Utilities saying “skip gas”, go to renewable generation and storage. Germany & UK getting half of their electricity from renewables now.

From PV Mag June 2020 https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/07/01/more-utilities-bypassing-natural-gas-bridge-and-going-straight-to-renewables/ Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) both outlined their plans to skip the gas bridge as they transition away from coal in their resource plans. TEP’s proposal calls for closing all of its coal-fired generation by 2031 and replacing this capacity with 2,457 MW of new wind and solar generation and …

Freedom from coal: Coal was the fuel for more than half of US electricity as recently as 2003, but was down to less than 25 percent last year and is some of most expensive to operate now

Excerpt from Inside Climate News We don’t need coal and it’s cheaper to get rid of it. Coal was the fuel for more than half of the country’s electricity as recently as 2003, but was down to less than 25 percent last year. And coal’s decline is accelerating, with many coal-fired power plants sitting idle during the coronavirus crisis because those plants are …

79 percent of US coal fleet is uncompetitive compared with renewables and storage already. US could save $10 billion annually with the shift. Reinvestment needed in coal communities too.

How to Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseout Feasible and Just June 30, 2020  |  By Paul Bodnar, Tamara Grbusic, Sam Mardell, Caroline Ott, and Uday Varadarajan For over a century, growing presence of coal smokestacks worldwide signified economic development and progress. Coal supplied our homes with electricity and our factories with power. At the same time, this workhorse of the industrial …

Decarbonizing Colorado

Updated from Allen Best’s initial article on June 23, 2020 Closing most of the coal plants in Colorado during the next decade will be the easy part.  Transportation—already the No. 1 source of greenhouse emissions in the state—will be a much tougher challenge.  But even that won’t be enough to allow Colorado to hit its targeted reductions in greenhouse gas …

Black children are 10 times more likely to visit the emergency room for asthma than white children in St. Louis

In January 2019, the St. Louis Equity Indicators Baseline Report found that “Black children are 10 times more likely to visit the emergency room for asthma than white children.” This environmental justice issue is not only a St. Louis issue: historically marginalized communities are disproportionately likely to live near a toxic emitter nationwide. St. Louis is committed to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2035. …

Three EU countries have gone coal free already. Ten more will be coal-free by 2030. 8 more have never had any coal power to speak of. UK to close remaining coal by 2025.

June 2020. By 2030, 13 EU countries will be coal-free. Belgium was the first to cut ties with coal in 2016. France, Slovakia, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Finland, Hungary, and Denmark are expected to end coal by 2030. According to NS Energy, Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, and Switzerland “have never had any capacity to speak of.” The …

Driving the shift to renewables in Colorado

May 18, 2020 by Allen Best Legislative mandates, plunging costs, but also consumer demand push shift The rapid shift to renewables has three, and perhaps four powerful guiding forces. First were the legislative mandates to decarbonize electrical supplies. Colorado in 2019 set targets of 50% reduction economy wide by 2030 and 90% by 2040. New Mexico, a second state where Tri-State operates, …

Why coal phaseout is a ‘no-regret’ plan for tackling climate change

“We show that phasing out coal yields substantial environmental and public-health benefits. The majority comes from reduced air pollution-related mortality, with about 1.5 million avoided premature deaths in 2050. This is equivalent to around 40 million “Disability Adjusted Life Years” (DALY), which is a measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill health.” …

Tri-State Chooses the Low-Carbon Path: How a Rural Cooperative Utility Arrived at an Actionable Plan to Transition to Clean Energy

May 6, 2020  |  By RMI Katie Siegner and Mark Dyson Download RMI’s case study of the Tri-State Responsible Energy Plan The transition to clean energy has a new champion: rural electric co-ops. At the close of the last decade, a growing number of distribution co-ops––as well as a few larger generation and transmission (G&T) co-ops––had set clean energy targets and carbon …