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August 24, 2016

As Energy Use Rises, Corporations Turn to Their Own Green Utility Sources

By By DIANE CALDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-08-24 06:35:05

The words are stenciled on the front of the Apple Store, a glass box sandwiched between a nondescript Thai restaurant and a CVS pharmacy in downtown Palo Alto: “This store runs on 100 percent renewable energy.” If Apple’s plans play out, it will be able to make that claim not only for its operations throughout California but also beyond, as the company aims to meet its growing needs for electricity with green sources like solar, wind and hydroelectric power. [ read more … ]

Take me to electric avenue: States bid for EV-friendly highways

Camille von Kaenel, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-24 06:32:27

The Federal Highway Administration wants to make the lives of electric vehicle drivers easier. The agency is ready to designate certain interstate highways as corridors for alternative fuel charging infrastructure, including electricity, hydrogen, propane and natural gas. Along with bragging rights, the highways would receive official signage, similar to those for handicapped parking, as well as help finding the best sites for charging stations. States from Maryland to California are clamoring for the designation in nominations sent in before the deadline yesterday. [ read more … ]

Forecasting breakthrough aims to put more solar on grid

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-24 06:33:27

A team of researchers has developed a groundbreaking forecast system that could save utilities hundreds of millions of dollars by more efficiently integrating solar-generated electricity into the grid, a Boulder, Colo.-based research institution announced today. The National Center for Atmospheric Research has been working for three years with researchers from government laboratories, universities and six public utilities to develop the Sun4Cast system, which NCAR says “uses a combination of advanced computer models, atmospheric observations and artificial intelligence techniques.” [ read more … ]

Chile’s solar price hits record global low

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-24 06:33:56

The contract price for utility-scale solar power reached a new world low last week as a Spanish energy firm agreed to sell output from a 120-megawatt solar farm in Chile for $29.10 per megawatt. That’s 80 cents lower than the current record price set in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year. The agreement calls for Maria Elena Solar SA, a subsidiary of the Spanish multinational Solarpack Corp., to supply up to 280 gigawatt-hours annually to the Chilean grid by 2021. It was approved by the national energy commission, known as CNE, as part of Chile’s largest ever solicitation for electricity, estimated at 12.4 terawatt-hours per year [ read more … ]

FTC gets earful from lawmakers, consumer groups, companies

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-24 06:34:27

A Federal Trade Commission summit spawned charges and countercharges this summer about how utilities and solar companies are treating customers. The comment period ended yesterday for FTC’s June 21 solar workshop, which examined competition and consumer protection in the renewable-energy sector. The commission doesn’t have to take action, but it’s also not precluded from issuing new guidance or regulations as a result of the event. [ read more … ]

Minnesota will not appeal North Dakota coal power suit

By DON DAVIS, Pioneer Press  •    •  Posted 2016-08-24 06:35:39

Minnesota will not appeal a federal court ruling that called unconstitutional a Minnesota law restricting importing electricity from coal-fired electric generating plants. North Dakota filed the suit against the Minnesota Next Generation Energy Act, passed in 2007, and won in a federal district court. A federal appeals court panel in June agreed with the district court, leaving the U.S. Supreme Court the only opportunity for Minnesota to win. [ read more … ]

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