“Energy freedom” and clean, reliable power as a public good

Can the invisible hand really guide us to a low-carbon future? Debbie Dooley thinks so. The 57-year-old founder of the national Green Tea Coalition is one of a growing number of right-wing activists entering the fight for what she calls “energy freedom.” This blend of conservatism and environmentalism is an animating force in nationwide efforts to expand the use of …

Electric rail, storage and regenerative braking pilot

The newest entrant into the energy storage market bears a passing resemblance to cutting edge 19th century technology. It is a rail car with no passengers or freight that goes nowhere. But if the California company working on this technology is right, its rail cars could make big inroads in the energy storage market. At heart, though, the concept is …

Oxford team confirms that planning and construction of fossil-fuel infrastructure must stop this next year, to stay below 2 C

Continued development of new fossil-fuel power plants will lock in dangerous climate change, according to a team of Oxford University researchers.  Taking the average operating life of coal or gas-fired plants as 40 years, the world’s fleet of carbon-emitting power stations had already committed by 2014 a total of 87 per cent of the emissions required to ensure a 50-50 chance …

1.5 vs. 2 C temperature rise is a significant difference in impacts

The warming difference between 1.5°C and 2°C could be decisive for the future survival of tropical coral reefs (Credit: Paul via Flickr) European researchers have found substantially different climate change impacts for a global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C by 2100, the two temperature limits included in the Paris climate agreement. The additional 0.5°C would mean a 10-cm-higher global sea-level …

Updates on countries engaged in deep decarbonization and rapid shift to renewable energy

A fifth of the world’s electricity production in 2012 came from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower. The International Energy Agency estimates this could rise to a quarter of the world’s production by 2020. Note: I picked “over 80%” just for emphasis – I was surprised by the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa such as Zambia where hydropower …

Existing Chinese coal plants running at 50% capacity and China aims to close 1000 coal plants this year, but some provinces are still building despite orders to stop

There have been mixed messages coming from China lately. The country’s carbon emissions may be declining more than a decade earlier than anticipated, thanks in part to reductions in coal power. And yet, China is planning 210 new coal-fired power plants despite existing overcapacity.  China’s National Energy Administration has ordered 13 provincial governments to stop approving new coal-fired power plants and ordered 15 provinces to halt …

20 MW PV plant connected to Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) took only 6-8 months to complete and all $30 million of project costs were provided by Chinese firm

Also, the country’s first commercial solar PV module manufacturing facility just opened up in the city of Kpone as well. The 30 MW facility will be supplying PV modules directly to the country’s internal marketplace. A 20 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project developed by the Chinese firm Beijing Xiaocheng Company (a subsidiary of Beijing Fuxing Xiao-Cheng Electronic) was recently …

Super-charging real-time status and availability updates desirable to EV users on long trips

Supercharging status being added to the in-car display will alleviate some of these communication issue and provide a much-needed channel for real-time status and availability updates directly to customers. Kyle Field shares his story about Living Through A Tesla Supercharger System Failure, on Clean Technica: One of the strengths of Tesla that we share over and over again is the Supercharging …

Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade, says new study

The worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels to create energy could be phased out in a decade, according to an article published by a major energy think tank in the UK. Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, believes that the next great energy revolution could take place in a fraction of the …