Minnesota on path toward 100% renewable energy usagfe

Environment Minnesota’s Research and Policy Center in September issued a press statement outlining how the state can achieve 100% renewable energy usage. Since 2008, Minnesota as increased its solar electricity production by 550%. The report outlines a multifaceted path that includes a focus on renewable energy, as well as energy efficiency, storage and use of electric vehicles.

Utilities steering natural gas users to off-peak usage

Increasingly, utility companies are looking to natural gas power plants as a source of cheap energy to supply electricity to customers, presenting new challenges with peak demand and supply shortages. For the first time, utilities are launching gas demand response programs to help shift usage to off-peak hours, similar to how electric utilities have done in the past.

US DOE supports multiple geothermal energy development projects

The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will fund four to six projects aimed at advancing geothermal technologies, a source of renewable energy that comes from geothermal activity beneath the ground. The projects will be focused on research and development for applying “machine learning” to geothermal operations, promising to greatly reduce costs of this renewable energy source.

Minnesota group releases plan for 100% renewable energy sources

Environment Minnesota’s Research and Policy Center issued a statement to the press outlining how the state can achieve the goal of producing 100 percent of its energy with renewable sources. Since 2008, Minnesota as increased its solar electricity production by 550 percent. The report outlines a multifaceted path that includes a focus on renewable energy, as well as energy efficiency, storage and use of electric vehicles.