Needing to price resilience

Excerpt from Too often electric resilience — the ability to withstand or bounce back from an outage — is an intangible in the minds of energy users, he said. They don’t consider the cost of downtime, even though power outages create clear financial losses that can be quantified – and that microgrids can avert. For example, a supermarket may lose hundreds …

A fire department in Puerto Rico is now powered by solar: ‘It’s a matter of life and death’

By Tucker Higgins 13 Oct 2017 CNBC.com @tuckerhiggins  An American solar company installs solar-powered microgrids at a San Juan fire station that had been relying on a diesel generator. The 4 kilowatt solar array with battery storage will provide electricity to the communications system, which has been down since Hurricane Maria struck the island. Only 17 percent of residents on the island …

Online platform, Project Navigator, provides the tools and guidance to assist in developing renewable mini-grid projects, with best practices to assist project developers in preparing, developing, and operating bankable projects

New addition to IRENA’s Project Navigator has the best practices for developing mini-grid projects in Small Island Developing States Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can transform their power sectors towards renewable energy, addressing the challenges of affordable energy and climate change. In this context, renewable mini-grid solutions, composed of electricity generators and storage systems interconnected to a distribution network which …

Distributed energy resources (DERs) have greater reliability and resilience at lower costs

The Importance of Distribution-Scale Solar for Grid Resilience September 22, 2017  |  By Titiaan Palazzi and Laurie Guevara-Stone with RMI.org When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma blew through the southern United States, they left millions without power. During such natural disasters, access to electricity is more critical than ever, allowing hospitals to run medical equipment, letting people charge phones and computers to communicate with the outside world, …

Coal Will Not Bring Appalachia Back to Life, But Tech and Government Jobs Could

By  The Climate Reality Project, Oct. 04, 2017, Ecowatch It was supposed to be all about jobs. When the president announced his intent to abandon the Clean Power Plan this spring and then withdraw from the Paris agreement this summer, one of the biggest reasons cited was to protect the coal jobs sustaining communities in places like Appalachia. There’s just one problem. Whatever the White House says, …

Hurricanes Clear The Way For Tesla To Power Puerto Rico & The Caribbean

October 2nd, 2017 by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica Natural disasters create destruction and pain, but also open doors to opportunity. The tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan changed that country’s mind about relying on nuclear energy to create electricity. The devastation visited upon Puerto Rico and several other islands in the Caribbean this year has left their electrical …

Safe, Strong, and Just Rebuilding After Disasters: Every $1 invested in upgrades repays $4

Build back better. Rebuild infrastructure to higher standards, and support innovative solutions that can better withstand extreme weather and other risks. Update flood risk data—and use it. Flood maps should be updated and planning commence for these areas and alternatives. Prioritize communities that have the fewest resources to rebuild. Extreme weather events hit hardest in areas struggling to make ends meet and in …

Paul Hawken and 70-person international team outline the top 100 solutions to climate change (emissions drawdown) based on the data

By David Roberts & Paul Hawken, Vox.com, 10 May 2017 A new book ranks the top 100 solutions to climate change. The results are surprising. A chat with Paul Hawken about his ambitious new effort to “map, measure, and model” global warming solutions. Family planning. Who knew?(Drawdown) By now, the looming dangers of climate change are clear to anyone who’s been …

Kate Raworth offers reasoned, illustrated, and documented debunking of the fatally flawed theory behind economic policies that drive financial instability, environmental collapse, poverty, and extreme inequality

David Korten on Kate Raworth, in Yes! Magazine, 3 May 2017.  Kate Raworth will be at the Regenerative Future workshop in Boulder, CO next week. I see a lot of books presuming to explain what’s wrong with the economy and what to do about it. Rarely do I come across one with the consistent new paradigm frame, historical depth, practical …

10 Ways to Boost Tribal Language Programs

Steve Newcomb says support for tribal language programs is one of the best things we can do to try to help reverse some of the cultural destruction we have caused.   If you want to watch a fabulous five minutes — perhaps the best opening of a talk I’ve ever heard, check out the beginning of Wade Davis lecture at …