Our paper shows that during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, coastal wetlands prevented more than US$625 million in direct property damages by buffering coasts against its storm surge. Across 12 coastal states, from Maine to North Carolina, wetlands and marshes reduced damages by an average of 11 percent. These benefits varied widely by location at the local and state level. In Maryland, …

IEA World Energy Outlook 2017 describes shift to solar

14 Nov 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica The International Energy Agency published its annual World Energy Outlook report this week in which it describes “A world in transformation” defined by four large-scale shifts currently underway in the global energy system, led by the “rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies.” Each year the International Energy Outlook (IEA) publishes its flagship …

New Poll Finds 81% Of New Yorkers Want To Choose Clean Energy

13 Nov 2017 by Joshua S Hill  on Clean Technica A new report published earlier this month has revealed that New Yorkers overwhelmingly want the ability to choose their energy supplier, clean energy, and want more renewable energy in New York’s electricity mix. Commissioned by renewable energy company CleanChoice Energy and conducted by SurveyUSA, the new poll interviewed 600 New York State residents and …

Will All New Vehicles Be Electric By 2030?

One Expert Says Yes — Episode 46 Of Local Energy Rules Podcast 6 Nov 2017 by John Farrell. Originally published at ilsr.org. Is the US on the cusp of a clean energy revolution that will fundamentally change how we live, work, and get around? That’s exactly what entrepreneur and lecturer Tony Seba argues in his book, Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation. His multi-pronged …

Lazard: Wind & Solar Power Costs Continue To Fall, Putting Coal & Nuclear At A Disadvantage

7 Nov 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Lazard is a global asset management company that tracks the cost of producing electricity, using a measure called the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), which averages the estimated costs of construction, maintenance, and fuel for electricity generating assets over the number of megawatt-hours that each is expected to produce over its lifetime. In …

sonnen is creating “virtual power stations” by connecting energy storage systems, renewable energy power plants, and consumers to allow prosumers to buy and sell electricity among each other

August 5th, 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica Highly regarded battery storage firm sonnen was one of the big winners of the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize, winning in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) category. I interviewed sonnen CEO and co-founder Christoph Ostermann in January just after the company won the prize. It was a fun interview because of how futuristic sonnen’s vision is and …

Soaking up excess clean energy supply, managing electricity demand and maintaining consistent voltage on the grid with help from EVs

The following is an excerpt of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Choosing the Electric Avenue: Unlocking Savings, Emissions Reductions, and Community Benefits of Electric Vehicles report. We’ll be republishing the full report in order to bring more attention to the changing landscape of electric vehicles. Read part one. By John Farrell, Oct 2017 Impact: Improving the Grid Electric vehicles boost demand for electricity. …

Clean up electricity and electrify everything

David Roberts gets on Leslie Glustrom’s bandwagon!  Vox.com 27 Oct 2017 Tackling climate change is a complicated undertaking, to say the least. But here’s a good rule of thumb for how to get started: Electrify everything. Replace technologies that still run on combustion, like gasoline vehicles and natural gas heating and cooling, with alternatives that run on electricity, like electric …

5 Reasons Why Coal Is on the Way Out

23 countries, states and cities will have either phased out coal-fired power plants or set a timeline to do so by 2030. The capital cities of China and India are going coal free! Three of the G7 economies have decided to phase out coal—with Italy looking like it might also be phasing coal out soon. In the U.S., 14 coal plants have decided to …