Rhode Island has embarked on its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030

July 27, 2020, EVwind.es Rhode Island has embarked on its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. Getting there is a work in progress, but the target will likely be reached without doing much outside of existing renewable-energy initiatives and hoping that offshore wind development reaches critical mass. Based on an Office of Energy Resources PowerPoint presentation given at a …

Solar pushing coal offline in Texas and to seasonal operation in Minnesota. Being examined in Missouri and Indiana.

July 17th, 2020 by Johnna Crider on Clean Technica. In Texas, solar will soon push most of the remaining coal fleet offline, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). IEEFA’s recent report, Solar Surge Set to Drive Much of Remaining Texas Coal-Fire Fleet Offline, shared that this is largely due to the growth in utility-scale PV production and how it’s rapidly changing the …

While climate change divides Democrats and Republicans, renewable policy unites

PV Magazine, July 2020 A new interactive map created by the Yale Program on Climate Communication shows the difference in responses and opinions between America’s two political parties across questions of climate change, renewable education and utility procurement.JULY 6, 2020 TIM SYLVIA Image: Yale Program on Climate Communication The Yale Program on Climate Communication has released an interactive map that shows variations in …

Renewables+Storage operating as virtual power generation get more renewables on the grid & can provide demand response automatically, eliminating the need for day-ahead planning, respond immediately to price signals, shift loads, or aggregate other distributed energy resources

Renewables + storage, operating as virtual power plants often cover a wider area than microgrids (which also island) and are flexible enough to expand or contract the area in which they operate, depending on market conditions. They serve the main grid, while microgrids don’t always provide services to the main grid. Virtual power plants can get more renewables on the …

Utilities saying “skip gas”, go to renewable generation and storage. Germany & UK getting half of their electricity from renewables now.

From PV Mag June 2020 https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/07/01/more-utilities-bypassing-natural-gas-bridge-and-going-straight-to-renewables/ Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) both outlined their plans to skip the gas bridge as they transition away from coal in their resource plans. TEP’s proposal calls for closing all of its coal-fired generation by 2031 and replacing this capacity with 2,457 MW of new wind and solar generation and …

Freedom from coal: Coal was the fuel for more than half of US electricity as recently as 2003, but was down to less than 25 percent last year and is some of most expensive to operate now

Excerpt from Inside Climate News We don’t need coal and it’s cheaper to get rid of it. Coal was the fuel for more than half of the country’s electricity as recently as 2003, but was down to less than 25 percent last year. And coal’s decline is accelerating, with many coal-fired power plants sitting idle during the coronavirus crisis because those plants are …

Customers with rooftop solar lower the system peak demand, thus reducing the need for costly generation and transmission capacity: Rooftop solar is worth 24¢/kWh in Michigan study. Incentives for daytime use (time of renewables or real-time TOU) are needed

Articles by Will Driscoll in PV Magazine https://pv-magazine-usa.com/author/william-l-driscoll/ Rooftop solar is worth 24¢/kWh in the Michigan territory served by Consumers Energy, well above the 14¢ to 17¢/kWh that the utility’s net metering customers currently receive for the electricity they send to the grid. The Solar Energy Industries Association’s Director of Rate Design Kevin Lucas presented that finding in testimony in a Consumers …

Planning that works – getting to 100%

The Platte River Power Authority — serving Ft. Collins, Loveland, Estes Park, and Longmont, CO — is not a (Wall Street) Investor Owned Utility so has more accountability to and governance by the communities it serves. Here is a cogent presentation on how they are getting to 100% renewable by 2030. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_4_nv1Jbv4&feature=youtu.be

Decarbonizing Colorado

Updated from Allen Best’s initial article on June 23, 2020 Closing most of the coal plants in Colorado during the next decade will be the easy part.  Transportation—already the No. 1 source of greenhouse emissions in the state—will be a much tougher challenge.  But even that won’t be enough to allow Colorado to hit its targeted reductions in greenhouse gas …