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America is now doing something to address climate change. It finally has the policies in place to both improve the environment and economy.

We are at the advent of the biggest economic revolution in generations. And it’s happening because America finally is doing something to address climate change.

Problem is, some politicians are dead-set on taking us backward again, just as we’re getting started.

Since the passage of landmark federal climate and clean energy policies just 22 months ago, companies have announced more than 300 major clean energy factories and projects across America — electric vehicle and battery manufacturing plants; solar panel and wind turbine factories and farms; and hydrogen fuel plants. East of San Diego, businesses are working with the state to turn the area around the Salton Sea into one of the country’s biggest producers of lithium, the core ingredient in batteries.

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Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

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California plays an important role both as a buyer and a supplier of clean power. It has more solar power than any state besides Texas

Utilities, policymakers, and clean energy advocates across the U.S. West have long agreed that a region-wide electricity trading market would be a win-win. It would dramatically expand clean energy capacity — allowing California solar to shine in other places and wind from inland states to blow into power-hungry California — while also reducing power costs for utility customers.

But the idea has struggled to get off the ground after more than a decade of effort, as the stakeholders involved have failed to find a market structure that makes everybody happy.

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Source: Canary Media

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Investment in solar PV is expected to surpass all other generation technologies combined with over US$500B, according to a report from IEA.

Investment in solar PV is expected to surpass all other generation technologies combined with over US$500 billion, according to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

In its annual investment report, World Energy Investment, the IEA also highlights that for every US dollar invested in fossil fuels, two US dollars will be invested in clean energy this year. This is an increase from last year when the ratio was at US$1 versus US$1.7, respectively. Globally, clean energy technologies and infrastructure investment are expected to reach US$2 trillion in 2024.

Falling module prices and easing supply chain pressures have offset the impact of high interest rates, as solar panel costs have decreased by 30% over the past two years. However, the growth of spending for renewables – and particularly distributed solar PV – is expected to continue at a slower pace in 2024 than previous years.

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Source: PV Tech

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is going to repurpose sites previously used in the nuclear weapons program into solar farms.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is going to repurpose sites previously used in the nuclear weapons program into solar farms.

DOE is negotiating leases with two developers for solar farms within the 890-square-mile Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site, in Idaho Falls. The plan is to produce 400 megawatts (MW) of solar power – enough to power 70,000 homes.

These are the first projects as part of the DOE’s Cleanup to Clean Energy initiative, launched in July 2023, in which portions of federal land previously used in the US nuclear weapons program will be repurposed into clean energy sites. (Note that INL has never been part of the nuclear weapons program.)

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Source: electrek

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CAISO expects its resources will be able to meet forecasted demand plus an 18.5% reserve margin for all summer months

The California Independent System Operator’s board on Thursday approved a $6.1 billion, 10-year transmission plan that includes projects to deliver offshore wind to customers.

Transmission projects to access clean energy resources total about $4.6 billion and are all in Pacific Gas & Electric’s service territory. Reliability-driven projects total about $1.5 billion.

Two offshore wind-related transmission projects in Northern California — costing an estimated $2.7 billion and $1.4 billion — will be open to competitive bidding. CAISO expects the projects, which include 500-kV transmission lines, will be start operating in the 2034-35 timeframe.

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Source: Utility Dive

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Portugal generated an ‘historic’ 95 per cent of its electricity from renewables in April, according to the network operator REN.

Portugal has made huge progress in renewable power, up from 27 per cent in 2005 and 54 per cent in 2017.

Portugal generated an ‘historic’ 95 per cent of its electricity from renewables in April, according to the network operator REN.

Renewable energy generation averaged just below that for the first four months of the year, covering 91 per cent of the nation’s power needs.

It’s one national good news story within a great continental shift: fossil fuels provided less than a quarter of the EU’s energy for the first time ever last month.

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Source: Euro News

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Highland Materials president Richard Rast told PV Tech Premium that there is an “opportunity for innovation” in the US manufacturing sector.

New entrants into the US polysilicon manufacturing space could be a “game changer” for the US solar sector, Solar Media head of research Finlay Colville told PV Tech Premium this week.

Colville spoke to PV Tech Premium about Highland Materials’ receipt of US$256 million in tax credits to build a polysilicon manufacturing facility in Tennessee, with Highland Materials president Richard Rast noting that there is an “opportunity for innovation” in the US manufacturing sector.

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Source: PV Tech

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A 1-megawatt initiative called the Fallon Two Rock solar project is estimated to power 400 homes by generating 2,300 megawatt hours annually.

Green energy might be more attainable for residents in western Marin because of a new solar project.

A 1-megawatt initiative called the Fallon Two Rock solar project is estimated to power 400 homes by generating 2,300 megawatt hours annually.

The project, located on a 4.5-acre plot in Tomales, is a collaboration between MCE and Santa Clara-based Renewable America. While the project goes toward the energy company’s total portfolio, it will first benefit those who subscribe to the clean energy provider in western Marin.

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Source: Marin Independent Journal

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California has increased battery capacity by 1,250% since the beginning of the Newsom Administration – up from 770 MW in 2019.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The state has increased its battery storage capacity over tenfold since the beginning of the Newsom Administration. Adding batteries is critical to achieving the state’s ambitious goal of 100% clean electricity by 2045.

WINTERS – California has notched a major victory on its path to 100% clean electricity: surpassing 10,000 megawatts (MW) of battery storage capacity.

At 10,379 MW, the state has increased battery capacity by 1,250% since the beginning of the Newsom Administration – up from 770 MW in 2019. Ramping up battery storage is a key part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s energy roadmap, the state’s plan to achieve its ambitious goal of 100% clean electricity by 2045.

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Source: gov.ca

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The US DOE is amending its list of categories of projects which qualify for the simplest form of environmental review under the NEPA.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is amending DOE’s list of categories of projects which, because they typically do not have significant environmental impacts, qualify for the simplest form of environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). DOE is simplifying the environmental review process for certain energy storage systems such as battery systems, transmission line upgrades, and solar photovoltaic systems. In support of the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal to promote the development of clean energy and supporting infrastructure, DOE is taking these steps to reduce the cost and time for environmental analysis incurred by DOE, project developers, and the public for these projects.

DOE based the proposed changes on years of experience evaluating the environmental impacts of these types of projects through research, conducting environmental reviews, and engaging with industry, local communities, and other government agencies. DOE carefully considered its experience with energy storage, transmission line upgrades, and solar energy projects before simplifying the environmental review process. Under the changes, DOE will continue to look closely at each proposed project while being able to complete its environmental review responsibilities in a faster and less expensive manner.

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Source: Clean Technica

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