P0.31/kWh power rate hike August–Meralco

MANILA, Philippines — The cost of electricity will go up by P0.31 per kilowatt hour (kWh) this August, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said on Friday.

In a statement, Meralco said this would be equivalent to P62 for every 200 kWh of consumption.

“An increase in generation charge and higher universal charge, lifeline subsidy and taxes drove overall upward adjustment. There was no change in Meralco’s distribution charge, while Transmission charge showed a slight reduction,” Meralco said in a statement.

Generation charge for the month went up by 23 centavos per kWh to P5.64 per kWh from P5.41 per kWh, Meralco said.

It added that universal charge increased by P0.04 per kWh, while taxes and subsidies also went up by P0.02 and P0.03 per kWh, respectively.

Meralco’s distribution charge remain unchanged, while transmission charge dropped by P0.01 per kWh over lower ancillary charges.

Meralco said in the statement that the rise in cost was due to the short power supply in the aftermath of Typhoon “Glenda” in July.

“The damages caused by the typhoon to some transmission and generating facilities limited the output of a number of power plants located in Southern Luzon. This led to the lower dispatch of the affected plants,” the statement read.


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Manila Water opens first solar-powered treatment plant

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SasonbiSolar successfully installs a solar PV system in Ayala-led Manila Water Company, helping the utility company save up to 110,000 kilowatt-hours annually.

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Manila Water opens first solar-powered treatment plant

Manila, Philippines – Ayala-led Manila Water Co. Inc. has inaugurated the country’s first solar-powered water treatment facility, the South Septage Treatment Plant (SpTP), at the Food Terminal Complex in Taguig City.

“This is part of our continuing efforts to conserve energy through the use of renewable energy,” Manila Water operations group director Geodino Carpio said.

He said the solar-powered treatment facility, which costs P8.09 million, is expected to reduce SpTP’s power consumption by 20 to 30 percent.

He said this translates to more than 9,000 kilowatt-hour monthly savings or about 110,000 killowatt-hour savings annually.

Carpio said the launch of the solar powered plant is among the measures Manila Water has implemented to help reduce power costs in its facilities.

The grid- tied solar-powered facility consists of a photovoltaic array, inverter, breaker box and meter.

Photovoltaic panels convert solar energy to direct current which is converted to alternating current by the inverters. Breaker box provides an interconnection point to the consumer or grid while the meter provides measurement of the actual power generated by the facility.

Besides benefits in reduced power bills, generated power is effectively utilized because there are no storage losses besides being environment-friendly.

Through various energy efficiency initiatives, the East Zone water system concessionaire also became the first Philippine company, through its 10 facilities, to be certified with the prestigious ISO 50001:2011 mark for Energy Management System from the Certification International Philippines.

 “The company expresses its deep appreciation for the new recognition, adding that the certification is a further testament to Manila Water’s pioneering efforts in energy management by using appropriate energy-efficient technologies to reduce volume in power cost and consumption,” Carpio said.

Cited by the ISO certification are the energy management initiatives implemented in the company’s five water pumping stations:the Balara Pumping Station, Kingsville, San Juan Reservoir and Pumping Station, Fort Bonifacio and Siruna Reservoirs and Pumping Stations, as well as five of its sewage treatment plants, namely Makati South Sewage Treatment Plant, FTI Septage Treatment Plant in Taguig City, East Avenue Sewage Treatment Plant, UP Sewage Treatment Plant and Pineda Sewage Treatment Plant in Pasig City.

According to Certification International, ISO 50001 is intended to recognize companies such as Manila Water for implementing a framework that integrates energy performance into the company’s management and operational practices.

Manila Water is the sole provider of water and wastewater services to more than six million people in the East Zone of Metro Manila. It provides services to residents of parts of Quezon City and Manila, Marikina, Pasig, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pateros, Makati, Taguig and Rizal province.

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SolarCity, an installer, to buy panel-maker Silveo

NEW YORK — SolarCity, one of the nation’s largest installers of rooftop solar systems, is buying Silveo, a solar panel manufacturer.

It’s the latest in a string of moves by solar power companies to engage in a broader part of the solar market, from manufacturing panels and modules to developing and financing projects to installing and building systems.

The deal was announced Tuesday by SolarCity Chairman Elon Musk and executives Peter and Lyndon Rive on the company’s blog.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Despite a global glut of solar panel manufacturing capacity, SolarCity said it is in discussions with the state of New York to build one of the largest solar panel production plants in the world over the next two years.

SolarCity shares were up almost 6 percent in morning trading Tuesday.

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The Money Problem With Germany’s Renewable Energy Law in 3 Charts

The Money Problem With Germany’s Renewable Energy Law in 3 Charts

The world’s solar leader grapples with how to make its solar policies financially sustainable.

As the German government gets ready for a major overhaul of its landmark renewable energy act, the fundamental problem is cost.

The Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, or EEG law, set up the country’s system of feed-in tariffs (FITs) and mandatory purchases for independent renewable energy producers. This system has been highly successful, driving down solar costs and prices around the world. It has reduced emissions, diversified the power supply, reduced fuel imports, created jobs and driven down wholesale market prices.

But it has come at a high cost, which is explained by basic economics: total cost = P x Q.

These three simple graphs describe the price (P), the quantity (Q), and the resulting bill that German policymakers are now grappling with.

Graph 1: Price

Source: Fraunhofer Institute

With FITs, regulators look at the cost of new renewables and set a price tailored to each technology and size of project, plus a reasonable profit. On the theory that deployment would drive the technologies down the cost curve, regulators set up a regular “degression” of FIT prices, resetting prices annually.

FITs for solar started out at high levels in the early 2000s, and saw a steady decline as deployment costs came down. But cost declines began to outpace the ability of regulators to lower the FIT rates, causing a PV explosion. In 2010, regulators started to review FIT rates more frequently. By 2013, they were doing it monthly.

Graph 2: Quantity

Source: Zentrum für Sonnenenergie und Wasserstoff (ZSW)

Solar started growing rapidly in 2009 and exploded over the next three years, with 7 gigawatts per year added to an 80-gigawatt German power system. At the end of 2013, there were 1.4 million solar installations providing 35.7 gigawatts of capacity  — more than any other power source — though only 5.8 percent of energy. Solar installations fell by half in 2013, as regulatorsclamped down on deployment.

Graph 3: The bill

Source: Agora Energiewende

While regulators cut the FIT price by half between 2010 and 2012, the huge amount of solar built blew up the EEG-Umlage, the surcharge customers pay to cover the above-market costs of the FIT. It doubled between 2010 and 2013.

The third graph, taken from a new online calculator developed by the group Agora Energiewende, shows the size and components of the surcharge. Solar is gold in the graph, with past installations in shaded gold and expected new installations in solid gold.

The solar portion of the surcharge rose from €3.35 billion in 2010 to €6.84 billion in 2011 and €8.68 billion by 2013. The total Umlage rose to almost €25 billion this year, though €4 billion of that is the “liquidity reserve,” shown in solid red, a fund to cover errors in estimation. This excess will be refunded to consumers, driving down the Umlage for the next few years.

Still, the Umlage will rise as new renewables come on-line, albeit at a more gradual pace as regulators impose “corridors,” or growth targets. The energy ministry expects the EEG surcharge to rise to 7.7 euro cents by 2020, with the Centre for European Economic Research pegging it at 8.3 euro cents. With FIT contracts in effect for twenty years, the surcharge won’t come down to stay anytime soon.

Source: http://www.greentechmedia.com

Shift to clean energy ensures future competitiveness – WEF exec

MANILA, Philippines—For emerging economies, the shift to risk reduction and sustainable development should no longer be a choice, said a senior officer from the World Economic Forum (WEF).

“It is almost a false choice between economics and sustainability,” Bernice Lee, WEF Director for Climate Change, said in an exclusive interview with INQUIRER.net.

Lee explained that recent events in Asia were proof to the pressing need to push for climate-resilient systems and sustainable growth.

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Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan), for example, not only devastated lives and livelihood but also directly affected the country’s industries and gross domestic product (GDP).

“The floods in Thailand probably cost Thailand 3% of GDP,” she said, adding that it wrecked both industrial estates and small businesses. Whatever growth Thailand achieved in the years leading to 2011 was undone by the flooding and extreme weather.

“And this is exactly why, when we make decisions on our investment structure, we have to bear those costs in mind,” the official said.

Lee pointed out that economics and sustainability go hand in hand.

She said many countries now understand that investing in “cleaner options” is not a “distraction from growth but on that prepares them better for future competitiveness.”

China, which in the past has been criticized for its coal stock, now has more solar and wind investments. Lee said the country now has a lower share of “carbon emissions growth” in its GDP growth.

“We know ultimately that we need to clean them up, we should be investing in cleaner options upfront,” she said of emerging economies seeking to address their carbon footprint.

Climate resilience

With extreme weather caused by climate change becoming a serious problem for many countries, especially in Asia, changes across the industries have become more pressing.

“Climate change is a reminder that there is no such thing as the normal anymore,” Lee said. This is why people should be more focused on risk reduction than disaster response.

“We need to do more than just preparing ourselves against disasters but also change the way we think about our production system,” she added.

Shifts in agricultural and energy industries are among the most crucial.

“We obviously not only need to figure out better crop insurance. We also need to make sure that we’re investing in smart agriculture production methods that would handle water better, that can help us manage drought, as well as floods,” she said. “We need to make sure whichever pathway we choose agriculture production would be more sustainable.”

She said that energy solutions should both address lower carbon emissions and the effects of climate change.

“I think the direction is very clear, that it is our only way forward,” Lee said.

In the end, it is more cost-efficient to invest on risk reduction than disaster response.

“The United Nations reminds us that every dollar we spend on preparedness and risk reduction, we save $7. And at the moment the number says that every dollar we spend today on risk reduction is outmatched by about $9 dollars we are spending on recovery globally,” the WEF official said.

For countries with limited resources, Lee suggests transferring risk to the market. Incentives, for example, could be offered to companies willing to invest on stronger and climate-resilient infrastructure.

The WEF will be holding its three-day conference on East Asia from May 21 to 23 in the cities of Makati and Pasay. The sessions will tackle a wide range of topics, from economy to climate change.

More than 600 delegates from 30 countries have started to arrive in the Philippines for the much-anticipated event.

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ENDLESS ELECTRICITY: Here’s A Way Of Turning America’s Roads Into Gigantic Solar Panels

 

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Julie and Scott Brusaw.

 

 

There are about 31,251 square miles of roads, parking lots, driveways, playgrounds, bike paths, and sidewalks in the lower 48 states. If Julie and Scott Brusaw have their way, they will all someday be replaced with solar panels.

For the better part of a decade, the Idaho couple has been working on prototyping an industrial-strength panel that could withstand the weight of even the largest trucks. They now appear to have cracked the formula, developing a specially textured glass coating for the panels that can not only bear tremendous loads but also support standard tire traction.

By their reckoning, at peak installation their panelized roads could produce more than three times the electricity consumed in the U.S.

The material could power electric vehicles through a receiver plate mounted beneath the vehicle and a transmitter plate is installed in the road.

 

 

The project has already received two phases of funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, and last year featured in Google’s Moonshot series. They’re now incorporated as Solar Roadways.

Right now, they’re looking to raise $1 million on IndieGogo to move beyond the prototype and into production. Since announcing the campaign three weeks ago, they’ve received $112,000.

If you’re wondering why they’re choosing crowdfunding given the potentially large interest from investors, so have many others. Their reason for doing so is rather noble. As they explain on their website (via John Aziz):

The idea to launch a crowdfunding campaign came to us from so many supporters that we looked into it. We have always been concerned about protecting our vision to implement this in the way that we think will have the most benefit: creating American jobs rather than outsourcing and then adding manufacturing facilities in other countries. That way we could help the economies everywhere providing many thousands of jobs. We have a vision for the way our facilities will be – campus like – with a positive atmosphere. We want to use as many recycled materials as we can and keep our manufacturing process as green as possible. We could go on, but you get the picture. If we can raise enough funds here, we won’t have to take on an investor and we won’t have to worry about losing our focus. If you like our vision and want to help, we’d be honored to have you in our corner.

Here is an artist’s rendering of what it someday could look like:

 

 

It could also be used in parking lots:

 

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As solar panels boom, it was the simple business model that the big energy players missed

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SUMMARY:Sometimes disruption comes from something so simple in hind sight.

Solar panels are now remaking the energy equation in the U.S. and breaking records for installations every quarter: There were more solar panels installed in the U.S. over the last 18 months than the last 30 years. But when it comes to making money off of this solar boom, some of the largest energy companies in the U.S. have (so far) left money on the table.

Why? It wasn’t that they didn’t have access to some obscure panel technology patent that was invented years ago in a university lab. Or that they didn’t have deep knowledge of how cheap solar panels would one day become. It was a drop-dead simple business-model innovation that they — for whatever reason — didn’t jump on.

At the World Energy Innovation Forum at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. this week, the CEO of GE, Jeff Immelt, said during an onstage interview that GE had focused so intently on how bad the solar panel business was that they “missed SolarCity.” “My God I wish I had thought of that,” said Immelt.

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Immelt isn’t the only energy leader that has been thinking about SolarCity. The CEO of NRG Energy, David Crane, told me during an interview earlier this year that NRG wants to be as big or bigger than SolarCity in its newly launched residential solar financing and installation business, which is similar to the one that SolarCity founded in 2006.

If you haven’t heard of it, SolarCity is the now-public company founded by South African entrepreneurial brothers Lyndon and Peter Rive; their cousin Elon Musk is SolarCity’s chairman. SolarCity has built a business off of financing and installing solar panels on the rooftops of buildings owned by families and businesses.

SolarCity can provide the upfront financing for the solar system so that the customer doesn’t have to put any money down to get the panels, and this is the key that has unlocked the solar panel business. Instead of paying tens of thousands of dollars for a solar panel system, the customer pays SolarCity for the cost of the solar energy on a monthly basis, which can be less expensive than what they’ve been paying the local utility. Depending on the deal, the contract can last a couple decades.

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In its told me during an interview earlier this year last week, SolarCity said it had more than doubled its revenue to $63 million for the quarter compared to last year while cutting its losses for the quarter almost in half to a loss of $24 million (from $41 million last year), and it also raised its guidance for the year. SolarCity has a goal of becoming one of the largest suppliers of electricity in the U.S., and it’s on its way to getting there — it says it will exit 2014 with more than 2 gigawatts of cumulative solar power deployed. The company went public in late 2012 at $9.25 per share, and it’s now trading just under $50 per share.

SolarCity actually didn’t even pioneer this business model. That was SunEdison — Jigar Shah founded SunEdison in 2003 with a new financing model called the solar power purchase agreement (PPA). SunEdison was acquired by solar materials maker MEMC in 2009 for $200 million.

When I tweeted about Immelt’s confession this week, Shah tweeted in response: “@jeffimmelt and I keynoted an MIT panel together in 2007, he didn’t miss SunEdison he ignored it.” Shah has even written a book about how to get wealthy off of clean energy and climate, and hint: a lot of it is about the business model.

Several years ago GE was actually in the solar panel business, and was working with partners on various types of manufacturing. GE wanted to make solar power as big of a business as its wind power division selling wind turbines (which is huge). But for companies that were making solar cells, wafers and panels, the bottom dropped out of that market a couple years ago. GE Several years ago on hold as the market got ugly.

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Massive Chinese solar manufacturing companies — propped up by low cost government loans from the Chinese government — were making more solar panels than there was world demand for and they were making them below market value. The cost of silicon, the main ingredient in traditional solar panels, also cratered, making solar panels cheaper than they had ever been. This was a terrible time for solar manufacturing companies — like (infamously) Solyndra, but also two dozen others that are much larger — but it was a great time to be a company in the business of installing and financing super cheap solar panels.

The good news for huge energy companies like GE and NRG Energy is that it’s not too late to get into the business of installing and financing solar panels on rooftops. Yes, there are big brands developing the market like SolarCity, and it’s starting to get competitive and crowded. The more established companies are gearing up — just this week SunRun, another solar financing player, announced that it has raised another massive equity funding round of $150 million.

But the market for solar panels is just at the very beginning in both the U.S. and the world. NRG Energy launched its residential solar financing and installation company more formally earlier this year (though had been trying to do it in fits and starts over the past couple of years), and Crane sees the market as pretty wide open. He told me NRG is trying to learn from some of the fast moving and innovative large internet companies like Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook that have managed to stay nimble and industry-leading despite being so large and so consumer-facing.

The fact that GE and NRG Energy missed this business model innovation the first time around isn’t all that surprising. It’s the century-old tale of entrepreneurs and startups moving faster, thinking more creatively and operating more flexibly than big conglomerates — and winning. This of course has happened in countless business over the centuries, causing massive disruption in industries like telecom, video distribution and photography.

But that it’s happening in energy and clean power right now is exciting because it shows that the entrepreneurial spirit can have a fundamental affect on the huge and entrenched energy sector. Which gives hope that there might be a way to disrupt climate change after all.

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Luzon power outages start

MANILA, Philippines—Rotating power interruptions temporarily hit portions of the Luzon grid on Friday, including parts of the Manila Electric Co.’s (Meralco) franchise area, due to a drop in energy supply.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said that since power supply has been tight all summer, the drop in power supply in “certain plants” meant there was not enough electricity to meet consumers’ power demands.

Unit 1 of the 700-megawatt Pagbilao coal power plant went on emergency shutdown at 2:28 p.m. amid tight power supply. Shortly afterward, Meralco announced on social media a “tentative one-hour rotating brownout” affecting portions of Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Marilao, Bulacan province, “due to a power supply deficiency.”

Senior vice president for customer retail services and corporate communications Alfredo S. Panlilio, in a text message, said Metro Manila is on “red alert” and that the supply deficiency may last until around 5 p.m. Power in affected areas was restored at 4:58 p.m.

“ILP (Interruptible Load Program) is being triggered,” Panlilio said. ILP is a backup power plan where operators of huge power users such as malls, condominiums, hotels and even factories are asked to use their own generation sets to ease demand from the grid.

According to Pagbilao operator TeaM Energy Corp., Pagbilao Unit 1 went on emergency shutdown at 2:28 p.m. due to main turbine governor valve No. 2 mechanical failure. It is estimated to be back online between five to six days, the company said.

Department of Energy (DOE) director for the electric power industry management bureau Mylene C. Capongcol said the power situation is expected to ease today as power demand is normally lower during weekends.

She said Unit 2 of the 1,200-MW Sual coal plant in Pangasinan province, also operated by TeaM Energy, is set to go back online today. The plant had been on shutdown since May 14.

Early yesterday evening, grid operator NGCP said in a statement that it had  notified its Luzon grid customers of the “red alert” status due to insufficient power supply.

“During the peak hours of 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the system indicates that available capacity is at 8,139 MW while demand is at 8,403 MW. The unavailability and/or the reduced capability of certain power plants led to this situation where contingency reserve is zero because of a generation deficiency,” NGCP said.

Rotating brownouts in Luzon were expected, NGCP said, because of generation-related deficiency.

“The specific affected areas and the duration and schedule of brownouts per area will be determined by the local distribution utility,” the transmission superhighway operator said.

NGCP said it is closely monitoring the situation and continues to be in close coordination with the DOE to ensure that all the capacities available to the grid are dispatched efficiently.

The Sy-led company said it does not control power supply but, during periods of generation deficiency, it does its best to mitigate the situation by implementing the grid-wide power load curtailment to maintain the grid’s security and reliability.

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Solar energy eyed in Mindanao

ONCE A RIVER A farmer stands on the bed of a river that dried up as a result of the dry season heat in Nabas town, Aklan province. In many parts of the country, the levels of water in dams, rivers and lakes are declining as a result of the extreme heat of the summer months. The dry spell is most felt in Mindanao, which is suffering from daily outages as a result of the reduced output from two of its main sources of electricity, the Agus and Pulangi hydropower facilities. GUIJO DUENAS/INQUIRER VISAYAS

 

DAVAO CITY—The solution to Mindanao’s lingering power crisis may lie in one of the reasons for the crisis these days—the sun.

The Davao City Investment and Promotion Center (DCIPC) said it was now looking for investors that will bankroll the establishment of solar energy systems, which, the DCIPC said, could be the answer to the shortage of electricity not only in the city but in the entire Mindanao.

Ivan Chin Cortez, DCIPC chief, said tapping solar energy would also reduce dependence on power plants that run on highly polluting sources of fuel, like coal.

Mindanao is currently suffering from a power deficiency of more than 300 megawatts following the reduced output from two hydropower facilities that supply up to 60 percent of the island’s demand for electricity—the Agus and Pulangi hydropower plants.

The two plants, which are run by the state-owned National Power Corp., rely on a water supply that is dwindling because of the summer heat.

Cortez said the city government was eyeing China-based businessmen to finance massive solar farms that can boost the supply of power in the city. China has brought down the costs of solar technology.

The city’s power provider, Davao Light and Power Co. (DLPC), said it continued to depend on electricity from the transmission firm National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).

DLPC is a subsidiary of the Aboitiz Group, which is also a power producer.

Cortez said officials of his office had started talking with partner agencies to bring to reality the dream of a solar farm, or at least the installation of solar panels in homes in the city.

Power generation, said Cortez, is a priority investment area in the city.

Brownouts, some lasting up to 10 hours in some areas like Zamboanga City, have been causing businesses in Mindanao an estimated P30 million per hour in losses, according to an official of a trade group in Cagayan de Oro City.

In the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), other possible energy sources are also being explored, according to Ishak Mastura, head of the ARMM investment board.

Mastura said among those exploring other energy sources were private companies that want to reduce their dependence on power from coal plants or hydro sources that cannot be relied on during the dry season.

He said Lamsan Trading Inc., for example, which is based in Sultan Kudarat town, Maguindanao province, was building its own 15-MW biomass-fired generator.

The biomass power generator, costing P921 million, was initially designed to power up Lamsan’s corn starch plant but can generate more power than what the firm needs and which can be added to the Mindanao grid.

ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman said such power projects could also increase production because they would not depend on the NGCP and could prove to be cheaper in the long run. Judy Quiros, Eldie Aguirre and Julie Alipala, Inquirer Mindanao

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Warren Buffett to Close One of Nation’s Dirtiest Coal Plants in Favor of Solar Energy

One of the dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the U.S. will soon shut down, thanks to a well-known billionaire and previously passed legislation.

As part of its acquisition of Nevada’s largest utility, NV Energy, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway also inherited Reid Gardner, a 557-megawatt (MW), coal-fired energy plant near Las Vegas. The massive structure, which has a history of recognition among the country’s dirtiest carbon polluters, won’t be a lasting legacy of NV’s profile.

NV plans on shutting down three of Reid Gardner’s units that generate about 300 MW by the end of this year, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The remaining 257 MW would be closed by the end of 2017. In all, the company wants to end all of its coal operations by 2019.

Coal-fired plants will soon be a thing of the past for NV Energy. Photo credit: OccupyLV.org
Coal-fired plants will soon be a thing of the past for NV Energy. Photo credit: OccupyLV.org

As The Atlantic points out, the utility’s decision is tied to state legislation passed last year requiring the company to eliminate 800 MW of coal energy in favor of renewables. That passage was influenced by years of fighting for cleaner air by the Moapa Band of Paiutes, a Native American community that lives near Reid Gardner.

The state utilities commission has 180 days to approve the plan, which would also include a new solar project totaling 200 MW of clean energy on the Moapa Band of Paiutes reservation. The land is about 70,000 acres and has enough to space to also support the 1.5 gigawatts of renewable energy the Moapa Band of Paiute wants to construct through a joint venture announced last year with Terrible Herbst Inc. and Stronghold Engineering Inc.

“This is going to provide a strong economic base for the tribe,” Sandy King, director of renewable-energy project development at Stronghold, told Renewable Energy World.

Last fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a limit of 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour for new coal plants.

Source: http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/08/warren-buffett-coal-plants-solar-energy/