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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 2016
green arrow bullet 7/27/16
Policy Basics: Reports

Integrated Distribution Planning; SolarCity Grid Engineering, Sep 2015

100% RE Cities: RE100 News

Mayor Bowser Signs Renewable Portfolio Standard Bill into Law; Office of the Mayor, Washington D.C., Jul 25, 2016

Policy News: World FiT News

Germany: new renewable law does not spell the end of feed-in tariffs; Jonathan Gifford, PV Magazine, Jul 21, 2016

UGE and SolarShare to build 300 kW Kaladar, Ontario solar project; Terry Dawes, cantech letter, Jul 18, 2016

RE News: Energy

China surges further ahead in solar power production; Lucas Mearian, Computer World, Jul 25, 2016

Policy News: Utility Adaptation

California Weighs Fair Pricing for Distributed, Centralized Energy; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Jul 18, 2016


green arrow bullet7/26/16
Environment: Climate

China's coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle; Damian Carrington, The Guardian, Jul 25, 2016

100% RE Cities: RE100 News

NextEra merger dead, Hawaii turns to realizing a 100% renewables future; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Jul 25, 2016

Energy company confident of hitting 96% renewables target by 2030; independent.ie, Jul 25, 2016

New Program Will Make D.C. A Leader On Renewable Energy; Smantha Page, Think Progress, Jul 25, 2016

RE News: Energy

Vernon Farm Takes 'Cow Energy' in a Different Diretion; Mike Faher, vtdigger.org, Jul 25, 2016

New York Times Shills For Moribund Nuclear Power, Disses Renewables Revolution; Joe Romm, Climate Progress, Jul 25, 2016

You'll Never Guess Which State Is Building a Renewable Energy Empire; Scott Levine, The Motley Fool, Jul 24, 2016

A Suburban Experiment Aims for Free Energy; Diane Cardwell, The New York Times, Jun 3, 2016


green arrow bullet7/22/16
RE News: Energy

How record large-scale solar growth is changing utility IPPs; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Jul 21, 2016

Evolution of REV: New York PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman says 2016 is the year of execution; Krysti Shallenberger, Utility Dive, Jul 15, 2016

Democratizing DERs: What role should utilities play in spreading clean energy to all?; Krysti Shallenberger, Utility Dive, Jul 14, 2016

How the Grid Was Won: Three Scenarios for the Distributed Grid in 2030; Shayle Kann, greenTech:Media, July 13, 2016

RE News: Storage & Integration

Germany Sets a New Solar Storage Record; Jeffrey H. Michel, The Energy Collective, July 18, 2016


green arrow bullet7/21/16
RE News: Energy

Atoms for green energy: What role should nuclear power play in decarbonization?; Gavin Bade, Utility Dive, Jul 21, 2016

How aggregated DERs are becoming the new demand response; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Jul 20, 2016

Policy Basics: Reports

The Link Between Good Jobs and a Low Carbon Future: Evidence from California's Renewables Portfoloio Standard, 2002—2015; Betony Jones, Peter Philips, Carol Zabin, Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy/UC Berkeley, Jul 2016

Policy News: RE Policy Innovation

Missouri to be second state with residential PACE later this summer; Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News, Jul 18, 2016

Distributed Generation Under Fire (Q1 2016); Karlee Weinmann, Institutue for Local Self-Reliance, Jul 14, 2016

100% RE Cities: RE100 Resources

North America, The New Frontier for 100% Renewable Energy; Michale Small, Renewable Cities, Jun 20, 2016

100% Renewable Energy For Cities – Is It Possible? Our Webinar Report; Sustainable Cities Collective, Jul1, 2016

Policy News: Community RE

Breaking Ground: New Models That Deliver Energy Solutions to Low-Income Customers; Coreina CHan, Kendall Ernst, James Newcomb, Rocky Mountain Institute, Jul 2016

RE News: Wind

Deepwater Wind proposes largest offshore wind farm in US; Peter Maloney, Utility Dive, Jul 18, 2016


green arrow bullet7/19/16
Policy News: RE Policy Innovation

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative; White House Office of the Press Secretary, Jul 19, 2016

Curbing the marijuana industry's voracious energy appetite; Gina Warren, United Press International, Jul 18, 2016

RE News: Solar

California ISO generated 8 GW of solar, topping last year's record by 2 GW; Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Jul 18, 2016

RE News: Energy

Critique of wind and solar cannot withstand light of day; Craig Morris, Renewables International, Jun 22, 2016


green arrow bullet7/18/16
100% RE CIties: RE100 News

Making the Clean Power Plan Work With City Energy Goals; Ashley Lawson, Center for Climate & Energy Solutions, Jun 24, 2016

Cutting the cable: Kangaroo Island eyes switch to 100% renewable energy; Giles Parkinson, The Guardian, Jul 11, 2016

Policy News: US FiT News

RIP FITs: As US feed-in tariffs fade, adopting elements could spur solar growth; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, Jul 18, 2016

FIT Pays: Rooftop Solar Progam Delivers Dividends for Business Owners; Los Angeles Business Council Institute, Apr 29, 2016

Policy News: World FiT News

Feed-in tariffs help renewable energy grow; David Suzuki, The Georgia Straight, Jun 14th, 2016

Policy News: Community RE

The Power of Community: How community-owned renewable energy can help Ontario create a powerful economic advantage; Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc., Jun 2016
       Executive Summary; Full Report

Introducing: Community Solar Is Coming To Oregon!; Sarah Ryan-Knox, Citizens Utility Board fo Oregon, Jun 28, 2016


green arrow bullet7/13/16
Policy News: Utility Adaptation

Location Matters: California Regulators Investigate More Granular Solar Benefits; Brad Heavner, Solar Industry, Jul 12, 2016

Utility clean energy rankings reveal 'unprecedented shift' in power sector paradigms; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, July 13, 2016


green arrow bullet6/29/16
RE News: Storage & Integration

Energy Storage Procurement Guidance Documents for Municipalities; Clean Energy Group/Clean Energy States Alliance, Jun 27, 2016

Policy News: Community RE

Local Utilities Have Lost Local Control; Abigail Feola, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Jun 23, 2016


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