Solar panels, distributed energy, resilient microgrids, and blockchain, which allows secure monitoring and for participants to automate their transactions in local energy ecosystem using existing grid infrastructure

Brooklyn Microgrid Solar panels, distributed energy, resilient microgrids, and blockchain. Oh my! A New York startup aims to disrupt local energy markets with the introduction of community microgrids where individuals can buy and sell renewable energy from residential rooftop solar installations. The Brooklyn Microgrid will use an approach called the TransActive Grid, which is comprised of both software ​and hardware, …

Rapid shift to electric in heavy vehicles, as diesel garbage trucks are retrofitted with electric powertrains, and buses, boats, and delivery trucks go electric

The clang of garbage cans will still probably wake people way too early in the morning. But in Santa Rosa, California, at least, the roaring diesel engine will be quiet, replaced by a silent, electric motor. The electric garbage trucks scheduled to begin rolling there this summer may be less alluring than the sporty vehicles that engineer Ian Wright helped …

Renewable energy and energy efficiency can unlock climate solution, with rapid shift

Energy transformation mitigates climate change, increases energy access, and meets global sustainable development goals The energy sector, accounting for more than two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, must be at the heart of any effort to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. An energy transition is underway worldwide. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy, renewable …

Saving money and carbon with public transportation in the US – top 20 cities

The American Public Transit Association(APTA) recently released its February Savings Report. The association releases a monthly savings report in order to analyze how much money the average two-person household can save by taking public transportation and using one less automobile. The average commuter is looking at a savings of more than $754 a month for the frugal individual. Based on …

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 …