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Xcel Energy Commits to 100% Carbon-Free Electricity by 2050 | Greentech Media

Xcel plans to cut its carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030, and be entirely carbon-free two decades later across the eight Western and Midwestern states where it operates. This target represents a first for the electric power industry. We’re accelerating … Continue reading

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Renewable energy threatens to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt. – Vox

The centralized, top-down power grid is outdated. Time for a bottom-up redesign. Source: Renewable energy threatens to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt. – Vox

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The Energy 202: The nation just elected a bunch of governors who campaigned on clean energy – The Washington Post

The newly minted governors, all of them Democrats, will serve from California to Maine and aim to inch the United States closer to meeting its emissions-reduction commitments under the Paris climate agreement at a time when the federal government under Trump is … Continue reading

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Renewable energy is catching up to natural gas much faster than anyone thought – Vox

The cost of natural gas power is tethered to the commodity price of natural gas, which is inherently volatile. The price of controllable, storable renewable energy is tethered only to technology costs, which are going down, down, down. Source: Renewable … Continue reading

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Chicago Tops List of Greenest Office Markets

More than half of the CEP cities are on the list, with Chicago claiming first place as the greenest American office market. Chicago’s win is thanks to its rapidly improving building stock; 69 percent of the city’s office space square … Continue reading

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Colorado approves Xcel plan to retire coal, shift to renewables and storage | Utility Dive

In January, the utility solicited notably low bid prices for wind-plus-storage, $21/MWh, as well as $36/MWh for solar-plus-storage, some of the lowest bids for renewable energy plus storage on record. Source: Colorado approves Xcel plan to retire coal, shift to … Continue reading

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Big Hospitals: When They Start Thinking Green, They See Green

“Theda Clark Medical Center in Wisconsin is saving nearly $800,000 a year — 30 percent of its energy costs — after making changes that included retrofitting lights, insulating pipes, taking the lights out of vending machines and turning off air … Continue reading

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Wisconsin utilities increasing solar, wind power as they cut coal use

Alliant and Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group recently said they are setting new goals to reduce carbon emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by 2050. That’s a shift from 2016 pronouncements when the utilities envisioned carbon dioxide reductions of 40% by … Continue reading

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New energy efficiency financing approach vies for grand prize in New York competition | Utility Dive

Source: New energy efficiency financing approach vies for grand prize in New York competition | Utility Dive

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Solar and wind power are growing. Grid managers need to get ready. – Vox

Source: Solar and wind power are growing. Grid managers need to get ready. – Vox

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