This week in Energy Democracy news:
In New York, regulators contemplate adding a monthly charge to support clean-energy programs. Clean energy advocates warn it might erode solar’s fiscal advantage for homeowners. Alabama acquires $125 million for a solar energy project. The state hopes the project will generate enough electricity for more than 20,000 homes.
America’s Renewable Energy Future Isn’t Evenly Distributed by Maxx Chatsko, The Motley Fool
Wind and solar power potential is heavily influenced by geography, which means national averages can be a little misleading.
To Some Solar Users, Power Company Fees Are An Unfair Charge by Julia Simon, NPR
Opportunity for Distributed Energy Resource Management System Market by Akshay Mehta, Communal News
Increasing share of renewable power generation in energy generation mix, reduced costs of wind power, photovoltaic system and battery storage, and shift from centralized to de-centralized power generation are major drivers that would trigger the distributed energy resource management system market.
New York Braces for Solar Fight as Regulators Mull Monthly Fees by Gerald Porter, Bloomberg
Growing number of towns revolt against CMP transmission line by Andrew Rice, Portland Press Herald
Public scrutiny of the $1 billion project has snowballed as it goes through the permitting process. Many towns that once formally supported it have either rescinded support or been pressured by residents to do so.
Energy Democracy News Across the States:
Alabama lands $125M solar energy project by Stephanie Rebman, Birmingham Business Journal
Solar energy lighting up more of land of Midnight Sun by Elizabeth Earl, Alaska Journal of Commerce
Glenwood to go 100 percent renewable June 1; power contract signing Wednesday at Glenwood Caverns by Matthew Bennett, Post Independent
Solar co-op test interest by Joe Vaccarelli, The Daily Sentinel
A new co-op will help Escambia and Santa Rosa families get affordable solar power by Kevin Robinson, Pensacola New Journal
Hawaii Electric’s Ambitious Plan To Quit Using Coal Is A ‘Moon Mission’ by Stewart Yerton, Honolulu Civil Beat
LaHood touts energy bill at McLean County wind farm by Derek Beigh, Herald & Review
Wawasee going solar in big way by Denise Fedorow, The Goshen News
Invenergy reviewing conditions of approval for solar farm by Rebecca R. Bibbs, The Herald Bulletin
Baltimore County seeking deal to put solar panels on government buildings and in parks by Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun
Mass. will pursue more offshore wind power by Colin A. Young, WCVB
In Detroit, a legacy of inequality creates obstacles to clean energy by Biba Adams, Energy News Network
St. Paul climate plan looks past clean power to challenge of transportation by Frank Jossi, Energy News Network
Community solar options for Minnesota households expand, but for how long? by Frank Jossi, Energy News Network
Businesses lobby for renewable energy bills at State House by Dave Solomon, New Hampshire Union Leader
PSEG Looks to Benefit from – but not build – Offshore Wind Developments by Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight
Ohio’s Nuclear Bailout Plan Balloons to Embrace Coal (while Killing Renewable Energy Rules) by Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News
Rhode Island approves 400 MW offshore wind project by Bill Opalka, Energy News Network
South Carolina lawmakers make stance against offshore drilling very clear by Georgiaree Godfrey, WSPA
Proposed solar fee raises questions about who pays for grid updates by Elizabeth Gribkoff, VTDigger
Nationwide Energy Democracy News:
Distributed Energy Generation Market Upcoming Challenges, Opportunities and Forecast from 2019-2025 by Chris Harris, Market Research Gazette
Utah lays claim to world’s largest renewable storage project by Robert Walton, Utility Dive
The Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) project in central Utah will utilize four storage technologies: renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large-scale flow batteries and solid oxide fuel cells.
Renewable energy prices keep falling: When do they bottom out? by HJ Mai, Utility Dive
These solar workers will lose their jobs if Trump doesn’t get a China deal by Richard Read, Los Angeles Times
President Trump’s trade war with China could cost American families an extra several hundred dollars a year for everyday items such as suitcases, furniture and shampoo. But 150 workers at a central Washington solar factory face far greater consequences. If Trump doesn’t seal a trade deal by the end of June, they’ll lose prime jobs not easily replaced in farm country about 150 miles east of Seattle.