The Department of Energy's (DOE) Sunshot Initiative is working to help development of solar through a $32 million grant for the solar energy workforce. The goal of the funds is to drive down the cost of solar by developing low-cost solar power, as well as increasing access to solar data.
Southern California Edison (SCE) is planning 33 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar and intends to work with SunEdison on the project. In October, SCE launched a fourth round of solicitations for their Solar PV Project, which encourages rooftop solar installations.
DONG Energy has been a power innovator in Europe for decades, and is now looking to make moves in the United States. The utility-- who surpassed 3 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity just last week-- is looking to enter the United States offshore wind market, and spoke at the WINDPOWER 2015 Conference & Exhibition, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
Southern Company has begun increasing their renewable portfolio with an acquisition of a 103 megawatt (MW) solar facility in Georgia. The Butler solar facility was acquired by Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power from Community Energy, Inc.
Even with high wind and solar penetrations, with good system planning, sound engineering practices and commercially available technologies, the Western Interconnection can withstand that critical first minute after a disturbance occurs.
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is nearly done with the 12 safety recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) after the explosion at the San Bruno pipeline in 2010. The utility said they have completed the 10th step of the recommendations.
Minnesota is working toward making utilities feel solar is more fair in their state. A new bill (HF 1437), passed by the Minnesota legislature would make rooftop solar owners face higher fees to help pay for the grid.
At a recent roundtable at the University of Tennessee's Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) grilled Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) CEO Bill Johnson on its debt, overhead and where it will get its power over the next 10 years.
Duke Energy has announced a $1.1 billion plan to retire its Asheville, North Carolina coal-fired plant and replace it with a new natural gas plant with a solar element. The utility also plans to modernize its transmission system in western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.
Georgia Power has broken ground on two different solar projects at Army bases in Georgia. The two new projects will be located at Fort Gordon near Augusta, and Fort Stewart near Savannah, and are a part of the utility's 3x30 Solar Project.