Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins
Contact

Renewable Energy Focus

California regulators weigh whether the state needs more power plants

Los Angeles Times - Jun 6 California energy officials are, for the first time, rethinking plans to build expensive natural gas power plants in the face of an electricity glut and growing use of cleaner and cheaper energy alternatives. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced last Tuesday that it has put a hold on a $2.2-billion plan to rebuild several old natural gas power plants while it studies clean energy alternatives to meet electricity demands. And state regulators last Friday accepted a proposal for a study of clean-energy alternatives to a proposed natural gas power plant in Ventura County. The scrutiny comes after a Los Angeles Times investigation found that the state is operating with an oversupply of electricity, driven largely by the construction of gas-fueled generating plants, leading to higher rates. The state’s power plants are on track to be able to produce at least 21% more electricity than needed by 2020, according to the Times.

U.S. utility-scale solar prices fall below $1/watt for the first time

PV-Tech - Jun 8 Following on from the successful year for solar in 2016, the U.S. market added 2,044 megawatts of new capacity in Q1 2017 alone. As installations grow, prices continue to fall to new lows and utility-scale system prices dropped below $1/watt for the first time according to GTM Research. Q1 was the sixth straight quarter in which more than 2 gigawatts of solar PV and more than 1 gigawatts of utility-scale PV was installed.

Solar’s rise lifted these blue-collar workers. Now they’re worried about Trump

Washington Post - Jun 5 Mike Catanzaro, a solar panel installer with a high school diploma, likes to work with his hands under the clear Carolina sky. That’s why he supported President Trump, a defender of blue-collar workers. But the 25-year-old sees Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement as a threat to his job. About 370,000 people work for solar companies in the U.S., with the majority of them employed in installations, according to the Department of Energy. More than 9,500 solar jobs have cropped up in North Carolina alone, the study found. That’s more than natural gas (2,181), coal (2,115), and oil generation of electric power (480) combined. Major players in the power industry, such as Duke Energy, a utility based in Charlotte that has heavily relied on coal in the past, say they remain committed to moving away from the older, more polluting sources of energy. But Trump’s move could be devastating for small-scale operators like Catanzaro’s employer.

California’s greenhouse gas emissions fall by less than 1%

SFGate - Jun 9 California officials, determined to fight climate change, have ordered deep cuts in the state’s emission of greenhouse gases. But new figures illustrate just how difficult that process can be. The state’s emissions in 2015 dropped just 0.3% from the prior year, according to data released last Wednesday by the California Air Resources Board. The board’s detailed annual greenhouse gas inventories are issued more than a year after the fact. While emissions from electrical plants fell in 2015, driven down partly by the rapid growth of large solar facilities, the amount of greenhouse gases spewed by cars and planes rose. That may be due to low fuel prices and an improving economy, both of which typically entice people to drive more.

In Silicon Valley, power industry is next target for disruption

Houston Chronicle - Jun 8 First, it was the music industry and travel agents, then shopping and taxi cabs. Now, as Silicon Valley pushes to digitize the globe, its next target for disruption is the power industry. From newly minted startup firms to Silicon Valley giants like Oracle and industrial powerhouses like General Electric and ABB, hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing into so-called big data technologies designed to remake the power grid. Out are centralized, fossil-fuel fired plants sending electricity in one direction. In are rooftop solar systems, smart thermostats, home battery systems, and wind farms. All are controlled by computer algorithms and updated hardware that pull in and analyze thousands of data points on weather, pricing, and electricity consumption to create a power grid that can shift demand when supplies run thin and rely more on renewable energy.

Santa Barbara sets goal for 100% renewable energy by 2030

San Luis Obispo Tribune - Jun 8 Santa Barbara has vowed to transition entirely to clean and renewable energy. Last Tuesday, the City Council voted to establish a goal of 100% sustainable energy by 2030. The resolution sets both community-wide and municipal facilities objectives to reduce fossil fuel use through increased conservation and efficiency, and by developing renewable energy sources. Santa Barbara is joining 29 cities nationwide that have devoted to achieving 100% renewable energy targets.

Prince was a secret patron of solar power

Bloomberg - Jun 5 Before his abrupt death a year ago, the pop musician Prince made an investment in green energy that is now helping solar start-ups. It started with a conversation in 2011 between Prince and his friend Van Jones, a CNN commentator and California human rights agitator and onetime green-jobs adviser to President Barack Obama. That led to the creation of Oakland-based Powerhouse, a rare for-profit incubator dedicated to putting clean-tech entrepreneurs together with investors. The company has helped 43 start-ups get on their feet in an era when venture capital funding for renewables has plunged and Trump is working to slash funds for early-stage entities from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Applied Medical powers HQ with nearly 3 MW of solar

Solar Industry Magazine - Jun 6 Applied Medical, a California-based developer and provider of minimally invasive surgical devices, has installed almost 3 megawatts of solar at its multi-facility corporate headquarters and a local distribution center. Designed and built by REC Solar, the Orange County solar project consists of rooftop arrays on eight separate buildings totaling 2.94 megawatts. The systems are expected to meet about 15 percent of the corporate headquarters’ energy needs.

Tesla, Sunrun expected to resume Nevada rooftop solar sales

Reuters - Jun 5 Tesla and Sunrun last Monday said they would resume selling rooftop panels in Nevada because legislators passed a bill reinstating a policy the state had abandoned 18 months ago. Assembly Bill 405, which supporters say they expect Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to sign in coming days, would require electric utilities to purchase excess power generated from their customers' rooftop solar installations at near the full retail rate. That rate will step down gradually as more and more households go solar.

 

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Allen Matkins | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Allen Matkins
Contact
more
less

Allen Matkins on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
Privacy Policy (Updated: October 8, 2015):
hide

JD Supra provides users with access to its legal industry publishing services (the "Service") through its website (the "Website") as well as through other sources. Our policies with regard to data collection and use of personal information of users of the Service, regardless of the manner in which users access the Service, and visitors to the Website are set forth in this statement ("Policy"). By using the Service, you signify your acceptance of this Policy.

Information Collection and Use by JD Supra

JD Supra collects users' names, companies, titles, e-mail address and industry. JD Supra also tracks the pages that users visit, logs IP addresses and aggregates non-personally identifiable user data and browser type. This data is gathered using cookies and other technologies.

The information and data collected is used to authenticate users and to send notifications relating to the Service, including email alerts to which users have subscribed; to manage the Service and Website, to improve the Service and to customize the user's experience. This information is also provided to the authors of the content to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

JD Supra does not sell, rent or otherwise provide your details to third parties, other than to the authors of the content on JD Supra.

If you prefer not to enable cookies, you may change your browser settings to disable cookies; however, please note that rejecting cookies while visiting the Website may result in certain parts of the Website not operating correctly or as efficiently as if cookies were allowed.

Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who opt in to receive emails may choose to no longer receive e-mail updates and newsletters by selecting the "opt-out of future email" option in the email they receive from JD Supra or in their JD Supra account management screen.

Security

JD Supra takes reasonable precautions to insure that user information is kept private. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of user information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us at info@jdsupra.com. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your user information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development and, if so, will endeavor to do so as promptly as practicable under the circumstances.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information JD Supra Collects

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, JD Supra will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with applicable laws; (2) respond to governmental inquiries or requests; (3) comply with valid legal process; (4) protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of JD Supra, users of the Service, Website visitors or the public; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; and (6) enforce our Terms & Conditions of Use.

In the event there is a change in the corporate structure of JD Supra such as, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, sale, liquidation or transfer of substantial assets, JD Supra may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign information collected on and through the Service to one or more affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Websites

This Website and the Service may contain links to other websites. The operator of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using the Service through the Website and link to another site, you will leave the Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We shall have no responsibility or liability for your visitation to, and the data collection and use practices of, such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of this Website and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use the Service or Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, please do not continue using the Service or the Website.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, your dealings with this Web site, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at: info@jdsupra.com.

- hide
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.