WaPo: This could be the next big strategy for suing over climate change

By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis, Washington Post, 20 July 2017  A Delta plane lands as a U.S. Airways plane waits to take off at San Francisco airport. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) Two California coastal counties and one beach-side city touched off a possible new legal front in the climate change battle this week, suing dozens of major oil, coal, and other fossil fuel companies for the …

5 new strategies to design more effective utility DER pilots: A new RMI report uses insights from utility pilots and demonstration projects to form a roadmap for the energy transition

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, July 20, 2017 The journey through the energy transition just got a new roadmap. Regulatory disputes across the country continue to stifle innovation and impede the emergence of new utility business models. But a new paper offers best practices from a variety of utility pilot projects to help regulators and stakeholders sort through the …

Distributed energy sources can reduce cost of electricity up to 50%, study says. Traditional grids will have to change. Modeling can help find the best way forward.

Data-driven planning of distributed energy resources amidst socio-technical complexities in Nature Energy 6:17112 · July 2017, DOI: 10.1038/nenergy.2017.112 Stanford researchers find that DER can halve electricity costs. https://www.smart-energy.com/regional-news/north-america/stanford-university-der/ July 21, 2017  Researchers from Stanford University have published a paper based on a programme that explores how to model DER deployment in the most cost-effective manner. The paper orginally published in Nature Magazine, describes the programme, “ReMatch” which leverages …

China could field nearly half of new electric car models by 2020: study

By Joseph White, Reuters, July 2017 DETROIT (Reuters) – Chinese automakers are on track to produce 49 of the 103 new electric car models that will be launched globally by 2020, as part of China’s push to accelerate the switch to battery power from oil, according to a new forecast released on Wednesday. U.S. consulting firm AlixPartners also said China …

Residents and workers from a Buffalo suburb collaborate on a plan to follow coal plant closure

Excerpt from the conclusion of a long article in Grist, July 2017 The Huntley Alliance needed clear goals — specifically ones that met the needs of the town’s residents. Through a series of listening sessions, door-to-door surveys, and voter-registration drives, the partnership channeled the hopes and anxieties of hundreds of residents. The wish list that emerged included keeping schools intact, creating …

It’s always windy somewhere: Europe seeks to balance renewables. Harnessing wind in the Balkans and Scandinavia would get there

Ars Technica, By John Timmer, 18 July 2017 Renewable power sources’ intermittency could eventually cause problems as our electric grids become increasingly reliant on them. While it’s always sunny somewhere, and always windy somewhere (often somewhere else), relying on weather variations for generating consistent power means integrating power sources across a large geographic region. Many countries, including several leaders in …

China adds record solar PV, part of push to install energy near point of use

Bloomberg News July 18, 2017 Distributed solar accounts for almost a third of installations Idled solar capacity falls 5 percentage points in period China, the world’s biggest investor in clean energy, is on pace to install record amounts of new solar this year after adding 24 gigawatts of capacity in the first half amid a push by policy makers to locate electricity production near …

Heat risks are nearly unthinkable, as global warming remains major culprit behind extreme weather

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-18 Editor: Song Lifang GENEVA, July 18 (Xinhua) — Global warming remains the main reason for recent extreme weather conditions worldwide, including the long-lasting heat waves and scorching temperatures across the northern hemisphere, according to a latest study of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Using the climate assessment models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the WMO predicted …

Microtransit: Lyft Shuttle is a bus

By Alison Griswold, On Quartz, 13 July 2017 Lyft explains why Shuttle, its most bus-like service, is not, in fact, a bus Welcome to microtransit. (AP Images/Josh Edelson) The new service Lyft is testing in Chicago and San Francisco is unlike anything the company has tried before. It can still be hailed on-demand at the touch of a button and it groups …

Measuring transportation performance for diverse users

By Todd Litman, on Planetizen, 13 July 2017 To be efficient and fair, a transportation system must serve diverse demands, including the needs of people who for any reason cannot, should not, or prefer not to drive. For example, it is inefficient if inadequate sidewalks and paths force parents to chauffeur children to local destinations to which they would rather …