Hawaii becomes the testing ground for a clean energy future

GRID: Hawaii is becoming a proving ground for integrating solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy sources into the grid. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: A coalition of Utah cities are sending crews to help update the grid that serves the Navajo Nation, where thousands of tribal members have never had power. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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COAL:
• A North Dakota utility plans to close its coal-fired power plant in Montana next year and replace it with a natural gas plant. (Billings Gazette)
• A Virginia businessman buys a Wyoming coal mine for $215 million from its bankrupt owner. (Casper Star Tribune)
• County officials in northern Colorado say a bill aimed at easing he economic impact of closing coal plants actually incentivizes the facilities to cease operations.

All-renewable grid will need lots of storage

GRID: The polar vortex showed the U.S. needs to scale up battery storage far beyond what’s projected to meet high demand with 100 percent renewables, an analysis finds. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• An oversight agency rules that a Texas solar company did not provide the service or savings promised to customers in Puerto Rico. (Centro de Periodismo Investigativo)
• A Virginia bill awaiting the governor’s signature would raise the state’s net metering cap for electric cooperatives. (Energy News Network)

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Minnesota sets bold electric vehicle target by 2030

EFFICIENCY: Iowa regulators approve MidAmerican Energy’s five-year efficiency plan that provides fewer resources for customers to cut energy use. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Minnesota transportation officials call for 20 percent of all cars, SUVs and light-duty trucks to be electrified by 2030. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• The CEO of electric pickup truck startup Rivian discusses the vehicle’s technology and plans to bring it to market by late 2020. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES: A Wisconsin conservative who “spent 10 years arguing against renewables” tells Republican state lawmakers to embrace the industry as costs decline. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SOLAR:
• Local officials in southeastern Minnesota approve four separate 1 MW solar projects as the county’s solar capacity continues to grow.

New Jersey power plant sites could provide offshore wind connections

WIND:
• An offshore wind developer says two power plant sites on New Jersey’s coast could enable it to connect to the grid. (Press of Atlantic City)
• A Rhode Island utility’s offshore wind contract is expected to benefit neighboring states, too. (Providence Business News)

GRID: A new analysis explores how much storage would be needed for the Northeast grid to run on 100 percent renewable energy. (InsideClimate News)

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S.C. utility accidentally pumps coal ash into river

COAL ASH: South Carolina utility Santee Cooper says it pumped mud from a coal ash pit into the Waccamaw River by mistake. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia bill awaiting the governor’s signature would raise the state’s net metering cap for electric cooperatives. (Energy News Network)
• An oversight agency rules that a Texas solar company did not provide the service or savings promised to customers in Puerto Rico. (Energy News Network)
• Roberta, Georgia residents learn about rooftop solar at a workshop in their community. (WGXA)

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