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. …

Coal plant network operations and maintenance costs rose by 53% from 2009 to 2016. Costs of wind, solar and batteries continue to fall, now surpassing.

Caspar, Wyoming Star Tribune, 29 June 2018.  Is coal power too expensive in the country’s largest coal state? By Heather Richards BUY NOW A piece of coal from Cloud Peak Energy’s Antelope Mine outside Wright is shown. A new study found coal power isn’t as cost effective as previously thought. Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune Everyone living in blustery Wyoming has been told that …

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 …

Funny, we don’t hear about Reagan’s “War on Coal”: Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman explains why coal is not coming back

By Joe Romm on Climate Progress, May 2018 NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING ECONOMIST PAUL KRUGMAN SPEAKS IN WASHINGTON, DC ON OCTOBER 8, 2014. CREDIT: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES In an exclusive interview, Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman explained to ThinkProgress why “coal is not coming back,” despite President Trump’s promises to the contrary. Krugman described Trump’s efforts to “desperately force clean energy …

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 …

Black lung uprise is one of the worst industrial workplace disasters in American history: In just three clinics in southwestern Virginia, there are four times as many cases as thought nationally

In a study released this month by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), federal researchers identified more than 400 cases of complicated black lung in three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017—the largest cluster ever reported. However, the actual number of cases is likely much, much higher as the government analysis relied on self-reporting. An ongoing investigation from NPR has counted …

Renewables increased to 18 percent of energy generation in 2017—approaching nuclear’s 20% share, but natural gas is still king

GreenTechMedia, EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Last year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance defined renewable energy as the “new normal” in its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. This year’s edition affirms that finding. While U.S. clean energy installations lagged, a record amount of capacity brought online in 2016 drove generation from renewables (including hydropower) in 2017 — a year of uncertainty — to …

Little EV power from coal. 28–42% of electric car drivers in the US and Europe have home solar power, and most of the rest of the electricity to run EVs is from natural gas

Electric Cars Mostly Run On Electricity From Renewable Energy Or Natural Gas February 6th, 2018 by Jake Richardson on Clean Technica This article is part of our “CleanTechnica Answer Box” collection. In this collection of articles, we respond to dozens of common anti-cleantech myths. Myth: electric vehicles mostly run on electricity generated from coal. Short answer: Actually, electric cars in the United States mostly run on …

Game Over For Coal: Scientists Nail Down Pesky Perovskite Solar Cell Problem

February 1st, 2018 by Tina Casey on Clean Technica  Remember back when plastic was a new and exciting thing? That’s more or less where we are with that other p-word, perovskites. Legions of scientists around the world have been trying to tease a durable solar cell out of this optically-promising but fussy material, and it looks like a team from the National Renewable …

1.5 C news and other climate findings from 2017

From Carbon Brief 22 Dec 2017 How much time does the world collectively have left to reduce its emissions in order to avoid dangerous climate change? At the beginning of the year, Carbon Brief published our traditional carbon budget update, revealing that just four years of current CO2 emissions would blow what’s left of the budget for a good chance of keeping …