Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of January 22, 2019

Date: 22 Jan 2019 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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

Florida Power & Light Unveils ‘Bold’ Plan To Become Global Leader In Solar Power, CBS 4 Miami



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

New Jersey community solar pilot program approved by Kelsey Misbrener, Solar Power World


Rhode Island

Remote Net Metering Plan Presented by Andy Long, Newport This Week

Officials: Net metering will save the city millions of dollars, The Valley Breeze


South Carolina

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


West Virginia

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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