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YESTERDAY

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HAWAII'S UTILITIES PLAN FOR 67% RENEWABLES BY 2030
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: CAN WARREN BUFFETT'S PACIFICORP BRING THE NORTHWEST'S RENEWABLE RICHES TO MARKET?
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: A UTILITY IN THE MAKING: THE MUNICIPALIZATION OF BOULDER, COLORADO
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT NATIONAL HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM?
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    THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: THE STATE OF THE U.S. WIND INDUSTRY (AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR UTILITIES)
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HOW SACRAMENTO'S PUBLIC UTILITY IS GETTING IN THE RESIDENTIAL SOLAR BUSINESS
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HAS APS INVENTED A ROOFTOP SOLAR BUSINESS MODEL FOR UTILITIES?
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: THE GRID NEEDS INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OPERATORS
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HOW SHOULD UTILITIES VALUE SOLAR?
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: IS PUERTO RICO THE NEW POSTER CHILD FOR THE UTILITY DEATH SPIRAL?
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • Weekend Video: Reindeer Stresses
  • Weekend Video: Pink Fracking
  • Weekend Video: Fighting Duke For Solar
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews

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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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  • Tuesday, March 24, 2009

    SUN STILL HOT

    U.S. installed solar capacity up 17 percent in 2008
    Bernie Woodall (w/Marguerita Choy), March 20, 2009 (Reuters)
    and
    Solar Energy Industry Group Reports US Solar Market Hit Record Growth In 2008, Despite Economic Crisis; Smart federal policies needed to maintain growth and meet President Obama’s renewable energy goals
    March 19, 2009 (SEIA)

    SUMMARY
    Installed solar energy electricity generating capacity in the U.S. grew 17% (1,265 megawatts) in 2008 to 8,775 megawatts, according to U.S. Solar Industry Year In Review 2008 from the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA).

    The new solar included 342 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV), 139 megawatts thermal equivalent of solar water heating, 762 megawatts thermal equivalent of pool heating and an estimated 21 megawatts of solar space heating and cooling.

    It was the biggest single-year growth in U.S. solar energy industry history and the 3rd straight year of record-breaking industry growth.

    Based on plans for 6,000 megawatts (6 gigawatts) of solar power plant development (in California, Arizona, Nevada and Florida), 2009 is expected to be another record-setting year.

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    Total U.S. grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) capacity is ~800 megawatts. The leading states in that sector are (1) California, 530.1 megawatts, (2) New Jersey, 70.2 megawatts, (3) Colorado, 35.7 megawatts, (4) Nevada, 33.2 megawatts, and Hawaii, 11.3 megawatts.

    Solar power plant technologies, also called concentrating solar technologies, attract investment because of their large scale and potential for storage. Grid-connected PV development is attractive due to its availability at the hottest part of the day to offset peak demand on the grid as well as its ability to supply off-grid power.

    In a first indication of the way newly available Energy Department loan guarantees will act to facilitate New Energy development, a $535 million loan guarantee was approved for PV manufacturer Solyndra Inc., for the construction (by late 2010 or early 2011) of a production plant in California that will create 3,000 construction jobs and, eventually, more than 1,000 plant positions.

    28 states now have Renewable Electricity Standards (RESs) requiring utilities to obtain a specific portion of their power from New energy sources by a date certain. 19 of those RESs have "carve-outs" requiring a specific portion of the power to come from solar and/or distributed generation. 42 states (and D.C.) have net metering provisions, allowing New energy system owners to obtain at least some returns from utilities for power sent to the grid.

    U.S. PV manufacturing capacity grew 65% to 685 megawatts in 2008.

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    COMMENTARY
    - Solar energy is second only to wind power in U.S. New Energy capacity.
    - But solar has a long way to go to catch up. The wind industry added almost as many NEW megawatts in 2008 (8,538) as the solar industry’s total capacity. Wind has an installed total capacity of 25,170 megawatts.
    - Solar’s growth is, however, more rapid. And with a new emphasis on solar power plant technologies, the solar industry may very well become serious competition for wind. Scientific computations indicate the U.S. total potential solar capacity is much greater than that of wind.
    - 2009 growth is expected to boom as the result of recent enhancements to the solar energy investment tax credit (ITC). The ITC’s 30% cap was removed and it was made available for the first time to utilities.

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    - The rising interest in solar power plants is based on a pair of important ways they differ from grid-connected PV installations. First, they are utility-scale installations. Size matters to the utilities driving power plant development because they are faced with state Renewable Electrticity Standard (RES) obligations as well as the looming likelihood of a national RES requiring 10% of their power to come from New Energy sources by 2012 and 25% by 2025.
    - The second reason for rapidly growing interest in solar power plant technology is that it offers the possibility for storage over a 6-to-24-hour period of solar energy generated power. Such storage capability would essentially make solar energy available 24/7 because there are ample resources to meet daytime demand while storing adequate power to meet nighttime needs.
    - Power plant storage would be in the form of pressurized steam produced during the heat of the day's sun that could be released after sunset to go on driving plant turbines.

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    QUOTES
    - Rhone Resch, President/CEO, Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA): "Despite severe economic pressures in the United States, demand for solar energy grew tremendously in 2008…Increasingly, solar energy has proven to be an economic engine for this country, creating thousands of jobs, unleashing billions in investment dollars and building new factories from New Hampshire to Michigan to Oregon…"

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    - Roger Efird, Chairman, SEIA/President, Suntech America, Inc.: “The growth of solar manufacturing jobs in the U.S. was a breath of fresh air for communities hit hard by the recession. The recently enacted manufacturing tax credit will give further incentive to manufacturers…With the right policies, solar deployment will continue robust growth and thousands of new green-collar jobs in manufacturing will be created in states where jobs are needed most.”

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