Posts Tagged ‘Nevada’

11 March

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Share

Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

Sunshine of Hawaii (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Sunshine of Hawaii (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 (Please click on red links & note magenta)

I’ve received a call from some one in Hawaii today, mentioning the likelihood/resistance of NextEra-Hawaiian Electric merger . It’s been months since I last read up on Hawaiian Electric Co., a quick research made me realize that even though both Hawaii and Nevada are going through growing pains, showing similar signs and symptoms, but their pains actually have very different root causes.  In Nevada, the Nevada PUC (Public Utilities Commission) is reacting to the solar growth by implementing policy to stifle the distributed solar rooftops, without considering Value of Solar (the most fair way for consumers and power generators alike) or potential long term consequences for NV Energy. But in Hawaii, the Hawaii PUC (Public Utilities Commission) actually has established reforms through a collaborative process that will support further sustainable growth in the market for rooftop solar systems and other distributed energy resources (“DER”) desired by Hawaii’s residents and businesses.

View from a Hawaiian island, Kauai (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

View from a Hawaiian island, Kauai (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

For better understanding of Hawaii PUC’s Reform Energy Programs issued on Oct. 12, 2015 , please click HERE. This order will promote rapid adoption of the next generation of solar PV and other distributed energy technologies, encourage more competitive pricing of DER systems, lower overall energy supply costs for all customers, and help to manage each island grid’s scarce capacity.  The Commission views distributed energy resources (including rooftop solar PV) as an important contributor to meeting the state’s 100% renewable energy goal, complemented by the recently enacted community-based renewable legislation and larger utility-scale projects (source: from http://www.puc.hawaii.gov).

One important element needs to be understood and appreciated by all is the fact that as more and more people install solar, in any form, the value of solar will be lowered. Since Hawaii does want to have a fair system that would be inclusive as well as ensuring all customers to benefit from continued growth in distributed solar energy, the rate needs to be re-evaluated periodically to reflect the actual Value of Solar (fair way of valuing solar for all) that changes with time. As more solar installations are in place, the NEM (Net Energy Metering) is no longer as feasible because it will not be valuing solar fairly for all. If there should be any displeasure resulting from the fact that NEM is on its way out when the possibility of NextEra-Hawaiian Electric merger is being discussed, that is purely  Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc or post hoc fallacy: a simple example of this phenomenon–> the rooster crows immediately before sunrise;therefore the rooster causes the sun to rise. It is not surprising that the Hawaii PUC has proposed caps on the NEM program, for NEM is on its way out simply because it has already served its useful purpose and now requires some enhancement in order to be fair for all. If Hawaii PUC does not place caps on NEM, then Hawaiian residents who install solar may fall into the trap similar to Nevada residents who install solar, ending up with a monthly fixed surcharge.

What is brilliant and insightful about Hawaii PUC is the fact that this Commission has not only placed caps on NEM, but also offered three new options for customers who wish to invest in rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources (DER), in italics (Source: http://puc.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/DER-Phase-1-DO-Summary.pdf) :

  1. Self-Supply” systems:  for customers that primarily intend to consume all of the energy produced by their solar system onsite at their home or business, and do not need to export excess energy to the grid. These systems will typically be designed to use energy management and energy storage systems to balance onsite generation with demand. With these advanced features, self-supply systems have reduced technical impact on the grid and will receive expedited interconnection review. At this time, there is no cap on the number of Self-Supply systems that may be installed.
  2. Grid-Supply” systems: this  will allow customers to export excess energy to the grid as needed, and customers will receive energy credits on their monthly bills, similar to the NEM program. The Grid-Supply option does reduce the credit rate for energy exported to the grid for participating customers, and as a result, it will reduce the overall cost of each island’s renewable energy portfolio, which benefits all customers (including those who do not have the ability to install DER). The lower credit rate for energy exported to the grid reflects the Commission’s commitment to achieve an affordable, cost-effective energy supply for all customers. There is a cap on the total capacity of Grid-Supply systems to ensure each island grid can accommodate GridSupply systems, complemented by community-based renewable projects, and lowercost utility-scale projects.
  3. Time-of-Use” tariffs: – The Commission has also directed the HECO Companies to develop a new, expanded time-of-use tariff that allows customers to save money by shifting energy demand to the middle of the day to take advantage of lower-cost solar energy. Initially, this tariff will be available for any residential customers that opt-in to the program. By sending the right price signals to customers, customers can increase energy demand during times of high solar supply and alleviate some of the grid constraints to further renewable integration. This new tariff will also spur investment into new “smart home” and “smart business” technologies that can help customers take advantage of this program. 

*The time-of-use tariff of Hawaii is similar to the Value of Solar that’s been discussed in various discussions with Karl Rabago, below:

 

 

 Karl Rabago’s comments about NEM and Value of Solar Tariff/Time of Use Tariff, below:

 

~have a bright and sunny day~
Any comments, suggestions, concerns regarding this post will be welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

Gathered, written, photographed, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker
Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on solar energy topics:

www.sunisthefuture.net

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.cafepress.com/sunisthefuture

Google+

Windermere Sun website Header small

 

Share
3 March

Our Renewable Energy Future

Share

Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

Solar Decathlon 2013 of U.S. Department of Energy-Collegiate teams at Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA

Solar Decathlon 2013 of U.S. Department of Energy-Collegiate teams at Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA

 (Please click on red links & note magenta)

Some of you have written me and asked why is it that I am not posting as frequently as I used to. To this, I respond: my dear solar friends, because I believe Solar Tsunami is unstoppable now. When I started posting at www.sunisthefuture.net back in 2011, the solar age was approaching the inflection point, a region on the curve when it was much more likely to be stifled by unfavorable policies. But now, we have gone way beyond that point of inflection. Solar industry has become an industry of over $100 billion and cannot be stopped. Efforts or policy such as what occurred in Nevada in placing that extra $40/month of fixed fees on solar installations may slow down the distributed solar installations in the short term, but it is going to drive Nevada Energy toward being unprofitable at a much faster pace in the long run….for this would speed up the process of consumers wanting to go off grid rather than trying to stay on the grid. As for states that are progressing slower, such as my beloved Florida, solar installations will continue to increase simply for the fact that cost of solar has dropped so much within the past five years and battery technology continues to advance. If the utility companies are able to learn and adapt to becoming more bank-like/energy service manager rather than energy generator establishment and consumers take on more of a prosumer role, the transition may be much smoother. So, I hope those involved in the energy industry will keep an open mind while listening to some words of wisdom from Karl Rabago and Toby Couture below:

 

I apologize if you have already seen these two videos above….for I believe these two experts (Karl Rabago and Toby Couture) have thoroughly understood and presented our next phase of energy profile.

~have a bright and sunny day~
Any comments, suggestions, concerns regarding this post will be welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

Gathered, written, video-recorded, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker
Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on solar energy topics:

www.sunisthefuture.net

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.cafepress.com/sunisthefuture

HTML adl

Google+

Windermere Sun website Header small

 

Share
30 January

Time To Evolve Energy Policy For Nevada

Share

Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on energy after a tour of a Solar Panel Field at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country with nearly one million solar panels powering 17,000 homes, in Boulder City, Nevada, March 21, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on energy after a tour of a Solar Panel Field at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country with nearly one million solar panels powering 17,000 homes, in Boulder City, Nevada, March 21, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

(Please click on red for more, below)

Yes, I’m well aware of what’s been happening in Nevada and can fully appreciate the frustration of solar folks out there. But I waited because I wanted to see the reaction of people from Nevada. I trust that there are sufficient number of people all over the country now who are in support of a clean environment and renewable future that there would be plenty of reactions about the recent decision of Nevada PUC (Public Utility Commission, the regulatory body that sets rules for the state’s electricity, gas, and water utilities). What I do not understand is how Nevada PUC reached the decision to cut net metering rates and increase the residential PV owner rate ($40 per month) payable to the state utility, NV Energy. Does Nevada PUC realize that such an attempt to stifle solar energy industry in the short term may actually speed up the rate of destruction of NV Energy in the long run? Or perhaps Nevada PUC simply does not understand sufficiently the overall changing landscape of energy use to propose more effective measures to adapt to the changing need.

The signs and shouts of “Don’t tax the sun!”, “Sandoval stole my sunshine!“,”Solar lives matter!” of hundreds of residents of Las Vegas were heard throughout the country! Those angry protestors outside of the Nevada’s PUC were led by celebrity actor Mark Ruffalo, who shouted, “Let’s make life uncomfortable for them, for the Governor, for the PUC. Because they’re wrong!”

Here is the response from one of the Nevada residents to Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada PUC about the recent Nevada Solar ruling, below:

The new fee of $40 per month won’t only apply to new solar customers, but also to the 12,000 or so people who already own solar panels. As a result of this  new decision, selling solar in Nevada will no longer make economic sense for solar installer such as Solar City, cutting 550 jobs from Nevada to be relocated to more solar-friendly states during the first week of January this year. Other solar installers such as Vivint Solar have similar plans, which will translate into loss of thousands of jobs from state of Nevada if such a poor decision is not remedied or reversed. Sunrun even filed an open records request for communication between NV Energy employees, lobbyists, Gov. Sandoval and his staff, and current PUC Chairman Paul Thomsen.  After Sunrun’s request was refused, Sunrun sued Sandoval.

 I believe in order for all of us, the energy consumers as well as the power generators, to evolve during this period of transition, we all need to learn, collaborate effectively, and be willing to evolve to the next stage of human history. I believe what we need is better understanding of feed-in-tariff at Value of Solar. In order to be able to step into the next stage of the game and be fair to all parties involved and/or be able to establish stability in our grid or potential future microgrids, I’d like to offer some information and words of wisdom by those who have already put much time and energy into studying the energy generation and management issues. Please allow me to share what Karl Rabago and Toby D. Couture have concluded,  below:

    1. Discussion of the Importance of Value of Solar with Karl Rabago

    1. Expanded Discussion on Value of Solar
    2. Words of Wisdom/Reminder From Our Value of Solar Friend, Karl Rabago
    3. In-Depth Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy With Toby D. Couture

Much remains to be seen and learned before Nevada PUC regulators’ next hearing on February 8, 2016. I hope they will make attempt in consulting Karl Rabago and/or Toby D. Couture before the next hearing.

~have a bright and sunny day~

gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

any questions, suggestions, and concerns will be welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

Homepage: http://www.sunisthefuture.net

http://www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

http://www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.cafepress.com/sunisthefuture


HTML adl

Share
5 September

Wikipedia Edit Contribution By Sun Is The Future

Share

Dear Friends & Visitors/Readers/Reviewers,

(Please click on red link, below)

Today I came across the wikipedia site for President Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” Initiative and found no mention of any solar energy projects…but remembering reading about various solar projects in early part of August  this year under this initiative.  Definitely, a point that needs to be corrected/updated.  So, here is my contribution for the humanity in wikipedia world, the 11th item under Executive actions of “We Can’t Wait”, under Wikipedia:

11. President Obama has expedited seven solar and wind energy projects (August 7, 2012) in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Wyoming. Together, these infrastructure projects will produce nearly 5,000 MW of clean energy, according to the White House. The five solar projects include the following installations:

  • *Quartzsite Solar Energy, a 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant under development in Arizona by Solar Reserve.
  • *Desert Harvest Solar Energy, a 150 MW PV plant under development by enXco in California.
  • *McCoy Solar Energy, a 750 MW PV plant under development by NextEra in California.
  • *Moapa Solar Energy Center, a multiple-technology solar plant under development by RES Americas and the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada. The 200 MW project would employ 100 MW of PV technology and 100 MW of CSP technology.
  • *Silver State South, a 350 MW PV plant under development in Nevada by First Solar.[14]

Below, you will find a vido clip summarizing the spirit of “We Can’t Wait” Initiative:


President Obama, might you also consider helping us with implementation of effective Feed-In-Tariff for Renewable Energy ?  It will do much in job creations, bring forth communities’ economic prosperity, reduction in pollution, decrease chance of warfare among nations, and solution for our energy problems.

 

 

~have a bright and sunny day~

gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com
Homepage: http://www.sunisthefuture.net


HTML adl

 

Share
23 March

Solar Energy Is An Industry on the Rise-President Obama Agrees!

Share

Dear Readers,

(Please click onred linksbelow)

If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.
————————————————————————————————————

Dear Friends and Readers,

This week, on Wednesday (March 21, 2012),  President Obama made his first stop at the Boulder City (about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas), Nevada,  at Copper Mountain Solar 1 during his two-day energy tour, drawing attention to the ever expanding solar industry and to take on anti-solar lobby.  During President Obama’s speech at Boulder City, he reaffirmed his commitment to an “all the above” approach to domestic energy production and refer to the solar energy sector as an “industry on the rise”. President Obama’s speech at Copper Mountain Solar 1, below:


There is good reason why Copper Mountain Solar 1 was selected to be the first stop for President’s two day energy tour.  The Copper Mountain Solar Facility is a 48 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant in Boulder City, Nevada. Sempra Generation built the plant from Jan., 2010 to Dec., 2010 at  a cost of about $141 million.  When the facility entered service, it was the largest photovoltaic plant in the U.S. (the previous record holder for the largest U.S. solar power plant was the 20 MW DeSoto PV plant in Arcadia, FL).  At its construction peak more than 350 workers were installing the 775,000 First Solar panels on the 450 acre site. An expansion of the facility by more than 200 MW was approved in 2010.  On August 4, 2011, Sempra announced a plan to expand the facility by 92 MW to be online in January of 2013 and another 58 MW to be added by 2015.  The power from Copper Mountain Solar and Sempra Generation’s adjacent 10 MW El Dorado Solar plant has been sold to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) under separate 20 year power purchase agreement.

  • Solar 1 is the original 48 MW 1st phase with an expansion
  • Solar 2 is the under construction 150 MW phase 2
  • Solar 3 is a proposed 220 MW phase 3

When President Obama visited the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility in Nevada Wednesday, he had a first-hand look at the first large-scale facility equipped with solar forecasting devices called the sky imagers.  Sky imagers are essentially fish-eye lenses that capture a 360-degree view of the horizon and generate a 3-D model of the clouds being observed.  This device is connected to a sophisticated forecasting system that uses what it observes to predict solar output in 15-minute increments.  Sky imagers and their algorithms are the brain child of Jan Kleissl,

Professor Jan Kleissl of UC San Diego. Credit:UC San Diego

an environmental engineering professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.  Earlier this month Professor Kleissl’s research and solar forecasting at UC San Diego received $1.5 million grant from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC);he is the principal investigator on the grant with another professor of environmental engineering at the Jacobs School Carlos Coimbra This grant funds research to refine forecasting methods and work with San Diego Gas & Electric to help integrate solar power to the energy grid. In addition to the CPUC funding, the project is receiving matching funds from SDG&E (San Diego Gas & Electric), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the California Energy Commission and the Department of Energy. “As California continues to integrate higher amounts of solar energy into the grid, demonstration projects like these will maximize the value of solar energy by providing predictable generation profiles that grid operators can rely on,” said CPUC President Michael R. Peevey. The two researchers/scientists and their teams plan on developing comprehensive forecast models that predict solar power output based on how much sunlight can be found at a specific location and how it fluctuates.  Their sensor network now extends beyond San Diego to include many sites along the Pacific Rim, from Bellingham, Washington, to Oahu, Hawaii. This type of forecasting projects could reduce unpredictability of solar power and potentially generate significant savings for utility companies.

One thing to be certain, there are much work and opportunities in solar sector waiting to be discovered, for entrepreneurs, academic researchers and scientists, and homeowners and  renters alike.  As long as we continue to be optimistically active, there’s much needing to be done!

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Any comments and suggestions are welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on solar energy topics:

www.sunisthefuture.net

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture

HTML adl

Google+

Share
8 June

Incentive For Solar (14)-Feed-In-Tariff-US-Nevada

Share

Dear Friends and Readers,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

As we resume our discussion on one of the most effective incentive programs for solar and/or renewable energy, Feed-In-Tariffs, I would like to steer us toward the direction of US.  Some time last month (May), I’ve received an email from the Associate Executive Director of Clean Coalition www.clean-coalition.org, Ted Ko, urging my support for the Clean Coalition effort in obtaining a Clean Program in Nevada. I would like to take this opportunity to present the SB184 Legislation Brief (SB184-Feed-In-Tariff Pilot Program for Local Clean Energy) SB184 Legislation Brief .  I would like to give a shout out especially to those of you living in (or are residents of) Nevada to get in touch with Ted Ko and/or take a look at and consider signing this letter SB184_Support_Signon_Letter.  Now, let’s spend a bit of time on the next video clip, with the help of Craig Lewis of FIT Coalition in Palo Alto, CA, to improve our understanding of the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbCV-SJs40M

 

Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com
Home page: http://sunisthefuture.net or http://sunisthefuture.com or http://sunisthefuture.org
Any comments and suggestions are welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

Please also get into the habit of checking at these sites below for more on solar energy topics:

www.sunisthefuture.net

www.youtube.com/user/sunisthefuture

www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

www.facebook.com/sunisthefuture

www.pinterest.com/sunisthefuture

HTML adl

Google+

Share

Copyright © 2011-2018 · Susan Sun Nunamaker All Rights Reserved · Sunisthefuture.net