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Our understanding of the global need to act, and the state of renewable energy policy and news are rapidly evolving in Oregon, nationally and internationally. This monthly resource will keep you up-to-date with what's new both in OREP and renwewable energy conversations from around the planet. These articles are further archived under the navigation menus listed in red below.

From local communities to national policy decisions, informed and engaged citizens will advance the transition to locally-owned and locally-generated clean renewable energy. We encourage you to check back regularly.

July 2015
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Policy News: Utility Adaptation

Freedom to Generate: Alternatives to the 'Value of Solar' formula; John Farrell & Karl Rabago, Institute for Local Self Reliance webinar, July 8, 2015

Is Socialism What's Stopping a Fair Value for Solar?; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Jul 21, 2015

Policy News: RE Policy Innovation

Minnesota Values Solar Generation with New "Value of Solar" Tariff; Karlynn Cory, National Renewable Energy Lab, Oct 3, 2014

Policy News: Community Renewables

NRG Energy Launches a Community Solar Business With 100MW in the Pipeline; Julia Pyper, greentechSolar, Jul 27, 2015

Environment: Society

Migratory Bird Policy Casts Shadow Over Large-Scale Solar; SvendBrandt-Erichsen & Andrew Bell, Solar Industry Magazine, July 2015

Act Now to Handle the Coming Wave of Toxic PV Waste; Dustin Mulvaney, Solar Industry Magazine, July 2015


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Policy News: Utility Adaptation

The Western US Needs Better Regional Planning to Modernize the Grid; Michael O'Boyle, greentechGrid, July 23, 2015

Assessing the costs and benefits of distributed energy to the grid of the future; Herman K Trabish, Utility Dive, July 21, 2015

Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It's Also Worth Less; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Jul 17, 2015

The Integrated Grid: A Benefit-Cost Framework; Electric Power Research Institute, Feb 12, 2015

Policy News: Community RE

New York's new community net metering makes solar accessible; Amanda H. Miller, Clean Energy Authority, Jul 20, 2015

Environment: Water and Energy

ODFW takes action to help native fish; Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Jul 16, 2015


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Policy News: Utility Adaptation

The True Cost of Coal: Fully accounting for coal-fired electricity use in the 7th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan; Energy Strategies & NW Energy Coalition, July 2015

Inside Hawaii's landmark regulatory proceeding to value distributed resources; Herman K Trabish, Utility Dive, July 21, 2015

SDG&E Proposes a 'Bring-Your-Own-Battery' Tariff; Jeff St. John, greentechGrid, July 14, 2015


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Policy News: Utility Adaptation

Comments to PUC on Investigation to Determine the Resource Value of Solar; Ray Neff, Kathleen Newman, Mark Pengilly & Matthew Shane, OREP, July 20, 2015
    [Appendix: Oregon Attorney General-Opinion on Externalized Costs of Energy, April, 1992]

Policy News: Community Solar

New software offerings helps utilities boost community solar programs; Herman K Trabish, Utility Dive, July 16, 2015


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Policy News: Utility Adaptation

Breaking: California Reaches Compromise on Utility Residential Rate Reform; Jeff St. John, greentechMedia, July 3, 2015

e21 Initiative; Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development (MN), 2013

RE News: Energy

Plan launched to prevent critical climate change by making green energy cheaper than coal; Steve Connor, The Independent, June 2, 2015


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Policy News: Utility Adaptation

SolarCity seeks utility partners for grid modernization programs; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Jun 23, 2015

SolarCity reaches out to rival utilities; Bill Loveless, USA TODAY, Jun 21, 2015

Environment: Society

Report: Georgia No. 1 for clean energy jobs; Carla Caldwell, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Jul 1, 2015

RE News: Wind

Winds of change as Ethiopia harnesses green power; Karim Lebhour, Yahoo News, Jun 28, 2015

RE News: Solar

Cheapest Solar Ever: Austin Energy Gets 1.2 Gigawatts of Solar Bids for Less Than 4 Cents; Stephen Lacey, greentechSolar, Jun 30, 2015

Report: Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society; Environment America Research & Policy Center, Jun 24, 2015

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RE News: Storage & Integration

Should Utilities Own Distributed Battery Storage?; Michael O'Boyle & Sonia Aggarwal; greentechGrid, Jun 29, 2015

RE News: Solar

Why are US Residential Solar Soft Costs So High?; Deep Chakraborty, SolarNovus, Jun 22, 2015

Policy News: Utility Adaptation

New York Gov. Cuomo releases REV roadmap, seeks deep GHG cuts; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Jun 29, 2015

With '15 energy plan, N.Y. bids to become cleanest energy state in U.S.; Colin Sullivan, E&E Publishing, Jun 26, 2015


green arrow bullet6/30/15
RE News: Energy

Is Germany reliant on foreign nuclear power?; Craig Morris, Energy Transition, Jun 30, 2015

Germany's energy transition is not an island of its own; Ralf Fuchs, Energy Transition, Jun 29, 2015

Half of Europe's electricity set to be from renewables by 2030; Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, June 26, 2015

RE News: Solar

US Solar Electricity Production 50% Higher Than Previously Thought; Jason Kaminsky & Justin Baca, greentechSolar, June 30, 2015

Solar panels may last for 30 years; Craig Morris, Renewables International, June 1, 2015


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