Intelligent computing platform aligns operations with the availability of renewable energy resources

Achieving Google’s new 24/7 clean energy goal will require both the adoption of new technologies, and new purchasing options, the company’s head of global energy markets and policy said Thursday on a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) panel. Google is designing an “intelligent computing platform” that aligns its operations with the availability of renewable energy resources, Jeff Riles said. The …

Wind & Solar Are Cheaper Than Everything, Lazard Reports: New wind and solar power plants can even provide electricity more cheaply than existing, in-operation natural gas, coal, and nuclear power plants

November 15th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan in Clean Technica We recently saw the International Energy Agency (IEA) report that solar power offers the cheapest electricity in history. That was a global report. A US-focused report from Lazard recently reported something similar. The highly regarded energy analysts showed that wind and solar offer the cheapest electricity in the country, even significantly undercutting natural gas combined cycle …

San Francisco Board of Supervisors votes unanimously to ban gas in new buildings

San Francisco has already banned natural gas for any new city-owned building. Berkeley banned gas in new buildings last year. Natural gas accounts for roughly 40% of San Francisco’s overall emissions of greenhouse gases and 80% of building emissions. Requiring cleaner, all-electric buildings in new construction will increase building safety, reduce emissions citywide, and improve indoor air quality, Mandelman said. …

Clean Energy Jobs Report – Oct 2020

Today, E2 released what I think is one of our most important clean energy jobs reports ever. As lawmakers look for ways to build back our economy with a focus on clean energy, our Clean Jobs, Better Jobs report for the first time details wages, benefits and unionization rates for clean energy jobs, with details down to the sector, state and even …

Griffith: If households were to electrify everything from their cars to their heaters, backed by renewable energy sources, they could cut their energy bills by a third and save $1,050-$2,585 per year – even after the cost of financing the switch

We’ve often heard that decarbonizing our households, by switching all our fossil-fueled machines to electric ones, would be prohibitively expensive. But Rewiring America’s new study, No Place Like Home: Fighting Climate Change (and Saving Money) by Electrifying America’s Households, by Saul Griffith, PhD and Sam Calisch, PhD, offers hope and highlights an opportunity. If households were to electrify everything from …

Clean energy jobs pay more than the national median but greater unionization is needed

Clean energy jobs pay 25 percent more than the national median wage and are more likely to include health and other benefits, according to a study of federal occupational wage and benefits. The study, from E2, the American Council for Renewable Energy and the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, looked at workers in renewable energy, energy efficiency, grid modernization, battery storage …

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, …