Electrification Alone Will Save 42 Percent Of World Energy Demand, Stanford Prof Says

31 Aug 2017, Forbes Magazine Rod Searcey for Stanford University Stanford Professor Mark Jacobsen If humans can kick fossil-fuels, they will benefit from massive efficiency increases in every sector—a net savings of 42 percent of world energy use that will both derive from and ease the transition to clean energy, a Stanford University professor says in a video released this week. …

Changes in the Power Sector Are an Opportunity, Not a Threat: The Department of Energy’s study on grid reliability and resilience offers an incomplete picture of our grid’s transformation

August 24, 2017  |  By Mark Dyson, RMI On August 23, the U.S. Department of Energy released the findings and recommendations of its highly anticipated study on grid resilience and reliability. Secretary Perry commissioned the study in April, in a memo leading with the thoroughly debunked proposition that “baseload power is necessary to a well-functioning electric grid.” The study makes recommendations to address threats to these “baseload” (i.e., …

To decarbonize, tackle cars and trucks

Excerpt from David Roberts on Vox.com, 22 August 2017 The ninth edition of the California Green Innovation Index (CGII) has just been released, and it offers a good opportunity to reflect on how California has done so far and, more importantly, to grapple with the big challenge that lies just ahead. To put it as simply as possible: California’s experience shows that …

Buried in DOE-Perry Grid study is solution to going 100% renewable

By Joe Romm, Think Progress, August 2017 Renewables were at most a minor contributor to the shutdown of baseload coal and nuclear power plants in recent years — the real culprit was cheaped fracked gas and the fact that many of those plants were 60 or 70 years old. And buried deep in the report is the fact that renewables …

We really can run the world on renewable energy – here’s how

New Scientist Magazine, 23 August 2017 Onshore wind is one of the least-expensive forms of new electric power in the US today Sean Gallup/Getty Images By Mark Jacobson People often ask me if I think there is any hope that the world can transition to clean, renewable energy fast enough to avoid the deadly and damaging impacts of a rapidly warming …

1 planet, 100% renewable energy: an idea whose time has come. No more half measures, just shifting as fast as possible

By Bill McKibben, In These Times (yay! great to see these coming together!), 22 August 2017 | SEPTEMBER COVER STORY THE KNOCK ON ENVIRONMENTALISTS IS THAT THEY’VE BEEN BETTER AT OPPOSING THAN PROPOSING. Sure, being against overheating the planet or melting the ice caps should probably speak for itself—but it doesn’t give us a means. So it’s important news that the …

Our job is clear: we are at 4% and need to be at 80% wind, water and solar by 2030 and 100% by 2050, for 1.5 C

By Steve Hanley in Clean Technica, 24 Aug 2017 re: Mark Jacobson et al.’s August 2017 extension of earlier work, in Joule Mark Z. Jacobson, the famed professor at the Stanford School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences, and 26 of his colleagues have compiled a report that shows exactly how 139 nations (those with 99% of the emissions) could transition to 100% renewable energy by …

How communities around the world are challenging mainstream energy systems

Community energy is a global phenomenon. These initiatives to supplying a local community with its renewable energy flourish all around the world. Here is the example of Pingala in Sydney, Australia.  ©Pingala 2016 — Pingala’s launch event was an equity crowd-funding event with an ac dual crowd! Community energy is a global phenomenon. Wherever we find people, we tend to find communities stepping …

Second largest public bus system in the country (Los Angeles) shifting to 100% clean, electric buses

CommonDreams.org, 28 July 2017 China mandated the integration of electric buses in late 2015, and now leads the world with more than 100,000 electric buses on its roads. European cities such as London are already in the process of similar transitions, and many more are making plans. Eurotransport Magazine reported in January that at least 19 public transport authorities in 25 European cities have developed electric bus plans for …