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America's first wave-produced power goes online 20.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii • Off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity. The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it feeds into Oahu’s power grid — the first wave-produced electricity to go online in the U.S. By some estimates, the ocean’s endless motion packs enough power to meet a quarter of America’s energy needs and dramatically reduce the nation’s reliance on oil, gas and c...
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Clean energy won big. So where's the party? 17.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
To the skeptic, it may look like a con. The renewable-energy industry won lucrative U.S. subsidies and immediately snapped into inaction. Advocates had lobbied hard for the revival or extension of wind and solar federal tax credits that came in December. With victory in hand . . . very little followed. The industry’s windfall hasn’t spurred tremendous growth. In some cases, the renewal of the credits actually prompted a sudden slowdown in growth. Without the context, it kind of looks like they w...
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YVEA taps state grant to energy nonprofit to help usher in solar for households with modest incomes 17.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The cobalt September sky and mild temperatures in the high 60s provided the perfect atmosphere for small packs of volunteers in yellow vests and hard hats, who were installing a new solar array on the Steamboat Springs campus of Yampa Valley Electric Association. “Seventy degrees is the optimum ambient temperature for solar generation,” Jeff Bintz said. “Heat is resistance. Cold is better than hot." And even a little reflective snow on solar panels on a winter morning can improve solar panel performance. That’s good news for solar generation in the sometimes extreme climate of Northwest Colorado. Bintz is the construction manager for the nonprofit solar installation firm GRID Alternatives that received a $1.2 million grant from the Colorado Energy Office last year to partner with utilities like YVEA to create affordable access to solar in rural areas of the state. The new array at YVEA is the fourth project resulting from that grant and is expected to serve 35 or more households. But it’s about much more ...
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SunEdison wins approval for $144 million project sale to NRG 16.9.2016 Denver Post: Business
SunEdison Inc. won bankruptcy-court approval Thursday to sell a parcel of North American solar- and wind-power projects to an affiliate of NRG Energy Inc. for $144 million.
Plan divvies up desert for conservation, energy 15.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Los Angeles • Swaths of public land in the California desert will be opened to solar and wind farms under a federal plan released Wednesday that preserves much of the landscape for conservation and recreation. The long-awaited blueprint finalized by the U.S. Interior Department after a yearslong process seeks to balance renewable energy development and species protection on 17,000 square miles (44,030 sq. kilometers) of desert managed by the federal government. The plan drew sharp criticism fro...
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In Colorado, a bold step forward on renewable energy 6.9.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
The electric industry is in the midst of transformational change, with disruptive forces moving faster than many utilities, regulators, politicians and customers can imagine.
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SunShare fears Xcel settlement tramples on community solar gardens 3.9.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
SunShare, a leading provider of community solar gardens in the state, filed a formal protest with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission Friday against a sweeping settlement Xcel Energy and nearly two dozen parties reached last month.
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Letter: Rocky Mountain Power moves ahead on solar power 20.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Kudos to Ryan Evans, president of the Utah Solar Energy Association, for his Aug. 7 Tribune column highlighting the significant rise of Utah’s burgeoning solar energy industry. We thank him for praising the successful solar energy efforts at Rio Tinto Stadium — and how “utility scale solar projects” are benefiting Utah’s economy. Rocky Mountain Power proudly partnered with Rio Tinto for its solar project. Also, more than 47,000 Blue Sky customers have helped create more than 100 community-benef...
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Solar array will power low-income homes 20.8.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Work is under way to build a new solar array in Steamboat Springs that will benefit low-income residents. Yampa Valley Electric Association is building the array with support from GRID Alternatives and the Colorado Energy Office. Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to attend the ribbon cutting event Sept. 16. The solar array is being built at the YVEA headquarters on Elk River Road in Steamboat. With 30 arrays, the facility is planned as a 148-kilowatt system to be placed on .185 acres. By comparison, YVEA's solar array in Craig is 577 kilowatts. The project has received approval from the city's planning department. Four other electric associations are participating in the low-income solar array program. Collectively, they will be able to produce 579 kilowatts, and GRID hopes it will provide power for 150 homes. The Colorado Energy Office awarded GRID Alternatives a $1.2 million grant to implement low-income community solar and to partner with electricity providers. YVEA General Manager Diane Johnson has ...
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Finding ways to minimize the true cost of energy 20.8.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
The proposed settlement on Xcel’s treatment of rooftop solar revolves around two key principles: accounting for hidden energy costs and allowing consumer choice.
Xcel settlement in rooftop solar debate a necessary step forward 17.8.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
If a settlement involving Xcel Energy is approved, it marks a necessary first step in changing the way electricity is generated, used and paid for in a big part of Colorado.
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Xcel Energy pilot programs will charge extra for electricity used in high-demand periods 16.8.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Xcel Energy will drop a proposal to add a grid-use charge to customers' bills in favor of two pilot programs that adjust electricity rates higher during periods of peak demand or boost rates when customers use more electricity than expected.
Letter: Rocky Mountain Power drags its feet on solar 15.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The delays caused by Rocky Mountain Power’s foot-dragging in activating our residential solar system shows it is not interested in its customers going solar. Expect a three-week delay any time Rocky Mountain Power is required to act. Three-plus weeks to approve a net metering agreement, another three weeks to turn power off so we could upgrade our meter box and, finally, three weeks to install a net meter. Rocky Mountain Power’s inaction says it all when it comes to its attitude toward solar. D...
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Work program trains unemployed oil and gas workers in solar technology 14.8.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
National rhetoric pits the two energy producers against each other. But in Delta County, one organization is specifically targeting unemployed coal miners in the hopes of transitioning them to the solar industry -- while leaving politics out of the conversation.
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In Uganda, solar power plant amid African bush inspires hope 9.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Soroti, Uganda • In this electricity-starved rural part of Uganda, men ride bicycles several kilometers (miles) to the nearest market town simply to charge their phones. That should change with the construction nearby of one of the largest solar plants in sub-Saharan Africa, where two-thirds of the population is without electricity and countries increasingly explore alternative sources of power. Frustrated by the slow pace of rural electrification in this East African country of 36 million peopl...
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Op-ed: Solar energy industry deserves encouragement 'the Utah way' 7.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A recent article in the Salt Lake Tribune, “Utah’s enthusiastic embrace of solar power could cost the state $42 million,” highlighted the incredible growth of the solar industry in Utah. The article, however, focused on the cost to the state of Utah and not the benefits this expansion brings to our economy. As the article indicated, the cost of solar has dramatically decreased, 72 percent over the last decade, leading to a substantial increase in solar installations, especially in residential ...
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Tesla’s deal for SolarCity could speed sustainable energy 2.8.2016 Denver Post: Business
Tesla wants to put its car and energy storage businesses under one solar-powered roof.
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Tesla, SolarCity tie up would create a one-stop-shop for clean energy 2.8.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Tesla said Monday it will buy solar panel maker SolarCity Corp. in an all-stock deal worth $2.6 billion. The deal must still be approved by the government and shareholders at both companies. It's expected to close in the fourth quarter if it goes through.
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Tesla offers low bid of $2.6B for SolarCity 1.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • Tesla will buy the solar panel maker SolarCity Corp. in an all-stock deal worth around $2.6 billion. The deal must still be approved by the government and shareholders at both companies. It’s expected to close in the fourth quarter if it goes through. Tesla, a 13-year-old maker of electric cars and energy storage systems, said Monday that the tie-up would create a one-stop shop for cleaner energy. With one service call, customers could get their solar panels installed and connected to... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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America’s overlooked renewable energy source: Water has surprisingly bright future 28.7.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Long before wind and solar, water was the nation's top renewable energy source. Going back some 100 years, the United States built enormous dams -- like the Depression-era Hoover Dam in Nevada -- to produce tremendous amounts of energy.
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