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September 5, 2022

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Hawaii to close its only coal power plant in a step toward renewable energy

By Hallie Golden, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2022-09-05 14:02:00

Hawaii has long been known for its commitment to renewable energy. In 2015, it became the first US state to pass a law directing all electricity to come from renewable energy sources. Since then, nearly two dozen states and Washington DC have set similar goals, including New York, which is working toward zero emission electricity by 2040 and Rhode Island, which is working toward 100% renewable energy electricity by 2033. “It’s a major milestone,” said Scott Glenn, Hawaii’s chief energy officer. “It’s our end of the use of coal in Hawaii after 150 years.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Now hiring: US offshore wind ramps up, workers taught safety

By Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-09-05 14:00:00

Offshore wind developers are hiring, after years of touting the promise of tens of thousands of jobs the industry could create in the United States. To launch this new clean energy industry, they now need plenty of workers with the right training and skills. “It’s the sheer number of people we’re going to need in the timeframe that we need them,” said Jennifer Cullen, senior manager of labor relations and workforce development at Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts. “We’re combating this sense of, we’ve been talking about it for so long, … is it actually coming? We’re telling people, yes, it’s here, it’s now. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

NREL-Led Breakthrough Pushes Perovskite Solar Cell To Greater Stability & Efficiency

By U.S. Department of Energy  •    •  Posted 2022-09-05 14:01:20

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made a technological breakthrough and constructed a perovskite solar cell with the dual benefits of being both highly efficient and highly stable. A unique architectural structure enabled the researchers to record a certified stabilized efficiency of 24% under 1-sun illumination, making it the highest reported of its kind. The highly efficient cell also retained 87% of its original efficiency after 2,400 hours of operation at 55 degrees Celsius. [ read more … ]

Grid

A Solar Firm Plans to Build Off-Grid Neighborhoods in California

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-09-05 14:03:14

Sunnova Energy, asked the California Public Utilities Commission to let it directly compete with investor-owned utilities to provide electricity to homes in new residential developments as a private “micro-utility” — a business model that is illegal in much of the United States. The company said it would offer those residents electricity that was up to 20 percent cheaper than the rates charged by investor-owned utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. If approved by regulators, the micro-utility model, also known as a microgrid, could undermine the growth of those larger utilities by depriving them access to new homes or forcing them to lower their rates to keep that business.
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Little-known committee takes aim at wind, solar power in Texas grid recommendations

By Dallas Morning News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-05 14:00:59

The committee’s report recommends requiring wind and solar to complement their generating capacity by purchasing or creating “dispatchable” energy to offset any lack of production when the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining. Dispatchable energy generally refers to power that can be activated with the flip of a switch, with natural gas the most prevalent source. As part of the report, committee member Joel Mickey, an Austin-area energy consultant and former director of grid operations at ERCOT, wrote that the dispatchable requirement is “discriminatory” and “ignores the fundamental purpose of ERCOT.” [ read more … ]

States

Chance of California Power Outages Up as Heat Wave Worsens

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2022-09-05 13:59:38

California’s chance of power outages will grow in the coming days, as the state prepares to enter the most brutal stretch yet of an ongoing heat wave, officials said Sunday. Energy demand is expected to outpace supply starting Monday evening, and predictions for Tuesday show the state rivaling its all-time high for electricity demand, said Elliot Mainzer, president and chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator. [ read more … ]

California legislature aims for 90% clean electricity by 2035 as part of sweeping climate package

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-09-05 14:00:27

California lawmakers passed a series of climate-related bills last week, including legislation that codifies the state’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality economy wide by 2045 and a bill that sets a goal of 90% clean electricity by 2035. The proposals will add a multibillion-dollar boost to California’s clean energy industry following federal investments from the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act and last year’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, trade association Advanced Energy Economy noted in a statement. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

White House announces regulations, DOE nominees

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-05 14:02:25

President Joe Biden has selected environmental law expert Richard Revesz to lead his regulatory office, a move widely seen as a victory for the establishment wing over the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Revesz, who founded the think tank Institute for Policy Integrity, has deep experience in environmental law and policy. He has spent years on EPA advisory panels and was in the running to lead the agency before the job went to Michael Regan. [ read more … ]

John Podesta joins White House, Gina McCarthy exits

By Scott Waldman, Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-05 14:02:51

President Joe Biden is reshaping his White House energy and climate team. Gina McCarthy will depart her White House post and John Podesta is joining Biden’s team as a senior adviser, the president announced today. Podesta, a longtime Democratic operative who served as a senior White House climate adviser during the Obama administration, will oversee the spending from the major climate and clean energy bill that was just enacted, Biden said. McCarthy’s deputy, Ali Zaidi, will take over as national climate adviser. [ read more … ]

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