North Carolina groups call for end to utility monopoly, 100% renewable energy

Their petition calls on elected officials to transition the state to 100% renewables; end Duke Energy’s monopoly on generation; refuse to accept campaign contributions from the utility; and appoint citizen-oriented utility commissioners.

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Solar, wind and storage can provide seven key grid services

Solar, wind and storage can provide 7 essential grid services, which will help enable them to gain an ever-increasing share of electricity generation.

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Northeastern installers put up 902 MW of distributed solar

Installers in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey stole the show, while good prospects are seen for advancing solar in the region, especially in New York and Maine. Snapshot stories included.

Southeastern installers put up 242 MW of distributed solar

While installers in Florida added the most distributed solar last year, South Carolina leads on a per-capita basis, and Georgia, North Carolina and Louisiana round out the leaderboard. Snapshot stories included.

New communications profile will access distributed solar’s capabilities

The profile permits standardized communications between a utility (or aggregator) and distributed solar and storage resources. The profile will permit access to an expansive set of solar and storage capabilities.

Portland utility proposes $1/kWh incentive for residential peak shaving

The utility aims for at least 66% participation in a residential demand response pilot. It also gives customers the option of moving to a lower rate structure by allowing the utility to automatically reduce their consumption during peak periods.

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Six paths to 100% renewables for Los Angeles

Added transmission, varying levels of distributed generation, and increasing levels of “load modernization” are all under consideration in an NREL study. The results could illuminate paths for California and other states to reach 100% zero-carbon or renewable energy targets.

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Ammonia in the mix for future storage technologies

Japan’s JGC Corporation reports an efficient method of converting hydrogen to ammonia, which can later be combusted to generate carbon-free electricity. Ammonia, according to JGC, has various advantages over hydrogen in terms of safety and cost effectiveness.

143 MW of distributed solar goes online in VA, DC, MD, DE

While large utility-scale projects grab the headlines, installation firms in the region racked up 7400 small-scale (under 1 MW) solar installations in 2018. Snapshot stories included.

Floating PV technical potential is 10% of U.S. generation

While a national lab report on floating PV did not estimate its economic potential, the report suggests the most promising markets could be reservoirs in areas with high land costs for ground-mounted solar, and reservoirs with grid-connected hydropower or high evaporation rates.

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