AEP to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 80 Percent, Add 8,360 MW in Renewables

| February 9, 2018

article image
AEP unveiled an ambitious clean energy strategy that calls for drastically reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by adding nearly 8.4 GW of renewable energy. Specifically, AEP’s goals are to lower emissions by 60 percent from 2000 levels by 2030 and 80 percent from 2000 levels by 2050. A large part of that reduction will come through the addition of 3,065 MW of solar generation and 5,295 MW of wind generation by 2030. The single-largest addition will be the $4.5 billion, 2 GW Wind Catcher Energy Connection project currently seeking regulator approval in Oklahoma.

Spotlight

Vanguard Energy Partners LLC

Vanguard Energy Partners, a national solar developer & construction firm, has designed and installed over 102 MW of solar projects since 2003. These projects include the highest solar array in the world, one of the largest rooftop arrays in North America, and the first commercial net zero electric facility in the United States. With bonding capacity exceeding $125M, Vanguard’s project portfolio continues to grow rapidly to meet our clients’ needs.

OTHER ARTICLES

What It Really Means When Google and Apple Say They Run on 100% Renewable Energy

Article | April 8, 2020

Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft — the five companies that arguably make up “big tech” — say they are either already powered by 100% renewable energy or are close to getting there. Together these companies own and operate more than a hundred data centers (each the size of multiple football fields), close to a thousand offices, and countless other buildings, making them some of the most power-hungry companies in the world. Given this, running on 100% renewable energy is a significant achievement. But there are plenty of critics who argue that these claims are misleading. Some say carbon offsets might do more to assuage guilt than they do to help the environment. To understand where these arguments come from, let’s start with the basics.

Read More

Why attracting new talent to the renewable energy industry matters now

Article | April 3, 2020

With a global pandemic in full swing, climate change is no longer the main emergency hitting the news. As countries all over world have introduced social distancing and isolation restrictions to limit the spread of the virus, carbon emissions have dropped as non-essential sectors have ceased their usual activities and travel has reduced as people stay at home. One estimate indicates that greenhouse gas emissions in Europe will drop by a staggering 24.4% this year, which equates to 388.8 million tons less carbon. We have seen a global drop in carbon emissions before following the most recent major financial crisis, however we must not forget that this was quickly followed by a 6% increase in global emissions in 2010.

Read More

There's a Simple Way to Store Renewable Energy, And We Already Have The Technology

Article | February 26, 2020

The effect that fossil fuels are having on the climate emergency is driving an international push to use low-carbon sources of energy. At the moment, the best options for producing low-carbon energy on a large scale are wind and solar power. But despite improvements over the last few years to both their performance and cost, a significant problem remains: the wind doesn't always blow, and the sun doesn't always shine. A power grid that relies on these fluctuating sources struggles to constantly match supply and demand, and so renewable energy sometimes goes to waste because it's not produced when needed.

Read More

Is solar or wind a better way to power your home?

Article | February 25, 2020

A growing number of homeowners in the United States are turning to renewable energy sources to provide power for their homes. Solar power systems only need sunlight to power your home and vehicle, recharge large battery systems, and still allow you to sell extra energy to your utility company. Wind power can perform the same functions by producing energy from wind-powered turbines. Both depend on often volatile forces of nature, but overall, solar panels provide more consistent energy. Solar panels don't include moving components, as wind production units do. These and other differences play important roles in deciding which renewable energy option is best for you.

Read More

Spotlight

Vanguard Energy Partners LLC

Vanguard Energy Partners, a national solar developer & construction firm, has designed and installed over 102 MW of solar projects since 2003. These projects include the highest solar array in the world, one of the largest rooftop arrays in North America, and the first commercial net zero electric facility in the United States. With bonding capacity exceeding $125M, Vanguard’s project portfolio continues to grow rapidly to meet our clients’ needs.

Events