New & Noteworthy – Page 4

Ohio Utility Agreement Expands Renewable Energy, Upgrades Grid

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 29, 2017

On Friday, American Electric Power (AEP), Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) staff, the Sierra Club and other stakeholders reached a settlement agreement for AEP Ohio to develop 900 MW of renewable energy, initiate an electric vehicle (EV) program and protect consumers [Read More]

Oklahoma Judge Dismisses AG Motion Against Wind Catcher

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 29, 2017

A motion to reject Public Service Co. of Oklahoma’s (PSO) pre-approval request for the 2 GW Wind Catcher facility has been dismissed in court. PSO and Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) are asking utility regulators in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and [Read More]

Delaware Now Has An Offshore Wind Working Group

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 28, 2017

Today, Delaware’s Gov. John Carney signed an executive order establishing the Offshore Wind Working Group, which will study potential environmental and economic development benefits of offshore wind development to serve Delaware. “We must look for ways to participate in the [Read More]

The Race Is On: Will U.S. Renewables Leave Nuclear In The Dust?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 28, 2017

With each providing roughly 20% of the nation’s power, renewable energy sources are in a statistical dead heat with nuclear power, nonprofit research group the SUN DAY Campaign has announced. Citing the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s [Read More]

Apple’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run Entirely On Renewable Energy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 24, 2017

Apple has announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot data center in Waukee, Iowa, that will run entirely on renewable energy from day one. Apple says its investment of $1.3 billion will create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the [Read More]

Green America Launches Effort Pushing Verizon, AT&T Toward Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 24, 2017

Green America has launched a new campaign urging telecommunications giants AT&T and Verizon to commit to 100% renewable energy. According to the organization, both companies are currently using less than 2% renewable energy, putting them far behind many leaders in [Read More]

The DOE’s Grid Study Is Finally Here

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on August 24, 2017

The agency blames the dominance of natural gas, as well as the increase of wind and solar, for the “negative impact” on traditional baseload generation, e.g. coal.

Michigan Utility Agrees To Retire Coal Plants, Add Wind And Solar

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 23, 2017

Under a settlement agreement announced today by the Sierra Club, the Lansing Board of Water and Light (LBWL) in Michigan will stop burning fossil fuels at its coal-fired Erickson Generating Station by December 2025 and commit to specific clean energy [Read More]

National Lab: The Lifesaving Benefits Of Wind And Solar In The U.S.

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 22, 2017

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have announced a new study focused on the benefits of U.S. solar and wind energy in reducing air pollution emissions and avoiding premature mortalities. Relying on a well-vetted set of methods, the study – [Read More]

Massachusetts Ski Resort Celebrates A Decade Of Wind Energy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 22, 2017

Jiminy Peak, which is powered entirely by renewables, houses a 1.5 MW wind turbine, 2.3 MW solar field and 75 kWh cogeneration unit. Now, it’s getting down to the “granular level” in its continuous conservation efforts.