Using distributed energy to lower peak demand, increase resilience, save money, and lower emissions: Utility found storage cheaper than a second power line

Can grid resiliency finally pay for itself? JULIAN SPECTOR GTM Research, JUNE 07, 2019 Eversource Wants to Back Up an Entire Rural Town With Batteries Large and Small 2 “This is not, strictly speaking, a resilience play — it’s using distributed energy to lower peak demand, thereby saving money and lowering carbon emissions“ The traditional option would be to build a …

Energy resilience planning on a local/regional basis in Colorado

Energy efficiency and solar coupled with storage are both examples of resilience options that can provide benefit year-round. While end-use efficiency does not in itself provide power during an outage, it allows for more critical services to be delivered with limited generation capacity. Year-round, increased efficiency lowers energy demand and costs. On-site solar and storage can provide backup power when the grid goes …

Part of world’s largest ice shelf melting 10x faster than the rest. Gorillas showing elevated stress levels in months with higher than average temperatures and rainfall

Part of the world’s largest ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than the rest, reports BBC News. A new study of Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf, published in Nature Geoscience, reveals that one area is melting due to warm ocean water getting into a cavity under the shelf. The rapidly melting zone is at the front of the Ross Ice …

Progress for whom, and 7 critical graphs showing why Steven Pinker is wrong

Progress for whom, and other critical questions Pope Francis insists we ask line up with points by and data from Jeremy Lent… In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, published last year, Steven Pinker argues that the human race has never had it so good as a result of values he attributes to the European Enlightenment of …

State Energy Commission, Resilience, Pollution and Cost Leading to More Microgrids in California

Utilities tend to rely on diesel-fed mobile generators for emergency service. But CCAs are demonstrating that “low- or no-carbon alternatives to mobile generation sources, such as microgrids and associated storage, are just as reliable, feasible, and cost-effective in many circumstances, and also provide a long-term solution,” said a joint filing by solar energy company Sunrun and Peninsula Clean Energy Authority …

Anything beyond what we call ‘code-plus’ is for the most part not happening.”

Coastal homes aren’t ready for climate change – study E&E News | Daniel Cusick Coastal property owners are failing to take even basic steps to protect their homes against sea-level rise and hurricanes, even as climate change increases the risk that coastal homes will be damaged by rising tides and storm surges, according to new research. The study from the …

A Microgrid Toolkit to Bring Equity to Power Restoration in Puerto Rico: RMI

January 21, 2019 Megan Kerins and Alejandra Castrodad-Rodríguez of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) describe a new microgrid toolkit to ensure power reliability for those most vulnerable in Puerto Rico. Megan Kerins, RMI When the lights went out September 20, 2017, no one could have foreseen that it would take 130 days to restore power to seven out of ten people in …

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky, by Erika Clugston in Clean Technica, February 8th, 2019 Tree planters are superheros, according to DroneSeed founder and CEO, Grant Canary. In one day, a person manually replanting trees will burn the caloric equivalent of two marathons. Wow. It follows that such labor-intensive work is difficult to implement on a large scale, without the time …

Hurricane Florence crippled electricity and coal — solar and wind were back the next day

By IRINA IVANOVA, 60 min and MONEYWATCH September 25, 2018, 9:24 AM  Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Florence swamped North and South Carolina, thousands of residents who get power from coal-fired utilities remain without electricity.  Yet solar installations, which provide less than 5 percent of North Carolina’s energy, were up and running the day after the storm, according to electricity news outlet GTM. And while half of …