Morgan Stanley says the low prices of wind, solar, and grid/battery storage is making “peaker” plants uneconomical

August 16th, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica. Source: Forbes   A new report authored by Stephen Byrd, a utility and cleantech analyst at Morgan Stanley, and Adam Jonas, its auto analyst, shows that they are bullish on the market for grid storage products. “Demand for energy storage from the utility sector will grow more than the market anticipates by 2019–2020,” the pair says. They predict …

Clean renewable energy no longer a novelty

Clean Technica, August 2017 Today the US produces nearly 8 times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as it had in 2007. Energy use in the US has fallen by 3.6% since 2007, even though the population and economy have continued to grow. 2016 was the biggest solar year in US history, with the country generating 43 …

Elon Musk, to Governors, on making the transition

Elon Musk managed to get off a lot of really pithy comments in his recent appearance at the National Governors Association meeting — he spoke of a future in which gas-burning cars will be like horses, and explained how China has taken environmental leadership away from the US. He also discussed the personal sacrifices required of a superhero, and his failed efforts to exert …

Utilities companies won’t let you sell your own solar power. Why not?

By Kate Aronoff in The Guardian, 2 Aug 2017 The electric utility sector is broken – but the transformation we need will be virtually impossible so long as a handful of wealthy elites are calling the shots  Utilities companies have their sights on ending net-metering: your ability to sell excess power at market rates. Photograph: Rex A new report from the US-based Energy …

Solar’s trillion-dollar market, driven by EVs, microgrids and cost parity for storage: Solar is also becoming the preferred source of energy for net energy importing countries

By Giles Parkinson on 21 July 2017  Demand for solar is expected to surge over coming years, but its growth rate could effectively double if there is rapid uptake of electric vehicles, and as more companies turn to the technology to save energy costs, and more countries reach solar and storage “parity” with grid prices. A new report from leading solar analyst …

Distributed energy sources can reduce cost of electricity up to 50%, study says: Traditional grids will have to change. Modeling can help find the best way forward.

By Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, 18 July 2017 Dramatic changes are coming to the old power grid. As infrastructure ages and policy dictates a move away from fossil fuels, utilities and governments are looking at Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) as potential alternatives to continually building out a centralized grid. DERs include all kinds of hardware that the utility may not necessarily own …