Tag Archives: renewable energy

Renewable Rise Continues

25% of all U.S. power generation in 2020 has come from renewable sources A Vermont startup company received a million-dollar grant for a project that will emphasize solar-to-energy storage technologies. From the company’s website, with links to Energy Department press release: Vermont-based Norwich Technologies announced last week that it has been awarded a $1.1M U.S. […]

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AWEA Annual Report

Wind power had banner year in 2019, hopes to weather pandemic Although the COVID-19 pandemic is causing great uncertainty throughout the American (and global) economies, one of the primary renewable energy associations in the world believes American wind power rests on a strong foundation, following number of a banner 2019. AWEA’s Wind Powers America Annual […]

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T. Boone Pickens Dies at 91

Oil industry titan promoted renewable energy sources later in life One of the oil industry’s most celebrated—and controversial—individuals, T. Boone Pickens, died Tuesday at the age of 91. Pickens was a noted donator to Oklahoma State University, his alma mater and home state’s school. He passed away of natural causes on September 11, leaving behind […]

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L.A. Consequential

A record renewable energy proposal would have major ramifications for the city The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the nation’s largest utility provider, is pushing for an unprecedented proposal that would combine solar power and energy storage for the city’s utilities. The project would deploy 400 MW of solar energy at 1.997 […]

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XCelerated Shutdown

Integrated plan calls for more than 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions with more renewables, carbon-free nuclear energy and cleaner natural gas Xcel Energy’s Minnesota unit announced plans Monday to retire its last two coal plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled. The acceleration of the coal closures is another milestone in […]

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Lithium-Ion Questions

Battery storage enters its boom-or-bust phase A recent fire at an APS (Arizona Pubic Service) battery storage facility in Surprise, Arizona was unfortunately not the first such incident for the company. Eight firefighters were injured in the April 19 incident, which made national news, but the extreme dryness and heat of the state and region […]

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Wind Farm to Windy City

Proposed line will transport wind and solar energy from Iowa to Chicago’s wholesale power markets A bold proposal to take wholesale-level renewable energy sources underground via fiber optic cables, then tunnel it towards Chicago to supply two major markets with power, gained its first step of approval. Direct Connect Development Company (DC DevCo) announced the […]

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Batteries (And Insurance) Included

Oregon’s ESS, Inc. signs novel 10-year agreement with Munich Re A German insurer became the first company to offer long-term insurance on large-scale battery and energy storage, it announced last week. Munich Re, an insurance group based in the German city of the same name, signed a 10-year contract with U.S. battery manufacturer ESS Inc., […]

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3M Xcels

Another “campus” green-light, but this one could be bigger Renewable energy integration can be found in many forms these days. While state and city governments have been some of the most visible bodies to make significant green commitments, getting both thorough grid integration with large utilities and awareness and willingness from residential consumers can prove […]

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Bowling for Green

Could famously divided Ohio actually agree on renewable energy? Despite its recent resemblance to some sort of bitter sports rivalry, politics doesn’t have an offseason. It doesn’t even have an off-day—government shutdowns notwithstanding—and the recent turn of the calendar ushers it into more heated, contentious territory. With that comes jockeying, partisanship, and grandstanding, but that’s […]

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