From Zane Selvans, Dec 5 2018 The announcement covers the entirety of Xcel’s service territory (Northern States Power, Southwest Public Service, and Public Services of Colorado), and they do have some nuclear in Minnesota (Monticello 671MW, and Prairie Island 1.1GW). Their pledge is to reduce emissions, without saying how it’s done. I doubt they think that they could get any …

Public broadband network action

Grant County, Oregon’s Digital Network Coalition is moving forward on plans to improve connectivity and closing the digital divide in the area. The year-old coalition is working toward deploying a fiber optic network that will connect public facilities, homes, and businesses along the fiber route. Congratulations to Dalton, Georgia’s OptiLink for becoming the first municipal network in the state to offer residential …

Coal impacts: recent emissions continuing to rise, workers – coal ash ponds – fighting for compensation for pollution-induced illness

After Coal Ash Verdict, Ill Workers Now Fighting for Compensation For dozens of workers who cleaned up the nation’s worst coal ash spill and became sick, a recent jury verdict against their employer was a major victory. Now, their attorneys will need to link each plaintiff’s illness or death to toxic substances in the ash to determine financial damages. The …

What Long Duration Energy Storage Is & Why It Kills Coal

December 2nd, 2018 by Tina Casey on Clean Technica, “What Long Duration Energy Storage Is & Why It Kills Coal   US coal power plants were closing at a rapid clip before Trump came into office, and coal power has kept on bleeding out under his watch. The new R&D program practically guarantees that the hurt will continue for coal miners, their families …

Scientists In Sweden Say Iron Could Replace Noble Metals As Catalyst, Reducing Costs

December 3rd, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica  A catalyst promotes a chemical reaction without being changed by it. Most conventional cars and trucks today use catalytic converters to break down exhaust emissions like carbon dioxide. Catalysts are used to split water into its component parts, yielding hydrogen as a byproduct, and for making methanol, an important feed stock for many forms …

Fermeta/Nissan Leaf bi-directional charging technology both receives power from the grid and sends power from vehicle batteries back to the building to reduce electricity costs

© Nissan via Fermata Energy Fermata Energy and Nissan introduce bi-directional charging for the LEAF. This has interesting implications. Fermata Energy recently announced a system where their chargers connect to Nissan Leaf cars but also work both ways, using their proprietary software to “demonstrate the potential of bi-directional charging technology that not only receives power from the grid, but also …

Report: Nearly a Quarter of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Come from Public Lands

On November 23, the Trump Administration discreetly published a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that found about one-quarter of all U.S. carbon emissions come from fossil fuel extraction operations on public lands. The report measured national carbon emissions between 2005 and 2014 and calculated that 23.7 percent of those emissions were generated on public lands by the …