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Mass. Program Promotes Peak Period Clean-Energy Generation, Energy Storage (Ind. Report)

Date: 2020-08-07
In the Bay State, the Baker administration is launching the Clean Peak Energy Standard program aimed at promoting the use of clean-energy generation and energy storage during times of peak electricity demand.

The program, authorized by 2018 legislation, is similar to the state's existing renewable portfolio standard by requiring electricity suppliers to buy a certain amount of "Clean Peak Energy Certificates" each year. But this program would reward power plants specifically for being able to generate or dispatch power at specific peak power use times. (Source: BetaBoston, 5 Aug., 2020)


Hawaiian Electric Renewables Projects Represent $3.5-$4Bn Investment (Ind. Report, Funding)
Hawaiian Electric Company
Date: 2020-07-06
In Honolulu, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) is reporting its 29 grid-scale renewable energy projects planned or under construction on four islands represent between $3.5 billion and $4 billion in investment in the state's clean energy economy.

The number of projects in progress -- 14 on Oahu, 8 on Hawaii Island and 7 in Maui County -- is unprecedented in Hawaii. All but three would be built, owned and operated by independent power producers who will sell their electricity to HECO.

These projects, along with the continued expansion of private rooftop solar, have the potential to move HECO to a renewable portfolio standard of more than 60 pct by the end of 2025, up from about 28 pct today. That would include being nearly 90 pct renewable in Maui County and nearly 100 pct on Hawaii Island.

A number of projects are expected to come online this year, though some are still awaiting final regulatory and governmental approvals. They include: Honua Ola, a 21.5-MW biomass plant on Hawaii Island formerly known as Hū Honua; Na Pua Makani, a 24-MW wind project on Oahu; and, Mauka FIT 1, a 3.5-MW solar project on Oahu. In addition, the 38-MW Puna Geothermal Venture on Hawaii Island is expected to return to service this year after completing repairs to damage caused by the 2018 volcanic eruption.

In addition to reducing the Aloha State's dependence on imported fuels for power generation, these projects also create construction and technical jobs, draw upon goods and services from local businesses, provide lease payments to local landowners and government agencies and generate tax revenue. (Source: HECO, PR, 1 July, 2020) Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP Strategic Planning and Business Development, (808) 543-7780, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric Company,  HECO,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar Hawaii Renewable Energy,  


Ameren Calls for Higher Renewables Portfolio Standard (Ind Report)
Ameren Illinois
Date: 2020-03-11
Ameren Illinois is proposing the Downstate Clean Energy Affordability Act which, if implemented, would raise the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard goal to 32.5 pct by 2030. If adopted, the Act will identify and increase renewable energy sources and and lower energy costs in central and southern Illinois.

Under the plan, Ameren Illinois will increase the production of renewable energy and put that energy on the grid for a fraction of the cost to downstate customers as compared to other proposals. Part of the plan would include continued work with other renewable energy-based companies and developers.

Illinois has mandated 19 renewable energy by 2021, 25 pct by 2025 and 100 pct renewable energy by 2050, according to Ameren. (Source: Ameren Illinois, MY Journal Courier, 10 Mar., 2020) Contact: Ameren Illinois, www.ameren.com/illinois

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HECO On Track to Meet 2045 100 pct Renewables Target (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2020-02-17
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-headquarteed Hawaiian Electric (HECO) reports its use of renewable energy in 2019 increased over 2018 despite the unavailability of geothermal energy production due to a volcanic eruption on the Big Island and significantly lower wind energy production.

Electric power generation byrenewable resources increased by 156,064 MWh in 2019, a 6.7 pct increase from the previous year. The company achieved a 28.4 pct consolidated renewable portfolio standard in 2019, surpassing 27 pct in 2018.

The state is aiming for a 100 pct renewable portfolio standard by 2045, is based on the amount of renewable energy used by customers as a percentage of total utility sales. To that end, the state must reach 30 pct by the end of 2020, 40 pct by the end of 2030, and 70 pct by the end of 2040 to stay on track, according to a HECO statement from Snr. VP Jim Alberts. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Co, PR, Honolulu Star, 14 Feb., 2020) (Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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Virginia Grassroots Coalition Calls for Removal of Biomass-Fired Facilities from Renewable Portfolio Standard (Ind. Report)
Virginia Grassroots Coalition
Date: 2020-02-10
In the Old Dominions State, a letter to the Virginia General Assembly from the Virginia Grassroots Coalition, with over 40 participating member groups, calls for the removal of biogass-fired power facilities from Virginia's renewable portfolio standard, as follows:
  • Though touted as a clean, environmentally safe alternative to fossil fuels, wood pellets are a carbon-intense, destructive and polluting industry based in flawed carbon accounting in international agreements;

  • Wood pellet material sourcing leads to massive deforestation of critical habitats, and Enviva alone is responsible for 50 acres a day of clear-cut land:

  • Pellet production facilities release dangerous air pollutants including particulate matter and volatile organic compounds putting surrounding communities at higher risk for health complications.

  • Burning wood pellets releases 65 pct more CO2 than coal per megawatt hour. In order to keep global climate change below 1.5 degrees Celsius, wood pellets must not be used as an energy alternative.

    The letter also notes UK-based researchers found last year that burning wood is a "disaster" for climate change because older trees release large amounts of carbon when they are burned and aren't always replaced with replanted forests. Even when trees are replaced, it can take up to 100 years to cultivate a wooded area that soaks up as much carbon as was previously released. And the fuel burned in shipping wood pellets to Europe is also a significant source of emissions. (Source: Virginia Grassroots Coalition, 9 Feb., 2020) Contact: Virginia Grassroots Coalition, www.virginiagrassroots.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


  • NV Energy Seeks Addition to Renewable Energy Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2020-01-24
    NV Energy has issued a request for proposals (RfP) to add new renewable energy projects to its portfolio. This announcement comes on the heels of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada's (PUCN) December 2019 approval of 1,190 mw of new solar energy and 590 mw of battery storage to be built in Nevada and serving customers by Jan. 1, 2024.

    The RfP seeks solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biogas technology projects compliant with Nevada's existing renewable portfolio standards. NV Energy will also consider adding supplemental energy storage systems that are integrated with the proposed renewable energy resource and stand-alone energy storage systems. Projects will be competitively evaluated on a number of factors, including best value to customers of NV Energy and creation of economic benefits to the State of Nevada.

    NV Energy requests that all parties interested in becoming a bidder for this opportunity register on the company's website www.nvenergy.com and follow each of the directives under the "Steps to Complete" section of the website. Bids are due by 4 p.m. on March 9. Projects proposed by successful bidders will require the approval of the PUCN. It is anticipated the projects would be completed and producing energy for customers by December 31, 2025.

    Las Vegas-based NV Energy, Inc. is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do business as NV Energy. (Source: NV Energy, PR, 22 Jan., 2020) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Corp. Communications, 775-834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy ,  


    Clearway Energy Completes Hawaiian Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
    Clearway Energy Group
    Date: 2019-09-11
    In the Aloha State, Clearway Energy Group, in partnership with Hawaiian Electric Company, Kamehameha Schools, Moss Solar, and others, has brought online three grid-scale solar power projects on the island of Oahu that will significantly contribute to the state's goal of 100 pct renewable energy by 2045.

    The projects at Kawailoa, Waipio, and Mililani total 110 MW and will generate renewable energy equivalent to that used by about 18,000 Oahu homes each year. The three projects represent the largest block of grid-scale solar power ever developed in Hawaii and together will contribute approximately 3 pct to Hawaiian Electric's renewable portfolio standards (RPS) goal, which reached 27 pct at the end of 2018.

    The 49-MW Kawailoa Solar project will incorporate nearly 500,000 solar panels. The Waipio Solar project at 45.9 MW will consist of over 160,000 panels while the 14.7MW Mililani Solar II will use more than 150,000 solar panels. All the power generated by the three projects feeds into the Hawaiian Electric grid for the benefit of all customers on Oahu. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Co., PR, 9 Sept., 2019) Contact: Clearway Energy Group, www.clearwayenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Hawaiian Electric,  


    Ohio Dumps Renewables Portfolio, Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)
    Ohio
    Date: 2019-08-26
    Last Friday in Columbus, the Ohio State Republican-dominated legislature easily passed, and Gov. Mike DeWine (R) quickly signed, HB 6 which subsidizes First Energy's Davis-Bessie and Perry nuclear power plants to the tune of $150 million. The bill also supports two aging coal-fired power plants and dismantles Ohio's 10-year-old Renewable Portfolio Standards and Energy Efficiency Resource Standards, both of which mandated the growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

    The Renewable Portfolio Standard required Ohio electric utilities to generate 12.5 pct of their energy from renewables by 2027 and reduce electric energy consumption by 22 pct by increasing efficiency. (Source: Various Media, Athens Messenger, 25 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ohio Coal.Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Illinois Renewable Resource Procurement Plan Update -- (Ind. Report)
    Illinois Power Agency
    Date: 2019-06-26
    In the Land of Lincoln, the Illinois Power Agency (IPA), the state agency responsible for managing Illinois' renewable energy program has indicated that the state will likely miss its renewable energy target without legislative action. Illinois legislation requires the state to procure 25 pct of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025, but the IPA predicts current policy will only provide enough funding to reach roughly 10 pct by 2030, according to Path to 100, a group supported by labor and renewable energy organizations working to create jobs in Illinois.

    Illinois has seen rapid growth in wind and solar energy in recent years, driven in part by policy changes from the 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act. This policy supported new utility-scale wind and solar developments; enabled homeowners, businesses and public entities to lower their energy bills through on-site solar; and generated thousands of new jobs, according to Path to 100. But, IPA contends, without legislative change, renewable energy development will contract in 2020 and dry up almost completely between 2021 and 2025 due to funding constraints written into current law.

    Download the Illinois Long-Term Renewable Resource Procurement Plan Update Stakeholder Workshop -- Overview of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan; RPS Budgets; Utility-Scale Procurements HERE. (Source: Illinois Power Agency, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Illinois Power Agency, www2.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/default.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Illinois Power Agency,  IPA,  Renewable Energy,  


    Tesoro Fined for Low Carbon Fuel Standard Violations (Ind Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2019-06-07
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is reporting a $1.36 million settlement with Tesoro Refining & Marketing LLC -- now Marathon Petroleum Corp. -- for misreporting 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline, diesel, biodiesel and ethanol, including under-reporting 403 million gallons of LCFS deficit-generating fuels, thus violating the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

    The LCFS requires that regulated fuel producers report the carbon generated in the production of transportation fuels sold in California. The inaccurate information spanned 24 quarterly reports.

    The LCFS, which encourages the use of cleaner, low-carbon fuels, is one of several programs developed under The Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B.32). It works with other A.B.32 programs, such as cap-and-trade, the zero-emission vehicle program and the renewable portfolio standard, to achieve California's GHG-reduction goals. (Source: CARB, 31 May, 2019) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board ,  Low Carbon Fuel Standard,  


    NV Energy Lauds Nevada Renewables Portfolio Increase (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2019-04-24
    Reporting from Las Vegas, NV Energy joined Governor Steve Sisolak, Senator Chris Brooks and other supporters, as the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 358, which increases Nevada's renewable portfolio standard to 50 pct by 2030.

    In a 2018 announcement, NV Energy noted plans to add six more large-scale solar projects, three of which will include battery storage capacity. NV Energy also recently submitted its annually-required renewable portfolio standard (RPS) compliance filing to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, which stated that the company had exceeded the current RPS requirement for the ninth-straight year. Instead of the 20 pct required today, 24 pct of the energy the company provides is generated from renewable resources.

    Nevada is a leader in renewable energy, ranking fourth in solar and second in geothermal. NV Energy has fostered renewable development since before a renewable standard was put into place, having signed its first geothermal contract in 1986. Thanks to expanding renewable energy serving our customers and the retirement of coal-fueled generation in Nevada, the state experienced an 85 pct reduction in coal-fueled carbon emissions and reduced carbon emissions from the electric industry by 44 pct from 2005 to 2015.

    NV Energy Inc, which provides a range of energy services to more than 1.4 million customers throughout Nevada, is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do business as NV Energy. (Source: NV Energy, PR 23 April, 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Senior Corporate Communication Specialist, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy Portfolio,  Renewable Energy Standard,  


    Four States Top Energy Democracy Ratings (Ind. Report)
    Institute for Local Self-Reliance
    Date: 2019-03-22
    The Minnesota-headquartered not-for-profit Institute for Local Self-Reliance's second annual Community Power Scorecard reports it has ranked Massachusetts, California, New York and Illinois as the top states for energy democracy. The ranking is based on the states' commitment to boosting community-level renewable energy.

    The rankings are based on the organization's analysis of nine policies that promote citizen's use of renewable energy and other distributed resources. Policies recommended in the report card are customer-friendly net metering policies and simplified utility interconnection rules for distributed energy producers. The report authors also want to see an emphasis on energy efficiency, more community renewable energy, feed-in tariffs, energy supply diversity and financing programs, such on-bill financing and property assessed clean energy (PACE).

    The report card didn't consider cap-and-trade programs or renewable portfolio standards but focused on how state policies encourage consumers and businesses to generate their own power or participate in community solar programs. (Source: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, MicroGrid Knowledge, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 612-276-3456, info@ilsr.org, www.ilsr.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Community Energy,  Institute for Local Self-Reliance,  


    NV Energy Offers Low-Cost Renewables Option to Select Commercial Customers (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In Las Vegas, NV Energy is touting the Nevada GreenEnergy Rider (NGR 2.0) that makes more than 1 million MWh of low-cost renewable energy resources available to large commercial customers such as casinos and government entities.

    According to NV Energy, "NGR 2.0 offers eligible customers the ability to pay a rate directly tied to low-cost, Nevada-based solar resources, which is in line with our own philosophy to provide all of our customers with clean energy, while keeping rates low. This sustainable energy solution is a win-win as eligible customers will reduce their energy costs while NV Energy retains the renewable energy credits in order to comply with Nevada's renewable portfolio standard for the benefit of all customers."

    The initial allotments for the renewable energy rate include up to 565,000 MWh of solar for southern Nevada customers and 375,000 in the north, which combined serves approximately 153 MW of demand. Commercial customers who use at least 8,760 MWh of energy and have MW or more are eligible to participate. Governmental entities need only use 8,760 MWh of energy annually. (Source: NV Energy, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Kristen Saibini, Corporate Communications, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy Credits,  


    Ill. Panther Creek Wind Farm Anticipate Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
    Illinois Winds LLC
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Shanbbona, Illinois-based FPL Energy Illinois Winds LLC reports it plans to soon break ground on the 25-turbine, $50 million Panther Creek Wind Farm just west of the city of Pittsfield. Whem fully operational in 2020, the farm will generate sufficient electric power for 18,000 area homes. The company is negotiating with Springfield-based Prairie Power on an interconnection agreement

    Illinois presently has 2,632 operational wind turbines at 49 wind farms, which provided 6.2 pct of all in-state electricity production. Illinois' Renewable Portfolio Standard requires that utilities and retail electric suppliers generate 25 pct of their electricity sales from renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass energy by 2025. (Source: Illinois Winds, Journal Courier, Oct., 2018) Contact: Illinois Winds, Bill Damon, VP, 815-824-2182

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Illinois Winds ,  Wind ,  


    CA Gov. Inks 2045 Zero-Carbon Electricity Bill SB100 (Reg & Leg)
    California SB100
    Date: 2018-09-12
    In Sacramento, California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's office reports the governor has signed bill SB100 mandating the Golden State's zero-carbon electricity by 2045 target into law. SB100 pushes California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50 pct by 2025 and 60 pct by 2030 with a zero-carbon electricity grid in place by 2045.

    At the signing, Governor Brown noted, "To get to 100 pct clean energy in a manner that ensures reliability and reduces cost, we must use a variety of strategies -- energy storage, increased efficiency and adjusting energy use to the time of day when we have most power will all help with the transition." (Source: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Various Media, Energy Storage, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gov. Jerry Brown,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  SM100,  


    ACORE Aims at $1 trillion in US Renewables Investment (Ind. Report)
    American Council on Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-06-25
    The not-for-profit American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is touting a new campaign aimed at spurring $1 trillion in new US private sector investment by 2030 for the renewable energy sector and enabling grid technologies.

    ACORE is a US business group made up of companies that finance, develop, manufacture, and use all forms of renewable energy. Its aim is to accelerate the investment and deployment of renewable power in the US. The $1T 2030 campaign will be managed by the Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (PREF), a senior-level ACORE member program for educational renewable energy finance resources.

    ACORE's plan to spur $1 trillion in renewables investment is based on: a long-term federal policy commitment providing support for carbon-free electricity generation; federal, state and regional policies to promote modernization of the nation's electrical grid; continued expansion of state renewable portfolio standards to support increasing deployment of renewable electricity; and reforms to facilitate siting and permitting processes for renewables and transmission and allow for accelerated renewable energy growth.

    The $1T 2030 campaign hinges upon the findings of ACORE's The Future of U.S. Renewable Energy Investment: A Survey of Leading Financial Institutions report. The report, which is based on a survey of banking institutions, asset managers, private equity firms, and other financial firms, identifies several key findings that point to the fact that, "with sustained demand, US renewable energy will continue to be an attractive asset class with strong potential for investment growth." (Source: ACORE, June, 2018) Contact: ACORE, Gregory Wetstone, CEO, www.acore.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council on Renewable Energy,  ,  Renewable Energy,  


    Mass. Legislating 100 pct Renewables by 2047 (Reg. & Leg.)
    Massachussets ,Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-06-18
    In Boston, the Bay State senate is reporting the passage of legislation enabling Massachusetts to run on 100-pct renewable energy by 2047 by tripling the state's 1 pct per year renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 3 pct per year.

    The Senate bill also removes caps on non-governmental solar net metering and sets new 2030 and 2040 emission targets under the Global Warming Solutions Act. The act creates the framework for a revenue-neutral, market-based carbon fee; sets a 2,000-MW energy storage target, and opens the door to large renewable energy procurements in the offshore wind sector. The legislation needs the state's House of Representatives approval. (Source: Various Media, pvbuzz, 17 June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Net-Metering,  Solar,  Wind,  


    Michigan Utilities Set 50 pct - 2030 Clean Energy Goal (Ind Report)
    DTE, Consumers Energy
    Date: 2018-05-23
    Building on an agreement with Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan -- a grassroots ballot campaign to protect Michigan's air and water by increasing the state's use of renewable energy -- DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are reporting an acceleration of clean energy plans and setting a 50 pct Clean Energy Goal to be reached by 2030.

    In keeping with the agreement, Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan has mothballed plans to submit more than 350,000 signatures they collected in support of a clean energy initiative that would have called for an increase to the state's renewable portfolio standard. DTE and Consumers Energy intend to achieve their 50 pct by 2030 green goal through increased energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. Michigan legislation requires utilities to source 15 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2021. (Source: Healthy Michigan, DTE, Energy Insider, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan, www.cleanenergyhealthymichigan.com; DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE,  Consumers Energy,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    NV Energy Surpasses Renewable Energy Standards (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Following up on our Nov. 10, 2017 coverage, NV Energy reports it has surpassed Nevada's renewable energy requirements for the eighth consecutive year. In 2017, NV Energy had a 24 pct clean energy portfolio that included solar, wind, geothermal and credits from renewable projects. Under law, NV Energy meet a 20 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

    A recently introduced ballot contemplates increasing the RPS gradually over several years -- 26 pct by 2022; 34 pct by 2024; 42 pct by 2027; and 50 pct by 2030. NV Energy has not publicly taken a position on the ballot measure, but the utility did announce plans in January to double its renewable energy delivery by 2023. In the same announcement, the utility said its long-term goal is to move toward 100 percent renewable power. (Source: NV Energy, PR, Nevada Independent, April, 2018) Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Portfolio Standard ,  


    PGE Seeking Renewable Energy Bids (Ind. Report)
    Portland General Electric
    Date: 2018-03-09
    In Oregon, Portland General Electric (PGE) reports it is looking to add 100 average megawatts of renewable energy that complies with the state's renewable portfolio standard requiring the utility to source 15 pct of its retail load with renewables, rising to 20 pct in 2020 and ultimately to 50 pct in 2040. Price will be the most important consideration as the bids are scored by an independent evaluator, the utility stressed.

    The bids could include power purchase agreements (PPAs) or any of several ownership structures, including PPAs with purchase options or obligations, sales of existing assets, acquisition of project development assets and rights, joint ownership, and build-own-transfer agreements, the utility notes. PGE plans to submit a final draft RFP to the Oregon PUC by the end of next week, and a tentative schedule sees proposals due by June 15 and the process completed by year end. (Source: PGE, Portland Business Journal, 2 Mar., 2018)Contact: Portland General Electric, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Portland General Electric,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Connecticut Considers Biogas Mandate Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    RNG
    Date: 2018-03-07
    In Hartford, the Connecticut legislature is studying a bill that if passed into law would require gas companies to ensure at least 5 pct of their products or services be from landfill methane -- renewable natural gas (RNG) -- by 2033.

    The legislation would create an RNG renewable portfolio standard, establish a procurement process, and direct the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to establish quality standards for RNG, as well as require electric distribution companies to acquire electricity from a biomass facility.

    Connecticut reportedly has potential capacity for 41 MW of electricity from RNG that could displace 540,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: Various Media, UtilityDive, 6 Mar., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  RNG,  Landfill Methane,  Landfill Gas,  


    Maryland Launches Energy-Storage Tax Credit Program (Ind. Report)
    Maryland Energy Administration,
    Date: 2018-02-19
    The Maryland Energy Administration reports it is accepting applications for $750,000 in tax credits to support energy storage systems added to existing renewable energy systems. Of the total, $225,000 is reserved for residential solar customers and $525,000 is earmarked for commercial taxpayers.

    The tax credits are intended to encourage the addition of storage systems to existing renewable energy systems. The program comes on the heels of the introduction of Senate Bill(SB 732) and House Bill (HB 1453) which are designed to designed to double the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50 pct and the solar carve-out to 14.5 pct by 2028, a move the state's solar industry says will increase solar investment by $11 billion. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration, PV Mag. 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, Mary Beth Tung, Dir., (410) 537-4000, energy.maryland.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maryland Energy Administration,  ,  


    USAF Demonstrating Hydrogen Alternate Fuel (Ind. Report)
    US Air Force
    Date: 2018-02-16
    In the Aloha State, the US Air Force is demonstrating the use of hydrogen as an alternate fuel source at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

    The project, which is part of a cooperative agreement between the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT), supports the Air Force's goal of increasing its renewable energy usage and aligns with the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), launched originally in 2008. HCEI seeks to achieve the nation's first 100 pct renewable portfolio standards by 2045 and to reduce petroleum use in Hawaii's transportation sector. (Source: US Air Force, 15 Feb., 2018) Contact: Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies Stan Osserman, Dir., www.htdc.org; Air Force Research Laboratory, https://teamafrl.afciviliancareers.com; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrh/installations/jb_pearl_harbor_hickam.html

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