Alabama

Morning Brief: ERCOT market excitement and price jump, McCarthy completes world-record 250-MW storage project

Also in the brief: Small modular nuclear reactors reach regulatory milestone, Alabama regulates against solar, impacts of FERC Order 841

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For lower-cost Southeast power, double the solar and add wholesale power trading

A lower-cost grid would reach 22% renewable generation in 2040, compared to the 5% currently planned by Southeastern utilities, says a study from Energy Innovation and Vibrant Clean Energy. Wholesale power trading through an independent system operator would also help reduce costs.

Lawsuit challenges TVA’s anti-solar “never-ending contracts” with its utility customers

The utilities that buy power from TVA, and the 10 million people they serve, will be limited in accessing low-cost solar power unless a federal court invalidates what a lawsuit calls TVA’s “never-ending contracts.” Three citizens’ groups brought the lawsuit, claiming TVA violated a federal environmental law.

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Morning Brief: wind and solar continue to rise drastically in the global power mix, Toyota announces three new solar projects

Also in the brief: Powerhome completes a solar installation at Indianapolis Colts HQ, Chevron is making a Series A investment in the three-year-old nuclear fusion startup Zap Energy, more than 200 workers are needed for a solar project being developed in Cherokee, Alabama and more.

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Longroad just completed financing and sale of the 294-MW Muscle Shoals solar project to Ørsted

Longroad CEO: “There is definitely not an oversupply of tax equity.”
Project Suppliers: First Solar modules, Nextracker trackers and inverters from Power Electronics

Southeast states to add nearly 15 GW of solar by 2023

South Carolina is set to surpass North Carolina in solar watts per customer. Georgia and Florida will exceed the Southeast average, while utilities in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi will continue to lag. Overall the states will reach 5% solar generation by 2023.

Morning Brief: 184 GW of renewables were installed globally in 2019, Alabama Power to add gas units

Also in the brief: Geronimo Energy has started construction activities for two Michigan solar projects, a New Hampshire Senator is asking the Defense Department’s progress toward meeting its renewable energy goals, Nelnet launches a renewables spinoff and more.

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Morning Brief: Enormous PV projects in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Ohio and Wisconsin

Also in the brief: Wärtsilä delivering a 70 MW energy storage project in CAISO and the DOE Solar Desalination Prize.

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The Southeast has become a dual peaking region

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has made that determination after studying the annual maximum peaks for 22 different utility planning authorities over from 1998 to 2018.

Solar and storage would cost less than Alabama Power’s proposed 1.9 GW of gas units

An Alabama industry association and citizens’ groups say regulators should reject Alabama Power’s request to build more gas capacity.

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