Idle Some More? Biomass Facilities Extremely Unreliable, Offline for Months

By Josh Schlossberg, The Biomass Monitor One of biomass energy’s main selling points is that it’s a baseload source of energy available 24/7, unlike solar and wind. Despite these promises–and hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies, grants and loans–several biomass power facilities across the U.S. have been sitting idle for months at a time, thanks to fires, equipment …

Environmentally, real and measurable progress that occurred in an age of transformation, not appeasement

‘Desperate environmentalism’ won’t save the environment Photo: Flickr/leniners This was originally published in the LA Times on October 29, 2015. By Joshua Galperin When I started teaching environmental law and policy, I thought I would work with the next generation of extraordinary environmentalists. I don’t. My students are extraordinary, but many see themselves as “corporate social responsibility consultants,” “ecosystem service managers,” “sustainability leaders,” “industrial …

Unnecessary complexity? Assessing New York and California’s landmark DER proceedings

By Herman K. Trabish on Utility Dive 4 Apr 2018 The nation-leading New York and California regulatory proceedings to create a marketplace opportunity for renewable and distributed generation have become almost encyclopedic in their complexity. This assessment has been reinforced to Utility Dive by multiple sources, prompting the question: Did it have to be that way? The New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is …

Energy Transition Index (ETI) allows the assessment of 114 countries’ energy systems. Particle emission levels deteriorated in more than 50% of countries and carbon intensity stayed flat

McKinsey and the World Resources Institute. http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Fostering_Effective_Energy_Transition_report_2018.pdf The newly developed Energy Transition Index (ETI) allows the assessment of 114 countries’ energy systems within this framework, by providing benchmarks across: System performance: This measures current performance, based on the delivery of the energy system on the imperatives of the energy triangle, namely promoting an energy system that supports inclusive economic development and growth, secure and reliable access to energy, and …

5 ways blockchain can upgrade existing energy systems and open renewable energy access

By Douglas Miller, EnergyWeb.org, March 2018 Renewable energy and carbon market industry leaders gathered in Amsterdam on March 13–14 for the annual REC Market Meeting. At this global expert meeting focused on energy attribute tracking systems, representatives from 200+ organizations rallied around the notion of collaborative competition: the idea that all market participants, even industry competitors, stand to benefit from improvements …

Seattle mayor proposes congestion pricing to fight climate change, plus requiring EV charging in new construction, phasing fossils out of the city’s vehicle fleet, and fund conversion of 18,000 homes from oil heat to electric heat pumps

By Sarah Anne Lloyd on Curbed, Apr 4, 2018  Checubus/Shutterstock On Wednesday morning, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a slate of action items to help the city combat climate change. The boldest part of the plan? Durkan wants Seattle to become the first American city to toll city roadways. Among the other short- and long-term actions proposed by Durkan to meet the benchmarks laid out in …

Hail problems in your area? Tesla PV roof has a lifetime guarantee

By Fred Lambert, Electrek, A first look at the ‘Tesla house of the future’ with solar roof and Powerwall batteries, 29 Mar 2018 After its acquisition of SolarCity, Tesla started building an energy product offering that covers everything from energy production, with its solar products, to energy storage, with its Powerwall, to energy consumption, with its electric vehicles. A perfect customer for the company …

Renewables increased to 18 percent of energy generation in 2017—approaching nuclear’s 20% share, but natural gas is still king

GreenTechMedia, EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Last year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance defined renewable energy as the “new normal” in its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. This year’s edition affirms that finding. While U.S. clean energy installations lagged, a record amount of capacity brought online in 2016 drove generation from renewables (including hydropower) in 2017 — a year of uncertainty — to …

Solar and batteries are edging out gas, and batteries are becoming bigger for Tesla too

Bloomberg, Feb 2018 Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S. by two energy sources that, together, are proving to be an unbeatable mix: solar and batteries. In just the latest example, First Solar Inc. won a power contract to supply Arizona’s biggest utility when electricity demand on its system typically peaks, between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The panel …

LA City Councilpeople want climate turnaround, emergency action, city department

Jan 18 2018 The La Tuna fire of September 2017 was the biggest Los Angeles had seen for 50 years Pic: By Scott L from Los Angeles, United States of America – 1_E1C9469, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link) By Megan Darby Four Los Angeles city council members are calling for emergency funds to set up a department for climate action. Citing recent devastating wildfires in California, linked to global …