Phoenix Sees the Light: City Begins Replacing All Street Lights With LED Bulbs

Phoenix Sees the Light: City Begins Replacing All Street Lights With LED Bulbs

Phoenix has officially begun its city-wide initiative to replace all 90,000 street lights — plus lighting at its park facilities — with LED bulbs. According to 12news.com, by replacing all existing street lights with LED bulbs, the city expects to achieve a total net savings of … Read more…

Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages; announced on May 4 that it has joined Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) – the largest electric utility in Illinois, serving the Chicago and Northern Illinois area – in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support the study and development of new energy efficiency programs, smart streetlights, and community and residential solar; and other infrastructure projects.

Atlanta’s Utility Committee Passes 100% Renewables Resolution

Atlanta’s Utility Committee Passes 100% Renewables Resolution

Atlanta’s Utility Committee passed a resolution on April 25 that would commit the city to generating 100 percent of the electricity it uses from renewable energy resources and associated technologies by 2035. Municipal facilities would be mandated to convert to clean energy sooner –by 2025.

St. Paul to Power 25% of Municipal Buildings with Solar

St. Paul to Power 25% of Municipal Buildings with Solar

St. Paul, Minnesota, city officials have negotiated an agreement with GreenMark Solar to power one-quarter of the state capital’s municipal buildings with electricity derived from community solar gardens, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported on April 24.

Duluth Intends to Oust ‘King Coal’

Duluth Intends to Oust ‘King Coal’

Mayor Emily Larson (DFL) and a cluster of Duluth, Minnesota, city officials announced a new $21 million energy initiative – geared to reduce coal consumption by 40 percent – at an April 12 press conference, while standing symbolically in an empty coal bin at the city’s steam plant.

Cook County Develops Community Solar Business Case Tool

Cook County Develops Community Solar Business Case Tool

A new tool that projects the cost and benefits of developing or subscribing to a community solar project has been created – and made available to all commercial and residential customers starting March 29 – as part of the Cook County, Illinois, Solar Market Pathways project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

NY PSC Adopts Landmark Orders to Value Distributed Energy, Test Energy Storage

On March 9, the New York State Public Service Commission approved a new pricing structure (Cases 15-E-0751, 15-E-0082) for distributed energy resources, designed to promote community solar projects statewide and to gradually phase out net energy metering. The commission also directed the state’s investor-owned utilities to deploy at least two energy storage projects by the end of 2018.

As a result of the order, rooftop solar may decline after 2020 and community solar has been fostered.

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