The Case for Switching From Natural Gas Hookups to Heat Pumps

7/19 GTM: Geothermal heat pumps are a no-brainer given their efficiency and environmental advantages, argue investor Jigar Shah and Kathy Hannun of Dandelion Energy. The Natural Resources Defense Council claims that installing heat pumps instead of natural-gas lines would save homeowners $1,500 right away, and hundreds of more dollars each year after that in operating costs. Homeowners would also enjoy the benefit …

The Housing Crisis Is Worse Than You Think: 10 statistics that outline the U.S. housing crisis from the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual report on the gap between wage-earners and rent prices

24.7%: U.S. renters who spend more than half their income on rent. 49.5%: Those who spend more than the federal threshold of “affordable” (30% of income). 7,000,000: Nationwide shortage of affordable homes for low-income renters.  552,830: People experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2018. 7,400,000: Americans forced to move in with friends or family. 32%: Increase in median rent from 2001 to 2015. 97%: Increase in the number of homes renting for $2,000 …

Price for EV minerals is declining

July 2019 GTM: Prices for many key materials for EVs have fallen in recent months. Spot prices for lithium carbonate, for example, have dropped by almost $7,000 per ton since June 2018, about 40%. And the price of cobalt has dropped “more with a crash than a steady decline” in the first half of 2019 . JASON DEIGN JULY 25, 2019, …

Residential Bi-Directional DC Fast Charger from Wallbox in the US and China

July 2019, In the US, Wallbox is bringing the Pulsar Plus charger, which it expects to have certified for use in the country by the end of the year. The Puslar Plus brings compact, functional EV charging into the home, with Wallbox’s signature intelligence components. The Plus part of the package represents the additional connectivity that comes in the form …

TerraForm Power invests in distributed solar portfolio to recycle capital from stabilized assets, plans to squeeze additional value from the new assets by offering tack-ons like storage and backup generation

7/19 GTM: The former SunEdison yieldco hopes to leverage the diverse 300-megawatt portfolio to sell additional services to commercial and industrial clients. TerraForm Power to Invest $720M in Distributed Solar Portfolio. By Emma Foehringer Merchant Brookfield-controlled TerraForm locks down more distributed solar. 3 TerraForm Power announced Monday it will take over ownership of a portfolio consisting of 291 megawatts of …

Hawaii’s plan to use Dispatchable Renewables in and Batteries, in PPAs not owned by the utility, to replace dirty power plants

Renewable Dispatchable Generation power purchase agreements An in-depth look at Hawaiian Electric’s latest move toward a future grid that doesn’t rely on huge spinning generators. by Jeff St. John, July 26, 2019 Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii’s main investor-owned utility, has been facing the challenge of incorporating renewable energy into its island grids for years now, from the weather-induced shifts in utility-scale wind …

Advancing Social Equity in Solar Requires Real Data and Honest Conversations

Workplace demographic studies are critical for the solar industry if it wants to reflect the communities it serves, the author writes. By ERICA MACKIE, founder and CEO of Grid Alternatives, JULY 26, 2019 “You can’t change what you can’t see.” 0 The results from The Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s second U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study, released this …

700 MW Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma is cheaper and battery will respond faster than a gas peaker can, plus the added benefit of absorbing excess capacity

‘Cheaper Than a Peaker’: NextEra Inks Massive Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma: NextEra will build a combined 700 megawatts for an electric cooperative group in a landmark deal for the hybrid renewables sector. By Julian Spector in GreenTechMedia, July 25, 2019 Oklahoma-based Western Farmers Electric Cooperative to build the largest proposed solar-plus-wind-plus-storage plant in the U.S. with even amounts of each. The battery …

Observations on the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2019 Including Projections to 2020 and 2030

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released its draft “Colorado Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2019 Including Projections to 2020 and 2030” on July 5th.  That report provides actual statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data through 2015, and projected GHG emissions for 2020 and 2030. Some observations: Statewide GHG emissions in 2015 were 1% HIGHER than they were in …

Burning the Gas ‘Bridge Fuel’ Myth: Why Gas Is Not Clean, Cheap, or Necessary

MAY 30, 2019BY OCI TEAMREPORTS, STOPPING CARBON LOCK-IN Published by Oil Change International. Endorsed by 350.org, Center for Biological Diversity, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Clean Virginia, Earthworks, Food & Water Europe, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth Europe, Friends of the Earth U.S., Greenpeace USA, NC WARN, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, New York Communities for Change, Rainforest Action Network, and …