New York’s Public Power Bill Could Be a Model for the Rest of the Country. NY State Build Public Renewables Act sets path for faster, cheaper, better decarbonization.

The New York State Build Public Renewables Act. “We could see, for instance, federal money going to states so that they could set one up themselves so that they can build out public renewable energy in their states, bring down the cost, make it accountable to the people, and bring down energy poverty at the same time.” Dharna Noor 5/13/21, Gizmodo …

When VRE and storage are allowed to provide operating reserves, system-wide operating costs and curtailment levels decrease

June 2021 webinar – New research on the curtailment paradox—the surprising relationship between system flexibility and curtailment in high solar futures.  The Curtailment Paradox in a High Solar Future: NREL Study Uncovers Counterintuitive Relationship Between Flexibility Options and Curtailment in Power Systems with High Solar Penetration, April 28, 2021 Rising penetrations of variable renewable energy (VRE) in power systems are expected …

Attorneys General in 17 ‘Red’ States Seek to Insert Themselves as Adversaries to Juliana v. United States Plaintiffs

June 8, 2021, Our Children’s Trust EUGENE, Ore. – Six years after the filing of the constitutional climate case Juliana v. United States – and just days before settlement talks were scheduled between the youth and the government – attorneys general from 17 states have asked to insert themselves into the case so they can oppose any proposed settlement and …

Yes, we have everything we need to transition off fossil fuels now

The vast majority of our CO2 problems come from pushing cars and making electricity from coal and gas. Only 20% of the energy expenditure in a combustion vehicle goes into moving it – the rest of the energy goes out the exhaust pipe, as 35% does in electricity generation. Petroleum, coal, and natural gas total 80.2 quads of energy consumption, …

The cleanest, lowest cost grid has 273 GW of local solar plus storage, providing $453 billion in savings, and over 2 million jobs. 798 GW of utility-scale solar and 802 GW of utility-scale wind needed by 2050

NREL Marks Ongoing Cost Reductions for Installed Photovoltaic Systems, While Also Establishing Benchmark of PV-Plus-Storage Systems in U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System and Energy Storage Cost Benchmark: Q1 2020. This year’s study also This year’s benchmark report integrates PV-plus-storage costs, demonstrating that these also fell from the first quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020. The new benchmark includes …

Maine Republicans: Investor Owned Utilities are not meeting the needs of the people, and public ownership will lower rates and advance carbon reduction goals

“The facts are clear: investor-owned utilities are not meeting the needs of the Maine people, and the legislation we’re proposing will not only strengthen our grid, but it will also lower rates, advance Maine’s carbon emission goals,” Rep. Nathan Carlow, R, a member of the legislature’s utilities’ committee, said in a press release. Proposed legislation would create a new, nonprofit utility. …

G7 agrees to stop international funding for coal

In climate push, G7 agrees to stop international funding for coal Reuters | Elizabeth Piper and Markus Wacket The world’s seven largest advanced economies agreed on Friday to stop international financing of coal projects that emit carbon by the end of this year, and phase out such support for all fossil fuels, to meet globally agreed climate change targets. Stopping …

1953 Review Outlines Key Issues With Fossil Fuels: The Most Colossal Planning Failure in Human History. Rapid Shift and Attention to the Rights of Future Generations Needed.

May 2021 “War Time Footing” Said Needed to Correct Economists’ Climate Change Failings. Steve Keen, a fellow at University College London, recently told CNBC that economic forecasts predicting the potential impact of climate change have grossly underestimated the reality and delayed global recovery efforts by decades. Keen said that mainstream economists ignored scientific data and instead “made up their own …

Biden proposal…before he went to Republicans

One of the best summaries of what’s in the Biden proposal comes from David Roberts in his Volts newsletter: he highlights the “coolest” features, from electrifying the postal-service delivery fleet (and a fifth of the nation’s school buses) to a national climate lab situated at a historically Black college and a major transmission grid for renewables that may follow existing …

How to spot the difference between a real climate policy and greenwashing guff

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/06/difference-real-climate-policy-greenwashing-emissions By Damian Carrington Unless actions by governments and corporations cut emissions in the here and now, a dose of scepticism is in order So it’s goodbye climate deniers, hello – and you’ll pardon me for being blunt here – climate bullshitters. The impacts of the climate emergency are now so obvious, only the truly deluded still deny them. Instead, …