Public Banking for Infrastructure Finance

By providing counsel, BND helps municipalities with limited knowledge of financial markets or the grant application process to access capital at lower rates and with cheaper transaction costs. Second, to address declining public revenues for infrastructure, BND’s direct low-interest loans allow it to leverage capital on terms that are favorable to the public. Finally, the centralized management of public funds …

The World’s first renewable island – when a community embraces wind power

RapidTransition.org story posted 4 February 2019. See lessons The Danish island of Samsø went from being entirely fossil fuel dependent to becoming the World’s first 100% renewable island, in under a decade. In 1997, the Danish Government launched a competition to develop a model renewable energy community, in order to prove that the country’s Kyoto climate target to reduce carbon emissions …

Just purchased by Shell: sonnen provides virtual power plant and grid balancing services equivalent to two peaker plants, from home energy storage systems

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/15/shell-acquires-sonnen/ excerpt: …The real secret sauce with sonnen is its ability to innovate beyond just the hardware. Building a smart energy storage appliance is neat and noteworthy, but sonnen has demonstrated its ability to innovate beyond the box and has shaken the foundations of the industry with its disruptive innovations in neighborhood energy storage and whole home energy storage that includes smart …

Starting a CCA plus electrifying buildings saves Marbleton money

New York Town Plans Profitable 100% Renewable Future, by Tom Konrad in GTMREGULATION & POLICY, 02.07.19, excerpt A community choice program and a lack of natural gas are enabling Marbletown to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity—while saving money. Saving money with building electrification Another thing going for Marbletown — though it may not appear to be the case at first — is its lack …

German Climate Act plans 55% GHG decrease across energy, transport, ag, industry, housing by 2030. Germany achieves coal phase-out with commitment to the equivalent of €40 billion ($46 billion) over 20 years into coal-dependent regions

Climate-related parts of the proposal are due to go into a climate act that the government has promised for later this year. The wide-ranging act is due to cover not only energy but also transport, agriculture, industry and housing.  It will set out how these sectors need to be restructured to meet a 2030 target of 55 percent lower carbon emissions …

Transition to 100% renewable energy in Europe across power, heat, transport sectors will be economically competitive with today’s conventional fossil fuels and nuclear system

100% Renewable Energy Across Europe Is More Cost-Effective Than The Current Energy System, Clean Technica, February 8th, 2019  Excerpt…Energy Watch Group and LUT University combined their resources to work on a new research that proves the feasibility of a European energy transition to 100% renewable sources. The study has simulated a full energy transition in Europe across the power, heat, transport, …

Technological advances could drastically cut greenhouse gas pollution from concrete

Technological advances could drastically cut greenhouse gas pollution from concrete,  By Eric Sundquist, SSTI, December 17th, 2018 in CO2, construction, GHG Most GHG emissions in transportation come from on-road vehicles, but construction is a large contributor as well. In particular, concrete manufacturing generates emissions both from energy needed to heat materials in cement kilns and from a chemical process known as “calcination.” Because concrete …

Electric Heating Accelerates the Push for Deep Decarbonization

Electric Heating Accelerates the Push for Deep Decarbonization, but Cost Remains an Issue: An economic analysis of heat pumps versus natural gas and oil shows the least carbon-intensive option may not be the cheapest. EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT, GTM JUNE 18, 2018 Heat pump systems reduce carbon emissions for buildings, but may cost more than traditional heating and cooling. Photo Credit: Shutterstock 39 …

New Home Solar Laws Could Triple US Solar Base By 2045, Save Homeowners $19K over 30 years

A 2018 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study found that these advancements in the relationship between homebuilders and solar system manufacturers could collectively reduce the price of solar systems by 59%. “In states with pro-solar policies, homeowners with solar energy can save between $10,000 to $30,000 over a 20-year period,” the report suggests. Installing solar panels during construction lowers solar …

Powerhouse solar shingles are cheaper than Tesla’s and have $127 million in preorders

December 28th, 2018 by Charles W. Thurston on Clean Technica The snail-slow solar shingle race is moving once again, as Real Goods Solar accepts the first of its $127 million worth of Powerhouse preorders on December 27. The company also announced plans to ramp up production every quarter during 2019 toward a 5 megawatt annual capacity guarantee from its manufacturing partners. The announcement coincides …