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Construction underway on Sapphire Sky Wind Energy Center in Illinois

Published on January 27, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

Construction has begun on the 250-megawatt Sapphire Sky Wind Energy Center in McLean County, Ill. Crews broke ground at the end of 2021. The facility is scheduled to begin commercial operations in December of 2022. It is being developed by Invenergy, a global developer of sustainable energy solutions based in Chicago. “We’re proud to be expanding Invenergy’s notable footprint in our home state of Illinois,” Meghan Schultz, executive vice president, Finance and Capital Markets at I... Read More »

DOE to support R&D, demonstration efforts for wave power electricity with $25M in funding

Published on January 27, 2022 by Chris Galford

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week announced $25 million in funding for eight research, development, and demonstration projects pertaining to commercialized wave energy technologies as a means of creating electricity.  The technology is based on a simple concept from nature. Waves are created when wind blows over the surface of open water in the ocean, and this movement results in a substantial amount of natural energy. Wave energy converters are designed to capture and convert th... Read More »

Toledo Edison completes $5.8M LED streetlight conversion project

Published on January 27, 2022 by Chris Galford

Lineworkers from Toledo Edison finished the installation of nearly 27,000 LED streetlight fixtures throughout Toledo by the end of 2021, concluding a $5.8 million conversion project underway since 2017. “Even in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, this LED streetlight project remained on schedule thanks to our dedicated field personnel,” Jim Veglia, director of Operations for Toledo Edison, said. “Communities across FirstEnergy service areas in Ohio and elsewhere have noticed substa... Read More »

CEC pays $13 million to EPRI, CALSTART to install zero-emission truck charging along California freight corridors

Published on January 26, 2022 by Chris Galford

As part of a multi-phase project to install the first zero-emission freight charging corridor network in the United States for medium and heavy-duty vehicles, the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded $13 million last week to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and CALSTART. "Electrifying transportation is central to the clean energy transition, and this project has tremendous value in the adoption of electric, zero-emission trucks along one of the heaviest traveled corridors in... Read More »

ALLETE Clean Energy begins output of 303 MW of wind energy to corporate interests in Oklahoma

Published on January 26, 2022 by Chris Galford

For a series of renewable energy sales agreements with McDonald’s Corporation, Hormel Foods, and Oshkosh Corporation, ALLETE Clean Energy began dispersing 303 MW of energy from its Caddo Wind facility in southern Oklahoma this week. Caddo and another site, Diamond Spring Wind, represent ALLETE Clean Energy’s – a subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc. – largest wind sites. The recent completion of Caddo brings the company’s total wind capacity to more than 1,300 MW and offers a significant addi... Read More »

More than 260 clean energy companies urge Congress to pass Build Back Better Act

Published on January 26, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

More than 260 companies in the clean energy industry sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to take action on the Build Back Better Act (BBBA). “Each month of delay means an estimated $2 billion in lost economic activity. That means missed economic opportunities in energy transition communities. That means fewer jobs in domestic mills producing steel for solar and wind projects. And it means a delay in building the American manufacturing base and workforce into a global clean en... Read More »

ComEd submits new performance metrics proposal with eight adjustments for Illinois clean energy law

Published on January 25, 2022 by Chris Galford

After incorporating feedback from public workshops, ComEd last week proposed a new series of metrics to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) the company said would help it better support the state’s new clean energy law laying the groundwork for 100 percent clean energy.  In all, it proposed eight performance metrics:  System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI): a reliability and resiliency metric to measure the frequency and duration of power outages annually. Customers... Read More »

Minnesota PUC launches effort to accelerate solar energy connections to grid

Published on January 25, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is requiring Xcel Energy to implement new ways to review solar projects that file an application to connect to the grid. In addition, Xcel will also pilot group application reviews, roll out a customer cost sharing proposal for system upgrades, and report back to the commission on its progress. The commission’s decision is due to an increasing volume of interconnection applications, high numbers of already connected solar, as well as complaints ... Read More »

Avista files two-year electric, gas rate hike to recover costs for infrastructure investment

Published on January 25, 2022 by Chris Galford

In Washington, Avista filed a two-year rate plan with regulators last week to recover costs for fixed expenses and ongoing infrastructure, technology, and other investments, raising potential monthly bills by $9.32 for residential electric customers and $2.29 for gas customers total by the end of 2023. These cost increases would be incremental. As proposed, the average residential electric customer would see their bills jump around $6.52 – a 7.9 percent increase – in December 2022, follow... Read More »

Duke Energy Florida launches Bring Your Own Battery study

Published on January 24, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

Duke Energy Florida launched a new study to learn more about customer use of battery technology and explore opportunities to leverage existing battery energy storage systems. The Bring Your Own Battery (BYOB) study involves Duke Energy Florida customers who currently have batteries installed in their homes to provide backup power in case of an outage. The 12-month study will allow the company to call on these devices to support the grid during peak demand. The idea is to reduce energy costs f... Read More »
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