ALEC and gas companies have passed prohibitions against gas bans across 20 states: 31% of US building gas use

Only Washington has passed statewide all-electric construction requirements. New York policymakers are considering statewide mandates for both new and existing buildings. Meanwhile, local air monitoring systems (Purple Air, monitoring particulate matter and VOCs) in highly fracked areas of Ohio and found that the U.S. EPA’s regional air quality monitors often miss variations in pollution at the local level. (Energy News …

NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood

CityLab, NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood A swath of oceanfront land in the Rockaways will become a test bed for climate and economic policies, promising affordable housing and other amenities to a region hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. By Aysha Diallo, March 4, 2022 Along 116 acres of vacant oceanfront land, development has begun on what could become …

CPUC draft distributed energy resources (DER) action plan intended as roadmap to roll out “forward-thinking” policy amid expected increases in DER deployments across the state

Utility Dive, July 2021 https://www.utilitydive.com/news/california-puc-unveils-draft-plan-for-forward-thinking-distributed-energy/603942/ California utility regulators last week issued a draft distributed energy resources (DER) action plan, intended to create a roadmap to roll out “forward-thinking” policy amid expected increases in DER deployments across the state. The plan is split into four tracks, which include creating more effective retail rate and demand response structures; ensuring that utility infrastructure planning …

Batteries double CO2 savings of households with PV systems: PV reduces electricity CO2 emissions by 45% and by up to 85% with batteries

FEBRUARY 26, 2021 PETRA HANNEN from pv magazine Germany Photovoltaic systems for single-family homes reduce electricity-related CO2 emissions of the households by 45%, according to EUPD Research. When a battery is added the CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 85%. RESIDENTIAL PV GERMANY https://www.pv-magazine.com/2021/02/26/batteries-double-co2-savings-of-households-with-pv-systems/ Good for the climate: a photovoltaic system. Even better for the climate: a photovoltaic system linked …

Pragmatists for Clean Air and Building without Gas

CASE STUDY: DIAMOND RAIL – ALL-ELECTRIC VS. TYPICAL Diamond Rail (v.4)  Diamond Rail is Giv Group’s fourth (v.4) all-electric multifamily design. Site: 535 West 300 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Status: Ground broke February 2020 Units: 80 (Studio – Three Bedroom) Affordability:  68% Affordable (25-50% AMI), 32% Market HVAC System: Cold-weather mini-split Water Heating: Centralized hybrid electric tank w/ unit meters  Project Savings (before rebates): $133,434.32 …

California’s Plan: Crowdsource Distributed Energy to Replace Grid Upgrades

The Partnership Pilot could start to enroll solar, batteries, EVs and other behind-the-meter assets as non-wires alternatives later this year. By Jeff St. John, GreenTechMedia, Feb 5, 2021 California regulators are planning a new approach to enlisting behind-the-meter batteries, solar, electric vehicles and other assets to replace grid upgrades. 1 California’s investor-owned utilities have argued against this approach. In comments …

Solar is now the cheapest source of bulk electricity in most sunny countries. We don’t need a technology breakthrough or subsidies to achieve massive adoption — just a grid connection and/or permission to sell electricity

Oct 2020: We’ll see solar & wind farms with capacity much larger than the grid connection, some with batteries…Solar curtailment is a feature not a bug. Solar’s probably the easiest source of generation to curtail quickly, so can really contribute to grid stability. And sometimes curtailment is a price worth paying for using a grid connection more fully. Hydrogen is …

Road to lowest cost grid is paved with distributed solar+storage: 247 GW of local rooftop and community solar and 160 GW of local energy storage is most cost-effective path. Local solar can power 25% of US homes

What would the grid look like, and cost, if we stopped ignoring the benefits of DERs and optimized the integration of these resources through a better modeling process? We found that when you use better planning models and scale both local solar and storage, as well as utility-scale solar and wind, you maximize cost savings and unlock the path to …

Renewables are more reliable and offer more resiliency

Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/renewables-clean-energy-climate-disasters_n_5fad67d1c5b6cae94043c56b Wind and solar installations, while certainly not invulnerable, are less likely to be completely wiped out by extreme weather and can free people from reliance on a centralized source of power. Solar panels and wind turbines are effectively mini power plants in themselves, distributed across the landscape and able to be disconnected from the central grid, meaning that …

Idaho utility’s coal exit sparks NIMBY grid fight

Miranda Willson, E&E News, Nov 30, 2020 The interior of the Boardman Power Plant in Oregon, one of three coal plants from which Idaho Power previously sourced energy, is pictured. Idaho Power will stop burning coal by 2030 and plans to build a power line to bring new electricity sources to its service area. Ninjanabe/Wikipedia Following the moves of other electricity …