New Skills Needed: Structural Transformation in the Electricity Industry

Mark Ahlstrom, “New Skills Needed: Structural Transformation in the Electricity Industry,” IEEE Power & Energy, 2017, DOI: 0.1109/MPE.2017.2755472  18 October 2017 For the average male worker of age 25, the inflation-adjusted wage level peaked in 1968 and has been falling ever since The market for workers has irreversibly changed in major ways that also have clear messages about structural transformation that apply …

In all clean electric California generation would only take 39% of the land area fossil fuels do today

Mark Jacobson on Clean Technica, 26 Aug 2018 SB 100, a bill now pending in the California legislature, would transition California to 100% zero-carbon, effectively all renewable, electricity by 2045. Our studies provide a way to do this for all energy sectors (electricity, transportation, heating/cooling, and industry). Robert Bryce, a Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute, a think tank that …

Investor-owned utilities in California forecast that by 2025, 85 percent will leave their systems for renewable energy through community choice aggregation

Microgrid Knowledge, Aug 2018 Quickly growing community choice aggregations (CCA) are expected to play a significant role in drawing 85 percent of customers away from California’s investor-owned utilities by 2025, according to a new report. Provided by Wang An Q/Shutterstock.com The community aggregation report was one of three on grid disruption released by Next 10, an organization with a goal of improving …

Clean energy portfolios are economically attractive alternatives new gas-fired power plants, beating operating costs of efficient gas-fired power plants. How do we maximally use least-cost portfolios of distributed energy resources (DERs) to complement traditional electric grid infrastructure or to defer or avoid investments in it?

How do we maximally use least-cost portfolios of distributed energy resources (DERs) to complement traditional electric grid infrastructure or to defer or avoid investments in it? These combinations, also known as clean energy portfolios (CEPs), consist of resources like utility-scale and distributed wind and solar generation, battery energy storage, energy efficiency, and demand-response technologies used in place of new power …

How Russian Attacks On Democracy & The USA Relate To Cleantech

July 27th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica High concentration of money means high concentration of power. Except in lucky, benevolent circumstances, high concentration of power leads to an abuse of power that has a net negative effect on the associated population. With that in mind, take note that money has seldom been concentrated as much as it has been in the …

Nuclear power is ‘ridiculously expensive’ compared to solar, says longtime nuclear advocate: The U.S. nuclear industry is dying, and conservatives in Congress sealed its fate

By Joe Romm on July 30, 2018  STEAM RISES FROM GERMANY’S GRAFENRHEINFELD NUCLEAR POWER PLANT ON JUNE 11, 2015. CREDIT: SEAN GALLUP/GETTY IMAGES New nuclear plants are “ridiculously expensive” and “uncompetitive” compared to solar power, longtime nuclear industry advocate Nobuo Tanaka explained recently. Tanaka is also the former head of the International Energy Agency. At the same time, existing U.S. nuclear power plants are “bleeding cash,” as Bloomberg has repeatedly …

Just transition funds via a 1 percent charge on mega-retailers’ revenue from city sales, excluding groceries and medicine. Companies such as Wells Fargo, Apple, Comcast, and Banana Republic that make over $1 billion in revenue a year

By Kate Yoder on Jul 30, 2018, Grist.com, Should big corporations pay for clean energy? Portland voters will decide. Reverend E.D. Mondainé, president of the NAACP Portland Branch and chief petitioner of the Portland Clean Energy Fund. Rick Rappaport / Portland Clean Energy Fund A new ballot initiative in Portland would raise $30 million a year for clean energy through a tax on …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on a Green New Deal and Why She Wants to Abolish ICE and Upend the Democratic Party

On June 25, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received the endorsement of New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon. (Ocasio 2018) WEB ONLY / FEATURES » JUNE 25, 2018 In an interview, the left primary challenger discusses everything from how Democrats have failed to protect working class interests to the need for a Marshall plan for Puerto Rico and why her democratic socialist message …

Why restructure an electricity monopoly state? 2 states restructured to allow retail electricity competition and consumer choice – WHAT, WHY, and HOW

Energy Freedom Colorado researches “retail restructuring” (or “deregulation”) – changing a monopoly electricity system to one that allows competition and consumer choice of electricity provider and rate plan. Residents and businesses in about 20 states enjoy some form of electricity choice. This is a summary of their initial findings. http://energyfreedomco.org/why-restructure.php WHAT are the key elements of “retail restructuring”? Applies to monopoly investor-owned utilities …

How one utility CEO stopped worrying and learned to love restructuring: The Massachusetts Electric Story

The Massachusetts Electric story, by EnergyFreedomCO.org Retail electricity restructuring – replacing a monopoly utility system with consumer choice of electricity provider – follows a different path in each state.  This account of how restructuring happened in Massachusetts, as told by a key facilitator, is particularly interesting because it was strongly supported by the CEO of one of the state’s largest monopoly utilities. …