Solar field development permits can take years to process in other places, while the City of Lancaster expedites the process so it is generally completed in a matter of months.
Duke Energy is planning to update the 36-megawatt (MW) energy storage and power management system at their Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas-- including changing the type of batteries they use to power their wind project. The project is only one of many that Duke has implemented recently to bring energy storage innovation to real-life scenario.
Energy innovation is constantly evolving, and researchers at both universities and utilities are looking for the next big thing. But there is a gap between research and use, causing many innovations to come to the market years after development-- or not at all.
DTE Energy has been using solar energy to power many things in their service area, and their latest project has them powering trash compactors and recycling units with solar. DTE plans to install seven of the Bigbelly units for the pilot program-- which is a part of the utility's Energize Detroit program, and will be installed and managed by Waste Management of Michigan Inc.
Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo finalized the 2015 New York State Energy Plan-- a bold policy framework which establishes clear goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent, generate 50 percent of the state's electricity from renewable sources, and increase energy efficiency by 23 percent by 2030-- in order to move New York forward by combatting the threat of climate change and establishing itself as a national renewable energy leader.
Much of Canada is looking to invest in renewable energy, and Ontario has found that added solar and wind resources are helping to create a reliable grid and transmission network.
The United States House of Representatives is looking at a bill that includes a provision relating to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)-- which could affect utilities now and in the future. According to the Audubon Society, that bill was a "sneak attack on birds" and would prohibit using funds from the Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecute anyone violating the act, HR 2578.
For utilities wanting to develop a community solar program, the process just became much easier. Thanks to an online resource devoted to roofless community solar deployment, utilities can gain access to market insights and resources essential to a program's success.
Most utilities have embarked on some sort of sustainability effort, and many are learning the importance of evolving their efforts as technology becomes better. Exelon has released their current sustainability report, and explained how innovating in the clean energy field has helped them continue their successful program.
As TVA continues to develop a cleaner, more diverse energy portfolio, it is working to repurpose former generating sites for economic development opportunities.