Coal plants in India being shut down due to lack of water, and the crisis could get far, far worse – 40% of plants are in water-stressed areas

Drought hits Indian coal plants and expansion plans, by Bob Burton and Ashish Fernandes on 24 March 2016 Shuttershock Despite the Indian Government’s determination to double or even triple domestic coal production, the power sector is now being hit by water scarcity – with a new report warning the crisis could get far, far worse. A little over a week …

China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam – seen as big growth areas by the coal industry – are likely to build far less than half of their planned coal plants

Investment in 1,500 new coal plants around the world  — around $1 trillion could be wasted if building proceeds, according to recent intelligence and industry reports About 1,500 new coal plants are in construction or planning stages around the world but electricity generation from the fossil fuel has fallen in recent years, a new report on the Final Boom and Bust, from the …

Solar panels, distributed energy, resilient microgrids, and blockchain, which allows secure monitoring and for participants to automate their transactions in local energy ecosystem using existing grid infrastructure

Brooklyn Microgrid Solar panels, distributed energy, resilient microgrids, and blockchain. Oh my! A New York startup aims to disrupt local energy markets with the introduction of community microgrids where individuals can buy and sell renewable energy from residential rooftop solar installations. The Brooklyn Microgrid will use an approach called the TransActive Grid, which is comprised of both software ​and hardware, …

Rapid shift to electric in heavy vehicles, as diesel garbage trucks are retrofitted with electric powertrains, and buses, boats, and delivery trucks go electric

The clang of garbage cans will still probably wake people way too early in the morning. But in Santa Rosa, California, at least, the roaring diesel engine will be quiet, replaced by a silent, electric motor. The electric garbage trucks scheduled to begin rolling there this summer may be less alluring than the sporty vehicles that engineer Ian Wright helped …

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 …