New tools to see energy from space, analyze best options

WRI, May 2019 Seeing Energy from Space Being able to see energy infrastructure from space allows researchers to not only identify the location of key infrastructure, but to determine key characteristics, such as a power plants’ fuel type, cooling technology, and emission plumes.  In the past, when electricity data was not reported, there were no alternative sources. Today we can use …

Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate change

New research shows that resources that would be spent on developing and installing carbon capture technologies would be better invested in creating more solar panels and wind turbines and focusing on developing energy storage options to support these instead. April 8, 2019, Science Daily Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate …

An Oregon utility could save its customers $248 million over 20 years if it closes four units at two Wyoming coal plants by 2022, according to new economic analysis

And Midwest Energy News: Efforts to stop an Indiana utility from closing coal plants aren’t going the way the industry had hoped as economics point to more renewables. (InsideClimate News) A county board in Wisconsin votes unanimously against allowing a We Energies coal plant to increase its daily maximum discharge of mercury into Lake Michigan. (WUWM)  The Dakota Access pipeline’s …

The costs of the current business-as-usual path could be more than $2,000 trillion

As National Geographic reported, the “$25 to $70 trillion cost of Arctic warming adds four to six percent to the total cost of climate change—which is estimated to reach $1,390 trillion by the year 2300 if emissions cuts are not better than the Paris Agreement. However, the costs of the current business-as-usual path could be more than $2,000 trillion.” April 23, 2019 by Jake …

CCS deep dive: a very thin slurry of green paint over a fossil fuel tailings pond

Chevron’s Fig Leaf Part 4: Carbon Engineering’s Only Market Is Pumping More Oil, By Michael Barnard in Clean Technica, April 19th, 2019 Carbon Engineering recently garnered $68 million in investment in its air-carbon capture technology from three fossil fuel majors. This is part 4 of the 5 article series assessing the technology and the value of the investment. The first piece summarized the technology …

S&P Global Platts Global Power Markets: Cheap gas and support for renewables drive US coal plant closures

Ahead of the S&P Global Platts Global Power Markets conference in Las Vegas, April 8-10, 2019, The Barrel presents a series of articles on the global and US electricity sectors. Here, Morris Greenberg explores the drivers behind US coal generation retirements in recent years. April 2, 2019 The aging US coal fleet is being squeezed from all sides, with policy, cheap domestic gas …

 It’s time to protect pensions from the rapid decline of the fossil fuel industry in addition to their liability and lack of ethics

In June, 2018 Senate Bill 200 was passed in order to address the massive unfunded liabilities of Colorado’s state pension program, the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA). The state’s public pension system has at least $32 billion in unfunded obligations which are being addressed through cuts to retirement benefits for public sector workers along with increases in contributions from taxpayers …

Global ‘collapse’ in number of new coal-fired power plants

The number of plants on which construction has begun each year has fallen by 84% since 2015, and 39% in 2018 alone, while the number of completed plants has dropped by more than half since 2015. Not long before coal use is over, say analysts, while warning of possible resurgence in China Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 28 Mar 2019 The number …

Local wind and solar could cost-effectively replace 74% of US current fleet of coal-fired power plants now

By Joshua Hill in CleanTechnica.com, March 28, 2019 America has officially entered the “coal cost crossover,” according to a new report by environmental firm Energy Innovation, which finds that local wind and solar could replace approximately 74% of the United States’ current fleet of coal-fired power plants at an immediate cost savings to consumers — a figure which is expected …