The Real Cost of Energy Storage

Originally published on RMI Outlet.  By David Labrador In November 2015, financial advisory firm Lazard released its first-ever Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis (LCOS). Well known for its Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE) analysis—now out in version 9.0—Lazard publishing an analysis of storage is a major sign that it considers battery energy storage a critical technology that’s here to …

Paths to 100% clean energy for 139 countries and all US states, based on electricity use and source by 15 min. interval

The idea of hitting 100% renewable energy (yes, energy, not just electricity) scares a lot of people. That is, a lot of people don’t think their cities or countries can achieve 100% renewable energy. However, a leading energy researcher at Stanford has led teams of researchers in order to practically show how 139 different countries could go 100% renewable. You …

Access to FEMA funds will require state hazard mitigation plans that address climate change

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change. This may put several Republican governors who maintain the earth isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to do nothing …

What Will It Take For America To Go 100 Percent Renewable?

Cross-posted from Think Progress In 2013, Greensburg, KS — a town of less than 800 residents about 100 miles from Wichita — became the first city in the United States to go 100 percent renewable, powering their homes, businesses, and municipal buildings via wind power. In 2014, Burlington, VT joined Greensburg, becoming the largest city in the United States to …

Sec 115 of the Clean Air Act triggered when US emissions contribute to air pollution endangering public health or welfare in another country

There are provisions in the Clean Air Act that amount to, “If it’s in the air and it harms people, regulate it,” without specifying what “it” might be. Rather, the law allows for periodic scientific reviews to hone our understanding of human vulnerability to atmospheric pollutants. As scientists better understand the threats, administrators are empowered to update regulatory protections, without …

Government staff sued over differential impacts of mobile source emissions

UK environment ministers will be taken to court within weeks to make them speed up plans to reduce dangerous urban air pollution. Law firm ClientEarth, which last year forced the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to come up with fresh plans to tackle illegal NO2 levels in British cities, warned that it would seek urgent court …

Cities showing the way

Cape Town – Water Conservation and Demand Management Program CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK Despite its location on the southern coast of Africa, Cape Town was built in a semi-arid area where water is a precious resource. At the same time, the city is experiencing rapid population growth, with its population expanding 30 percent between 2001 and 2011. In 2007, Cape town instituted …