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Betsy Lillian
Betsy Lillian
Betsy Lillian is an associate editor of North American Windpower and Solar Industry magazine. She also serves as the editor of sister publication Unmanned Aerial Online and has been with Zackin Publications since 2012.

Renewables Developer sPower Purchased By AES, AIMCo

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 24, 2017

Salt Lake City-based FTP Power LLC (sPower) – a renewable energy owner, operator and developer – has been sold to AES Corp. and Alberta Investment Management Corp. (AIMCo). sPower, which was capitalized by Fir Tree Partners in 2014, owns and [Read More]

Calif. Lawmaker Seeks 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 22, 2017

A bill that seeks to accelerate the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by five years, as well as establish an ultimate target of 100% renewables, has been proposed in California. S.B.584 was introduced on Feb. 17 by State Sen. Kevin [Read More]

Pruitt Confirmed As EPA Head; Environmental Groups Speak Out

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 22, 2017

Much to the dismay of many environmental advocacy groups, Scott Pruitt was officially sworn in as the 14th administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday. Pruitt succeeds Gina McCarthy, who President Barack Obama named EPA head in [Read More]

Governors Urge Trump To Support Wind And Solar

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Written by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a renewable energy advocacy group headed by bipartisan Govs. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is pleading with President Donald Trump and his administration to support and further grow the U.S.’ renewables [Read More]

Maryland Reveals 2017 Investment Plans For Green Jobs, Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., has announced the state’s 2017 environmental agenda, which includes initiatives to grow jobs in green industries, invest in renewable energy resources, promote the use of electric vehicles and promote clean water commerce. Hogan’s 2017 Environmental Package [Read More]

California Charter High School Gets More Solar

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

Baker Electric Solar recently designed and installed a 321.75 kW solar carport system for California’s Escondido Charter High School (ECHS), which now expects to see a 63% reduction in its annual electricity bills. The 400-student school, located in San Diego [Read More]

Indiana Solar Array Starts Operations On Remediated Superfund Land

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

Alterra Power Corp. and Inovateus Solar LLC have announced that their 7 MW Kokomo solar project commenced full commercial operations on Dec. 29. The facility is located on a remediated Superfund parcel of land in Kokomo, Ind. Alterra will manage [Read More]

Hawaiian Electric Keeps Solar In Mind With Increased Rate Proposal

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 22, 2016

In an effort to integrate more renewable energy, improve customer service and help pay for operating costs, Hawaiian Electric has proposed the first increase of Oahu base rates in nearly six years. Specifically, the request is for a 6.9% increase [Read More]

SolarPower Europe: Top 10 Policy Priorities For Solar Plus Storage

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 28, 2016

SolarPower Europe is calling on the European Commission to address the needs of solar power and storage technology in the commission’s upcoming Energy Union Package. Specifically, the association says its Task Force on Solar & Storage has created 10 policy [Read More]

Ohio Utility Includes Renewables Mechanism In Proposed Electricity Plan

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 28, 2016

AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (AEP), has filed a proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to extend its current Electric Security Plan (ESP), with modifications, through May 2024. The ESP would otherwise expire in [Read More]