California lawmakers reject controversial net-metering bill
PV-Tech – June 3
The California Assembly rejected a controversial bill, AB 1139, on Wednesday that would significantly cut net-metering rates and remove requirements for the California Public Utilities Commission to ensure sustainable growth in the state’s rooftop solar sector. The rejected bill would have also cut rates for rooftop solar customers.
Nevada accelerates $2B state grid expansion project
Engineering News-Record – June 2
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed a bill June 2 that will accelerate construction of the $2-billion, 525-kV Greenlink transmission network to open access to remote renewable energy resource areas; the recently passed legislation also requires a $100-million investment in electric vehicle charging stations to help the state reach a 100% clean energy goal by 2050. The 585-mile Greenlink Nevada project is set to connect Nevada's eastern, western, and southern regions.
Corporate renewables market flourished in 2020 despite pandemic
S&P Global – May 31
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many corners of the global energy industry, but the corporate renewables market plowed ahead as if nothing had happened. S&P Global Market Intelligence tracked over 20,000 MW of new corporate wind and solar capacity throughout the year, making 2020 the most active year yet in the rapidly growing segment. There is an estimated 41,000 MW of corporate-tied renewable capacity in the U.S., and matching the trend seen in the overall renewables market, solar is significantly entering the utility-scale segment.
BRIC microgrid opportunity grows as Biden doubles funding to $1 billion
Microgrid Knowledge – May 28
In an opportunity for microgrids and energy storage, the Biden administration has doubled to $1 billion the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, a grant program for infrastructure resiliency. The program started last year with $500 million in funding. Cities like Camarillo, California, applied for BRIC funding in last year’s funding round to help pay for planned microgrids. FEMA received 991 requests for project support in last year’s funding round, which closed in late January.