U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption Surpasses Coal For 1st Time In Over 130 Years, but Still a Long Ways to Go for Electricity

December 31st, 2020 by U.S. Energy Information Administration   Monthly Energy Review in Clean Technica In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded coal consumption for the first time since before 1885, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review. This outcome mainly reflects the continued decline in the amount of coal used for electricity generation over the past …

US energy consumption flowchart show coal should be outlawed, solar and wind power should be doubling year over year, and there should be a moratorium on combustion cars and new buildings

Coal should be outlawed/kept in the ground. Solar and wind power should be doubling year over year as we race against time to become carbon neutral. We should be putting a moratorium on petroleum-fueled cars and industry. APRIL 9, 2020 The most important US energy chart of the year is out: 8 big takeaways by Seth Weintraub https://electrek.co/2020/04/09/us-energy-chart-2019/ The 2019 …

Renewable energy plus batteries are cost competitive now for 70-80% of the total generation mix, and more in states like CO

By Emma Penrod, December 1, 2020, Utility Dive  mix of renewable energy and gas generation remains the most cost-effective option in most regions of the U.S, but a new report from BloombergNEF (BNEF) suggests solar-plus-storage could soon be the more financially attractive option. Solar-plus-storage has already begun to compete with open cycle gas turbines, and in some areas such as California combined-cycle gas …

Hawaii, Oregon, Washington Virginia are banning coal

E&E News Miranda Willson / Energywire July 21, 2020 The coal-fired AES Hawaii Power Plant near Kalaeloa, Oahu, Hawaii. Following in the footsteps of several other states with clean energy goals, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill this month banning utilities from using coal in a bid to curb carbon emissions, reduce electricity costs and promote environmental justice in the island …

On energy governance and energy transitions: Energy democracy as a process, an outcome and a goal

By KacperSzuleckiaIndraOverlandb Science Direct, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101768 Energy democracy can be perceived as a process (and an existing movement); an outcome (the reconfiguration of social relations as a result of changes in the energy system); or a goal communities and other stakeholders can aspire to. Energy democracy is related to the demand for increased accountability and democratization in a sector previously seen as apolitical and not requiring …

Dynamic Line Rating: Expanding Transmission Grid Capacity for Clean Energy

Dynamic Line Rating: Expanding Transmission Grid Capacity for Clean Energy. Utilities and regulators in the US and abroad are taking next steps to boost renewable integration by tracking power line capacity, reliability in real time. By Jeff St. John, GreenTechMedia.com Dec 7, 2020 Dynamic line rating can find unused capacity, test health of transmission systems, if utilities and regulators can set …

Cost of solar panels has fallen 89 percent in past decade and clean energy will be 95% of all new power generation. Global research team sets up database for emerging PV tech

Amazing stats from Al Gore – December 2020, NYTimes The cost of solar panels has fallen 89 percent in the past decade, and the cost of wind turbines has dropped 59 percent. The International Energy Agency projects that 90 percent of all new electricity capacity worldwide in 2020 will be from clean energy — up from 80 percent in 2019, when total global investment in wind …

Renewables are more reliable and offer more resiliency

Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/renewables-clean-energy-climate-disasters_n_5fad67d1c5b6cae94043c56b Wind and solar installations, while certainly not invulnerable, are less likely to be completely wiped out by extreme weather and can free people from reliance on a centralized source of power. Solar panels and wind turbines are effectively mini power plants in themselves, distributed across the landscape and able to be disconnected from the central grid, meaning that …

Idaho utility’s coal exit sparks NIMBY grid fight

Miranda Willson, E&E News, Nov 30, 2020 The interior of the Boardman Power Plant in Oregon, one of three coal plants from which Idaho Power previously sourced energy, is pictured. Idaho Power will stop burning coal by 2030 and plans to build a power line to bring new electricity sources to its service area. Ninjanabe/Wikipedia Following the moves of other electricity …

Shuttering fossil fuel power plants may cost less than expected: What’s key is no more in investment in fossil fueled plants. 100% clean electricity by 2035 would eliminate just 15% of the capacity-years left in plants powered by fossil fuels

Emily Grubert. Fossil electricity retirement deadlines for a just transition. Science, 2020 DOI: 10.1126/science.abe0375 Georgia Institute of Technology. “Shuttering fossil fuel power plants may cost less than expected.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 December 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201203144224.htm>. This map shows the locations of electricity-generating facilities with projected lifespans that extend beyond 2035. Most of the United States’ existing fossil fuel power plant capacity will reach the …