This is your SolarWakeup for January 19th, 2017

Solar is pro-islanding. Hawaii has been long aiming at 100% renewables and last year stopped the acquisition of HECO by NextEra because they were worried that the goal wouldn’t be met. HECO had some trouble getting the plans to achieve the goal passed the PUC in 2014 when it was rejected and now is laying out its vision on getting it done.
Peachy innovation. Southern Power is getting into the efficiency business and handing out some rebates for residential efficiency technology. If you recall, Southern tried to get into the solar game as well with little success. Surely with $100 off Nest thermostats, there will be a bit more appetite for taking up some efficiency and maybe leave the solar industry to handle what they know best.
A debate about Pruitt. Attorney General Scott Pruitt is going through the committee hearings regarding his EPA administrator nomination. As the Oklahoma AG, he has sued the EPA countless times, put a company’s letter on his letterhead for them and isn’t sure what the effects of lead in water supply could be. During the hearing he also said that there is still debate about climate change. Listen in to the EnergyWakeup episode to hear what Bryan and I think about the hearings.

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This is your SolarWakeup for January 18th, 2017

Oh Nevada. I’m somewhat entertained by the fact that the solar industry is whining about what NV Energy is doing but not getting political about it. I don’t mean argue policy but pick a political fight. There is total nonsense going on about energy savings and how people with solar shouldn’t get savings. In translation, it means that the utility is producing less electrons that it can add to the demand growth and build more infrastructure. I really hope that people drop the good guy act and throw our weight around. 80%+ support amongst both parties, solar should be a third rail for politicians except we don’t make them pay the price.
What’s the deal NY? I can think back to many years ago and someone is pitching me on the idea of solar in New York. When is it really going to pick up so people can actually get some things done outside of key projects that are pushed through the political arena? Someone please get the REV or whatever other policy the regulators want into the market.
Peak Coal? China just called the top of the coal market and is canceling 104 coal plants. The country was famously adding a coal plant per week Now that total coal usage is going down in China and the US will continue to decline, I think it is safe to say that coal consumption on a global basis will also reduce over time. Of course, we need to do more to eliminate those plants, and that is why we cover the importance of baseload solar/battery stations that can do exactly that.
What’s in an RPS. Every solar pro should be walking around with the latest DOE employment report. Solar and renewables are responsible for the vast majority of all job growth in the electric power sector. Solar is bigger than most other fossil segments, combined. 370k people spend time in solar and that is why Governors, who actually have to run the State and pass a budget, are looking at strengthening the RPS’s in their States. I’m sure some States will play politics and potentially try to reduce them but for the most part, RPS’s are looking good to Governors from both parties.

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This is your SolarWakeup for January 17th, 2017

No Commentary. It’s just too funny not to make it the number 1 story today but I continue to be amazed what politicians can dream up.
Solar jobs, jobs, jobs. DOE is out with the second annual energy employment analysis and the numbers create some political reality for DC. They may not care much but when it comes to the electric power sector, more people work in solar than any other fuel. Over 370k Americans spend all or part of their time within the realm of solar energy. Take that to the next legislative debate you have.
PR sets the bar high. I’ve become a bit jaded. When I read an article about solar or renewables in national papers like the NY Times, I wonder who pitched the story. Someone pushed the story so that a message was put out and in this case the article is all about how AES is excited about the crucial job energy storage is going to perform in California. No fossil fuel plant with much bigger capacity goes through the PR of this level to set the bar of importance this high. It makes me think that any minor issue will be covered with the same lens which perhaps is the intent of this article, to set the bar high.

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