Solar and wind supply more than 10% of electricity in 18 US states, from 53% in ND and 47% in KS to 43% in OK & IA, down to 21% in CA

LAST UPDATED ON MARCH 12TH, 2019 AT 4:07 PM BY TIBI PUIU  Although the United States is lagging behind China and the EU in terms of adding new renewable energy capacity, some states are already growing at a very rapid pace. According to data for 2018 from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), solar and wind accounted for at least 10% of electricity sales in …

The mere act of electrification has a powerful effect on efficiency: electrifying the US economy from carbon free sources will reduce the amount of energy needed by more than half

The Green New Deal: The enormous opportunity in shooting for the moon.  Decarbonizing with massive electrification will bring about a new American abundance. Saul Griffith, Feb 20, 2019 The conversation about a Green New Deal is bold, timely, and necessary. The most important component of the Green New Deal as currently drafted is its commitment to complete decarbonization. That is the destination, the …

Energy Storage 2019

The cost of battery storage is accelerating the demand for battery storage. And that is driving a sea change in the utility industry. Unthinkable just a few years ago, building new wind and solar farms coupled with battery storage is now less expensive than constructing new generating facilities powered by natural gas. They are also less expensive that continuing to operate nuclear …

San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation 

San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, March 14th, 2019  Creative destruction is one of the fundamental principals of capitalism. In theory, when a business no longer serves the needs of the marketplace, it will be destroyed and replaced by one that does. That’s pretty much what officials in San …

Money Talks: US Clean Energy Jobs Outnumber Fossil Fuel Jobs 3-to-1

E2 has all the clean energy job numbers in a new report titled 2019 Clean Jobs America.  Breaking things down by sector, the report saw the strong growth in the clean energy storage and clean vehicle sectors, at 14% and 15% respectively. According to E2’s 2019 Clean Jobs America analysis, energy efficiency added the most new jobs in 2018 of any energy …

2019: the year of orchestrating flexible resources, diverse sources, batteries and demand/non-wires alternatives

“2019 is going to be the year of orchestrating flexible resources, both on the residential and C&I side,” said Elta Kolo, research manager for the Grid Edge team at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. “You’re going to see increasing diversity in the resource mix that’s being orchestrated.”  This development is part of a long-awaited shift from old-school, unidirectional demand response signals …

Check landmark clean energy bills for massive handouts to incumbent monopoly electric utilities. In New Mexico, this includes promises that the utility may own all new power plants (despite a hefty cost premium) and that it be allowed to recover costs on retiring dirty power plants without oversight from public regulators

We have heard that the NM bill is not a “clean” RPS or securitization bill.  See below for New Energy Economy Initial Analysis and Recommended Next Steps and/or listen to the podcast (Mar 2019) by John Farrell and Mariel Nanasi of New Energy Economy warning of the dangers lurking in these landmark clean energy bills––massive handouts to incumbent monopoly electric utilities. In New …

What To Do About DERs: ISO says, “Historically, we have forecast demand for power, and dispatched supply. In the future, those roles will reverse.”

The most realistic vision for a decarbonized power system: lots of large-scale solar and wind generation, balanced by a mix of large-scale storage and myriad flexible, distributed energy resources (or ‘DERs’). (I won’t go into detail about how cheap these renewable energy sources have become — for more on that topic see GTM on that or Utility Dive here and here) If managed well, the burgeoning …

Calling for a broad anti-capitalist environmental movement based around the following points of unity

Working together is our greatest strength, but we fear that the government will be less willing to negotiate in good faith and more willing to use violent repression against a truly disruptive campaign than is assumed. Capitalism systematically incentivizes environmental destruction, and we worry that the costs of any government initiative to combat climate change will fall on the poor …