Social Cost Of Coal Must Now Be Considered By Washington Utilities

June 1st, 2018 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Planetsave. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has issued a directive to three utility companies in the state telling them to include the social cost of coal in their future planning. Under the new guidelines, the cost of coal calculation will be $42 per metric ton by 2020 and rise to $60 per metric ton …

Largest virtual solar power plant in the world involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across Australian state

The virtual power plant involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across the state over the next four years. The setup would be installed at no charge to the households and financed through the sale of electricity. Participants would save an estimated 30 percent on their power bills. …

Scientists draft another paper on how 100% renewables is possible and affordable

Is it possible for the world to run on 100 percent renewable energy? It’s a noble goal, as the best science tells us we must significantly slash fossil fuel consumption or else the planet faces dangerous climate change. A number of academics believe it’s not only feasible to wean off coal, natural gas and other polluting fuels by transitioning to renewable sources such as solar and wind power, it’s even …

Appalachia’s struggling coal communities find hope in transition to clean energy: Solar company founder wants to prevent migration of West Virginians in need of jobs

By Mark Hand on Clean Technica, May 11, 2018 A ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, FORMERLY HEADQUARTERED IN CALIFORNIA, SELECTED PIKEVILLE, KENTUCKY, AS THE SITE FOR A NEW BATTERY MANUFACTURING PLANT. CREDIT: SCREENSHOT/OFFICE OF GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY An energy technology company’s decision to open a new manufacturing facility in Pikeville, Kentucky, the heart of Appalachia coal country, has delivered a ray of hope to …

Renewable Energy Industry Adds Half A Million Jobs In 2017, Surpasses 10 Million Worldwide

May 9th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica and IRENA The renewable energy industry employed more than 10 million people in 2017, according to new figures published this week by the International Renewable Energy Agency, thereby surpassing the 10 million jobs figure for the first time thanks to an addition of more than 500,000 new jobs around the world. The International Renewable …

Green schools

Zayed Future Energy Prize Winner Green School Bali Is Raising A Generation Of World Changers April 28th, 2018 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica  Turning down the bumpy dirt road, it was not clear what, if anything, was at the end but we continued, albeit at a slower pace than we had enjoyed on the paved road. Rounding the bend revealed a checkpoint where …

Wind, solar deliver stunning 98 percent of new U.S. power capacity in January, February

Renewables to provide 69 percent of new capacity by March 2021, as dozens of coal plants are retired By JOE ROMM on Climate Progress APR 24, 2018 WIND TURBINES AND SOLAR PANELS IN CALIFORNIA, 2013. CREDIT: KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/GETTY IMAGES Solar and wind power was responsible for a remarkable 98 percent of all new U.S. power generation capacity that came online in the first two …

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 …