Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of July 24, 2017

Date: 25 Jul 2017 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Energy Democracy news:

A new University of Minnesota report indicates that building solar arrays with batteries is more cost effective than building traditional power plants, we check in on the status of California’s net metering legislation, and a growing coalition of U.S. cities, states and businesses pledges to measure energy emissions in defiance of the Paris Accords withdrawal.

Featured Stories:

Federal Government Wakes Up To Surging Rooftop Solar by Jeff McMahon, Forbes

Report: Solar more cost effective than natural gas by Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle

U.S. Cities, States and Businesses Pledge to Measure Emissions by Hiroko Tabuchi and Lisa Friedman, The New York Times

A coalition of American states, cities and businesses that have pledged to stick with the Paris climate pact will team up with experts to quantify their climate commitments and share their plans with the United Nations, vowing to act in spite of the Trump administration’s exit from the accord.

6 Recommendations for Bringing Solar Power to Low-Income Households by Bentham Paulos, Clean Energy States Alliance

We are rapidly building a distributed energy system in our cities, but not all communities are sharing in its benefits. With new policies and programs, we could spread the benefits of solar more equitably.


Energy Democracy News Across the States:


Clarksville Solar Facility Showcases Energy Independence, Showdown With Big Electric by Bobby Ampezzan, Arkansas Public Media



California bill would make the state 100 percent renewable by 2045 by Natasha Geiling, ThinkProgress

Why California’s Net Metering 2.0 Calls for More, Not Less, Solar per Rooftop by Jeff St. John, Green Tech Media



New homes will now require solar panels in South Miami, a first in Florida by Carli Teproff, Miami Herald



EDITORIAL: Illinois should seize chance to take lead in solar energy by Sun-Times Editorial Board

Solar Farms Possible in Alton by Doug Jenkins, WBGZ Radio



North Vernon preparing to convert to solar power by Staff Reports, The Republic



South Portland starts construction on a nearly 3,000-panel solar farm by Dennis Hoey, Portland Press Herald



Michigan commission sets guidelines for distributed generation, green pricing and electric choice programs by Daily Energy Insider Reports, Daily Energy Insider

Michigan program finances first megawatt of solar, with ambitious goals ahead by Andy Balaskovitz, Midwest Energy News

A clean energy financing program in Michigan reached a milestone last month when it helped homeowners and businesses install 1 megawatt of solar energy across the state.

Solar power and battery grid coming to Bridge Street Meijer project by Jim Harger, MLive

Michigan utility embarks on ‘next generation infrastructure’ for clean energy by Andy Balaskovitz, Midwest Energy News



The Surprising State Where Solar Energy is Flourishing by Nick Fouriezos, The Daily Dose

Minnesota is on a hot streak in converting sunlight into usable power. The state tripled its solar energy capacity through the first quarter of this year. And, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, it has increased solar output twelve-fold since 2015.

‘Time is now’ to add energy storage to Minnesota grid, researcher says by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

Minnesota district to get Midwest’s first electric school bus this fall by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News



Harry Reid, Nevada governor push bipartisan energy effort by Alison Noon, Associated Press

Two key players in the Republican and Democratic parties in Nevada are teaming up to host a clean-energy talk as the White House abandons a worldwide agreement to curb climate change and states are moving to the forefront of the fight.

Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he’s bringing back a summit last headlined by President Barack Obama in 2015. This time, the co-host is a Republican — Gov. Brian Sandoval — a bipartisan move as Congress remains gridlocked on health care and other issues.


New York

New York Green Bank Could Go Nationwide by Bill Morris, Habitat Magazine

Solar array at Kingston church could serve 250 homes by William J. Kemble, Daily Freeman News



Solar power output up 10 percent in new panels, CWRU awarded federal grant to test durability by John Funk, The Cleveland Plain Dealer



EPB’s ‘Solar Share’ brings renewable energy to Chattanooga by Patrick Mueller, WTVC

Now that their Solar Share project is complete, the Electric Power Board (EPB) says its energy customers now have the option to use solar power for their homes.

“Solar Share is Chattanooga’s first community-based project to generate greener, more sustainable energy for our city,” says EPB Board of Directors Chairman Joe Ferguson. “Solar Share makes it easy for EPB customers to participate in renewable energy generation.”



Waste District gets it right with solar siting and planning by Brattleboro Reformer Staff, Brattleboro Reformer



Opportunity to shine: Green energy jobs are booming even without government support by Rachel Sanders, Isthmus

Dells Neenah Creek to add solar panels by Kay James, Wisconsin Dells Events

These local libraries are using solar panels to reduce their carbon footprints by Karen Madden, USA Today Network-Wisconsin


Nationwide Energy Democracy News:

Here’s Elon Musk’s Plan to Power the U.S. on Solar Energy by Nick Lucchesi,

Utilities among advocates for electric school buses under Volkswagen settlement by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

With many school districts facing budget crises, replacing bus fleets and obtaining charging infrastructure hardly seems realistic.

But school officials, clean energy groups and even utilities are hoping that funds from the settlement of the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal will provide an initial crop of electric school buses and charging infrastructure, helping to jump-start what could be an eventual national shift.

Is a carmaker about to save the planet? By Zoe Williams, The Guardian

Tax incentives might run out on Tesla, but electric cars will be just fine by Michael J. Coren, Quartz

(Commentary)Utilities Are Giving People Cash for Clean Cars by Camille von Kaenel, E&E News

Energy Department starts tracking rooftop solar power by Ryan Maye Handy, Houston Chronicle

DOE’s SunShot awards $46.2M for early-stage solar technology projects by Krysti Shallenberger, Utility Dive

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