Renewable energy and energy efficiency can unlock climate solution, with rapid shift

Energy transformation mitigates climate change, increases energy access, and meets global sustainable development goals The energy sector, accounting for more than two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, must be at the heart of any effort to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. An energy transition is underway worldwide. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy, renewable …

New energy storage enabled virtual power plants set to serve as precursors to a fully functional energy cloud

Several trends are shaping the market for energy storage, but perhaps none is more dramatic than the advent of the virtual power plant.  A new report from Navigant Research argues that energy storage enabled virtual power plants will “invade energy markets,” in the coming years. The report’s authors argue that virtual power plants (VPPs) will serve as precursors to a …

First fully dispatchable PV electricity plant with storage comes online, on the way to Hawaii’s 100% renewables mandate

In Hawaii, where leaders are planning to meet a 100% renewable energy mandate by 2045, the state’s largest utility recently began a pilot program to better understand how to integrate solar generation onto its grid, but some equally valuable lessons might be learned from the state’s smallest electricity provider. The Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) was recently awarded a $2.4 million grant …

Vancouver moving toward 100% renewable energy

Vancouver adopted its Greenest City Action Plan in 2011 with the aim of becoming the world’s “greenest” city by 2020. This original plan laid out the aspiration to eliminate Vancouver’s on fossil fuels. In March, 2015 Vancouver City Council took the City’s ambitions a step further and unanimously adopted the goal of shifting to 100% renewable energy. In June and July of …