Energy Storage 2019

The cost of battery storage is accelerating the demand for battery storage. And that is driving a sea change in the utility industry. Unthinkable just a few years ago, building new wind and solar farms coupled with battery storage is now less expensive than constructing new generating facilities powered by natural gas. They are also less expensive that continuing to operate nuclear …

Former defense leaders warn White House it’s ‘dangerous’ to downplay climate change

Former defense leaders warn White House it’s ‘dangerous’ to downplay climate change, NPR A group of 58 former military and national security officials have written to Donald Trump to warn against his plans for a committee to dispute administration climate change assessments, reports NPR. The letters says: “It is dangerous to have national security analysis conform to politics. Our officials’ …

Capitalism rewards extractive activities, but has a great structural difficulty in financing generative impacts

Michel Bauwens: I very strongly believe this is one of the key solutions for climate change mitigation, and more generally, about creating ‘circular finance’ mechanisms, i.e. rewarding generative, rather than extractive activity. Capitalism rewards extractive activities, but has a great structural difficulty in financing generative impacts. One of the potential solutions are ‘circular finance’ mechanisms, in which positive and generative …

The Economy for the Common Good: A Workable, Transformative Ethics-Based Alternative, by Christian Felber

By Christian Felber, Vienna University of Economics and Business and Gus Hagelberg, Coordinator for International Expansion of the ECG more, February 27, 2017,  MONEY & BANKING, DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE This paper by Christian Felber and Gus Hagelberg, published alongside three others, is one of many proposals for a systemic alternative we have published or will be publishing here at the Next System Project. You can read it …

Even Clack’s research shows that closing Colorado’s coal plants by 2025 is economical and close to least cost pathway

Colorado could save $2.5 billion by rapidly shutting down its coal power plants: In the Centennial State, greener and cheaper are one and the same. By David Roberts,  vox.com Jan 8, 2019 Shutterstock California may get the bulk of the media attention, but when it comes to clean energy, it’s worth keeping an eye on Colorado. There’s an argument to be made that …

Electric Utilities Must Stop Illegally Concealing Public Cost Data

The traditional utility model uses its rate payers as cash cows. With the build out of renewable energy, are we going down the same path?”  Approximately one quarter of all utility bills go to paying for infrastructure. As those costs go up, so do our electric bills. Finding ways to deliver zero emissions electricity to end users more economically would go …

Batteries Cheaper Than Gas. Also Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms

Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms, Clean Technica, February 9th, 2019 Distribution system operators need more flexibility to manage congested networks This article was originally published by Fereidoon Sioshansi in the EEnergy Informer newsletter. Fereidoon can be reached at fpsoshansi@aol.com. Reprinted with permission. As variable renewable generation increases across the globe and consumers turn into prosumers and prosumagers, the once predictable and unidirectional flows …

Hurricanes strengthening faster. Counting only natural disasters over $1 billion, NASA tallies $91 billion in costs in 2018. Last 3 years have seen double the previous average.

Hurricanes are strengthening faster in the Atlantic, and climate change is a big reason why, scientists say: A startling study says that devastating storms that intensify rapidly are becoming more common. By Chris Mooney & Brady Dennis, Washington Post, Feb 7, 2019 Over a 28-year period from 1982 to 2009, the percentage of Atlantic storms that rapidly intensified had tripled, the study found. …