The plan would yield $7.2 billion of cost savings, says a filing from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and other groups, in comparison with Duke Energy’s least-cost resource plan.
More than 1.3 GW will be built or owned by the utility across Florida and the Carolinas in the coming years, driven by the company’s Competitive Procurement for Renewable Energy program.
Evaluating the 15-year energy generation plans outlined in the most recent IRPs for both Duke Energy Carolina and Duke Energy Progress, the group takes issue with Duke’s commitment to fossils and lack of renewable additions, among other criteria.
An unpredictable year saw the utility add 5,500 residential and commercial solar systems in North Carolina, contract for the largest floating solar system in the Southeast, and add three major players to the company’s Green Source Advantage program.
Also in the brief: A rural Virginia county grapples with the pros and cons of a proposed $200 million, 149 MW solar farm, Utah’s solar advocates plan to fight decision by state regulators.
Also in the brief: Aurora adds battery backup recommendations to its solar design software, Global energy storage capacity could grow at a CAGR of 31%.
Even four years of the most pro-coal president in recent memory has done little to change coal’s misfortunes.
Also in the brief: 67-MWdc Lotus Solar Farm in Madera County, California, developed by 8minute Solar Energy, is now fully operational. Plus First Solar’s secondary offering for the Waltons, and Natron gets $20 million for battery scale-up.
Three projects across North Carolina are being developed to fulfill a new agreement between Duke Energy and Duke University, under the utility’s Green Source Advantage program. The university is the first academic institution to come to terms on a renewable power contract under the program.
Also in the brief: Solar in schools
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