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IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave

IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave

Sleeping giant of a market is waking up

Announcing last week that it would create the largest regulated utility-scale solar footprint in the world, Florida Power & Light signaled its intentions to nudge the Sunshine State away from its ironically dubious reputation as a renewable-energy laggard. The initiative will add 30 million solar panels, five times the state’s current solar capacity, easing its […]

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Keystone XL pipeline fight heads to Nebraska Supreme Court

Omaha World-Herald: Attorneys for opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline and TransCanada will square off Thursday morning before the Nebraska Supreme Court in a lawsuit that could erect a new roadblock to construction of the $8 billion project. Landowners who oppose the pipeline, as well as environmental groups and Indian tribes, are seeking to nullify […]

November 1, 2018 Read More →

Omaha utility expects renewables to generate 40% of its power in 2019

Omaha World-Herald: The Omaha Public Power District board is stepping in to stop the fight over OPPD’s next major environmental policy — and trying to send both sides home as winners. The utility’s updated proposal weaves together the competing approaches of customers who want OPPD to set specific goals for how much renewable energy it […]

October 23, 2018 Read More →

Omaha utility proposing faster shift from coal to renewables

Associated Press: Omaha Public Power District is proposing more aggressive environmental goals to get electricity from renewable sources and natural gas. The electric utility’s board may vote next week on a new set of goals that would accelerate its shift away from coal to other power sources, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The utility is considering […]

October 9, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Great Plains Grid Logs a 60 Percent Wind-Power Moment

The Oklahoman: The Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization that manages the Great Plains’ electric grid, announced Friday it had set a wind-penetration record of 60.56 percent. During that minute, wind supplied 13,928.94 megawatts of the 22,998.71 megawatts needed to provide power to customers of all of the utilities and other power distributors that […]

March 19, 2018 Read More →

‘Plug and Play’ Solar Finds Markets in Nebraska and Ohio

Midwest Energy News: Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid. ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of electrical work required. “It […]

October 19, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Nebraska Can Do Much More With Its Abundant Wind Resources

Lincoln Journal Star: Now that Nebraska has crossed the gigawatt threshold — 1 billion watts — of wind energy production, it’s time for the state to shoot even higher. The Cornhusker State became the 18th state to reach that milestone this year when turbines at a 400-plus-megawatt wind farm in Holt County began spinning. But […]

May 15, 2017 Read More →

In Cost-Saving Move, Nebraska Utility Pays $10.5 Million to Cut Ties With Coal-Burning Plant

Lincoln Journal Star: Lincoln Electric System has agreed to pay $10.5 million to dump its 30 percent stake in the coal-fired Sheldon Station power plant near Hallam. Despite the hefty price tag, the Lincoln utility will break even in two years and save money in the long run, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Wailes said. Oversight […]

May 12, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

From Deep in the Heart of Texas to North Dakota, a Historic Shift in U.S. Electricity Production

Wind generation has grown by more than 11 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in just a year in the huge ERCOT market of Texas. The increase, which has driven wind’s share of generation to 48 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2016 from 36 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2015, has displaced […]

December 21, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: ‘Long Gone’ Are the Days When Energy Infrastructure Projects Went Unquestioned by Grassroots

Keith Schneider for Long gone is the time when energy companies could swoop into lightly populated regions to build big energy infrastructure projects. More people live in the places close to the unconventional oil and gas drilling fields in the rural West and East. Their daily commutes, backyards, and favorite wild places are disrupted […]

December 13, 2016 Read More →