Selling solar to the grid when demand is high provides farmer with another source of income, investment in battery pays for itself in 4+ years

Cross-posted from The New York Times – see link for full article A new cash crop has sprung up on Nicholas Beatty’s enchanting farm near here. Rows of gray solar panels range over about 25 acres, turning sunlight into electricity, as dog-size muntjac deer hop by. The panels themselves, trouble-free money earners that feed into the electric grid, are no …

Electric vehicle use in Minnesota can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (well-to-wheel carbon intensity) by 61-95%, according to a new analysis from the Great Plains Institute

Cross-posted from Clean Technica – see link for the full article Electric vehicle use in the state of Minnesota reduces greenhouse gas emissions (well-to-wheel carbon intensity) by 61-95%, according to a new analysis from the Great Plains Institute. The 61% figure quoted above is with reference to Xcel Energy’s electric mix (in 2015). If the electric vehicle (EV) owner uses …

Three state initiatives that could bolster democracy

Whatever the overall outcome of this year’s elections, we should applaud those who have put pro-democracy measures on the ballot in the states and communities where they live. (Photo: Erik (HASH) Hersman/flickr/cc) On November 8th citizens in 35 states vote on 163 ballot initiatives. They cover a wide range of subjects (e.g. marijuana, minimum wage, taxes, gun control). To my …