Integrating EVs into utility electricity demand-responsive charging

By Robert Walton, in Utility Dive, 18 January 2017 Maryland has about 7,000 electric vehicles on the road, a relatively modest number the state would like to expand on.   California is far and away the EV leader with more than 100,000 electric vehicles on the road, Georgia currently ranks second with about 25,000. So Maryland’s offering is diminutive compared to …

Atlanta and other cities pledge 100% renewables by 2035

By Robert Walton, on Utility Dive, May 3, 2017 Atlanta City Council has unanimously approved a measure establishing a city-wide goal of transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2035, becoming the 27th city in the United States to do so, according to the Sierra Club. The resolution directs the Atlanta Office of Sustainability to develop a plan by January 2018 to meet …

“This is a different world from three years ago” — renewables are no longer “alternative energy”

Joe Romm, Climate Progress, April 30, 2017 Renewables and efficiency have already won the battle for the future of electricity according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).  In his keynote talk at the end of April 2017, BNEF founder and chair Michael Liebreich explained that if you blinked, you missed the clean energy revolution: “This is a different world from three …

CCS can’t compete with wind and solar

By Jeffrey Rissman, in Forbes, May 2017 Coal plants equipped with CCS are nearly three times more expensive than onshore wind power and more than twice as expensive as solar photovoltaics (PV) The electric power sector accounts for 29% of the U.S.’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and electricity demand is expected to increase between now and 2050, making GHG emissions …

What Mayors must do to deliver, according to the New Economics Foundation — also remedying a growing housing, inequality, and generational opportunity problem

The New Economics Foundation‘s take: People desperately want to take real control over their lives. That means taking meaningful action to shift focus away from the largest metro areas and cities in general, and instead work to strengthen neglected local economies. 1. KEEP MONEY LOCAL Small businesses can only survive with strong local supply chains, keeping money circulating locally. 2. QUALITY …

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 …

How to not suck at design: a 5 minute guide for the non-designer

From Medium:  Good design principles can be learned and exercised by anyone. This guide will give you a basic knowledge of practical design tips you can apply today (and impress your design friends). If you don’t believe you can learn design, just remember what our legendary friend David Eric Grohl said about learning new things: I never took lessons to play …

Freshwater & renewable energy storage for drought striken regions? Areas for integrated pumped hydro reverse osmosis (IPHRO) system identified

Combined energy and water system could provide for millions: Analysis shows system could economically bring fresh water and renewable energy storage to drought-stricken coastal regions worldwide. Introduction by Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative, 18 April 2017.  Full copy of the article is available at the link and below the overview. The team’s analysis determined that in Southern California, all power …