Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of February 19, 2019

Date: 21 Feb 2019 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Energy Democracy news: 

In a first for a US utility, a renewable energy project will combine wind, solar and storage in Oregon. Plus, a new study says changing mobility trends may lead to big changes in city planning as EV adoption increases.


Report confirms wind energy is a heavy hitter by Anna Luke, AWEA blog

Transmission helps connect and scale up new energy technologies that benefit consumers, including renewable energy, distributed generation, energy storage and demand response, while remaining essential for traditional power sources. We can make the grid cleaner, more reliable, and lower cost with faster, smarter permitting and planning for transmission lines.

New York Airport Installation Of Up To 13 MW Of Solar Panels At John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport by Cynthia Shahan, CleanTechnica

Wind+solar+storage for the first time in the US utility space by John Weaver, PV Magazine

Portland General Electric (PGE) and NextEra have announced plans to construct a 300 MW of wind, 50 MWac of solar power, and 30 MW / 120 MWh AC-coupled energy storage plant at the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility, located in Morrow County.

Renewable Energy Project In Oregon Will Combine Wind, Solar, & Storage by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica


Energy Democracy News Across the States:


Arizona’s got a new RPS proposal and this one might be for real by Tim Sylvia, PV Magazine

Delaware North takes charge: Yavapai Lodge adds charging stations for electric vehicles by Erin Ford, Grand Canyon News



Moving beyond business as usual to a resilient power system for California by John Sarter, Utility Dive

California Warms to Solar Homes; Other States May Give a Cold Shoulder by Rebecca Beitsch, Pew Charitable Trusts 



Colorado energy director Will Toor to drive push toward renewables, electric vehicles by Ragas Clan, Denver Post



Hawaiian Electric to Upgrade Grid Software by Big Island Now Staff, Big Island Now



Electric vehicle drivers could soon travel farther in Idaho by Keith Ridler, Seattle Times



Illinois set to become next US state to commit to more renewable energy by Jack Unwin, Power Technology



Letcher County groups installing solar panels on buildings US News & World Report



Solar Project To Power WC by Cassy Sottile, The Elm

State needs stronger restrictions on what counts as a renewable energy source by Tim Whitehouse, Baltimore Sun



Massachusetts opens revenue stream to advance solar-plus-storage by Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive



UMN researchers explore access to sustainable energy around Minnesota by Natalie Rademacher, Minnesota Daily


New York

Over $31 million in funding available to expand electric vehicle usage in North Country, North Country Now


North Carolina

Cities’ climate goals may be out of reach without state, utility support by Elizabeth Ouzts, Energy News



Many answers can be found under the sun by D.E. Smoot, Muskogee Phoenix



Springfield pledges to move to 100 percent renewable energy By Ryan Genova, Springfield Sun


Rhode Island

North Providence Solar Landfill Project Taps Into Rhode Island Incentives by Arlene Karidis, Waste360



Vehicle-to-Grid Testing Comes to Texas by Justin Gerdes, Green Tech Media



Cold Brook joins Miller Road solar project by Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer

Solar planned for site off Monument Ave. by Jim Therrien, Bennington Banner


Nationwide Energy Democracy News:

Cities may be completely redesigned around changed mobility: Study Metro Magazine

At least 34% of existing parking in the U.S. (61 billion square feet) and up to 140,000 gas stations will be at risk with increased AV and EV adoption by 2040 – 2050.

US solar installations grew in 2018 despite tariffs by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine

 The Green New Deal will cost a lot. Not switching to renewable energy will cost us everything by Tony Wood, Los Angeles Times

The return on my investment improves every year since it costs very little to maintain solar, and the sunlight is free.

Can someone who claims it will cost trillions of dollars to switch to clean energy please tell me how they arrived at their numbers?


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