As large corporations increasingly demand 100 percent renewable energy, many utilities are left in a bind – add capacity, or risk losing major customers to other states.
Community solar, already growing in popularity among Missouri’s rural electric cooperatives, now is coming to the state’s largest investor-owned utility.
Six Midwestern cities are among 22 communities nationwide that were commended on Monday for taking innovative approaches to streamlining solar development.
As the director of strategy for Energy Innovation, an energy and environmental policy firm in San Francisco, Sonia Aggarwal leads the firm’s work on transformation of the energy sector and energy policy solutions. In 2012, she spearheaded the creation of America’s Power Plan, Energy Innovation’s platform for innovative thinking on policy solutions for clean, reliable, affordable electric power in the U.S. She’s also one of the country’s leading thinkers on performance-based utility regulation. Aggarwal, who will speak at the Midwest Energy Conference in St. Louis on Oct. 4-5, recently shared some of her thoughts on the issue with Midwest Energy News.
Nebraska is making another stride on efficiency, launching an initiative to measure – and eventually reduce – the energy used in buildings throughout the state.
A recent study highlighting the renewable energy capacity of the eastern power grid found differences in cost and emissions in a scenario that assumed significant new transmission capacity.
Iowa’s two largest electricity providers have submitted new rate structures for customers with solar panels, but the proposals don’t appear to meet regulators’ goal for encouraging distributed generation.
While many larger utilities push back against customer-owned solar, a small rural cooperative in Iowa is taking a different approach.
Much about a Kansas study of the costs and benefits of solar remains to be determined, such as how long comments will be accepted, and the amount and nature of the interaction among intervening parties.
A Kansas City-based utility has proposed a new set of energy efficiency programs that could bring substantial energy-saving benefits to the majority of electric customers in Kansas. However, consumer advocates say the program will not be worth the cost, while clean-energy supporters say the utility could go further with its plan.