Light the Tower: UT professor John Goodenough wins nobel prize

Light the Tower: UT professor John Goodenough wins nobel prize

By University Communications | Oct. 9, 2019

The UT Tower will shine with burnt orange lights Wednesday, October 9 in honor of UT Professor John B. Goodenough, who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Goodenough, a professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, won the Nobel Prize — jointly with Stanley Whittingham of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University — “for the development of lithium-ion batteries.”

Hot Springs, Arkansas is switching over to 100 percent solar energy, joining only 6 other cities in the U.S.

Hot Springs, Arkansas is switching over to 100 percent solar energy, joining only 6 other cities in the U.S.

By Jeffery Martin | Sept. 1, 2019

The city of Hot Springs, Arkansas has announced plans to switch to 100 percent solar energy. According to KATV, City Manager Bill Burrough says the switch to a renewable energy source will save the city an estimated $30 million over the next three decades.

"We're always looking for initiatives to become greener, to take care of our environment, and look at opportunities to lower costs," Burrough said.

Microsoft to buy 230MW from Engie’s clean energy duo in Texas

Microsoft to buy 230MW from Engie’s clean energy duo in Texas

By Cecilia Keating | Sep 25, 2019

Microsoft has purchased 85MW of solar energy from Engie as part of a broader agreement covering 230MW of clean energy generated by the developer's Texas operations.

The solar energy will be produced at Engie’s 200MW Anson solar centre in central Texas, estimated to come online in January 2021. The remainder of the deal's energy will be procured from the developer’s 200MW Las Lomas wind project in south Texas.

The length of the “long-term” power purchase agreement (PPA) has not been disclosed.

Google jumps to top of corporate renewable ladder, with 1.6 GW buy

Google jumps to top of corporate renewable ladder, with 1.6 GW buy

Robert Walton | Sept. 20, 2019

Google's renewable buy continues a growing trend of corporate interest in sustainability, and the company indicated solar cost declines would make the resource key in shaping its resource mix.

In the U.S., Google will purchase solar energy from a 155 MW project in North Carolina, 75 MW in South Carolina and 490 MW in Texas. The company says these deals are "more than doubling the capacity of our global solar portfolio to date."

SPI 2019: First Solar secures largest 1.7GW Series 6 module supply deal for US projects

SPI 2019: First Solar secures largest 1.7GW Series 6 module supply deal for US projects

By Mark Osborne | Sep 24, 2019 3:32 PM BST

Leading CdTe thin-film PV module manufacturer and ‘Solar Module Super League (SMSL), First Solar has secured a multi-year supply deal for its Series 6 CdTe thin film modules for five projects across Texas and California with developer Intersect Power.

The five projects are all set to start construction in 2020 with module deliveries through 2021.

The first project in Juno, Borden County, Texas is a 425MW project scheduled to begin construction in February 2020. This will be followed by a 375MW project in Titan, Culberson County, Texas in March 2020.

Accelerating Distributed Clean Energy Solutions in Texas: Rocky Mountain Institute Brings High-Impact Teams to e-Lab Forge 2019

Accelerating Distributed Clean Energy Solutions in Texas: Rocky Mountain Institute Brings High-Impact Teams to e-Lab Forge 2019

Today marks the kickoff of Rocky Mountain Institute’s e-Lab Forge: Texas 2019 event, a two-and-a-half-day workshop for teams tackling high-impact, scalable ideas and projects in distributed solar, storage and other clean energy solutions. The event is taking place at Lakeway Resort near Austin.

Forge is modeled on RMI’s national e-Lab Accelerator program, a bootcamp for innovators in the electricity industry aimed at helping teams unlock opportunities to drive projects forward through deep engagement, collaboration and innovation across institutional boundaries. RMI is working with the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC) on team recruitment, event logistics and communications for this e-Lab event, the first to focus on Texas.

Seasonal Assessments Show Sufficient Electric Generation For Fall And Winter

Seasonal Assessments Show Sufficient Electric Generation For Fall And Winter

AUSTIN, TX– The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) anticipates there will be sufficient installed generating capacity available to serve system-wide forecasted peak demand this fall and winter.

ERCOT today released its final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) report for the upcoming fall season (October – November 2019) and its preliminary assessment for the winter season (December 2019 – February 2020).

Duke Energy Pledges Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050, In a Further Move Away From Coal

Duke Energy Pledges Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050, In a Further Move Away From Coal

Charlotte-based Duke Energy pledged Tuesday to release no net carbon emissions by 2050, becoming what the company says is the largest U.S. power generator to make that commitment.

The non-binding goal was spurred largely by Duke’s increasing reliance on natural gas, which is cheaper and releases fewer planet-warming emissions than the coal that has fallen out of favor in recent years. Carbon dioxide is a heat-trapping gas that is widely linked to climate change.

TREIA Webinar: The North American Development Bank – A Potential Funding Partner for Renewable Projects Along the Southern Border

TREIA Webinar: The North American Development Bank – A Potential Funding Partner for Renewable Projects Along the Southern Border

by Peter Kelly-Detwiler - Storyteller in Residence

On August 16th, Husch Blackwell Partner (and TREIA board member) Chris Reeder hosted TREIA’s fifth webinar of 2019, featuring a conversation with two executives of the North American Development Bank (NADB): Acting Managing Director Dr. Calixto Mateos-Hanel, and Chief Environmental Officer Salvador Lopez Cordova.