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News and Policies, State

Sunrun Lands 20MW Backup Battery-Solar Contract in Blackout-Prone California

July 30, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

Last fall, community-choice aggregators serving three Northern California counties announced plans to deploy thousands of solar-battery systems to provide backup power to residents facing the threat of fire-prevention blackouts. Now they’ve picked Sunrun, the leading U.S. rooftop solar installer and […]


News and Policies, State

A New Model for Valuing Distributed Energy Could Drive Big Changes in California

July 24, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

A new model for calculating the value of distributed energy resources (DERs) could lead to big changes in the biggest U.S. state’s energy market. This spring the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved changes (PDF) to its Avoided Cost Calculator. […]


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New York issues record-breaking solicitations for renewable energy

July 22, 2020

Via: PV Resources

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the largest combined green energy solicitations ever issued in the US, seeking up to 4GW of renewable capacity to combat climate change. While the majority of the solicitations’ combined total – 2.5GW – […]


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Coal loses out to solar, wind and storage in Arizona utility plan

June 29, 2020

Via: PV Resources

Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has set out plans to provide 70% of its power from solar and wind by 2035, backed up with investment in new energy storage capacity. The utility last week filed its integrated resource plan […]


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Will New Jersey’s New Wind Port Be A Game Changer Or A Financial Boondoggle?

June 23, 2020

Via: Forbes

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced last week that he has chosen a site along Delaware Bay in Salem County to become what is being called the New Jersey Wind Port, billed as the first port in the nation to […]


Electric, Energy Consumption, News and Policies, State

Electrification Can Supercharge California’s Post-COVID Economy

June 17, 2020

Via: Forbes

Covid-19 has roiled California, threatening 18% unemployment in 2020 and forcing policymakers to recharge the world’s fifth-largest economy, even as they face a $54 billion budget deficit stemming from the crisis. In response, Governor Newsom convened a Recovery Task Force, […]


News and Policies, State

California To Fight Wildfires With Microgrids And Batteries

June 16, 2020

Via: Forbes

California’s energy regulators just laid the framework for utilities to develop localized microgrids with battery storage — a move that comes in the aftermath of the state’s wildfires that ravaged local economies and left consumers without power. Just how effective […]


News and Policies, State

New Jersey Becomes First US State To Include Climate Change In School Curriculum

June 4, 2020

Via: CleanTechnica

New Jersey has included climate change in its latest Student Learning Standards, the first US state to do so. According to a report by NJ.com, beginning in September of 2021, climate change education will be taught in seven curriculum areas […]


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North Carolina Could Finally Tap Into Immense Wind Energy Resources, Create Thousands Of Jobs

June 2, 2020

Via: CleanTechnica

North Carolina offers one of the beautiful coasts in the country. I’ve slept in the sand dunes of that coast, waking early to drift with the wind out to sea. With all that to offer, the good news is that, […]


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After Bold Promise, New Jersey’s Energy Storage Plan Remains a Mystery

May 27, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

New Jersey looked like the promised land for energy storage. The state already has the seventh-largest U.S. installed solar capacity, ahead of nearby New York and Massachusetts. Gov. Phil Murphy campaigned in 2017 on a clean energy platform that pushed […]


News and Policies, State

Offshore wind project near Virginia Beach to use giant turbines with 108-meter blades

May 27, 2020

Via: CNBC energy

A vast offshore wind project planned for waters off the coast of Virginia Beach looks set to use Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s latest wind turbines, it was announced Tuesday. The European company said that the 2.64 gigawatt (GW) Dominion Energy […]


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California Union Leader: ‘Hundreds and Hundreds’ of Workers Oppose Local Natural Gas Bans

May 12, 2020

Via: Energy Collective

San Luis Obispo, Calif., is one of a handful of municipalities around the country contemplating banning or limiting the use of natural gas appliances and hook-ups in new buildings to force electrification as a climate solution. In the spirit of […]


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North Dakota’s largest power plant looks set to close as the owner bets on wind energy

May 11, 2020

Via: CNBC energy

A 1,151-megawatt (MW) coal power station in North Dakota is set to be retired after it was deemed to have “lost value compared to other alternatives in recent years.” Announcing the decision at the end of last week, electric power […]


Electric, Energy Consumption, News and Policies, State

Why PG&E’s Customers May See Even More Blackouts This Year

May 6, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric may need to rely even more heavily on forced blackouts this year, to prevent its grid from starting more deadly wildfires like the ones that drove it into bankruptcy. PG&E’s wildfire mitigation work is […]


News and Policies, State

Former Dallas Fed President Fisher says Texas has been ‘hit hard’ by the oil slump

April 21, 2020

Via: CNBC energy

Texas has been slammed by the collapse in oil prices and the recovery ahead for the area and the national economy as a whole will be slow, former Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher said Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude […]