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Apr 2016

Renewable Energy – National Trends for March 2016

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In March Voterheads monitored 1,153 organizations, holding 1,787 new meetings for the month of March. Of these meetings, 15 of them discussed Renewable Energy. Some of the more interesting items include:

Wright County Board, Minnesota

March 22, 2016

Public Hearing RE: Planning Commission Recommendation to Amend Section 762.2 Solar Energy Farms and 762.3 Solar Energy Systems

The discussion concerning this issue is continued from the County Board Meeting to Consider the Planning Commission Recommendation Section 762.2 Solar Energy Farms & 762.3 Solar Energy Systems on January 19, 2016. The Planning Commission will consider a solar energy farm and systems to be on restricted parcels of land zoned general agricultural.

The board action requested that they accept the findings and recommendation of the Planning Commission to accept amendments to the Wright County Zoning Ordinance:

Add this clause to Section 762.2 Solar Energy Farms Requirements and Standards – Solar Energy Farms and Systems will be considered by the Planning Commission on restricted parcels of land zoned General Agricultural (AG).

Add this clause to Section 762.3 Solar Energy Farms Requirements and Standards – Solar Energy Systems will be considered by the Planning Commission on restricted parcels of land zoned General Agricultural (AG).

City of Palo Alto City Council, California

March 28, 2016

Agenda Item Number 8 – Resolution 9580

The Resolution 9580 is called “Resolution of the Council of the City of Palo Alto Continuing the Palo Alto Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Program and Decreasing the Contract Rate: (1) for Solar Resources to 8.9c/kWh to 9.0c/kWh, and (2) for Non-Solar Renewable Energy Resources to 8.1c/kWh to 8.2c/kWh; and Amending Associated Program Eligibility Rules and Power Purchase Agreement Accordingly (Continued From March 21, 2016).”

The council was asked to adopt a resolution that:

Maintain the Palo Alto CLEAN program price for local solar energy resources at the current price of $0.165 per kilowatthour ($/kWh) for a 20-year or 25-year contract term, and continue with a program limit of 3 megawatts (MW); and

Reduce the Palo Alto CLEAN program price for local non-solar eligible renewable energy resources to the updated avoided cost of such energy ($0.081/kWh for a 20-year contract term, or $0.082/kWh for a 25-year contract term), from the prior avoided cost projection ($0.093/kWh for a 20-year contract term, or $0.094/kWh for a 25-year contract term), and continue with a separate program limit of 3 MW specifically for local non-solar eligible renewable resources; and

Approve the amended CLEAN program Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to implement the recommended changes.

An amendment was proposed to reassess long term cost effectiveness taking into account the dramatic drop in prices of solar energy in California.

The amendment failed because no one was willing to second it.

Gloucester City Council, Massachusetts

March 22, 2016

Resolution to Express the City of Gloucester’s Opposition to Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic

A request for a motion was made to adopt a Resolution to express council support to the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for a ban to open the Atlantic Ocean to exploration and development of off shore oil and gas.

The motion was made and seconded.

There were requests for some changes including developing better language and vet the matter more closely as well as the appointment of Council members Memhard and Orlando to work with General Counsel to review the Resolution language and report their recommendation to the Q & A committee.

Random Quick Stats for Topic: Environment

FebruaryMarch Change +/- %
 1,014 Organizations 1,014 OrganizationsNo Change
 389 New Meetings 1,538 New Meetings+1,149/295%
 47 Matching Agenda Items 667 Matching Agenda Items+620/1,319%

 

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