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While the OFFICE of President remains in highest regard at NewEnergyNews, this administration's position on climate change makes it impossible to regard THIS president with respect. Below is the NewEnergyNews theme song until 2020.

The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Human Population And Global Weirding
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Global Wind Still Focused On Big Markets
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-New Energy-Powered High Seas Shipping From Japan
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-World’s Biggest Wave Energy For Bali
  • THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, April 19:

  • TTTA Thursday-Study Shows A Carbon Tax Can Work
  • TTTA Thursday-Wind Power Was 6.3% Of U.S. Power In 2017
  • TTTA Thursday-Global Solar Boom To Get Bigger In 2018
  • TTTA Thursday-U.S. Cities Are Getting More Efficient
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Utility Pilot Projects Could Soothe Contentious Regulatory Proceedings
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Utility Success With Corporate Renewables Moves On Existing Load
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Surprising Value Of Solar
  • QUICK NEWS, April 17: Kids Demand Moral Response To Climate Change; Wind Delivers Big Money To Struggling Rural Ohio; Studies Leave Doubt Of Need For Old Energy
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Delivering Solar To Everybody
  • QUICK NEWS, April 16: 4 Lessons For Talkin’ Climate Change; Turning Trash Into Solar Power; New Atlantic Coast Areas Opened To Ocean Wind
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  • WEEKEND VIDEOS, April 2018:

  • Earth Day 2018
  • A Daily Show Take On Earth Day
  • First U.S. Ocean Wind

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Earth Day 2018

    This year’s Earth Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the state of earth’s oceans. This says it all: If nothing is done, there will be more plastic than fish in the seas by 2050. From American Museum of Natural History via YouTube

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    A Daily Show Take On Earth Day

    Ronnie Chieng has some hilarious thoughts about ridiculous solutions. From Comedy Central

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    First U.S. Ocean Wind

    It’s only 30 MW but it could lead to huge economic and environmental benefits. From U.S. Dept. of Energy via YouTube

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    Friday, April 20, 2018

    Human Population And Global Weirding

    The Unacceptable Collateral Damage of Overconsumption

    Daniel Christian Wahl, April 16, 2018 (Insurge Intelligence via Resilience)

    “…[Old structures are breaking down with the] impacts of unprecedented technological innovation and its rapid deployment in a globally expanding consumer culture. Exponential growth on a finite planet…‘The Great Acceleration’ is happening within the context of an expanding human population, profound societal and economic transformation on all continents, and — most urgent of all — a dangerous destabilization of global and local climate patterns. There is a scientific consensus that we need to take immediate action if we are to avoid catastrophic climate effects on the future of humankind, the diversity of life and the entire planet…The prolonged impact of an industrial growth society addicted to fossil fuels and the rapid extraction of non-renewable resources is pushing against planetary boundaries…

    …Rising fundamentalism and resource conflicts over oil, water and land have led to a series of wars which have caused humanitarian crises…Food, water and energy supply issues are already leading to localized scarcities, famine, and conflict…The advent of the fossil fuel age over the last couple of centuries has made available unprecedented levels of energy that humanity has harnessed to satisfy its needs: we probably expended more energy during the twentieth century than in all preceding human history…However, these gains have come at an enormous cost. The human population has grown by a factor of more than ten since the beginning of the industrial revolution in the mid-eighteenth century from around 700 million to more than 7600 million…We are currently eating into natural capital and eroding the ability of natural systems to self-regenerate…[Most of the remaining fossil fuel reserves] have to be considered unburnable carbon…” click here for more

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    Global Wind Still Focused On Big Markets

    Market concentration to continue to 2027; Wind deployment over the next decade is set to remain concentrated in 15 countries, highlighting the industry's reliance on the established markets.

    David Weston, 13 April 2018 (Windpower Monthly)

    “…[A new forecast shows global wind capacity will grow over the next 10 years at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3% and 82.7% of new wind] capacity (570.4GW) added between 2018 and 2027 will be added in just 15 markets: China, US, India, Germany, France, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Japan, Netherlands, Argentina, Spain, Taiwan and Canada…[FTI Intelligence] predicts 689GW of new wind capacity will be added in these countries over the next decade, meaning less than 120GW will be installed in the rest of the world…[China is predicted to become the largest offshore market by installed capacity in 2021, surpassing the UK’s total. In the near term (2018-2022), CAGR could be as high as 5.3%, with the Chinese market remaining vital to global growth. But in the medium term (2023-2027) CAGR could fall to just 1.4%. In 2017, 89% of new capacity was] added in just ten markets…[This suggests] a slight diversification over the next decade…[But if] just one of the top 15 markets take a sharp downturn, there could be repercussions across the whole industry…” click here for more

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    New Energy-Powered High Seas Shipping From Japan

    Solar Power Could Reinvent the Shipping Industry—If We Let It

    Rachel Nuwer, 18 April 2018 (PBS-Nova)

    “…[Eco Marine Power, a Japan-based company, is creating rigid solar panel sails for use on large sea-faring vessels. The sails—which are as thin as cardboard and flexible like plastic—will harness the ample wind and solar energy of the open oceans, cutting back on fuel consumption. Ultimately, the technology could lower a vessel’s emissions by up to 10%...Around 100,000 large cargo ships regularly crisscross the world’s oceans, delivering cargo from point A to point B. In doing so, they burn through a staggering [250 million tons of fuel] annually…[T]he industry is the world’s sixth-largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions…[Because the shipping industry has no] mandatory emissions regulations…[it powers ships with dirty and cheap] heavy fuel oil…[But the United Nations agency that regulates shipping just adopted a strategy to lower emissions] 50 percent by the year 2050…Eco Marine Power’s system] can be outfitted on basically any ship…” click here for more

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    World’s Biggest Wave Energy For Bali

    Indonesia builds the world's largest wave energy and delivers 10 MW of clean energy to the Bali Resort

    April 15, 2018 (Energy Trends via Recharge)

    “…Indonesia will build the world's largest wave energy conversion system (WEC) in Bali. to provide clean and effective 10MW of marine green energy for the resort…[It will use Welo's Penguin wave energy device, which] floats on the water during operation and can be anchored on a 50 meter deep seabed. The kinetic energy of the waves will cause the device to spin and convert kinetic energy into electricity…[It] is an asymmetrical tipping device, such as a curved vessel, and the inner wheel rotates continuously clockwise when it is tilted…[Because it has] no submerged parts, it is protected from erosion by] seawater…[Its speed of installation makes it cost-competitive] with wind power technology and…[volume production could] cut costs by 50%...[It is expected to go online] in late 2018…” click here for more

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    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Study Shows A Carbon Tax Can Work

    Carbon Taxes Could Make Significant Dent in Climate Change, Study Finds; Several different carbon-pricing approaches would help reduce emissions, and some would be fair as well, researchers report.

    David L. Chandler, April 18, 2018 (MIT News via The Energy Collective)

    “…[Depending on the exact mechanism chosen, a carbon tax] can be fair and not hurt low-income households…[A new study from MIT and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory] considered two different starting values ($25 and $50 per ton of carbon emissions produced), and two different rates of increase (1 percent or 5 percent per year), as well as three different approaches to dispensing the revenue: an equal rebate to every household, a tax break for individuals, or a corporate tax break…[T]he highest starting value and the highest rate of increase produced the greatest emissions reductions…[But] even the lowest taxation rates could in themselves lead to reductions sufficient to meet the U.S. near-term commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change…[T]he most efficient way of achieving those reductions, in terms of overall impact on the economy, is to use the revenue to reduce taxes on capital — corporate profits or investment income…[T]he option of sending equal payments to everyone was found to be the least efficient for the overall economy, but also the least regressive…Individual tax breaks came in somewhere in between…” click here for more

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    Wind Power Was 6.3% Of U.S. Power In 2017

    Wind powers forward to reach 30 percent in four states; New Mexico emerges as a leader, growing wind power faster than any state

    Evan Vaughan, April 17, 2018 (American Wind Energy Association)

    “Wind power, the largest source of U.S. renewable electricity generating capacity, now supplies more than 30 percent of the electricity in four states, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, after strong growth in 2017…[The rapid expansion reflects wind’s] key role at the center of a transformation in the country’s electricity sector…[The U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report 2017 shows] the industry employs a record 105,500 men and women across all 50 states…[and] generated a record 6.3 percent of U.S. electricity in 2017…14 states generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from wind…Ranchers and farmers were paid an estimated $267 million in 2017 to lease private land for wind farm development…[and wind investment provides recession-proof career opportunities and property, state, and local tax revenue [in rural communities] to fund schools, roads and emergency services…in 70 percent of U.S. congressional districts, including 75 percent of Republican districts and 62 percent of Democratic districts.” click here for more

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    Global Solar Boom To Get Bigger In 2018

    Global Solar PV Installations to Surpass 104 GW in 2018

    April 16, 2018 (GTM Research)

    “The global solar PV market will add over 100 gigawatts of capacity for the first time in 2018…[I]nstallations will reach 104 gigawatts this year, representing 6 percent annual growth…[and] annual installations will easily exceed the 100-gigawatt milestone through at least 2022…The year-over-year growth is due in part to geographic diversification, as the top four markets are anticipated to collectively decline by 7 percent…[According to GTM Research’s Q1 2018 Global Solar Demand Monitor, installations] in China will fall from 53 gigawatts in 2017 to 48 gigawatts in 2018, though China alone will account for 47 percent of global demand this year…In 2018, Latin America and Middle East and Africa will add 5.6 gigawatts and 4.7 gigawatts respectively, representing explosive year over year growth of 61 percent and 281 percent respectively…” click here for more

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    U.S. Cities Are Getting More Efficient

    City Energy Project Participants Top ENERGY STAR Rankings

    Kimi Narita, April 12, 2018 (Natural Resources Defense Council)

    “Ten City Energy Project (CEP) cities ranked among those with the most energy efficient buildings in the country…The annual report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified the top 25 metro areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in 2018, with additional lists for top performers among mid-size and small cities…CEP cities have consistently ranked among the top performers…[In 2018, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and Boston were top ten] CEP cities…[Several cities] have shown dramatic bounds forward…Los Angeles added nearly 200 certified buildings in this past year, for a nation-leading count of 716 buildings that represent $229 million in cost savings…Atlanta added 90 in the past year, and Chicago added 71. In total, this report shows that the 2,497 certified buildings in the ranked CEP cities in 2018 yielded $729 million of cost savings and nearly three million metric tons of avoided GHG emissions…” click here for more

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    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    ORIGINAL REPORTING: Utility Pilot Projects Could Soothe Contentious Regulatory Proceedings

    Reporter's notebook: Utility pilot projects could soothe contentious regulatory proceedings; Utility Dive reporter Herman Trabish says utility pilot projects can bridge divides between utilities and stakeholders

    Herman K. Trabish, Sept. 21, 2017 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: Work on pilots is advancing but there is an emerging push to get to full scale deployments.

    Stakeholders in utility policy proceedings across the country are learning that sometimes you don’t know what works until you try it. That’s why the trial, pilot, and demonstration projects increasingly being ordered by electric utility regulators may be a way to resolve stakeholder debates. They offer real world experience, former Xcel executive Mike Bull, policy director for Minnesota’s Center for Energy and Environment, told me. Leaders in the electric utility industry who try to manage the “significant change” within the power system by “‘doing what they have always done’” will fail customers, fail utilities’ financial interests and fail the public interest. “The only way to adapt to significant change is through innovation,” Bull said. “Trials, pilots, and demo projects are ways to test new things and keep the cost and risk of innovation low.”

    A recently-released Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) paper on best practices defines pilots as tests of “technical feasibility” and demonstrations as tests of “business models, customer adoption, and other elements.” RMI’s paper predicted that today's pilots “will test utilities’ ability to meaningfully advance a new set of solutions." Using pilots to resolve regulatory proceeding differences is becoming an emerging trend, according to Autumn Proudlove, manager of policy research for the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center. At least nine new pilot program actions were brought to regulators in the first half of this year within solar policy proceedings. They are "being used mainly to test time-varying rates, residential demand charges, and community solar, and many are related to high-profile proceedings, so the impact is significant,” Proudlove said… click here for more

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    ORIGINAL REPORTING: Utility Success With Corporate Renewables Moves On Existing Load

    Utility success with corporate renewables demand raises questions for existing load; “We’ve got a good formula for new load; now what do we do about everybody else?”

    Herman K. Trabish, Oct. 5, 2017 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: New reporting reveals that bringing renewables to existing load remains a challenge though there are now 21 green tariffs in 15 states.

    Anybody who says utilities and regulators are not innovative has not noticed how they are meeting skyrocketing demand from corporate buyers for renewables. And innovation 2.0 is coming. Some 71 Fortune 100 companies, at least 215 Fortune 500 companies, and many more small companies with clean energy or sustainability goals are their target market. Utilities need to serve that market, or those potential new customers may take their business to independent power producers. To meet that new demand, utilities, regulators and corporate buyers have collaborated to develop [21 green tariffs in 15 states]. The tariffs have brought 900 MW of new renewables onto the grid since 2015. The 360 MW added so far in 2017 far surpasses 2016’s 200 MW. At least 465 more MW of new load is in negotiation. But utilities now face a new challenge.

    “Green tariffs work for new load but the next question is how to meet the demand for renewables from existing load,” said Letha Tawney, the World Resources Institute (WRI) director of utility innovation. It is a question of growing importance among members of the Renewable Buyers Alliance (REBA), a utility-corporate buyer-policymaker collaboration led by WRI and other non-profits. The Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Green Direct tariff is the only one so far approved that “matches existing load to a new resource,” Tawney said. The difficulty is that if existing utility customers use new renewable generation, they are not using generation assets the utility previously built to meet their demand. “The utility made an investment in generation on behalf of those customers and those customers now say they want a different type of generation,” Tawney said. “The utility wants to know how it can pay for the generation it bought or contracted for them.” Stranded costs could result if too much existing load moves to renewables… click here for more

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    NO QUICK NEWS

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    TODAY’S STUDY: The Surprising Value Of Solar

    Benefits and Costs of Utility Scale and Behind The Meter Solar Resources in Maryland

    April 10, 2018 (Daymark Energy Advisors)

    Executive Summary

    On September 26, 2016, the Public Service Commission of Maryland (the “Commission” or “MD PSC”) initiated Public Conference 44 (“PC44”), a targeted review to ensure that Maryland’s electric distribution systems are customer-centered, affordable, reliable and environmentally sustainable. One topic identified for exploration as part of PC44 was the benefits and costs of distributed solar energy resources in Maryland. This report, developed under the direction of the Commission personnel and with the support and contribution of information from Maryland’s four investor owned utilities (“IOU”), documents an independent analysis of the benefits and costs of solar within each IOU’s service territory.

    This analysis builds up from the components of potential benefits (or costs) that solar brings when interconnected with the electric system. These components are categorized as direct utility and societal, with some components considered in both categories. This analysis presents the benefits and costs as they accrue to or affect (1) the bulk power system, (2) local power distribution systems, and (3) society and the economy.

    With all components taken together, Figure 1 depicts the resulting value of solar within each of the four utility service territories, for both behind the meter (“BTM”) installations (see dashed lines) and utility scale installations (see solid lines)

    We developed the value of solar by component for each of the four IOUs. Here we include, as an example, the stacked component value charts for both utility scale BTM and resources in Potomac Edison’s service territory. In this service territory (APS zone) for example, the value of utility scale solar (purple solid line in Figure 1) increases from about $0.19 per kilowatt hour in 2019 to about $0.22 per kilowatt hour in 2028. Those same values are represented in Figure 2 by the top of the stacked bars.

    Figures 1 through 3 show that the value of solar is significant when considering broader considerations of value. For both BTM and utility scale resources, economic benefits to the state make up a large portion of the benefit, but the benefits to the bulk power system, which include Avoided Energy, Energy Market Price Effects, Avoided Capacity, Avoided RECs, and Avoided Transmission Costs are also significant. Distribution system benefits are not included on Figures 1 through 3 as they are location specific, but these benefits could add significantly to the value of solar if projects are sited appropriately. For example, a 2 MW project that avoids a $2M distribution investment, could add $0.11/kWh in additional locational benefits.

    This study also analyzed the potential for future solar development in Maryland. BTM potential was evaluated by looking at available rooftop sites, utility scale potential was evaluated by looking at available land, and both types of potential were analyzed within the context of the amount of hosting capacity the distribution systems could absorb. The results of this analysis are shown below in Table 1. This analysis indicates that Maryland has significant potential for additional solar development.

    The large potential for additional BTM and utility scale solar development shown in Table 1 and the significant value that solar can bring to the bulk power system, distribution system, and to the residents of Maryland through economic and health benefits represent a considerable opportunity for the state. The state and investor owned utilities should be developing policies and enhancing utility system planning processes to encourage additional cost-effective solar development.

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    QUICK NEWS, April 17: Kids Demand Moral Response To Climate Change; Wind Delivers Big Money To Struggling Rural Ohio; Studies Leave Doubt Of Need For Old Energy

    Kids Demand Moral Response To Climate Change Florida Kids Sue Gov. Scott Over Climate Change: You Have 'Moral Obligation' to Protect Us; The case, connected to the federal Our Children’s Trust climate lawsuit, is one of nine pressuring states to take action on global warming and fossil fuels.

    Georgina Gustin, April 16, 2018 (Inside Climate News)

    “Eight young Floridians, ages 10 to 19, sued their state and its climate-policy-averse governor… for failing to protect residents from the impacts of a warming climate…They say they already see signs of climate change around them—from powerful hurricanes to extreme heat waves to tidal flooding that now regularly washes into coastal roads and parks as sea level rises—and they want the state to do something about it…[The lawsuit] is the latest in a wave of legal cases filed by children against states and the federal government that accuse government of depriving them of the fundamental right to a stable climate…The Florida plaintiffs [argue the state should] ‘adhere to its legal and moral obligation to protect current and future generations from the intensifying impacts of climate change…’” click here for more

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    Wind Delivers Big Money To Struggling Rural Ohio Wind power set to deliver $54m to Ohio’s rural communities by the end of 2018

    Michele Froese, April 16, Windpower Engineering & Development)

    “…[Just four utility-scale wind projects in rural Ohio] will have delivered over $54 million in payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) and land lease payments by the end of 2018…[These very real financial benefits to places in need of economic opportunity underscores the misguidedness the Ohio Legislature, which] – without any public input or legislative debate – enacted changes to the state’s property setback requirements for new wind projects in 2014, creating one of the most stringent statewide setback laws in the nation. Since the change, the state’s Power Siting Board has yet to receive a single new project application that complies with the requirements. In addition, there are more than a dozen approved or pending in-state wind projects that may not reach completion without a change to the current law…In contrast, the American wind industry has developed 17 projects in nearby and neighboring states such as Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania since 2014, representing over $2 billion in project investment…” click here for more

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    Studies Leave Doubt Of Need For Old Energy Department of Energy Releases Bogus Study to Prop Up Coal Plants

    Jeremy Richardson, April 10, 2018 (Union of Concerned Scientists)

    “…Major grid operator PJM’s new study shows [a National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)] report “reaches some sweeping conclusions that are not supported by the specific facts concerning grid operations” and [PJM debunks the Department of Energy (DOE)-ordered NETL study’s] claim that blackouts would have occurred without the coal units dispatched during the bomb cyclone…[The NETL study also] estimates a bogus value for coal providing these so-called “resiliency” services…[Federal regulators] rejected the DOE’s fact-free proposal to bail out coal and nuclear plants late last year…[The nugget of truth] is that we do need reserve capacity to be available in times of peak demand, especially during [winter cold snaps and other] extreme weather events…[But] regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs)were prepared for the cold snap, and the markets [and New Energy output compensated for spikes in natural gas prices]…” click here for more

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    Monday, April 16, 2018

    TODAY’S STUDY: Delivering Solar To Everybody

    Community Solar Opportunities for Low to Moderate Income Households in the Southeast

    Anne Tazewell and Achyut Shrestha, April 2018 (North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center)

    Executive Summary

    Community solar projects are typically ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems that are often smaller in size than other utility-scale solar projects. These projects can offer an opportunity for those who rent their homes or have shaded roofs to take advantage of solar energy, as many of the siting requirements associated with rooftop solar installations are removed.

    The Southeast has some of the highest rates of poverty in the U.S, while two states in the region also rank among the top states for installed utility scale projects.1,2 This example highlights both the challenges and opportunities for community solar across the region. Electric cooperatives and municipal utilities are uniquely positioned to lead the way in providing low-income residents with access to community solar. Within the nine states covered by the Community Solar for the Southeast project, there are 472 electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, with over 50 community solar projects in place or under consideration. However, we are not aware of any projects specifically serving low-income households (defining low-income as those with incomes below 80% of area median income).

    For community solar projects serving underrepresented, low-income residents, subscription costs and associated benefits are of significant importance. In order to enable low-income participation, these projects should offer an immediate savings on monthly electricity bills. To reduce upfront costs in order to support low-income community solar access, the following can be considered:

    1. Solar developers and utilities may voluntarily agree to lower power purchase agreement rates3 in order to reduce community solar participation costs for low-income residents.

    2. The utility can elect to credit customers for the output of the community solar project at the retail rate or the value of solar, a rate that can include demand charges and other considerations, rather than an avoided cost rate, to generate more immediate savings for subscribers

    3. A two-tiered subscription structure, whereby participants voluntarily agree to pay more for community solar shares, may be utilized to offset costs for lower income participants.

    4. Voluntary contributions, where utility customers donate monthly through bill roundup programs or other utility lead charitable giving opportunities that help reduce electric bills for customers in need, can be expanded to include reductions for community solar subscriptions.

    5. Utility shut off funds and federal assistance programs, such as housing and low-income home energy assistance programs, can be examined for opportunities to provide financial support for community solar for low-income households.

    6. Electric cooperatives and municipal utilities can consider group bids, developing larger solar projects, and donating project land to reduce costs.

    7. Access to inexpensive capital to pay for the construction and set up of a community solar project, as well as a willingness on the parts of both the developer and the utility to have a lower internal rate of return, can support lower cost solar access for low-income households.

    8. Leveraging additional value streams from battery storage systems can be considered to make the project more cost effective.

    A community solar program that is “purpose built” to include a percentage of low income residents may be more successful in attaining low income household participation than projects already underway. There are more options to explore to reduce the upfront costs to facilitate the involvement of community members with limited means. However, no matter at what part of the community solar program process, there are advantages in bringing together utilities and energy related government programs and initiatives with low income advocates and environmental nonprofits. Each entity has a unique perspective and expertise that, upon collaboration, can enhance the potential for community solar to serve a broader economic and environmental justice movement…

    Conclusion

    Community solar development in the Southeast is in a nascent stage due to many challenges outlined in this document. This is especially true when considering the inclusion of low-income individuals and households in community solar programs. However, as discussed, there are pathways for implementation that interested utilities, advocates, and solar developers can consider to provide opportunities for low-income families to access solar energy and its benefits.

    The Community Solar for the Southeast project, through subsequent meetings, is working with attendees of the December 2017 Low-Income Community Solar Workshop to put into practice some of the opportunities discussed at the meeting and in this report. One result will be to reach out to and serve low-income member-owners of one electric cooperative with reduced monthly utility bills through a community solar subscription initiative to be launched in late April 2018.

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    QUICK NEWS, April 16: 4 Lessons For Talkin’ Climate Change; Turning Trash Into Solar Power; New Atlantic Coast Areas Opened To Ocean Wind

    4 Lessons For Talkin’ Climate Change How the science of persuasion could change the politics of climate change; Conservatives have to make the case to conservatives, and a growing number of them are.

    James Temple, April 16, 2018 (MIT Technology Review)

    “…While much of the research and debate today focuses on figuring out the right mix of clean energy sources, or on developing better and cheaper technologies, the real breakthrough that’s required might lie in the science of persuasion. We’ll never generate enough clean energy to dramatically cut emissions in the next few decades—while abandoning fossil-fuel plants that still work perfectly well—as long as so many political leaders adamantly deny even the existence of anthropogenic climate change…[T]he academic literature offers insights on what drives such shifts in political sentiment…Lesson one: Pick the right targets…[T]he goal should be to change the minds of the elites…Lesson 2: Depoliticize the issue…[C]raft fact-based arguments designed to appeal specifically to their political interests, and present policies they can rationalize within their ideologies…Lesson 3: Pick the right policies…Lesson 4: Find areas of common ground…” click here for more

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    Turning Trash Into Solar Power Super Idea: Repurposing Toxic Sites to Produce Solar Energy

    Frank Carini. April 14, 2018 (EcoRI News)

    “…[Two municipalities in Rhode Island and the state university have solved the challenge of finding land for solar by] developing solar energy on long-ago trashed sites…[They] are building solar facilities on two Superfund sites…[T]he former Rose Hill Regional Landfill and the closed URI waste disposal site/West Kingston town dump…had been identified at one time by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having been contaminated by hazardous waste. The properties, which had been remediated and closed, are reportedly expected to be producing solar energy in the coming months…There is no capital cost for the two municipalities and URI. The developer, Kearsarge Energy, will keep 75 percent of the energy generated and sell the remaining 25 percent to the towns and the university…[The agreement] also stipulates that the renewable energy credits (RECs) produced at the two solar facilities will stay with Kearsarge for the first 10 years before transferring to the consortium…[O]wners of municipal landfills must balance the risk to humans versus a beneficial reuse of a landfill…[S]olar projects have typically been deemed favorable by regulatory agencies since access by humans is relatively limited to construction…” click here for more

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    New Atlantic Coast Areas Opened To Ocean Wind Feds Eye More Wind Energy Leases

    Christopher Walsh, April 11, 2018 (East Hampton Star)

    “The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management [BOEM] is calling for information and nominations from companies interested in commercial wind energy leases within a proposed area in the New York Bight, an area of shallow waters between Long Island and the New Jersey coast…[T]he agency seeks public opinion on the potential for wind energy development in the area, including site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to, or within, the areas…[Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo welcomed BOEM’s support for] one of the largest offshore wind development plans in the country, which [is expected to] power 1.2 million New York homes and create 5,000 good-paying jobs…” click here for more

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    Saturday, April 14, 2018

    The Birds See What Deniers Don’t

    Along with the climate, avian migrations are changing in the Pacific Flyway as birds search for new habitats. From KPBS via YouTube

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    The Key To “Electrifying Everything”

    The last piece of the New Energy puzzle is bringing the already rapidly falling cost of storage down to where battery-New Energy hybrids beat the cost of traditional generation. From via YouTube

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    The UK’s Ocean Wind Solution

    With New Energy, Britannia once again rules the waves. From Greenpeace Unearthed via YouTube

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