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  • Portland utility targets distributed energy, smart grid in net-zero plan

    Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Portland General Electric has outlined a path to net-zero emissions that relies on tripling clean energy assets and utilizing customer-sited distributed energy resources for grid resiliency. The Oregon utility shared plans Friday to reduce emissions by at least 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035, and to reach zero emissions by 2040. To reach…

  • Report analyzes value of renewable energy participation in ancillary services markets

    Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip A new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory aims to advise renewable energy asset owners on the value of participating in ancillary services markets as an additional revenue source and grid resiliency tool. Researchers analyzed standalone wind and solar deployments in the seven U.S. electricity markets, as well as hybrid wind and…

  • Colorado steel mill becomes ‘world’s first’ to be run almost entirely on solar

    Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Claiming to produce some of the greenest steel in the world, a Colorado steel mill will soon be powered almost entirely by solar. Lightsource bp announced that its 300 megawatt Bighorn Solar project will position EVRAZ’s Pueblo steel mill as the world’s first steel mill to run almost entirely on solar. The project,…

  • Siemens Gamesa awards UL new contracts for wind turbine certification

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has selected UL (Underwriters Laboratories) for the provision of inspection and certification services for the company’s most advanced turbine designs. UL will inspect Siemens Gamesa’s new 5.X onshore platform, the SG5.8-170 and SG5.8-155 wind turbines with a capacity of 5.8MW and rotor diameters of 170 and 155 meters — representing some of the…

  • Minnesota solar installer bankruptcies leave unfinished projects, calls for better oversight

    By Frank Jossi, Energy News Network The state’s solar energy trade group has made improving consumer protections a priority after a string of bankruptcies in recent years left dozens of customers stuck with unfinished projects. Minnesota solar industry leaders are working with state officials to tighten oversight of residential solar contractors after the bankruptcy of…

  • North Carolina proves climate action can be bipartisan

    Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday signed into law a bipartisan mandate that will require the state to reduce carbon emissions by 70% by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050. House Bill 951: Energy Solutions for North Carolina directs the Utilities Commission to “take all reasonable steps” to achieve the emissions…

  • Joint venture targets ‘vast potential’ of U.S. floating offshore wind market

    Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip A joint venture between global energy giant TotalEnergies and Simply Blue Group, a developer of floating offshore wind projects, aims to capitalize on the “vast potential” of floating offshore wind projects in the U.S. Together, TotalEnergies and Simply Blue Group have more than 9 gigawatts of offshore wind in development around the world.…

  • FERC’s deadlock means SEEM is here to stay—Why are renewables worried?

    Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Despite a deadlocked 2-2 vote by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday, an energy market proposed by Southeast utilities was allowed to take effect due to rules regarding tie votes by the agency. Expected members of the Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) The 15 utilities behind the Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) hailed…

  • Construction begins on 44 MW community solar portfolio in Maine

    Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Summit Ridge Energy has begun construction on the first of 13 community solar projects in Maine as part of a 44 MW portfolio. The projects, which are expected to reach commercial operation in 2022 and 2023, will operate under the Maine NEB program. SRE will finance the projects, while Revision Energy will handle…

  • Embodied carbon vs operational carbon: What’s the difference, and why does it matter?

    Contributed by Steve McGregor, Group MD, DMA Group By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas. By the same year, the UK Government aims to have reached net zero. As more governments around the world take steps against the climate crisis, it becomes increasingly important to understand and implement…

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