Cost of solar panels has fallen 89 percent in past decade and clean energy will be 95% of all new power generation. Global research team sets up database for emerging PV tech

Amazing stats from Al Gore – December 2020, NYTimes The cost of solar panels has fallen 89 percent in the past decade, and the cost of wind turbines has dropped 59 percent. The International Energy Agency projects that 90 percent of all new electricity capacity worldwide in 2020 will be from clean energy — up from 80 percent in 2019, when total global investment in wind …

Best ways to close the income equity gap in solar adoption: Leasing and LMI incentives had the greatest impact, and PACE helped too

Researchers from Clean Kilowatts and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed software that predicts the most important business model interventions for closing the gap of residential PV adoption between high-income and low-to-middle-income areas. The researchers concluded that LMI incentives, leasing and PACE increase PV adoption equity. The model showed that these intervention models shift deployment into underserved markets with lower …

Utilities: The just-and-reasonable standard requires prudence—operating at lowest feasible cost. Further, the prudence obligation is a continuing obligation and the utility has an obligation to prove it.

From testimony of Scott Hempling in Joint Application of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC, for Authority to Adjust Electric, Natural Gas, and Steam Rates                                                       Docket No. 5-UR-109 The just-and-reasonable standard requires prudence—operating at lowest feasible cost. The just-and-reasonable standard requires that test-year costs be consistent with long-term prudence. The prudence obligation is a continuing obligation. A utility …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …

Leveraging the Health Care Benefits of Energy-Efficient Housing

https://info.ornl.gov/sites/publications/Files/Pub124723.pdf The healthcare industry has the potential to be a strong ally in the effort to reduce the energy burdens of low-income households. Problems associated with high energy burdens often include adverse health effects. Insufficient heating and cooling systems and leaky homes can cause hypothermia and heat stress. Improper air filtration, cracked heat exchangers, and poor ventilation can exacerbate asthma …

Energy footprints grow with expenditure: the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%

A study published in Nature Energy shows that energy footprints grow with expenditure, and, as a consequence, are unequally distributed. Among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Additionally, as income increases, people spend more of their money on energy-intensive goods, such as package holidays or …

Solar Minigrids Could Serve about Half of People in the World without Power: Report

July 2, 2020 By Ethan Howland, Microgrid Knowledge Minigrids can serve about half the people in the world — about 111 million households — who lack electricity by 2030 at a cost of $128 billion, although increased policy support is needed, according to a report. There are about 5,500 minigrids in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and small island nations, with some in Latin America, …

Yale360 articles on energy justice & democracy: Energy Justice Needed for Low-Income Households – Half of the third of households that struggle to pay utilities are black and 40 percent are Latinx

A series of Yale360 articles on energy justice and democracy Green Upgrade: How California Is Pioneering ‘Energy Justice’ JULY 30, 2018, by ​PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN Energy Equity: Bringing Solar Power to Low-Income Communities, APRIL 4, 2019, by MARIA GALLUCCI Bringing Energy Upgrades To the Nation’s Inner Cities, MAY 11, 2016, by DIANE TOOMEY Why Low-Income Households Need to Be Part of …

Ways to meet climate goals: the short list of climate actions that will work

September 29th, 2019 by Michael Barnard, Clean Technica   cleantechnica.com/2019/09/29/the-short-list-of-climate-actions-that-will-work/ I spend a lot of time critiquing solutions for low-carbon transformation, and that leads, inevitably, to people asking me: what works? What should we be doing? Most recently, that came in the form of a question on Quora that was well enough formed to trigger me to write down the solution set: “What exactly …

How Oakland’s Community Choice program is doing better for our community

https://twitter.com/LCEACleanEnergy/status/1159128633811722240  Oakland Clean Energy Initiative to Replace Dirty Jack London Square Power Plant. East Bay Community Energy embarks on a strategy to replace a dirty power plant that burns jet fuel with clean battery power. Jean Tepperman July 31, 2019 Photo by Paul Haggard. This Vistra Energy plant just west of Jack London Square will be shuttered. A new project in …