Community celebrates as utility gets off coal

Cross-posted from Eco Watch – Aug 2016 El Paso Electric celebrated the milestone of becoming Texas and New Mexico’s first coal-free utility at an event held in downtown El Paso Wednesday. The Sierra Club joined speakers from across the city to mark this achievement. Over the last several years, El Paso Electric has been working on ways to provide power …

Nuclear power losing money at astonishing rate, and half of plants no longer profitable

Cross-posted from Joe Romm and Climate Progress, 4 Aug 2016 CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK Half of existing nuclear power plants are no longer profitable. The New York Times and others have tried to blame renewable energy for this, but the admittedly astounding price drops of renewables aren’t the primary cause of the industry’s woes — cheap fracked gas is. The point of blaming renewables, …

How India is putting together $100 billion for solar now, bypassing the banking system and bringing in creditworthy global investors

By Susan Kraemer, Correspondent, 2 Aug 2016, Cross-posted from Renewable Energy World Within the next six years, India needs $300 billion for renewables and grid efficiency, with $100 billion needed for solar alone to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious plan for energy growth in the country. “In the last months we’ve seen commitments of over $100 billon dollars from global companies …

State-owned oil companies are acting more nimble than the private oil majors: globally, state-owned fossil fuel firms are investing in renewables

State-owned oil companies are acting more nimble than the private majors.  In Denmark, Norway, France and Saudi Arabia, gigantic state-owned oil companies are becoming some of the biggest players in renewables. Denmark’s DONG (Danish Oil and Gas) Energy is the leading offshore wind developer. Norway’s Statoil parlayed its pioneer R&D in offshore oil platforms into global leadership in floating offshore …

A different form of mobility

Excerpted and Cross-posted from Future Crunch More people got connected to the internet than ever before Globally, there are now 3.2 billion people online, and 2 billion of them are from developing countries. In 2000 those numbers were 300 million and 100 million respectively. It means the number of people with internet access has seen an eight fold increase in …

Animations of city bike-share trips in major cities

Updated by David Roberts August 11, 2016 @drvox david@vox.com, cross-posted from Vox I wish actual bikes left light trails like this.(cf. city flows) Bike-share systems, which make fleets of bicycles available for common use in a city (usually for a small fee), are catching on. As this detailed bike-share map shows, there are now close to 900 in operation in cities across …

China EV sales up 188%, still dominated by BYD, which also has a huge electric bus contract in Washington State and operates a fleet of 200 electric crossover carsharing vehicles in Chicago

China is a leader in the transition to electric vehicles.  Reports this month are that China EV sales up 188%, still dominated by BYD.  As of a year and a half ago, BYD buses had over 50 million service miles, in more than 150 cities in 36 countries around the world. BYD is doing well in the US too.  The California office of BYD …

NREL studies the ability of combustion, electric and hydrogen vehicles to get us to 80% GHG emission reductions & the conditions that would be necessary – only EVs are ready

The White House wants to cut U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2050, but the goal raises questions about one of the greatest sources of those pollutants, light-duty vehicles (LDVs). The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has taken a close look at what specific combination of measures national experts have determined is needed to slash …