Practical and cost-effective ways to reach renewable energy goals in Colorado

From EnergyFreedomCO.org Many Colorado cities have ambitious energy goals but no practical and cost-effective way to reach them. Over one million Coloradans live in cities with the goal of obtaining 100% of their electricity from renewable energy sources. Many large companies also have aggressive renewable energy goals. This paper reviews six possible solutions that would allow cities and large companies …

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 …

The GND must put utilities under public control: Community ownership of power is the most promising path toward equity, democracy and renewable energy.

By Jackson Koeppel, Johanna Bozuwa and Liz Veazey, Inthesetimes.com February 6, 2019 Highland Park, Mich., is a small, majority-black community of three square miles, nestled in the center of Detroit, with some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the country. It’s suffered a series of indignities and setbacks over the years: a state emergency management takeover of the city and surrounding areas; a …

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 …

Batteries Cheaper Than Gas. Also Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms

Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms, Clean Technica, February 9th, 2019 Distribution system operators need more flexibility to manage congested networks This article was originally published by Fereidoon Sioshansi in the EEnergy Informer newsletter. Fereidoon can be reached at fpsoshansi@aol.com. Reprinted with permission. As variable renewable generation increases across the globe and consumers turn into prosumers and prosumagers, the once predictable and unidirectional flows …

Integrating Higher Levels of Renewables: Hawaii’s Interoperable Grid Communications and Next-Gen Grid Planning

DistribuTech Spotlight: Hawaii’s Interoperable Grid Communications and Next-Gen Grid Planning, JEFF ST. JOHN GTM FEBRUARY 08, 2019 HECO picks Landis+Gyr for world’s first Wi-SUN-certified smart grid network and startup Opus One for novel “integrated distribution planning” software. This is a very different kind of advanced metering infrastructure. Distributed energy integration is the watchword for this year’s DistribuTech conference in New Orleans, even if the …

Twice Burned, Once Shy—Why Californians Should Be Wary of Bailing Out PG&E Again

Publicly owned utilities in Missouri, Texas and Vermont have already deployed 100 percent renewable electricity systems.  And industry reliability data shows that the public power system tends to have better reliability, in large part because public owners don’t shortsightedly scrimp on maintenance for better quarterly returns.  Instead of investing billions in building and maintaining vulnerable transmission infrastructure, a publicly owned …

Public Takeover of PG&E: A Radically Common-Sense Proposal

Protesters hold signs as they march to the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) headquarters on December 11, 2018, in San Francisco, California. More than two dozen protesters staged a demonstration inside the lobby of the PG&E headquarters to demand that the energy company be held accountable for the Camp Fire that killed 85 people and destroyed over 18,000 structures in …

Energy efficiency is becoming a more dynamic grid resource

What is energy efficiency? That sounds like a pretty simple question. But it’s not.  Defining efficiency used to be pretty straightforward: weatherize, upgrade equipment and lighting, use a bit of social science to cut consumption. But now efficiency is becoming just as much about shaping demand in real-time to support distributed energy. And that’s shaping how it gets defined, implemented and …