BNEF says solar and wind are now the cheapest sources of power across most of the world, but coal use is still set to rise until 2026

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive, June 18, 2019 Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has released its annual analysis of global electricity supply and demand, concluding the world’s electric sector remains on track to help keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, at least through 2030. The 2019 New Energy Outlook predicts wind and solar will supply almost half of …

Researchers In Switzerland Say Zero Emission Society Will Require Seasonal Energy Storage

July 9th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica.com, Researchers In Switzerland Say Zero Emission Society Will Require Seasonal Energy Storage Researchers Martin Rüdisüli, Sinan Teske, and Urs Elber of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) have studied what will be needed to make Switzerland able to use only zero carbon energy. Among their main conclusions is that the …

Now and near term next steps in market transformation planning related to efficiency

Developing an overall policy and market transformation framework that can be used to assess specific alternatives and that serves as a lens for more detailed program plan evaluation Utility Dive, July 3, 2019 https://www.utilitydive.com/news/market-transformation-moving-beyond-traditional-energy-efficiency-programs/557985/ During the summit, participants identified several commonalities regarding the steps to successful market transformation program design and implementation: Understand your market Create a logic model Draft …

Every renewable energy project developer now has to offer 50 percent ownership to the local community. The Dutch also formed a national investment fund for energy cooperatives that offers very low interest rate loans to local communities for the development of renewable energy projects

Europe takes two big steps toward decentralized energy In the Netherlands, the National Climate Agreement last year set a nonbinding target for community energy. Every renewable energy project developer now has to offer 50 percent ownership to the local community. The Dutch also formed a national investment fund for energy cooperatives that offers very low interest rate loans to local communities for …

Getting (almost) all our energy from the sun by 2050: Solar could meet approximately 68% of global energy demand with other renewables making up the rest

Solar could meet approximately 68% of global energy demand with other renewables making up the rest, according to a new report. A 100% renewable energy system could also create 22 million solar jobs by 2050, the study claims. Keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees C, though, would require FITs for projects up to 40 MW in capacity, auctions for bigger …

Curtailment Is The Easy Answer (until you get cheap storage, or even after)

June 15th, 2019 by Barry A.F. , Clean Technica In a recent article, we found that curtailment of renewables may be cheaper than grid scale energy storage. Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best solution. However, given the complexity of electrical grids around the world, we should also look at all of the available solutions to make sure we are making the best choice …

Union of Concerned Scientists: The Benefits of Renewable Energy Use

Less global warming Improved public health Inexhaustible energy Jobs and other economic benefits Stable energy prices Reliability and resilience This page explores the many positive impacts of clean energy, including the benefits of wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and biomass. For more information on their negative impacts—including effective solutions to avoid, minimize, or mitigate—see our page on The Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Technologies. Less global warming …

Mark Jacobson’s new book: 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything

To be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2020. If you would like to order the book in advance, please contact Matt Lloyd mlloyd@cambridge.org at Cambridge University Press. The book will be used during Spring, 2019 for a Stanford University course of the same name. The course is available online. Next spring, the course will likely be available at much lower …

Capacity utilization for coal plants is declining while those for wind and solar are rising

A Kentucky Power Plant’s Demise Signals a Reckoning for Coal: The implosion of the coal-fired Cane Run Generating Station came as the generating capacity of the renewable energy sector surpassed coal across the country. by James Bruggers JUN 14, 2019 The overall capacity utilization for coal plants is declining while those for wind and solar are rising, according to the latest Department of …

WEF: The scale and complexity of energy transition require increasing energy efficiency, reducing carbon intensity in the electricity sector, and greater electrification of the economy, everywhere

The transition journey is far from finished. Substantial change is required on several fronts: Increasing sustainable sources in the composition of the primary energy supply Reaching near‑universal access to affordable and reliable energy, Minimizing carbon emissions and pollutants that result from energy production Having a combination of technologies, infrastructure and sustainable practices for efficient energy use. Needed everywhere: Increasing energy …