Building retrofits can duplicate the success of wind and solar power

Smart government policies have spurred rapid acceleration in renewable energy. They can do the same for building efficiency upgrades. Richard Roberts, 09 June 2021, Canary Media Richard Roberts is inquiry lead at Volans, a research and advisory firm focused on sustainability, innovation and market transformation. This contributed content represents the views of the author, not those of Canary Media. The renewables …

Vermont’s home batteries take on gas power plants

Canary Media, 24 May 2021 Grid futurists anticipate a world where small-scale energy equipment scattered across homes and businesses usurps the fossil-fueled, capital-intensive plants that currently run the grid. To make this happen, all those devices need to operate as reliably as today’s centralized, utility-run infrastructure. That’s not easy, and not guaranteed. But Vermont utility Green Mountain Power just proved …

Electrify! by Saul Griffith

$24.95 TISBN: 9780262046237272 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 47 b&w illus. October 2021 An optimistic—but realistic and feasible—action plan for fighting climate change while creating new jobs and a healthier environment: electrify everything. Climate change is a planetary emergency. We have to do something now—but what? Saul Griffith has a plan. In Electrify, Griffith lays out a detailed blueprint—optimistic but feasible—for fighting climate …

Report on California’s 100% Clean Energy Act of 2018

Senate Bill 100 Officially titled “The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018,” Senate Bill 100 (SB 100, De León): Sets a 2045 goal of powering all retail electricity sold in California and state agency electricity needs with renewable and zero-carbon resources — those such as solar and wind energy that do not emit climate-altering greenhouse gases. Updates the state’s …

LA Times: New homes need to be fossil fuel-free

By THE LA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD MARCH 2, 2021  In September, while touring the charred wreckage left by yet another devastating wildfire, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared: “This a climate damn emergency.” The state’s ambitious strategies to curtail greenhouse gas emissions were not enough to counter the effects of a warming planet, Newsom warned, and he pledged to “accelerate all of them, across …

The case for a national clean electricity standard that phases fossil fuels out of electricity by 2035

This popular and proven climate policy should be at the top of Congress’s to-do list. By Leah Stokes and Sam Ricketts  Feb 4, 2021, Vox.com https://www.vox.com/22265119/biden-climate-change-renewable-energy-clean-electricity-standard-congress https://www.fox5ny.com/news/congestion-pricing-back-in-play-for-new-york-city Last year, presidential candidate Joe Biden campaigned on a bold climate plan that included cleaning up America’s electricity system by 2035 with a federal Clean Electricity Standard (CES). A national CES, which would require utilities increase their share of …

A primary justification for fuel-dependent generation is its theoretical ability to generate regardless of the weather but over 40% of the coal, gas, & nuclear fleet are offline due to the cold in TX

Excerpt, RMI, 2/18/21… Wind turbine icing is the “least significant factor” in driving the outages, according to an ERCOT spokesperson. Additionally, it is notable that this is a relatively straightforward problem to solve. For example, in Canada “cold weather packages” allow wind turbines to operate in very low temperatures. Moreover, grid planners know and expect that wind power is often unavailable during system …

EVs are already greener than cars running on gasoline even with our current electricity grid. Electrifying U.S. vehicles wipes out the equivalent of our entire current power demand.

Bloomberg, Feb 1, 2021 https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-opinion-renewables-will-power-future-of-us-energy/ EVs are already greener than cars running on gasoline even with our current electricity grid. Electrifying U.S. vehicles wipes out the equivalent of our entire current power demand. The U.S. consumes a lot of energy; last year, about 100 quadrillion BTUs (equivalent to 17 billion barrels of oil; which, we’ll admit, is only marginally less abstract). But …