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Record low solar PPAs in the Southwest mean ‘carbon capture is not going to save coal plants’

Recently approved solar PPAs could spell trouble for proponents of retrofitting the state’s San Juan Generating Station to capture the coal-fired plant’s carbon dioxide emissions.

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Replacing peakers with storage to achieve the greatest health benefit

Regulators and community groups can use a new interactive resource to see the emissions impacts of existing and proposed peaker units. Storage developers may also find the tool helpful, to identify peakers likely to be replaced.

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Analysis of energy use during Austin’s stay-at-home order hints at a Texas summer load issue

Significant spikes in air conditioner usage during the first hot days of Austin Texas’ stay-at-home orders have signaled that this upcoming summer may be one where electric demand meets record, worrisome, levels.

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Morning Brief: NYC replaces fossil plants with storage and renewables, solar boom stalls in Texas

Also in the brief: a look at how pv systems relate to bird mortality, Sunverge has been chosen to manage a Maryland virtual power plant, a solar powered water filtration system and more.

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Morning Brief: a massive battery ready to break ground, Vectren looks to cut net metering

Also in the brief: expanding a community solar pilot in San Antonio and how to guarantee a just energy transition for indigenous communities.

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Distributed storage could save Texas $344 million per year by deferring transmission and distribution costs

Adding enough distributed storage to reduce peak demand by 20% could defer up to one-fifth of the transmission and distribution expenditures in Texas for about 10 years, a study found. Other states may find the study’s analytical insights to be useful.

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Morning Brief: Houston is buying 100% renewable energy, SolRiver Capital has $200 million for solar projects

Also in the brief: Alchemy Renewable Energy has closed on deal to acquire a 44.5 MWdc solar energy portfolio, Ormat Technologies has begun the commercial operation of the Rabbit Hill Battery Energy Storage System, Kansas’ largest solar project ever has officially gone live and more.

Texas could add 3.5 GW of solar this year

Additional solar could help the ERCOT grid region in Texas meet its summer peak, after it faced “tight grid conditions” last summer. New task forces aim to improve ERCOT’s markets for ancillary services and battery storage.

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Residential solar asset financing is alive and well as Spruce Finance closes $124 million deal

Residential solar asset owner-operator will use the funds to continue its acquisition spree.

J-Power, a dedicated fossil fuel developer, goes big in solar with 350 MW in ERCOT

The economics of solar project development in Texas are so compelling, even coal and gas giants want a piece of the action.

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