This week in Energy Democracy news:
Signs are pointing to a big year for electric vehicles adoption. Coal plants continue to shutter due to costs despite the administration’s insistence on bringing back coal jobs. Plus, Washington, D.C. joins the ranks of cities that have committed to 100% renewable energy. The D.C. clean energy bill is one of the most ambitious signed into law yet, mandating 100% renewable energy by 2032.
D.C. Mayor Signs Historic 100% Renewable Energy Bill by Betsy Lillian, Solar Industry Magazine
With the mayor’s signing of the Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act of 2018, Washington, D.C., has officially committed to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2032
Two Rural Electric Cooperatives Overcome Barriers To Clean, Local Energy by John Farrell, Clean Technica
2019 Demand Response Outlook: The rise of distributed resources by Robert Walton, Utility Dive
US will see more than 8 GW of solar come online this year by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine
With 4.3 GW of utility-scale solar and 3.9 of distributed generation predicted, the figures collated from federal sources don’t take account of the huge capacity of solar projects waiting in the interconnection queues of seven grid operators.
EIA forecasts US coal production will hit 4-decade low in 2020 by Taylor Kuykendall, S&P Global
U.S. coal production is expected to decline 3% to 729 million tons in 2019 compared to 2018, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest short-term energy outlook.
Electric Car Sales Expected To Increase Substantially In 2019 by James Fossdyke, InsideEvs
Energy Democracy News Across the States:
Modern energy infrastructure could mitigate California’s wildfire crisis by Jigar Shah, The Hill
Supersized solar plus storage coming to California by John Weaver, PV Magazine
Gov. Jared Polis signs executive order to support transition to electric vehicles by Trevor Reid, The Tribune
Wind farm could come to Buchanan County by Ryan Hennessy, News-Press Now
Hawaii unveils largest solar+storage system in the state and possibly the world by Kelly Pickerel, Solar Power World
Legislators aim to restore reason to Maine’s rooftop solar policy by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine
Maryland approves electric vehicle charging plan to keep up with shifting industry by Carley Milligan, Baltimore Business Journal
Solar panel project proposed for Newburyport landfill by Jack Shea, The Daily News
New Jersey community solar pilot program approved by Kelsey Misbrener, Solar Power World
Remote Net Metering Plan Presented by Andy Long, Newport This Week
Officials: Net metering will save the city millions of dollars, The Valley Breeze
SC lawmakers can help solar power shine, The Post and Courier
Texas moves to reform market as more coal departs by Edward Klump, E&E News
Lowering bills for low-income households with community solar: Partnering on regs, tech by Julia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive
Energy freedom in W.Va. starts with power purchase agreements by Scott Rogers, The Journal
Nationwide Energy Democracy News:
US residential energy storage market to hit $4 billion by 2024, Smart Energy International
The US residential energy storage market will surge at 33%+ CAGR up to 2024, according to a new report issued by Global Market Insights.
Thousands of GM engineers reassigned to work on EVs by Joann Muller, Axios
President Trump can’t stop U.S. coal plants from retiring by Scott DiSavino, Reuters
Electric Vehicles Are in the Spotlight at Detroit’s 2019 Auto Show by Neal E. Boudette, New York Times
Automakers are preparing to introduce dozens of fully electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles over the next three years.
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