Translating DER and Microgrid Complexity into Simplicity & Bankability

By Lisa Cohn, Translating DER and Microgrid Complexity into Simplicity & Bankability, Microgrid News, September 21, 2018 The California Energy Commission (CEC) wants to make microgrids more bankable. But to do so it must first translate DER and microgrid complexity into simplicity. Photo by Ditty_about_summer/Shutterstock.com That’s the aim of a $2 million grant that the commission awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In …

Want To Buy A New Car For Free In 10 Years? Buy An Electric Car Today

September 30th, 2018 by Michael Barnard on Clean Technica  In Canada, buying an electric car means your next car is “free.” Or at least, that’s what a just released report from the 2 Degrees Institute (2DI) of Canada indicates. 2DI has been around for 14 years, although it rebranded in 2015 to align with its focus on helping individuals and families make better decisions to shrink their carbon …

Mapping Air Pollution: Google Street View Joins Forces With Startup Aclima

By Erika Clugston on Clean Technica, October 1st, 2018  Curious about the pollution levels in your neighborhood? Soon you’ll have the data at your fingertips, thanks to a partnership between Google and the San Francisco-based startup Aclima. The duo have announced plans to install Aclima’s internet-connected air quality sensors into the global fleet of Google Street View vehicles in order to create a map of air …

Coal & Gas Are Too Variable To Be Worth Considering 

By George Harvey, Coal and Gas Are Too Variable to Be Worth Considering on Clean Technica, October 1st, 2018   In one extremely important way, coal and gas are too variable to be worth considering. We have heard it over and over. People whose thoughts go no deeper than common knowledge make the statement, “The sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t …

Renewables Grid Initiative and operating very high shares of variable Renewable Energy Systems in Germany

Key to a Success Renewable Energy Transition, October 1, 2018, The Beam Olivier Feix is Head of Environmental Protection and Permitting at the German transmission system operator (TSO) 50Hertz, which operates in a region with very high shares of variable Renewable Energy Systems (RES). He is also Co-Chairman of the Board of the “Renewables Grid Initiative,” of the ‘DialogGesellschaft’ and …

Battery electric cars

Efficiency Compared: Battery-Electric 73%, Hydrogen 22%, ICE 13%, Transport & Environment OCT 2 2017BYMARK KANE17 Transport & Environment (which bills itself as Europe’s leading NGO campaigning for cleaner transport) has released an interesting graphical comparison of the energy efficiency of three types of power-trains (from production through use): all-electric, hydrogen fuel cell and conventional internal combustion engine. Toyota Fuel Cell Mirai gets a refueling …

At current temps, Earth risks a sea level rise of 20-30 feet: A vast area of Antarctica retreated when Earth’s temperatures weren’t much warmer than they are now

A flotilla of tabular icebergs adrift in the Southern Ocean, near the outlet of the Wilkes Subglacial Basin, East Antarctica. (Christina Riesselman) By Chris Mooney Washington Post, September 20, 2018 Temperatures not much warmer than the planet is experiencing now were sufficient to melt a major part of the East Antarctic ice sheet in Earth’s past, scientists reported Wednesday, including during one era …

6th IPCC Report Says World Is Headed For Existential Crisis. A WWII style rapid shift is needed.

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been hailed as an up-and-coming progressive champion, has spoken about the need for a World War II-style commitment to fighting global warming. The Democratic Party in 2016 included similar language in its official platform. By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, September 27th, 2018 b The International Panel On Climate Change will meet in Inchon, Korea, the first week in October. Its mission will …

Forbes: Electric Cars = The Future, Gasmobile Killers

September 28th, 2018 by Matt Pressman Originally published on EVANNEX. Are the days of the gas guzzler numbered? Tom Raftery (via Forbes) says there are “seven reasons why the internal combustion engine is a dead man walking.” He explains, “Electric cars are the future. The transition has just begun, but the move from ICE vehicles to electric will happen sooner and more quickly than most people suspect.” …

US Census Bureau: Americans’ commute times increased; transit ridership dropped, telecommuting now exceeds all forms of public transportation

Data from 2017 shows more commuters are driving, and a shift in where people work is affecting commutes. By Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, Oct. 1, 2018 An increasingly common refrain is being voiced again with the release of new governmental data sets: American workers’ commutes are getting longer. Plus, fewer commuters are using public transit for the trips. Those insights come …