Security risk: retired admirals and generals say climate change is putting key military facilities at risk of costly damage that could knock out critical operations for weeks

Also, in this morning’s Washington Examiner, FedEx CEO Fred Smith and former Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James T. Conway, articulate both why and how to strike a deal that serves America’s interests. They write:  The reopening of the midterm evaluation of fuel efficiency standards has created an opportunity to strengthen and modernize the fuel economy regime. As technology offers a …

Valuing resilience and reduced load with solar plus storage

Utility Dive, 15 Feb 2018 As Hurricane Irma receded last September, thousands of Floridians sheltered in 115 well-lit schools, drinking hot coffee and communicating with the world through cell phones charged by solar-plus-storage systems. Funded by a $9.8 million 2009 Recovery Act grant, the solar-plus-storage systems powered the schools despite the overcast weather, while 6.7 million utility customers had no electricity. Like last year’s hurricanes …

Rooftop Solar + Storage = Hurricane Energy Resiliency. Roof-mounted systems and nearly all ground-mounted systems in Florida came through Hurricane Irma

Clean Technica, Feb 2018, by Danny Parker Figure 1: Hurricane Irma Bears Down on Florida on September 8th, 2017. (NOAA) Improving Storm Resiliency with Rooftop Solar & Electrical Storage One series of complaints in the wake of Hurricane Irma came from some individuals who had installed solar electric PV systems and then were unable to use the produced solar power …

Half of island without power, but Puerto Rico generation back up to 72%, as microgrid rules are released

GTM Jan 8 2018 Puerto Rico Energy Commission Lays Out Rules for a Future Microgrid Landscape With power restored for just about half of the island’s residents, and 1.5 million still without power, regulators look toward a remade grid. By EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT  Cleanup and electricity restoration efforts in Puerto Rico are ongoing. The Puerto Rico Energy Commission unveiled 29 pages of proposed …

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 …

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 …

Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

P2P Foundation and The Conversation, October 18, 2017  By Vasilis Kostakis  Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed …

Flywheels help Alaska’s remote microgrids go to 95% renewable energy

15 Oct 2017 NPR  Seafood processors like Ocean Beauty are some of the largest energy consumers in Kodiak, Alaska, which has generated more than 99 percent of its electricity from renewable sources since 2014. Here, the Ocean Beauty seafood plant. Eric Keto/Alaska’s Energy Desk This archipelago in the Gulf of Alaska is home to one of the busiest commercial fishing …