Solar now ‘cheaper than grid electricity’ in every Chinese city, study finds. Still, long-term thinking is required for investment to be seen as worthwhile

12 August 2019  by Josh Gabbatiss, Carbon Brief Solar power has become cheaper than grid electricity across China, a development that could boost the prospects of industrial and commercial solar, according to a new study. The new paper published in Nature Energy concludes a combination of technological advances, cost declines and government support has helped make grid parity a reality in Chinese today. Projects in …

Lots of coal ash and impacts from dependence on coal and fossil fuels

PBS, Aug 2019 Coal ash is a particularly dangerous byproduct of our dependence on fossil fuels. In communities that have dealt with coal ash spills, the incidents sparked concerns about toxins potentially seeping into water. Utilities have been pushed to adopt tougher safety standards — but activists say the companies are resisting rules necessary for public health. Science correspondent Miles …

Just 15 countries are responsible for 90% of the shrinking coal pipeline

While the pipeline for new coal plants is shrinking, however, enough have already been built – when combined with other fossil fuel infrastructure – to use up the entire carbon budget for 1.5C. The length of time and rate at which existing coal plants operate is therefore a key determinant of whether global climate goals can be met. In 2019 to date, about 12.7GW …

Colorado Public Utilities Commissioner questions “whether or not Tri-State has been candid with us”

A Colorado utility’s attempts to avoid oversight by state regulators appears to be backfiring.  Joe Smyth  •  July 19, 2019 At a Colorado Public Utilities Commission hearing this week, Commissioner Frances Koncilja said she has “some serious questions about whether or not Tri-State has been candid with us,” and reminded the attorneys for electric utilities that “everyone who appears before a tribunal …

Tri-State’s electric resource plan (ERP), by which renewable assets are added and emissions reduced, will remain under PUC regulation

Colorado Sun, July 19, 2019. In a sign of how quickly electricity industry is changing, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is taking a quick paced series of steps to deal with market pressure and complaints from some of its member cooperatives. Westminster-based Tri-State — power provider to 43 rural electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado — has …

The extraction economy, continued: Fossil fuels rest on a foundation of colonialist exploitation and rent-seeking. That’s how they came in; that’s how they’ll go out

https://www.wyofile.com/appalachian-vulture-capitalists-invade-wyoming/In his 2017 book, Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia, historian Steven Stoll describes the dispossession and impoverishment of Appalachia’s self-sustaining agrarian society and the devastation of its landscapes by invasive non-resident extractive industries. That was in the last century, but recent events in Wyoming eerily reflect this sobering history. One by one, our critical coal mining assets are being acquired by …

BNEF says solar and wind are now the cheapest sources of power across most of the world, but coal use is still set to rise until 2026

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive, June 18, 2019 Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has released its annual analysis of global electricity supply and demand, concluding the world’s electric sector remains on track to help keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, at least through 2030. The 2019 New Energy Outlook predicts wind and solar will supply almost half of …