Massive Investment is Accelerating the Era of Clean Electrification

October 29, 2019  |  By  Charlie Bloch James Newcomb Samhita Shiledar Madeline Tyson The age of affordable battery technology is coming faster than experts previously thought possible. Thanks to massive investment, rapid performance improvements, and falling prices, breakthrough battery technologies are poised to revolutionize the way we power our lives and organize energy systems as early as 2030. In the first …

EV charging promises a demand response bonanza for utilities, if they can handle it

Aggregated flexible load of high EV penetrations will be lucrative in demand response markets, but for now smaller EV demand gives utilities management practice. Herman K. Trabish, Oct. 18, 2019, Utility/Smart Cities Dive Electric vehicle (EV) charging may eventually offer power systems great load flexibility opportunities, but today’s modest EV penetrations may be more of a challenge than a benefit for …

Electricity is set to become a cheaper energy carrier than combustible fuels

Dr Gunnar Luderer from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, who said the role of electrification in the future is underestimated. “Electricity is set to become a cheaper energy carrier than combustible fuels,” he noted. His team’s analysis has found that under 1.5C-consistent pathways, renewable power will be cheaper than energy from oil and gas from 2030, and they set out to find to …

Ways to meet climate goals: the short list of climate actions that will work

September 29th, 2019 by Michael Barnard, Clean Technica   cleantechnica.com/2019/09/29/the-short-list-of-climate-actions-that-will-work/ I spend a lot of time critiquing solutions for low-carbon transformation, and that leads, inevitably, to people asking me: what works? What should we be doing? Most recently, that came in the form of a question on Quora that was well enough formed to trigger me to write down the solution set: “What exactly …

Transitioning off gas: system transitions

https://gridworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/CA_Gas_System_in_Transition.pdf California needs to acknowledge these emerging trends and begin formulating a gas system transition plan. Prudent long-term planning and management of the gas transition will allow us to minimize and stabilize rate increases. The consequences of failing to do so would be detrimental for California’s economy, causing energy cost inflation, industry destabilization, job loss, and significant hardship for the …

Getting to 100% in Cities

by John Farrell, ILSR, 2018. Updated presentation. Resolutions Go for 100%: Over 70 U.S. cities have set goals to get all of their electricity from renewable sources within 15-20 years, offering lower costs and more local energy production. Listen to podcasts with the pioneers––http://bit.ly/VoicesOf100 Commit to developing local renewable energy: In Taos, N.M., and Minneapolis, Minn., city officials have set …

Detroit News: The average cost of a new car is now $37,285, similar to the cost of an electric vehicle

Affordable electric vehicles on the horizon for all Americans Charles Griffith Aug. 19, 2019, Detroit News On the automotive industry’s fast highway of evolution and innovation, all signs are pointing to the affordability of electric vehicles for all Americans. As the cost of battery manufacturing goes down and more electric vehicles enter the market, we can expect new electric vehicles …

Six Reasons Why Berkeley’s Ban on New Natural Gas Is a Great Idea

by Gideon Weissman, Monday, August 19, 2019 Natural GasElectrificationGlobal WarmingFrackingClean Energy Last month the city of Berkeley, California, banned natural gas infrastructure from new buildings.[1] The most obvious reason for the ordinance is enough to justify it on its own: Natural gas is a fossil fuel, and burning it contributes to global warming. But by getting off gas, Berkeley is doing a whole …

We can’t afford not to decarbonize. Invest 1% of world GDP, the total value of all goods and services in the world = about $85 trillion per year in 2019. 1% of that is $850 billion/yr

From Dr. Scott Denning, Colorado State University, Aug 2019 Economists estimate the total cost of decarbonizing the world economy to be about 1% of global GDP. Academic economists estimate the total cost of saving our descendants from millennia of hellish struggle at 1% of GDP (plus or minus 1% — could actually cost anywhere from nothing to 2%). And yes …

Mass-production techniques + aggregated demand among building owners to cost-effectively retrofit buildings to a net-zero energy standard

The Challenge of Scaling Up Energy Retrofits for Buildings Most building energy retrofits are one-off affairs. “We need an Amazon” in the market, says one architect. By Tom Konrad, GTM, July 19, 2019 Getting to the root of the problem.8 It’s almost always easier and cheaper to build an energy-efficient building in the first place than retrofitting existing structures. But …