Students as debt slaves, more of an indication of social breakdown. Meanwhile, “What Medicare for All is to the health care debate, or Fight for $15 is to the battle about inequality, 100% Renewable is to the struggle for the planet’s future.”

Excerpt from Students as Debt Slaves, at CommonDreams.org 23 Apr 2018.   Interview those fifty-ish high school educated male workers whom Ann Case and Angus Deaton revealed are dying prematurely from diseases of despair. In a meticulously documented essay on the origins and purpose of money, University of Missouri-Kansas City economist Michael Hudson points out that historians and anthropologists can find no examples of …

Brattle Group outlines how utilities should get America to choose electrification

David Roberts, Vox.com March 2018 says Utilities should be champing at the bit for electrification An America wherein a substantial portion of transportation, heating, and cooling has been electrified is one with lower carbon emissions, more tools in the utility toolbox, greater demand for electricity, and, crucially, a central role for power utilities. “Overall,” Brattle writes, “this presents a very positive business …

Study: a 100% RE-based system is feasible and a real policy option at a modest cost. Wind, solar, and electric grid interconnections to reduce storage are least cost choices

A Techno-Economic Study of an Entirely Renewable Energy-Based Power Supply for North America for 2030 Conditions Arman Aghahosseini * ID , Dmitrii Bogdanov and Christian Breyer ID Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Energy Systems, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Skinnarilankatu 34, Lappeenranta 53850, Finland; dmitrii.bogdanov@lut.fi (D.B.); christian.breyer@lut.fi (C.B.) * Correspondence: arman.aghahosseini@lut.fi; Tel.: +358-41-3697925 Received: 29 June 2017; Accepted: 3 August …

European Offshore Wind Power Grew By 25% In 2017, Reaching Over 15 Gigawatts

February 6th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica The European offshore wind industry had an impressive year in 2017, increasing capacity by 25% with 3.1 gigawatts of new capacity installed, bringing the region’s total offshore wind capacity up to 15.8 gigawatts. WindEurope, the region’s trade body representing the wind industry, announced on Tuesday that 13 new wind farms were completed in …

Jet stream related to both hail and winter coldsnaps, under polar warming

Science Daily, Feb 2018 A new study led by Northern Illinois University meteorologist Victor Gensini identifies a method for predicting the likelihood of damaging hailstorms in the United States — up to three weeks in advance. Hail is easily the most economically destructive hazard posed by severe thunderstorms, producing on average billions of dollars in U.S. losses each year, including damage to …

Materials markets for PV and wind turbines

Over $37 Billion Worth Of Wind Turbine Blade Materials Expected Over Next Decade September 28th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica More than $37 billion worth of wind turbine blade materials is expected to be produced and purchased over the next ten years, according to new figures published this week by Navigant Research, highlighting the growing strength of the global wind energy …

Including avoided cost for electricity when valuing local generation by wind and solar

September 11th, 2017 by John Farrell Originally published at ilsr.org. A federal policy enacted nearly 40 years ago has breathed life into an ongoing argument at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission over utility opposition to a wind-solar hybrid project proposed in the rural city of Red Lake Falls. The law, known as PURPA, was designed to promote local renewable generation by requiring utilities — even monopolies — …

Now offshore wind is not only far cheaper than new nuclear but competitive with gas

EnergyDesk, 11 Sep 2017 © Greenpeace / Bas Beentjes Energy from offshore wind just got a lot cheaper. The cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms has halved to £57.50 per megawatt hour (MWh) since the last government auction in 2015, after two developers – Denmark’s Dong Energy and Spain’s EDP – bid aggressively for subsidy contracts to build …

South Australia’s “baseload” wind supply

By Giles Parkinson, Reneweconomy, on 5 September 2017 I’m sure that people in South Australia can confirm that it has been windy over the last few days. What might surprise them is how wind has dominated the state’s electricity supply – and how consistent its output has been. This graph below comes from Dylan McConnell at Melbourne’s Climate and Energy College and …