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 …

The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) finalists in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Nonprofit categories have just been announced

28 October 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) finalists in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Nonprofit, and Global High Schools categories have just been announced. The next step in the ZFEP evaluation process is that the ZFEP Jury, led by Ólafur Grímsson, the 5th President of the Republic of Iceland, will debate the merits and limitations of …

City framework for deep decarbonization. How much do citizens, businesses and municipal government spend on fossil fuels every year, where it goes and what it could otherwise fund if it were instead invested in the city’s clean energy future

USDN and Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Framework for Long-Term Deep Carbon Reduction Planning A core function of CNCA is to facilitate other cities’ understanding of how leading-edge cities are planning for long-term deep carbon reductions, and enable cities to take a more robust, consistent, equitable and comprehensive approach to carbon neutral planning and implementation. In 2015, we developed a streamlined Deep Carbon …

IEA: Universal energy access by 2030 compatible with meeting global climate goals

October 20th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica, International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new Energy Access Outlook: from Poverty to Prosperity  A new analysis from the International Energy Agency has found that the most cost-effective strategy for bringing universal energy access to developing countries is also compatible with meeting global climate goals. The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new Energy Access Outlook: …

A utility-scale solar project demonstrated how solar can compete with natural gas over grid services and cost

Excerpt from Utility Dive, by Herman Trabish, 16 Oct 2017 a recent pilot successfully showcased how renewable energy can be used for reliability services to balance the wind and solar penetration on CAISO. CAISO (California ISO) collaborated with developer First Solar and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on a 300 MW solar power plant project that showed renewable energy …

Coal down to 31% of US electricity, from 51% in 2008, and 25% of remaining plants are sent to retire. 17% more are uneconomic and could face retirement soon. Solar and wind are up to 10% (from 3% in 2008)

By Dana Nucitelli in The Guardian, Oct 2017 If there ever was a war on coal, the coal industry has lost. According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, many old American coal power plants are being retired or converted to natural gas, and new coal power plants aren’t being built because they’ve become more expensive than natural gas, …

NREL new battery for utilities to store electricity costs 100x less than the conventional lithium ion batteries in use today, now need to extend lifespan

Oct 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica You can take this story with a grain of salt, literally and figuratively. Researchers at MIT, responding to a challenge issued by the US Department of Energy, have developed a new battery for use by utility companies to store electricity that costs 100 times less than the conventional lithium ion batteries in …

Redevelopment in Coal Country: Alternative-Energy Jobs

Miners may have just the skills for scaling wind towers and putting solar panels on roofs. And that’s no small thing in Wyoming and West Virginia. By Diane Cardwell, NYTimes, 30 Sept 2017 From the mountain hollows of Appalachia to the vast open plains of Wyoming, the coal industry long offered the promise of a six-figure income without a four-year college degree, …