Shifting Subsidies to Renewable Energy Instead of Propping Up Fossil Fuel Giants Would Prompt ‘Clean Energy Revolution’, Study Shows

“What we are doing is using taxpayers’ money to boost hurricanes, to spread droughts, to melt glaciers, to bleach corals. In one word: to destroy the world.” August 01, 2019 in Common Dreams by Julia Conley, staff writer A new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) showed that if just 10 to 30 percent of the annual …

700 MW Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma is cheaper and battery will respond faster than a gas peaker can, plus the added benefit of absorbing excess capacity

‘Cheaper Than a Peaker’: NextEra Inks Massive Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma: NextEra will build a combined 700 megawatts for an electric cooperative group in a landmark deal for the hybrid renewables sector. By Julian Spector in GreenTechMedia, July 25, 2019 Oklahoma-based Western Farmers Electric Cooperative to build the largest proposed solar-plus-wind-plus-storage plant in the U.S. with even amounts of each. The battery …

Pueblo’s Electric Utility Commission

Pueblo, CO, Office of the Mayor,  Electric Utility Commission, Pueblo and area residents have indicated they are unhappy with the services they have received rom Black Hills Energy. The City resolves to take the steps necessary to determine the legal, financial, and operational feasibility of exercising its right in the year 2020 to provide electric utility service within the territorial …

Colorado Energy Legislation Review Interim Study Committee

Erin Reynolds, Principal Fiscal Analyst, 303-866-4146Jeanette Chapman, Research Analyst, 303-866-4657Matt Bishop, Research Analyst, 303-866-4796 SummaryThis memorandum outlines the 2019 Energy Legislation Review Interim Study Committee’s membership, charge, meeting schedule, bill limits, and bill deadlines. The Energy Legislation Review Interim Study Committee is a ten-member legislative committee that is authorized to meet over the 2019 legislative interim. Committee members are appointed …

Wide bipartisan support for bill promoting renewables

E&E News | Nick Sobczyk, Wide bipartisan support for bill promoting renewables A bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced legislation yesterday to ease the path for renewable energy development on public lands. H.R. 3794, the “Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act,” would speed permitting for projects in certain areas deemed ripe for renewable energy development. It would also set up a …

Tri-State’s electric resource plan (ERP), by which renewable assets are added and emissions reduced, will remain under PUC regulation

Colorado Sun, July 19, 2019. In a sign of how quickly electricity industry is changing, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is taking a quick paced series of steps to deal with market pressure and complaints from some of its member cooperatives. Westminster-based Tri-State — power provider to 43 rural electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado — has …

Fossil fuel EROI for electricity close to 3:1

Science Daily, July 2019: Researchers have calculated the EROI for fossil fuels over a 16 year period and found that at the finished fuel stage, the ratios are much closer to those of renewable energy sources — roughly 6:1, and potentially as low as 3:1 in the case of electricity. An evaluation of the global energy return on investment for …

Navajo Nation proposes to rescind the tribe’s current energy policy

FARMINGTON — Legislation that proposes the Navajo Nation focus on generating revenue from renewable energy sources is headed to the Navajo Nation Council. The bill, sponsored by Delegate Elmer Begay, proposes to rescind the tribe’s current energy policy and direct the Navajo Nation Department of Justice to draft a replacement policy. It would also establish a task force to address the pending closures of the Navajo …

BNEF says solar and wind are now the cheapest sources of power across most of the world, but coal use is still set to rise until 2026

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive, June 18, 2019 Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has released its annual analysis of global electricity supply and demand, concluding the world’s electric sector remains on track to help keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, at least through 2030. The 2019 New Energy Outlook predicts wind and solar will supply almost half of …