Clean energy? No more excuses. New research shows the reasons once given for slowing down a transition away from fossil fuels—technological barriers, cost and jobs losses—are no longer valid.

September 23, 2020, John Palfrey, MacArthur Foundation Renewable energy has long been recognized as better for our environment and for human health. Now promising new research shows the reasons once given for slowing down a transition away from fossil fuels—technological barriers, cost and jobs losses—can no longer reasonably be claimed as obstacles to progress in renewable energy. In fact, green energy production would …

3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them

by Ted Wong, Lacey Shaver, Eric Mackres and Yeou-Rong Jih – September 02, 2020, WRI,  Comments|Add Comment|Print For years, city governments in the United States have taken the lead on committing to climate action, with more than 165 cities aiming for 100% community-wide clean energy. But whether ambitious goals translate to ambitious action is another question altogether, and unfortunately we’ve seen cities fall short of their commitments before. More recently, …

Labor and Coal communities key in designing a Just Transition + 11 recommendations by CO Committee

Dharna Noor, Gizmodo, 9/25/20 GREEN NEW DEAL https://earther.gizmodo.com/why-unions-are-the-key-to-passing-a-green-new-deal-1845169012 There’s a persistent conservative myth that the clean energy transition must come at the expense of employment. Nothing could be further from the truth, though. The Congressional resolution on a Green New Deal, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey last February, includes a proposal guarantee employment to all those who want …

The US is moving toward sustainable energy: Renewables accounted for 57% of new US power capacity in the first half of 2020

Renewable energy accounted for 57% of new US power capacity in the first half of 2020. Elon highlighted that the grid is quickly getting more sustainable and that during the past 10 years power production from coal has dropped in half. A CleanTechnica report published this weekend has much more information on that based on the latest official data, published on Friday, and …

Battery Powered Trains will be 35% Cheaper Than Hydrogen, Study Concludes: Plus the price of batteries keeps dropping

Oliver Cuenca of International Railway Journal reports that the battery-powered trains cost 35% less to buy and operate than hydrogen trains. The batteries don’t have to be replaced as often as fuel cells, either, so maintenance costs will be lower. If the trains operate during the daytime, they can be charged at night with the same cheap electricity, just like people …

Xcel’s Energy Resource Plan isn’t making the grade

https://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2020/08/dont-let-the-c-average-fool-you-there-are-some-truly-bad-and-a-few-good-things-in-xcels-resource-plan/ After Xcel Energy released its 15-year plan for providing electricity in Minnesota in July, a coalition of advocates gave mixed grades to the long-delayed resource plan because Xcel’s vision for the future includes high reliance on fossil gas, poor forecasts of customer-owned energy, and inadequate efforts to transform an energy sector that has long burdened low income and communities of color …

Rhode Island has embarked on its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030

July 27, 2020, EVwind.es Rhode Island has embarked on its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. Getting there is a work in progress, but the target will likely be reached without doing much outside of existing renewable-energy initiatives and hoping that offshore wind development reaches critical mass. Based on an Office of Energy Resources PowerPoint presentation given at a …

Solar pushing coal offline in Texas and to seasonal operation in Minnesota. Being examined in Missouri and Indiana.

July 17th, 2020 by Johnna Crider on Clean Technica. In Texas, solar will soon push most of the remaining coal fleet offline, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). IEEFA’s recent report, Solar Surge Set to Drive Much of Remaining Texas Coal-Fire Fleet Offline, shared that this is largely due to the growth in utility-scale PV production and how it’s rapidly changing the …

While climate change divides Democrats and Republicans, renewable policy unites

PV Magazine, July 2020 A new interactive map created by the Yale Program on Climate Communication shows the difference in responses and opinions between America’s two political parties across questions of climate change, renewable education and utility procurement.JULY 6, 2020 TIM SYLVIA Image: Yale Program on Climate Communication The Yale Program on Climate Communication has released an interactive map that shows variations in …

Renewables+Storage operating as virtual power generation get more renewables on the grid & can provide demand response automatically, eliminating the need for day-ahead planning, respond immediately to price signals, shift loads, or aggregate other distributed energy resources

Renewables + storage, operating as virtual power plants often cover a wider area than microgrids (which also island) and are flexible enough to expand or contract the area in which they operate, depending on market conditions. They serve the main grid, while microgrids don’t always provide services to the main grid. Virtual power plants can get more renewables on the …