Draft Plan for Rapid Decarbonization – City Level

Embracing a modern energy and transportation mix is going to help give us a healthier environment, more jobs, and opportunity for our people and region.  We are stepping into the future rather than putting off the actions we need to undertake for our well-being and the viability of our area.  The need for action to reduce carbon and fossil fuel …

Our average electricity in the US is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, whereas new low prices for utility-scale renewables are 2.91 cents per kWh

By Joe Romm, April 6, 2017.  Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down:  The world built more renewables for far less money last year, report UN and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Last year, solar in Chile set a record low global price for unsubsidized electricity by any technology. CREDIT: ACERA. Stunning drops in the cost of wind …

The renewable revolution is irreversible

By Emma Gilchrist, Originally published on DeSmog Blog and EcoWatch, 1 April 2017 The solar industry was responsible for creating one out of every 50 new jobs in the U.S. last year and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician—so no matter one’s feelings on climate change, the renewable energy train has left the station, according to a new …

Largest solar and batter farm in the world coming to Australia,

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch, 30 March 2017  A massive solar and battery farm is being built in South Australia’s Riverland region. If everything goes to plan, the plant will be running by the end of 2017 and will be the largest such system in the world, Brisbane-based renewable energy developer and investor Lyon Group announced. The Riverland plant consists of …

Nuclear fans: PLOS One found if the rest of the world merely copied what Sweden did we could eliminate all fossil fuels from electricity in just 25 to 34 years

“There are two branches of research on how to get deep decarbonization,” the research review co-author Jesse Jenkins told Utility Dive. “One looks at how to get to high renewables penetrations. The other looks at how to reduce GHGs in the power sector. The second group sees a lot more diverse resource mix.”  The following piece by Brad Plumer at …

Massachusetts Bill Text for 100 Percent Renewable Energy Act

SECTION 1. The General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, are hereby amended by inserting after chapter 25C the following chapter:- CHAPTER 25D. 100 Percent Renewable Energy Act Section 1. The purpose of this chapter is to steadily transition the commonwealth to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2050 in order to (1) avoid pollution of our air, …

Amory Lovins in Arizona – 2017

Transcript from a talk by fellow Coloradan Amory Lovins, 2017, in Arizona.  See youtube. …before we get into the conversation part of the evening, is summarize for you the results of a year and a half of effort by 61 of us at the Rocky Mountain Institute to figure out American energy solutions. It’s a business book called Reinventing Fire. …

Porterville, CA makes bus fleet fully electric

By James Ayre, 12 March 2017 Originally published on EV Obsession. The City of Porterville in California has entered into a sales contract with GreenPower Motor Company for the purchase of 10 EV350 40-foot zero-emission, all-electric, transit buses. The purchase will see all 9 of Porterville Transit’s routes go fully electric. Accompanying the purchase, 11 charging stations are to be …

How EVs and storage can help shave demand and reduce costs. Also solar+storage at 6.3 cents per kWh in Chile

This article was written by Nick Stumo-Langer, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Communications Manager. He runs all of ILSR’s social media channels and previously was an Energy Democracy initiative Research Associate.  Originally published at ilsr.org. Storage Already in Practice In Minster, Ohio, a solar plus energy storage system significantly reduces energy costs for the city’s municipal electric utility in a number of …

100 years ago, Alexander Graham Bell warned us about the ‘greenhouse effect’

Joe Romm tells us about how, back in 1917, the inventor of the telephone foresaw a future where coal and oil were replaced by renewable fuels.   ClimateProgress(.org) indeed! Alexander Graham Bell at the opening of the long-distance line from New York to Chicago. CREDIT: Library of Congress, text by Patrick Smith, ThinkProgress In a 1917 paper, Alexander Graham Bell …