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October 18, 2016

Midwest states urged to update grid access rules ahead of growth

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-18 06:35:36

Interconnection standards lay out the process and a set of rules for a customer or solar developer that wants to connect a solar project or other distributed energy resource to a utility’s grid. Many Midwest states adopted interconnection standards a decade ago. But much has changed, including a dramatic reduction in solar costs and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s publication of small generator interconnection procedures in 2013. [ read more … ]

California offshore renewables task force launched

By Plamena Tisheva, SeeNews Renewables  •    •  Posted 2016-10-18 06:36:20

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the state of California on Thursday held the first meeting of the California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force in Sacramento. The task force will facilitate coordination between BOEM, local authorities and other federal agencies with respect to potential renewable energy leasing offshore California, BOEM said in a statement. It will also seek to identify areas that may be suitable for research or commercial renewable energy development. The creation of the task force was requested in May by California governor Jerry Brown. [ read more … ]

Company wants to build huge solar array in Nevada desert

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-10-18 06:36:47

A California company says it intends to spend billions of dollars to build the largest solar power plant in the world on a sprawling 25-square-mile plot in the sun-baked Nevada desert about 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas. SolarReserve chief executive Kevin Smith outlined a plan Tuesday to create a 10-tower concentrated solar array dubbed Sandstone Energy X near the Nye County city of Tonopah. [ read more … ]

Why are greens opposing a carbon tax in Washington?

Benjamin Storrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-18 06:37:30

A ballot measure in Washington state seeking to impose the first carbon tax in the United States faces an uncertain future due to an unlikely source of opposition: environmentalists. The rancor among Evergreen State greens threatens to sink a long-standing priority of U.S. climate activists. A recent poll showed those in favor of a tax with a 5-point lead, 42 percent to 37 percent, but fully 21 percent of Washington voters remain undecided. [ read more … ]

Study: Wind could save Iowa consumers $12 billion over 25 years

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-10-18 06:38:29

Iowa consumers could save $12.6 billion over 25 years by doubling the amount of wind generation in the state, advocates say in a new report. Pushing the amount of wind generation in Iowa to 20,000 megawatts would save the average Iowa household $3,200 on its electric bills over 25 years, according to an American Wind Energy Association report. Industrial customers would save $825,000 over two decades.
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Tesla says it hopes to work with Panasonic on solar energy

BY YURI KAGEYAMA, AP BUSINESS WRITER  •    •  Posted 2016-10-18 06:37:55

U.S. electric car maker Tesla says it plans to start working with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. on solar energy. Tesla’s said on its corporate blog Monday that the companies have signed a non-binding letter of intent to begin collaborating on Panasonic’s production of photovoltaic cells and modules at a facility under construction by San Mateo, California-based solar-panel company SolarCity Corp. in Buffalo, New York.
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