India producing over 1 million jobs in solar push by 2022

India’s massive solar power capacity addition target is expected to be a revolution in the Indian jobs market as well. According to a report by the Natural Resources and Defense Council (NRDC), India may end up creating over a million new jobs in its endeavour to have 100 GW of operational solar power capacity by March 2022. The report suggests …

Latest developments with district energy in cities

The clank of boilers is a telltale winter soundtrack in many older cities in more temperate zones, where many buildings tend to have their own own heating and cooling system. But in downtowns and dense neighborhoods, smart decisions made decades ago and current retrofitting strategies are generating warm and cool air in a central location, then piping this to a …

New energy storage enabled virtual power plants set to serve as precursors to a fully functional energy cloud

Several trends are shaping the market for energy storage, but perhaps none is more dramatic than the advent of the virtual power plant.  A new report from Navigant Research argues that energy storage enabled virtual power plants will “invade energy markets,” in the coming years. The report’s authors argue that virtual power plants (VPPs) will serve as precursors to a …

Changing opinions about climate change, but not fast or big enough

Polling firm Gallup, which has been tracking public sentiment on the topic annually since 1997, found that 41% of US adults feel warming will pose a “serious threat” to them during their lifetimes. This is the highest level recorded by Gallup, a 4% increase on 2015. A total of 64% of those polled said they worried about global warming a …

First fully dispatchable PV electricity plant with storage comes online, on the way to Hawaii’s 100% renewables mandate

In Hawaii, where leaders are planning to meet a 100% renewable energy mandate by 2045, the state’s largest utility recently began a pilot program to better understand how to integrate solar generation onto its grid, but some equally valuable lessons might be learned from the state’s smallest electricity provider. The Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) was recently awarded a $2.4 million grant …

Vancouver moving toward 100% renewable energy

Vancouver adopted its Greenest City Action Plan in 2011 with the aim of becoming the world’s “greenest” city by 2020. This original plan laid out the aspiration to eliminate Vancouver’s on fossil fuels. In March, 2015 Vancouver City Council took the City’s ambitions a step further and unanimously adopted the goal of shifting to 100% renewable energy. In June and July of …

Scientists alarmed at pace of rising temperatures and the “extraordinary margin” by which records are being broken

The average global surface temperature for February was 1.35°C warmer than the global average for the month between 1951-1980—a margin that shattered the previous record of 1.14°C, which was set just one month earlier—and exceeded preliminary figures released earlier this month. “NASA dropped a bombshell of a climate report,” wrote meteorologists Bob Henson and Dr. Jeff Masters, founder of the …

Life-giving corporations to support community: what’s possible?

By Michael Meegan and Michael Prince “Most of the great political struggles of the past 5,000 years can be reduced to the simple question: who will own land, water and the other essentials for living — and to what end?” From David Korten’s Foreword to Owning Our Future by Marjorie Kelly 1. Introduction Aboriginal people are increasingly involved in setting up corporations resulting …