A Look Back at Interconnect: Austin, a Path to 100% Forum

Interconnect Austin in Review The first Path to 100 Forum, Interconnect Austin, campaign was held in Austin, Texas on the University of Texas campus on September 24, 2019. We had a diverse range of attendees from across city officials, utility professionals, IPP’s, academia, and students. Two panels, both moderated by Richard Amato (Director or Energy Read more →

Siting Solar to Benefit Wildlife

The transition to clean energy is in large part a result of the desire to improve the environment. Siting solar farms on land already in use – such as landfills, building rooftops, and, covered parking – is an innovated way to ensure coexistence with wildlife. It reduces pressure on undeveloped land, animals and plants. Coexistence Read more →

Transitioning to Renewable Energy Gains Momentum

The clean energy transition continues to gain pace. Wind Power Statistics The state of Texas now ranks first in the nation for installed wind capacity and number of turbines, according to the US Energy Information Administration. (EIA, July 2019) At least one installed wind turbine can be found in 41 states. Naturally, as the saying Read more →

The Duck Curve Part 2: Smoothing Out the Curve

 As mentioned in our previous post “The Duck Curve Part 1: The Challenges of Demand Flexibility,” the Duck Curve is a result of when large amounts of renewables, particularly solar, are added to a power system. Now, let’s build on what we learned in Part 1 and discuss ways in which we can possibly “smooth” Read more →

Fact Checking Four Renewable Energy Myths

With any new technology or industry disruption there are myths that sprout up and need to be addressed. Here are explanations that dive deeper into four of the more prevalent renewable energy myths raised by those who are anti-renewable energy. (Yale Climate Connections, February 2019) Myth #1: Wind and solar are more expensive ways to Read more →

Companies Using Solar and Wind to Meet Clean Power Goals

Facebook, Amazon, and Anheuser-Busch continue to take significant steps to reach their clean energy goals. Read how these companies use solar and wind:   Facebook’s Utah Solar Project The Utah Solar Project of First Solar Inc. will deliver clean energy to Facebook’s Eagle Mountain Data Center in Utah via a power purchasing agreement with PacifiCorp’s Read more →

The Carbon Balancing Act: Defining Carbon Neutral Terms

Commitments to more renewable forms of electricity generation are made for greater sustainability, to reduce costs, and to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions, key contributors to global warming. (Annenberg Learner) Understanding Renewable Industry Terms It’s important to understand the differences between energy industry descriptors like carbon neutral, zero net carbon, carbon Read more →

More Cities & States Commit to 100% Renewables

More than 100 cities in the U.S. are leading the transition to 100% renewable energy. (Energy Manager Today Dec 2018). Communities are committing to 100% clean energy or carbon-free energy to power their municipal buildings and fleets. States mandating 100% renewable or carbon-free generation for all users include California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. And Read more →

Balancing the Benefits and Challenges of Renewable Energy

The rapid expansion of renewables into the energy market in recent years has led to cheaper electricity for utilities, greater savings for consumers, and reduced emissions. The growth in wind output in particular has been staggering; wind capacity stood around 40 Gigawatts in the U.S. in 2010, and by late 2016 it had nearly doubled Read more →

Renewable Energy Glossary

Capacity. System Load. Base load. Not your everyday household terms. However, the transition to renewables for reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly energy generation, makes it important that we understand the meaning behind power industry terms. Feel free to recommend other helpful terms on our Path to 100% social media pages. Balancing Describes the challenge utilities Read more →