NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, May 8: Where U.S. Climate Change Will Hit The Home; Community Solar Doubled In 2017; Huge Push For Grid Modernization Across The Nation

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    Tuesday, May 08, 2018

    QUICK NEWS, May 8: Where U.S. Climate Change Will Hit The Home; Community Solar Doubled In 2017; Huge Push For Grid Modernization Across The Nation

    Where U.S. Climate Change Will Hit The Home Global warming will depress economic growth in Trump country; It’s global warming that will hurt the economy in red states, not a carbon tax.

    Dana Nuccetelli, 7 May 2018 (UK Guardian)

    “…Economies thrive in regions with an average temperature of around 14°C (57°F). Developed countries like the US, Japan, and much of Europe happen to be near that ideal temperature, but continued global warming will shift their climates away from the sweet spot and slow economic growth, [according to a recent working paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. And the states with the hottest summertime temperatures] voted for Donald Trump in 2016…[The paper concludes that if we meet the Paris target of staying below 2°C global warming, US economic growth will only slow by about 5 to 10%. On our current path, including climate policies implemented to date (which would lead to 3–3.5°C global warming by 2100), US economic growth would slow by about 10 to 20%...[With the higher temperature], US economic growth would slow by about 12 to 25% due to hotter temperatures alone…As the economics research shows, failing to curb global warming will certainly lead to less economic growth. Climate policies could hamper economic growth, but legislation can be crafted to address that concern…” click here for more

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    Community Solar Doubled In 2017 SEPA report: U.S. doubled community solar capacity in 2017; Minster case study underlines need for program flexibility -- and patience

    May 1, 2018 (Smart Electric Power Alliance)

    “Community solar capacity in the United States more than doubled between 2016 and 2017, from 347 megawatts (MW) at the end of 2016, to 734 MW at the end of 2017. At present, 228 utilities in 36 states have active community solar programs, [according to Community Solar Program Design Models from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)]…Third parties now account for 67 percent of community solar programs, versus about 33 percent for utilities…The average subscription rate for community solar projects is 83 percent; with subscription rates for third party-owned community solar over 90 percent…Utilities are starting to explore the use of community-scale, distributed solar as a grid asset for improved reliability and grid support services…Many of the community solar projects in service are targeted at low-to-moderate income customers, renters and residential customers who live in multifamily buildings…” click here for more

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    Huge Push For Grid Modernization Across The Nation The 50 States of Grid Modernization: Grid Modernization Activity Increased By 75% Over Q1 2017

    May 3, 2018 (North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC))

    “…A total of 259 grid modernization actions were taken during Q1 2018 [in 37 states and DC, up from 196 actions last quarter. This also represents a 75 percent increase over the 148 actions taken in Q1 2017. [The greatest number of actions relating to advanced metering infrastructure rules, energy storage deployment, grid modernization investigations and utility business model reforms. New York, California and Massachusetts were most active,] followed by Hawaii, New Jersey and Minnesota…The [NCCETC Q1 Grid Mod update] identifies five trends…Grid resilience planning emerging as a new area of focus among states…States working to define the scope of grid modernization…A growing number of states addressing access to system and customer data…States expressing both support for and concerns about advanced metering infrastructure; and…Energy storage taking a central role in grid modernization, with a majority of U.S. states taking action on energy storage during the quarter…” click here for more

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