Portland General Electric on Dec. 30 asked the Public Utility Commission of Oregon for authorization to defer for later rate-making treatment certain revenues associated with the scheduled Boardman Power Plant 100 percent biomass test burn.
There are three big tools for breaking down the barriers to community renewable energy: using non-tax-based incentives for renewable energy, simplifying the process of raising capital, and adopting formal “community energy” laws that enable power sharing.
The Public Utility Commission of Oregon has released guidelines for Oregon’s utilities to use when submitting proposals that will meet the state’s energy storage requirements under a 2015 energy law.
Plans to convert a coal-fired power plant in Oregon into what would be the nation’s largest biomass facility will be tested before year’s end when 8,000 tons of toasted wood thinned from a national forest is burned to ensure compatibility with the power plant’s equipment.
Philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist George Santayana said: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. The solar industry is expert at repeating its behavior and justifying the often tragic results by referring to them as the solar roller coaster or, the solar coaster.
There are many challenges associated with bringing renewables online, as well as empowering end users with the information and communication tools needed to help them better manage energy use.
Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced S. 3159 to make energy storage eligible for an investment tax credit (ITC) under section 48. The bill introduced last month would make energy storage systems with a capacity of at least five kilowatt hours, regardless of whether it was supplied by a renewable resource, investment tax credit eligible. For instance, a stand-alone storage project that drew power from the grid would be ITC eligible under this bill.
SunPower Corp. dropped a “guidance bomb” that’s dragging down shares of solar manufacturers. The second-largest U.S. panel producer told analysts Tuesday night that it expects to lose as much as $175 million this year, a shift from May when it expected to earn as much as $50 million.
This just in: Americans are getting more and more of their electricity from renewable sources. Okay, so maybe that isn’t exactly “news” if you follow the sector, but it’s important to underline from time to time regardless.
Batteries capable of storing power at utility scale will be as widespread in 12 years as rooftop solar panels are now, revolutionizing the way consumers use energy.