Customers with rooftop solar lower the system peak demand, thus reducing the need for costly generation and transmission capacity: Rooftop solar is worth 24¢/kWh in Michigan study. Incentives for daytime use (time of renewables or real-time TOU) are needed

Articles by Will Driscoll in PV Magazine https://pv-magazine-usa.com/author/william-l-driscoll/ Rooftop solar is worth 24¢/kWh in the Michigan territory served by Consumers Energy, well above the 14¢ to 17¢/kWh that the utility’s net metering customers currently receive for the electricity they send to the grid. The Solar Energy Industries Association’s Director of Rate Design Kevin Lucas presented that finding in testimony in a Consumers …

US citizens would gain 3.7 years in life expectancy if social spending was raised to equal other rich countries (subsidized housing, transit, child care)

The US needs to increase social spending. And that money should come from decreasing the income gap through taxation. Elizabeth Bradley at Yale was the first to compare social spending and medical-care spending among countries. And what you see is the healthier countries prioritize social spending, whereas we in the US focus on medical-care spending. The reason the other countries are healthier is …

Democrats’ Select Committee on Climate – Responses

Statements issued thus far: FWW statement  Collin (Oil Change)’s quick supply-side analysis  350 statement  SC statement  FOE/Progressive groups’ statement  ‘Genocidal Negligence’ article from Common Dreams featuring responses from Laura and Ezra (TCM) and Mitch Jones (FWW) Hunter Cutting/Climate Nexus – report fails on 1.5 C GP statement Greenpeace scored the report against our Climate 2020 Scorecard rubric that came up …

3 Things Protesters Are Pushing That Could Actually Move the U.S. Away From Racist Policing and Bring Sustained Long-term Improvements? Deal with crime as a public health issue.

FACES ON THE FRONTLINES RESEARCH & COMMENTARY – JUNE 29, 2020, This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. By April M. Short Protesters against police brutality and racism have gathered to demand systemic change since the end of May, holding events in all 50 U.S. states and around the world. Impelled by the police murder of George …

Planning that works – getting to 100%

The Platte River Power Authority — serving Ft. Collins, Loveland, Estes Park, and Longmont, CO — is not a (Wall Street) Investor Owned Utility so has more accountability to and governance by the communities it serves. Here is a cogent presentation on how they are getting to 100% renewable by 2030. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_4_nv1Jbv4&feature=youtu.be

Supreme Court hands more victories to Wall Street and US Chamber of Commerce, contrary to public interest

By Dave Sirota, July 2, 2020 This week, the Supreme Court dutifully handed another victory to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, siding with the corporate lobbying group by invalidating the law that protected one of the nation’s chief financial regulators from White House meddling. It was another step towards making the Roberts Court the most corporate-compliant judicial body in modern …

79 percent of US coal fleet is uncompetitive compared with renewables and storage already. US could save $10 billion annually with the shift. Reinvestment needed in coal communities too.

How to Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseout Feasible and Just June 30, 2020  |  By Paul Bodnar, Tamara Grbusic, Sam Mardell, Caroline Ott, and Uday Varadarajan For over a century, growing presence of coal smokestacks worldwide signified economic development and progress. Coal supplied our homes with electricity and our factories with power. At the same time, this workhorse of the industrial …