By Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal
Dakota County leaders have decided more study and public input is needed before voting on a moratorium on wind farm developments. The board’s decision was applauded by Josh Moenning, director of New Power Nebraska, a renewable energy development organization that promotes and develops wind energy projects. The Norfolk, Nebraska, mayor, Moenning participated in the meeting via teleconference. “I think it’s the right call,” he said in a statement emailed to the Journal. “This decision requires a fair, full hearing in order for public officials to have the benefit of all perspectives.” Read more here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Renewable Leader Reports Strong First Quarter, Optimism For 2020, Valdosta Daily Times
Tri Global Energy is an independent renewable energy originator and developer in the U.S. The company is a leading wind developer in Texas and is among the top five in the U.S. for projects under construction. Nearly 3,500 megawatts of TGE’s development projects are either in financing, construction or operation, including wind, solar and energy storage projects.
- In Nebraska: Tri Global Energy is planning to develop a 100–megawatt wind farm which will be named the Sugar Loaf wind farm in Garden County, Nebraska. Source: Wind Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
- J-Power, a dedicated fossil fuel developer, goes big in solar with 350 MW in ERCOT, PV Magazine. The economics of solar project development in Texas are so compelling, even coal and gas giants want a piece of the action. WoodMac expects the number of solar projects larger than 120 MWac commissioned in the U.S. to grow from 11 in 2019 to 32 in 2021. These large solar projects are no longer driven by RPS edicts but by corporate buyers and the sheer competitive pricing of solar or solar-plus-storage compared to other generation sources.
- Powering through — and beyond — the crisis, Utility Dive
The following is a contributed article by Sue Tierney, senior advisor at Analysis Group in Colorado and former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, and utility regulator in Massachusetts.
- Southern California Edison wants its new, huge 770 MW battery storage procurement online fast, PV Magazine. In an era of plunging battery costs, these awards point to the end of intermittent renewables and the dawn of dispatchable solar and wind.
- BPU Has Good News for Solar Developers: If It’s Solar, It’s Essential, New Jersey Spotlight
MORE CORPORATE NEWS
- IKEA Put 1 Million Solar Panels On 370 Stores In 2019, CleanTechnica
In 2019, IKEA invested $2.8 billion in renewable energy infrastructure. IKEA put 1 million solar panels on 370 0f its stores and warehouses, and also built 535 wind turbines and 2 solar parks. The goal is to be climate positive by 2030. IKEA shows that we have the solutions. So, what’s stopping us from implementing them?
- Google machine learning shifts data center ops to maximize efficiency, renewables use, Utility Dive
- Bloomberg Now at Midpoint of Reaching 100% Renewable Energy Target by 2025, AltEnergy Magazine. Innovative approaches of procuring renewable energy such as Bloomberg’s participation in the Corporate Renewable Energy Aggregation Group set the company on a path to achieve its ambitious 2025 goal.
- Previously Posted Article: Bloomberg, Salesforce Among Companies to Form the Corporate Renewable Energy Aggregation Group, Environmental Leader
- Previously Posted LevelTen YouTube Video: Corporate Renewable Energy Aggregation Group Case Study
- Driving Clean Energy Access, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Blog
INVESTOR-OWNED UTILITIES’ EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Investor-owned utilities pay top executives millions — are they worth it?, PV Magazine
Energy and Policy Institute has tracked the past three years of CEO compensation at 41 investor-owned utilities across the country. And, while the numbers are eye-popping, a well-paid CEO does not necessarily reflect company success. Some of the highest-paid CEOs on the EPI list head utilities — such as Southern Company and NextEra — that have slowed the growth of residential solar in their regions.
Utility CEOs received over $1 billion in executive compensation from 2017 – 2019, Energy And Policy Institute
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