Building and rebuilding efficiently and for resilience

Getting cities right can yield major dividends. For instance, research has shown that investing in compact, connected, and efficient cities could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2 per year by 2030 and generate savings of as much as US$17 trillion by 2050. But many national governments fail to recognize the importance of investing in sustainable urban infrastructure, continuing …

Grid transparency is lowering costs

The most remarkable program strides have been made in access to interconnection information held by the utility, Xcel Energy. Over the last three years, three game-changing tools have been developed that did not exist on day one of the program. Access to this information has aided the garden-siting process and improved the accuracy of the application queue. These tools have significantly reduced …

Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2017

Natural-gas peaker plants may soon be under threat in a very real way. “I can’t see a reason why we should ever build a gas peaker again in the U.S. after, say, 2025,” said Shayle Kann, a senior adviser to GTM Research and Wood Mackenzie, speaking at Greentech Media’s Energy Storage Summit. “If you think about how energystoragestarts to take over …

Behavior change free energy shifts, rooftop solar and EVs save water and cut pollution, and better use of data will optimize the benefits

14 Dec 2017 by Environmental Defense Fund Solar panels and electric vehicles (EVs) are two prime examples of technologies that can help people minimize their environmental footprint, without sacrificing comfort or having to radically change their daily behavior. But the question still remains: How much of an environmental benefit do these technologies actually produce? And, are there actions that owners of these technologies can …

Transportation Electrification Accord

From Utility and Smart Cities Dive, 14 Nov 2017 A group of environmental nonprofit organizations has worked with businesses and other stakeholders to draft the Transportation Electrification Accord which includes principles and guidance for electric transportation. Entities such as the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Honda and Siemens have already signed the accord. The pact offers information and guidance for …

Puerto Rico wants to upgrade its infrastructure, waits for the lights to come back on

Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid? Puerto Rico’s history of intervention and mismanagement created a financially disastrous backdrop for Hurricane Maria. By John Farrell, 6 Nov 2017, GTM Puerto Rico Capitol Building in downtown San Juan. On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of …

sonnen is creating “virtual power stations” by connecting energy storage systems, renewable energy power plants, and consumers to allow prosumers to buy and sell electricity among each other

August 5th, 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica Highly regarded battery storage firm sonnen was one of the big winners of the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize, winning in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) category. I interviewed sonnen CEO and co-founder Christoph Ostermann in January just after the company won the prize. It was a fun interview because of how futuristic sonnen’s vision is and …

Soaking up excess clean energy supply, managing electricity demand and maintaining consistent voltage on the grid with help from EVs

The following is an excerpt of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Choosing the Electric Avenue: Unlocking Savings, Emissions Reductions, and Community Benefits of Electric Vehicles report. We’ll be republishing the full report in order to bring more attention to the changing landscape of electric vehicles. Read part one. By John Farrell, Oct 2017 Impact: Improving the Grid Electric vehicles boost demand for electricity. …

This Blockchain-Based Energy Platform Is Building A Peer-To-Peer Grid

WePower is creating a new cryptocurrency to help facilitate a more democratic system of funding and buying renewable energy. Fast Company, Oct 2017.  “The end goal is to produce a true peer to peer energy platform, where people would sell renewable energy and also be able to get energy back from the grid.” [Photo: Sebastian Kanczok] BY BEN SCHILLER Residential solar customers are …

‘This is the future’: solar-powered family car seats five, averaged 69 kmh from Darwin to Adelaide and resupplied the grid

As the annual solar race across Australia wraps up, a Dutch entry averaged 69kmh from Darwin to Adelaide and resupplied the grid.  “Team Eindhoven are to be congratulated on their achievement to date – clearly the most energy efficient solar car in the field, capable of generating more power than they consume.  “This is the future of solar electric vehicles. When …