PSEG Sets New Net-Zero Climate Goal for 2030
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PSEG charted an aggressive new climate plan this week, with the release of an outline calling for net-zero emissions across its operations by 2030, fully greenhouse gas and carbon free power generation, and contributions to regional economy-wide decarbonization efforts. The company’s 2030 climate vision seeks to approach the issue from several different fronts simultaneously.
A new report from the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) found that current owners of smart home devices, such as smart thermostats, appliances, and speakers, are overwhelmingly satisfied with these technologies. However, upfront costs and data privacy concerns remain key barriers for those who do not yet own any smart home devices.
The Mayor of Rockford, Illinois this week joined community solar provider Nexamp and ComEd to launch Give-A-Ray, a new 15-year program to provide solar energy benefits and savings to low- and moderate-income customers in Rockford and the surrounding area for free. With the help of local support services, including the Rockford Housing Authority, outreach to potential participants is underway.
Con Edison awarded Centrica Business Solutions a contract to install a battery energy storage system and 18 publicly available EV chargers in Brooklyn. This will be the first project in New York City that combines energy storage and electric vehicle charging. The storage system will hold five million watts, enough to power about 5,000 apartments for four hours during a summer peak.
What will soon become the largest solar-powered battery storage facility on earth, the Manatee Energy Storage Center in Parrish, Florida, gained its first battery components last week, care of crews from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). Manatee will boast a 409 MW output when online, capable of providing 900 MW hours of capacity.
As the Pacific Northwest heat wave shatters records, millions who have lived without air conditioning are realizing that it is no longer safe to do so. The “once-in-a-millennium” heat dome currently debilitating the region is, unfortunately, the type of weather event we’re going to be experiencing a lot more often in the future.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) on Wednesday announced it was jointly approving two applications for nearly 2.7 GW of offshore wind generation, the country's largest combined award for offshore wind generation. The board approved Ørsted's application for a 1,148 MW Ocean Wind 2 project and a 1,510 MW project from Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind.
This week, Marin Clean Energy (MCE), a community choice aggregator in California, announced the launch of two new programs, Community Solar Connection and Green Access, aimed at energy equity and affordability. MCE will be offering qualifying customers living in a designated disadvantaged community access to 100-percent renewable energy and a 20-percent discount on their electricity bills for up to 20 years.