Global ‘collapse’ in number of new coal-fired power plants

The number of plants on which construction has begun each year has fallen by 84% since 2015, and 39% in 2018 alone, while the number of completed plants has dropped by more than half since 2015. Not long before coal use is over, say analysts, while warning of possible resurgence in China Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 28 Mar 2019 The number …

60% of Africa lacks access to electricity: Alternatives and coal trends

The lack of access to affordable, reliable energy is a barrier to development, whether that be powering autoclaves and centrifuges in rural clinics to improve health indicators or powering local agricultural processing to retain more of the value of production locally. The African Development Bank estimates that 645 million Africans, nearly 60% of the continent’s population, don’t have access to …

Local wind and solar could cost-effectively replace 74% of US current fleet of coal-fired power plants now

By Joshua Hill in CleanTechnica.com, March 28, 2019 America has officially entered the “coal cost crossover,” according to a new report by environmental firm Energy Innovation, which finds that local wind and solar could replace approximately 74% of the United States’ current fleet of coal-fired power plants at an immediate cost savings to consumers — a figure which is expected …

Short book highlights from Concrete Economics, a New Consensus recommendation

Central to Hamilton’s view was protecting America’s infant industries, so up went the tariff, about 25% in 1816  Given the huge costs of shipping in the early 1800s, this was a formidable exercise in protectionism as well as a major source of federal government revenues.  And up it stayed, over the opposition of agriculturalists who were buyers, not producers, of …

Time of use rates can halve increase in electricity load from EVs. Storage makes the rest a benefit through V2G support

Looking into the future, the most exciting technologies are vehicle-to-grid (V2G), which allows EV batteries to discharge energy to the grid, and smart charging, which uses algorithms to optimize charging times. Implementing these technologies could turn EVs into a valuable asset for the grid — not only would smart charging minimize the negative effects of increased electrical consumption, but V2G …

Are oil companies responsible for climate change? A group of senators thinks so

The filing in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco supported appeals by the two cities to reinstate the suit that U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco dismissed. Besides Feinstein and Harris, the brief was signed by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Edward Markey of Massachusetts. Senators …

‘Coal is on the way out’: study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind ‘we can move a lot faster to replace coal’

Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to a new study.  “Even without major policy shift we will continue to see coal retire pretty rapidly,” said Mike O’Boyle, the co-author of the report for Energy Innovation, a renewables analysis firm. “Our analysis shows that we can move …

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalities

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalitiesm, by Alycee Lane in Common Dreams March 21, 2019  For most of the 20th century, these communities could not participate equally with the white majority in direct and indirect fossil fuel consumption. (Photo:Pinterest) Critics of House Resolution 109 (H. RES. 109)—the “Green …

‘In a Just World, It Would Be Treated as Crime Against Humanity’: New Report Exposes Big Oil’s Real Agenda

March 22, 2019 by Common Dreams ‘In a Just World, It Would Be Treated as Crime Against Humanity’: New Report Exposes Big Oil’s Real Agenda: “InfluenceMap’s research confirms a widely held suspicion that Big Oil’s glossy sustainability reports and shiny climate statements are all rhetoric and no action.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Big Oil’s Real Agenda on Climate Change is a new report from …

Federal agencies must “take a hard look” at the impact of oil and gas exploration on climate change, a US federal judge has ruled

Federal agencies must “take a hard look” at the impact of oil and gas exploration on climate change, a US federal judge has ruled, according to CNN and others. The ruling “could have significant implications for the Trump administration’s efforts to expand domestic energy production”, CNN says. The decision “amounts to a road map that could be used to challenge …