Publicly Owned Utilities Could Help Fight the Climate Crisis

Transitioning utilities to public ownership could help lay the groundwork for a renewable, just future. BY GRETA MORAN OCTOBER 25, 2019, TeenVogue Earlier this month, Pacific Gas & Electric, the investor-owned utility company that supplies power to much of California, cut off electricity to over 700,000 customers. The company argued that such a drastic measure — the largest planned power outage in …

Accelerating Wind and Solar: Wind and solar have seen remarkable growth over the past few decades. Most of the limits on wind and solar integration that have been presented by critics have been proven overstated at best, if not outright false.

Solar represented only 2.4 percent of global electricity generation during 2018. However, the rate of growth is dizzying. The output from solar grew around 50 percent annually from 2007 through 2017, meaning that on average, its contribution to the power supply more than doubled every two years. Wind is further along, representing 5.5 percent of generation in 2018. However, it has been growing …

Solar farms can keep the lights on even at night: Trial shows panels can smooth voltage fluctuations in the UK National Grid

“Inverters” at the solar farm are usually used in the process of converting solar energy to electric current. But at night, when the grid is often less stable, the same equipment can adapt grid electricity to a healthier voltage. Chris Buckland, technical director of Lightsource BP, said the inverter acts like a distortion mirror by reflecting the energy network’s voltage …

Let Colorado communities choose their own energy sources: Evaluate an alternative to monopoly utilities

By DAILY CAMERA GUEST OPINION | openforum@dailycamera.com | Boulder Daily CameraNovember 16, 2019 at 5:10 pm By Edie Hooton Regardless of what happens with Boulder’s future energy municipalization efforts, it’s sadly obvious that the long, expensive legal battle with Xcel will deter other towns with ambitious renewable energy and climate goals from following our lead. A more general solution for Colorado communities is needed. …

It’s now cheaper to build new renewables than it is to build natural gas plants

9.11.19, WORLD CHANGING IDEAS, It’s now cheaper to build new renewables than it is to build natural gas plants People could save $29 billion on their electric bills if utilities built new clean energy instead of new natural gas plants. BY ADELE PETERS, Fast Company 2 MINUTE READ Clean energy has reached a tipping point: It’s now cheaper to build and use …

EV charging promises a demand response bonanza for utilities, if they can handle it

Aggregated flexible load of high EV penetrations will be lucrative in demand response markets, but for now smaller EV demand gives utilities management practice. Herman K. Trabish, Oct. 18, 2019, Utility/Smart Cities Dive Electric vehicle (EV) charging may eventually offer power systems great load flexibility opportunities, but today’s modest EV penetrations may be more of a challenge than a benefit for …

Electricity is set to become a cheaper energy carrier than combustible fuels

Dr Gunnar Luderer from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, who said the role of electrification in the future is underestimated. “Electricity is set to become a cheaper energy carrier than combustible fuels,” he noted. His team’s analysis has found that under 1.5C-consistent pathways, renewable power will be cheaper than energy from oil and gas from 2030, and they set out to find to …

Legislation establishing an Independent System Operator (ISO) to manage the electric transmission grid in Colorado

This document describes an idea of central importance to Colorado’s energy future:  a statewide unified transmission grid managed by a non-profit Independent System Operator (ISO) under a common transmission tariff. The purpose of this document is to explain the concept and attract the attention of one or more legislators who are knowledgeable about energy and might appreciate how transformative a …

Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Puts Businesses in Driver’s Seat of EV Revolution

V2G technologies and their income streams mean businesses more than consumers could drive EV adoption. JOHN PARNELL SEPTEMBER 19, 2019, GTM V2G could mean big money for EV fleet operators. (Shutterstock) 1 Vehicle-to-grid technologies and the income streams they will generate mean businesses — rather than consumers — could become the key driver of EV adoption, according to one U.K. …