Colorado wind (2 GW) can economically and reliably replace 6000 GWh of Coal

 Today’s changing economic realities are significantly boosting renewable energy’s potential to lower utility costs for consumers. In Colorado, Ron Lehr and a team of financial analysts revealed the stunning results of a two-year study of clean energy generation potential. Grover, Colorado wind farm. Credit: Carlye Calvin, UCAR.edu, Colorado Renewable Energy Realities in Colorado At the end of 2013, following a …

Coal causing 366,000 deaths a year and transportation 137,000 deaths per year from air pollution in China

An August 2016 report by the Health Effects Institute provides the first comprehensive assessment of the current and predicted burdens of disease attributable to coal-burning and other major sources of air pollution in China at the national and provincial levels.  Top findings: Coal-burning was the most important contributor to ambient PM2.5, responsible for 40% of population-weighted PM2.5 in China. Given the large …

Community celebrates as utility gets off coal

Cross-posted from Eco Watch – Aug 2016 El Paso Electric celebrated the milestone of becoming Texas and New Mexico’s first coal-free utility at an event held in downtown El Paso Wednesday. The Sierra Club joined speakers from across the city to mark this achievement. Over the last several years, El Paso Electric has been working on ways to provide power …

Some fascinating facts about energy in the US

By ADELE PETERS 08.09.16 in FastCoExist Saul Griffith likes numbers. The serial entrepreneur and MacArthur genius once calculated the carbon footprint of every single action in his life—from buying underwear to paying taxes. Now he and a group of colleagues at Otherlab, his San Francisco-based company, have mapped out something else in obsessive detail: all of the energy used in America. “I …

EJ input to the Clean Power Plan, in Chicago and Illinois

…“There should be hard restrictions on the purchase of credits by generators in environmental justice communities,” said Juliana Pino, policy director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), whose members fought to close Chicago’s coal plants. “So-called waste-to-energy facilities are in no way carbon neutral. This is particularly salient for communities like Little Village that have [closed] coal plant facilities …

Existing Chinese coal plants running at 50% capacity and China aims to close 1000 coal plants this year, but some provinces are still building despite orders to stop

There have been mixed messages coming from China lately. The country’s carbon emissions may be declining more than a decade earlier than anticipated, thanks in part to reductions in coal power. And yet, China is planning 210 new coal-fired power plants despite existing overcapacity.  China’s National Energy Administration has ordered 13 provincial governments to stop approving new coal-fired power plants and ordered 15 provinces to halt …

Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade, says new study

The worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels to create energy could be phased out in a decade, according to an article published by a major energy think tank in the UK. Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, believes that the next great energy revolution could take place in a fraction of the …

Coal plants in India being shut down due to lack of water, and the crisis could get far, far worse – 40% of plants are in water-stressed areas

Drought hits Indian coal plants and expansion plans, by Bob Burton and Ashish Fernandes on 24 March 2016 Shuttershock Despite the Indian Government’s determination to double or even triple domestic coal production, the power sector is now being hit by water scarcity – with a new report warning the crisis could get far, far worse. A little over a week …