On April 19, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) – a publicly-funded agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies, and projects in the Bay State – and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced the selection of five communities and three nonprofit organizations to participate in a pair of solar energy programs developed and managed by the Baker-Polito Administration.
If North Carolina state regulators accept Duke Energy’s proposal (Docket E-100 Sub 148) to cut the price it pays for power from independent producers, a typical 5-MW solar array built in 2017 would make about $230,000 less a year than one built in 2016, according to an April 19 report by the Triad Business Journal.
Walmart formally launched its Project Gigaton on April 19 – an initiative under which the discount retailer will provide an emissions reduction toolkit to a broad network of suppliers, focusing on areas such as manufacturing, materials, and use of products, with the goal of reducing carbon by 1 gigaton (1 billion tons) by 2030.
The Citizens’ Climate Lobby– a grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change – will speak out on Earth Day, April 22, to promote a market-based solution to global warming called Carbon Fee and Dividend. Under the group’s proposal, a fee would be charged against carbon at the point at which it enters the U.S. economy.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York jointly announced on April 18 that two newly completed solar installations – atop the bank’s warehouse facilities in Albany in upstate New York and in the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, about 50 miles north of New York City – are expected to yield savings of $520,000 over a 25-year power purchase agreement.