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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 7, 2019

Top Story

California has too much solar power. That might be good for ratepayers

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2019-06-07 04:50:57

California set two renewable energy records last week: the most solar power ever flowing on the state’s main electric grid, and the most solar power ever taken offline because it wasn’t needed. There’s no contradiction: As California utilities buy more and more solar power as part of the state’s quest to confront climate change, supply and demand are increasingly out of sync. The state’s fleet of solar farms and rooftop panels frequently generate more electricity than Californians use during the middle of the day — a phenomenon that has sent lawmakers and some climate advocates scrambling to find ways to save the extra sunlight rather than let it go to waste. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

World’s biggest panel maker sees slowdown in China

By Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-07 04:51:26

 JinkoSolar Holding Co., the world’s biggest solar panel maker, sees China’s photovoltaic power additions slumping this year and a greater share of its revenue coming from overseas amid uncertainties over Beijing’s new policies. China may add 30 to 40 gigawatts of solar power in 2019, down from 44 gigawatts the previous year, Vice President Qian Jing said in an interview in Shanghai. The potential slump will come despite additions accelerating in the second half of the year, she said. [ read more … ]

With bill’s passage, Conn. set to join in $70B expansion

By Christopher Martin, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-06-07 04:51:48

Connecticut is set to massively increase investment in offshore wind after the state Senate passed a bill to require utilities to buy as much as 2 gigawatts of the renewable energy source, equivalent to almost a third of the state’s electricity needs. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate late Tuesday and now heads to Gov. Ned Lamont (D), according to the Senate’s website. If he signs it, regulators will have 14 days to produce a plan to solicit bids from developers. Previously, the state planned to buy 300 megawatts of offshore wind. [ read more … ]

Can the Paris Climate Goals Save Lives? Yes, a Lot of Them, Researchers Say

By Kendra Pierre-Louis, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-06-07 04:52:13

What they found is that, in almost every city they considered, the more global temperatures rose, the more people will die. The exceptions were Atlanta and San Francisco, a finding that researchers attributed to limited extreme heat days in the data for those cities. The greatest risks were in northern cities like Philadelphia, New York and Boston. [ read more … ]

A renewable energy mutual fund? Starbucks charts new path with 146 MW procurement

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-07 04:52:30

Starbucks announced on Wednesday a new portfolio of 146 MW of wind and solar projects expected to come online by 2021 and serve more than 3,000 of its U.S. locations.
Three separate projects from distinct developers were aggregated through software and analytics company LevelTen Energy’s “Marketplace” platform, enabling the retailer to purchase a portfolio of renewables​ in geographically diverse areas. Starbucks now directly sources renewable energy from North Carolina, Washington, Texas and Illinois, which powers 1,400 stores across the country, Patrick Leonard, energy manager at Starbucks told Utility Dive in an email. [ read more … ]

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