energy, Renewable Energy World
- Citigroup to go 100% renewable by 2020, PV Magazine
- GM to run Ohio, Indiana factories with 100 percent wind power, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
- What’s the best way to buy renewable energy? GreenBiz
- With Federal Support Waning, Wind Power Turns To Industry For Investment, Iowa Public Radio
- Solar Plus Storage Projects Will Increasingly Offer Resiliency, Forbes
- In California, a major utility is teaming up with Tesla to boost the staying power of renewables, CNBC
- Today’s Wind and Solar Can Lead to a Safer Climate Tomorrow: This is part of a series of blogs on NRDC’s new report, “America’s Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future.“
- California cities sue big oil firms over climate change, Reuters
- Trump pulled out of climate agreement, but NC’s Cooper says ‘We remain committed’,
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- 10 Big-Name Corporations Launch 100% Electric Vehicle Campaign At Climate Week NYC, Clean Technica
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APS says reducing summer peak demand can help reduce demand for renewable and non-renewable generation and delay the need for future infrastructure for the benefit of all customers. Read more.
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