The DNC released a draft of its 2020 policy platform yesterday + Deep flaws in the ways utilities influence the political system

Climate notes on the Democratic platform. Here are my notes. Emily Atkin Jul 23 2020 Issue 910 Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images The Democratic Party’s formal governing body, the Democratic National Committee, released a draft of its 2020 policy platform on Wednesday. The document is intended to represent Democrats’ official policy priorities for the next four years. Clocking in at …

A Pandemic and Surging Summer Heat Leave Thousands Struggling to Pay Utility Bills

High unemployment, stay at home orders and rising temperatures due to climate change are fueling energy insecurity and furthering the need for assistance. By Maddie Kornfeld, Climate Home News, JUL 14, 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic forced classrooms to close this spring, Leticia Garcia’s family in Fairfax County, Virginia, quickly ran short of money. Garcia cleans schools for a living …

Energy storage set to compete in US wholesale markets following landmark ruling

By Andy Colthorpe, Jul 13, 2020,  0 Distributed energy storage facilities in the US are set to join wholesale markets and compete to provide grid services after what’s described as the “single most important act” for the energy transition so far. The United States Court of Appeal in the District of Columbia ruled last week against petitioning from the National Association …

Solar pushing coal offline in Texas and to seasonal operation in Minnesota. Being examined in Missouri and Indiana.

July 17th, 2020 by Johnna Crider on Clean Technica. In Texas, solar will soon push most of the remaining coal fleet offline, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). IEEFA’s recent report, Solar Surge Set to Drive Much of Remaining Texas Coal-Fire Fleet Offline, shared that this is largely due to the growth in utility-scale PV production and how it’s rapidly changing the …

The Risky Economics of New Natural Gas Infrastructure in the United States

September 9, 2019  |  By RMI, Mark Dyson DownloadThe Growing Market for Clean Energy Portfolios and Prospects for Gas Pipelines in the Era of Clean EnergyRegister for a webinar on September 19, 2019 where report authors will present the two studies and address questions about them. Over the past two decades, natural gas has dramatically reshaped the US electricity industry. Domestic shale gas production has …

Renewables+Storage operating as virtual power generation get more renewables on the grid & can provide demand response automatically, eliminating the need for day-ahead planning, respond immediately to price signals, shift loads, or aggregate other distributed energy resources

Renewables + storage, operating as virtual power plants often cover a wider area than microgrids (which also island) and are flexible enough to expand or contract the area in which they operate, depending on market conditions. They serve the main grid, while microgrids don’t always provide services to the main grid. Virtual power plants can get more renewables on the …

30% by 2030 protecting the natural world from development

Ed note, Indigenous people manage around 80% of the world’s biodiversity on 20% of the world’s lands. From Science Daily: In the past, when protected areas were established, Indigenous peoples were sometimes excluded from using land they had previously relied on for food and materials. This was harmful to many Indigenous communities and did not necessarily achieve the original goals …

Utilities saying “skip gas”, go to renewable generation and storage. Germany & UK getting half of their electricity from renewables now.

From PV Mag June 2020 https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/07/01/more-utilities-bypassing-natural-gas-bridge-and-going-straight-to-renewables/ Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) both outlined their plans to skip the gas bridge as they transition away from coal in their resource plans. TEP’s proposal calls for closing all of its coal-fired generation by 2031 and replacing this capacity with 2,457 MW of new wind and solar generation and …

Freedom from coal: Coal was the fuel for more than half of US electricity as recently as 2003, but was down to less than 25 percent last year and is some of most expensive to operate now

Excerpt from Inside Climate News We don’t need coal and it’s cheaper to get rid of it. Coal was the fuel for more than half of the country’s electricity as recently as 2003, but was down to less than 25 percent last year. And coal’s decline is accelerating, with many coal-fired power plants sitting idle during the coronavirus crisis because those plants are …