Midwest utilities embrace big solar, push back on rooftops

E&E News | Jeffrey Tomich, May 13, 2019 Midwest utilities embrace big solar, push back on rooftops Once written off as too undependable and expensive for a region where coal was still king, solar energy is being embraced by Midwest utilities at a pace once unthinkable. Consider a map of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) interconnection queue, where there’s …

2013 Union of Concerned Scientists: Electric Utility Investment in Truck and Bus Charging A Guide for Programs to Accelerate Electrification

Don Anair, Amine Mahmassani – July 2013, Union of Concerned Scientists: Electric Utility Investment in Truck and Bus Charging A Guide for Programs to Accelerate Electrification The time has arrived for electric trucks and buses. To accelerate their deployment, electric utilities have two key roles to play: investing in charging programs and designing fair, sensible electricity rates. Both steps would catalyze the market for these vehicles and help maximize the benefits …

Energy resilience planning on a local/regional basis in Colorado

Energy efficiency and solar coupled with storage are both examples of resilience options that can provide benefit year-round. While end-use efficiency does not in itself provide power during an outage, it allows for more critical services to be delivered with limited generation capacity. Year-round, increased efficiency lowers energy demand and costs. On-site solar and storage can provide backup power when the grid goes …

Organising for energy democracy in the face of austerity: Soulardarity, Highland Park, Michigan

12 April 2019, Article In 2012, citizens from Highland Park, Michigan came together to form Soulardarity in response to the repossession of over 1,000 streetlights from their city. Their goal is to organise for community-owned solar street lights, energy production and equitable development. Since its formation, Soulardarity has installed seven solar streetlights and deployed over US$ 30,000 worth of solar …

147 million years of healthy life lost, every year: now info on the sources will be available, from every single power plant in the world, in real-time, via satellite

A nonprofit artificial intelligence firm called WattTime is going to use satellite imagery to precisely track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world, in real time. And it’s going to make the data public. WattTime, a nonprofit that is now a subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute, made a splash earlier this year with Automated …

How Co-ops Are Bringing Solar Power to Rural America

Declining solar costs have helped spur a move away from coal, By John Fialka, E&E News and Scientific American on March 22, 2019  The champion in this race to innovate is probably Kauai Island Utility Cooperative in Hawaii, which began its peculiar journey of discovery in 2002. That was when a local group bought the Kauai power plant from a Connecticut company and turned …

PRPA and Green Mountain Power Plan for 100% Renewables by 2030

Platte River Power Authority in Ft. Collins, Estes Park, Longmont, and Loveland CO plans on 100% renewables by 2030.  There are three residential projects in Fort Collins that are exploring the intersection between Zero Energy Ready Home energy efficiency standards, solar, storage and DERMS (distributed energy resource management systems) in very creative ways. I thought you should all know about …

New system should connect wind and solar supply with demand

By Leslie Glustrom, Daily Camera, 16 April 2019 on PUC Sunset/Reauthorization Bill and Reform in Colorado While the clock ticks”on climate change, Coloradans are blessed with an abundance of low-cost wind, solar and storage projects. Sadly, our current regulatory system doesn’t allow this clean energy to be delivered at high levels to the communities that want it. It is now …

State Energy Commission, Resilience, Pollution and Cost Leading to More Microgrids in California

Utilities tend to rely on diesel-fed mobile generators for emergency service. But CCAs are demonstrating that “low- or no-carbon alternatives to mobile generation sources, such as microgrids and associated storage, are just as reliable, feasible, and cost-effective in many circumstances, and also provide a long-term solution,” said a joint filing by solar energy company Sunrun and Peninsula Clean Energy Authority …

The next frontier in fighting climate change – your cooktop/kitchen stove: California is looking for ways to phase out fossil gas, not just from power plants but also from stoves, water heaters and furnaces

A recent report, the California Energy Commission described a “growing consensus that building electrification is the most viable and predictable path to zero-emission buildings.” Renewable gas, the report said, “can be a part of the solution to reducing [greenhouse gas] emissions from buildings, but the role is likely to be constrained by limitations on renewable gas availability, cost, and ongoing methane …