Report: An Alternative to Electricity Monopolies Enables Communities to Center People and Planet

BY JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 19 FEB 2020 Download the Report Register for a webinar on the report, March 5th, 2020 at 12pm CT More communities than ever want to exercise control over their energy systems. In 2016, Americans collectively spent $360 billion buying electricity. Most of the revenue accrued to the benefit of increasingly-large, investor-owned utilities. Inspired by the individuals who put solar on their …

Strategic Demand Management with Performance Incentives

The sections below describe the trends emerging from our research and recommend best practices for structuring SDR PIMs. PIMS ARE AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR UNLOCKING SDR SDR potential remains largely untapped, reaching nowhere near the Brattle-estimated potential of 200 GW of cost-effective load flexibility and consumer benefits of $15 billion per year. Nonetheless, our review of several case studies demonstrates …

Why some cities are targeting gas stoves to fight climate change

Why building electrification, and removing gas from new and retrofitted homes, has become a movement By Patrick Sisson  Feb 4, 2020 Ever since the Green New Deal became a key talking point and policy goal of progressive politicians last year, there’s been a renewed push to make American homes and buildings better for the environment. For a growing number of municipalities and local leaders, …

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 …