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Governor Baker Signs off on New Climate Law

Mar 29, 2021 1:05:00 PM / by Paul Fischer posted in Renewable Energy, Solar, Community, Residential Solar, Non-Profit, MA SMART Program, Massachusetts, Utilities, Solar Industry, Business, Finance, Wind Energy, Community Solar, Legislation, Solar Incentives, Climate Plan, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Solar Panels, Energy Generation, Industrial Solar, Electrification, Sustainability, Government, Environmental Impact, Resilience, Clean Energy, New England, Charlie Baker

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On Friday, March 26th, Governor Charlie Baker signed a new climate bill into law. The official name of the law is “An Act Creating A Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy”. Kind of a mouthful. This new law aims to tackle a wide range of challenges and sets goals for the state to reach. It continues the trend of Massachusetts being one of the most progressive states when it comes to climate action.

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What is going on in Texas? #ERCOTfail

Feb 17, 2021 3:45:00 PM / by Paul Fischer posted in Solar Energy, United States, Markets, Texas, Power Generation, Fossil Fuels, Coal, Wind Energy, Climate Change, ERCOT, Energy Transition, Technology, natural gas, Coal Plants, Power Outages, Republican, Democrat, txenergy, txwx, txpoweroutage, Climate Disruption, txlege

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Image: Weather Service International

This picture shows the temperature (in Fahrenheit) departure from normal during this recent cold snap. 

 

Late Sunday night, extraordinarily cold temperatures made their way into Texas. As the temperature dropped, the people of Texas switched on the heat, with much of it being electric, in an effort to stay warm. Unfortunately, people weren't the only ones to feel the cold grip of mother nature. Extremely low temperatures, ice, and snow caused power plants to go offline. As the demand for power rapidly shot up, supply drastically fell. 

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Biden's First Steps

Jan 25, 2021 9:30:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Energy, Commercial Solar, Businesses, Markets, Wind Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Corporate, Infrastructure, Climate Change, Hydrogen, Global, Industrial Solar, utility scale storage, Global Warming, Technology, Sustainability, Breiter Planet Properties, Photovoltaic Cells, Clean Energy, Clean Energy Jobs, Green Finance, Pollution, Investors, solar modules

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Solar beats gas when utilities use all-source procurements

May 21, 2020 9:15:00 AM / by William Driscoll, pv magazine posted in Policy, United States, Markets, Utility-Scale PV, Wind Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, natural gas, Clean Energy, Solar assets, Prices, Consumer Protection, Cost, Procurement, Gas Fired, Xcel Energy

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Colorado requires utilities to use all-source procurements.

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Decommissioning coal – an opportunity for energy storage?

May 18, 2020 9:15:00 AM / by George Hilton, Analyst, IHS Markit posted in Renewable Energy, Solar, Energy Storage, Decarbonize, Fossil Fuels, Coal, Wind Energy, Spain, Energy Generation, World, Base Load, Peak Demand, Carbon Emissions, Coal Plants, Co-Location

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The Drax Power Station near Selby, North Yorkshire, is the single largest CO2 emitter in the U.K. Its owner plans to replace the coal-fired units with gas power and a 200 MW battery.

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WoodMac expects 106 GW of solar to be installed this year

May 11, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Sandra Enkhardt, pv magazine posted in Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Energy Storage, Decarbonize, Power Generation, Wind Energy, Electric Vehicles, Global, Electrification, Covid-19

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Image: gregroose / Pixabay

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Solar (and wind) help to keep the AC on in Texas

Oct 31, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Christian Roselund, pv magazine posted in Solar, Energy Storage, Texas, Wind Energy, DERs, Climate Change, ERCOT

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A recent report by the state’s grid operator shows that solar and wind helped to meet peak demand on days of peak power demand in August, including the scorching afternoon that set a new all-time record.

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Transmission ITC

Oct 30, 2019 9:15:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, ITC, Decarbonization, Investments, Infrastructure, Climate Change

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U.S. Power Grid Needs Major Revamping Before Going 100% Renewable

Sep 9, 2019 9:10:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Development, New Construction, Utilities, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, Decarbonize, Wind Energy

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Is it possible for utilities to provide 100% renewable energy?

 

Xcel Energy is an electric utility based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It serves more than 3.3 million electric customers throughout Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. Xcel has a goal of delivering 100% carbon free electricity by the year 2050. As of 2018, their delivery was 38% carbon free, and by 2030, Xcel hopes to deliver 80% carbon free electricity before reaching their ultimate goal of 100% carbon free by 2050. 

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Saying Goodbye to Brayton Point

May 7, 2019 1:35:14 PM / by Andrew Breiter-Wu posted in News, Energy, Massachusetts, Decarbonize, Power Generation, Fossil Fuels, Coal, SouthCoast MA, Fall River, MA, Wind Energy

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On a brisk Saturday morning, residents from across Southeastern Massachusetts came together along the shoreline of the Mt. Hope Bay to watch the demolition of the two Brayton Point cooling towers.

 

 

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