Tesla Solar Roof: 9 Things You Don’t Realize Until You Own One for a Year

By Mike Brown on June 14, 2019Filed Under Tesla, Cars, Design, Elon Musk, Energy, Power, Solar Energy & Weather Amanda Tobler is possibly the world’s most extreme early-tech adopter. A year ago, she agreed to let Tesla replace the roof of her house in California, with solar-harvesting energy tiles. Failure could mean her home losing power, her property losing value, or even its contents getting exposed to the elements. The company has …

Tri-State looking at asking federal energy agency to set its electric rates

By JUDITH KOHLER | jkohler@denverpost.com | The Denver Post, June 14, 2019 Less than a month after a new law took effect that requires state approval of Tri-State’s plans, a utility that delivers wholesale electricity to rural cooperatives across Colorado is looking at placing itself under federal regulation. Westminster-based Tri State Generation and Transmission Association is talking with its board of directors about having its rates …

10,000 aggregated distributed energy assets take advantage of a software platform that connects them and helps decide when to charge and when to discharge

“To take advantage of when to charge and when to discharge —  and bid into the wholesale market — you need a software platform to connect all of the batteries together,” Sternberg said. The software platform monitors battery telemetry — the current state of charge and the battery’s capacity to offer power to the grid or take from the grid. An …

7 Top Evidence-Based Climate Communications Tips

“Global Warming” vs. “Climate Change”? Studies find “global warming” creates more ‘hot’ feelings of passion and alarm and is good for motivating supporters. “Climate change” evokes ‘cooler’ responses and less skepticism from conservatives. Identify and find your right audience: Many advocates spend time and money blasting messages to everyone equally. Stop doing this! To win on climate we must segment …

Coal-fired generation in Colorado’s energy portfolio is economically unviable, and it’s burdening electricity customers with extra costs when compared with cheaper wind and solar

BY GRACE HOOD | GRACE.HOOD@CPR.ORG JUN 26, 2019 Retiring Colorado’s fleet of coal-fired power plants could cut carbon and save utility customers billions of dollars, according to a new analysis by the Sierra Club.  The study looked at the economic impact of replacing 10 coal units in the state with cheaper wind and solar. The Sierra Club hired the consulting firm Strategen to examine different …

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus: Studies show that concentrating for too long on one task makes us less productive. Turns out, our brains need to wander a bit throughout the day

Harvard Business Review| Srini Pillay The ability to focus is an important driver of excellence. Focused techniques such as to-do lists, timetables, and calendar reminders all help people to stay on task. Few would argue with that, and even if they did, there is evidence to support the idea that resisting distraction and staying present have benefits: practicing mindfulness for 10 minutes a day, for example, …

Airplane Contrails’ Climate Impact to Triple by 2050, Study Says: The clouds created by jet engine pollution have a surprisingly powerful short-term impact on global warming

BY BOB BERWYN, INSIDECLIMATE NEWS JUN 27, 2019 Those thin white clouds that jet engines draw across the sky are leaving their mark on the climate. A new study warns that the global heat-trapping effect of contrail clouds will triple by 2050 unless airlines and airplane builders dramatically reduce emissions or air traffic patterns change. Air travel is growing so …

On reparations, the question isn’t if, but when and how, also stopping ongoing mass incarceration and dehumanization

By Zenobia Jeffries Warfield, Yesmagazine.orgJune 25, 2019 | CREATE! Above Photo: Left to right, Burgess Owens, Coleman Hughes, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton wait to testify about reparations for the descendants of American slavery during a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on June 19. Coates and Taylor Sutton testified in favor of reparations, while Owens and Hughes testified against. By Caroline Brehman/CQ …

Every renewable energy project developer now has to offer 50 percent ownership to the local community. The Dutch also formed a national investment fund for energy cooperatives that offers very low interest rate loans to local communities for the development of renewable energy projects

Europe takes two big steps toward decentralized energy In the Netherlands, the National Climate Agreement last year set a nonbinding target for community energy. Every renewable energy project developer now has to offer 50 percent ownership to the local community. The Dutch also formed a national investment fund for energy cooperatives that offers very low interest rate loans to local communities for …

Jim Hansen: Earth’s slow response to human-made changes of atmospheric composition provides us the possibility to avert the existential threat of climate change. But to achieve that end we need to understand the time scales for change of the energy and political systems

Saving Earth 27 June 2019 James Hansen It is wonderful that more people are waking up to the fact that we have a climate emergency. The emergency was clear more than a decade ago when it was realized that the long-term safe level of atmospheric CO2 was less than 350 ppm1. Already, we were well into the dangerous zone. Good …