A primary justification for fuel-dependent generation is its theoretical ability to generate regardless of the weather but over 40% of the coal, gas, & nuclear fleet are offline due to the cold in TX

Excerpt, RMI, 2/18/21… Wind turbine icing is the “least significant factor” in driving the outages, according to an ERCOT spokesperson. Additionally, it is notable that this is a relatively straightforward problem to solve. For example, in Canada “cold weather packages” allow wind turbines to operate in very low temperatures. Moreover, grid planners know and expect that wind power is often unavailable during system …

EVs are already greener than cars running on gasoline even with our current electricity grid. Electrifying U.S. vehicles wipes out the equivalent of our entire current power demand.

Bloomberg, Feb 1, 2021 https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-opinion-renewables-will-power-future-of-us-energy/ EVs are already greener than cars running on gasoline even with our current electricity grid. Electrifying U.S. vehicles wipes out the equivalent of our entire current power demand. The U.S. consumes a lot of energy; last year, about 100 quadrillion BTUs (equivalent to 17 billion barrels of oil; which, we’ll admit, is only marginally less abstract). But …

Grid map requirements to ease solar integration

California regulators modify grid map requirements to ease solar integration By David Wagman on Feb 1 2021 The California Public Utilities Commission ordered several key improvements to the Integration Capacity Analysis, a grid transparency tool. The motion requesting the changes that the CPUC responded to was filed last October by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, the California Solar & Storage …

Nevada climate strategy outlines framework to phase out natural gas, electrify transportation

17 core policies analyzed in the report, the state established a framework that looked at each recommendation using four metrics: a policy’s potential for decreasing emissions, climate justice considerations, economic implications and the legal feasibility of implementing a policy. For the first time, it points policymakers beyond electricity, calling on them to phase out natural gas in buildings.  The climate strategy …

Colorado Won’t Meet Climate Goals without Swift Action on Buildings

RMI October 6, 2020  |  By Mike Henchen and Courtney Fieldman Colorado officials recently released their long-awaited draft Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, laying out a path toward achieving the state’s goals of a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050. The roadmap takes stock of Colorado’s emissions across sectors, such as transportation, electricity, and buildings. It …

Stop burning things: time to choose alternatives to combustion

Bill McKibben, New Yorker, Jan 22, 2021 If one wanted a basic rule of thumb for dealing with the climate crisis, it would be: stop burning things. Human beings have made use of combustion for a very long time, ever since the first campfires cooked the first animals for dinner, allowing our brains to get larger. Now those large brains …

A regulatory roadmap for Vehicle Grid Integration

SEPA, Dec 2020 As EV deployment expands, Vehicle Grid Integration will be essential toproviding benefits for all customers while avoiding unintended consequences. While EV penetration is currently low in much of the country, we know that the day is coming (and in areas of high penetration, may have already arrived) when a more sophisticated approach such as VGI will be …

74% support regulating CO2 as pollutant and 82% support rebates for PV or EVs. Even amidst pandemic, a majority of registered voters support making climate action a high or very high priority 66% said developing sources of clean energy should be a high or very high priority

82% support providing tax rebates to people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels. 82% support funding more research into renewable energy sources. 80% support generating renewable energy (solar and wind) on public land in the U.S. 78% support providing federal funding to put solar panels on the roofs of public schools. 74% support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant. …

US energy consumption flowchart show coal should be outlawed, solar and wind power should be doubling year over year, and there should be a moratorium on combustion cars and new buildings

Coal should be outlawed/kept in the ground. Solar and wind power should be doubling year over year as we race against time to become carbon neutral. We should be putting a moratorium on petroleum-fueled cars and industry. APRIL 9, 2020 The most important US energy chart of the year is out: 8 big takeaways by Seth Weintraub https://electrek.co/2020/04/09/us-energy-chart-2019/ The 2019 …