CU Boulder RASEI Decarbonization Report December 2020

Jeffrey Logan, associate director for policy and analysis at RASEI and co-author of the report, each sector contains policy options that offer practical building blocks for federal, state and local government decision-makers.  https://www.colorado.edu/today/2020/12/16/report-outlines-solutions-curbing-us-carbon-emissions Researchers at CU Boulder’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) on Thursday released a report outlining key steps the U.S. can take to drive carbon dioxide emissions to zero.  …

Building a macro-grid connecting East and West, without legislation, if needed

Dec 15, 2020 Forbes, How Biden Can Unleash $7.8 Trillion Investment And Create 6 Million Jobs By Expanding The Grid. Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology by Sarah Spengeman The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the economy, creating an urgent need to stimulate a sustainable recovery that creates good jobs. A new study shows building a Macro Grid across the …

Dynamic Line Rating: Expanding Transmission Grid Capacity for Clean Energy

Dynamic Line Rating: Expanding Transmission Grid Capacity for Clean Energy. Utilities and regulators in the US and abroad are taking next steps to boost renewable integration by tracking power line capacity, reliability in real time. By Jeff St. John, GreenTechMedia.com Dec 7, 2020 Dynamic line rating can find unused capacity, test health of transmission systems, if utilities and regulators can set …

Road to lowest cost grid is paved with distributed solar+storage: 247 GW of local rooftop and community solar and 160 GW of local energy storage is most cost-effective path. Local solar can power 25% of US homes

What would the grid look like, and cost, if we stopped ignoring the benefits of DERs and optimized the integration of these resources through a better modeling process? We found that when you use better planning models and scale both local solar and storage, as well as utility-scale solar and wind, you maximize cost savings and unlock the path to …

Utility customers engage about 8 minutes per year with energy provider: automation is key to time-based pricing success

Nov. 16, 2020, by ecobee As North America transitions to a clean energy future, dynamic rates such as time-of-use (TOU) pricing are becoming an increasingly popular tool to manage demand. But as more regulators and utilities look to shape baseline loads with these programs, concerns about customer education, adoption, and satisfaction are front and center.  Currently, about 5% of U.S. residential customers are on …

Renewables are more reliable and offer more resiliency

Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/renewables-clean-energy-climate-disasters_n_5fad67d1c5b6cae94043c56b Wind and solar installations, while certainly not invulnerable, are less likely to be completely wiped out by extreme weather and can free people from reliance on a centralized source of power. Solar panels and wind turbines are effectively mini power plants in themselves, distributed across the landscape and able to be disconnected from the central grid, meaning that …

Idaho utility’s coal exit sparks NIMBY grid fight

Miranda Willson, E&E News, Nov 30, 2020 The interior of the Boardman Power Plant in Oregon, one of three coal plants from which Idaho Power previously sourced energy, is pictured. Idaho Power will stop burning coal by 2030 and plans to build a power line to bring new electricity sources to its service area. Ninjanabe/Wikipedia Following the moves of other electricity …

Mississippi Power plans ‘smart neighborhood’ with Tesla Solar Roofs

Nov. 2020, Utility Dive. The Southern utility also hopes to learn about the impact of solar roofs and other smart technology on the grid and reliability, and on energy consumption and related costs, according to Shepard. The Mississippi smart neighborhood represents one of the latest moves among cities and communities looking to roofs for energy-saving opportunities. New York targeted its over 1.6 …

Intelligent computing platform aligns operations with the availability of renewable energy resources

Achieving Google’s new 24/7 clean energy goal will require both the adoption of new technologies, and new purchasing options, the company’s head of global energy markets and policy said Thursday on a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) panel. Google is designing an “intelligent computing platform” that aligns its operations with the availability of renewable energy resources, Jeff Riles said. The …