Your Home Battery Can Be Part Of A Virtual Power Plant In California (or your school bus can in Virginia)

June 21st, 2020 by Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica  Sunrun pulls in customers with a catchy truth about the unpredictability of life, and electricity. To be sure that your house stays alive with power, even if the grid goes down, Sunrun’s rechargeable solar battery systems are one solution. They can make sure your home’s power stays stable and reliable, which we mostly take …

Battery prices have plummeted since 2010 and are still dropping

Ars Technica, May 2020 In 2010, a lithium-ion battery pack with 1 kWh of capacity—enough to power an electric car for three or four miles—cost more than $1,000. By 2019, the figure had fallen to $156, according to data compiled by BloombergNEF. That’s the result of a virtuous circle where better, cheaper batteries expand the market, which in turn drives investments that …

Already cost-effective, no-regrets actions to get us to 90 percent zero carbon electricity while reducing wholesale electricity costs 10 percent

The technology-neutral policies laid out in this paper are no-regrets actions to get us to 90 percent zero carbon electricity while reducing wholesale electricity costs 10 percent. The United States could deliver 90% clean electricity nationwide by 2035, without the need for new fossil fuel plants, according to a study released today from the University of California, Berkeley — with the right …

Electricity prices to drop after reaching 100% renewable target. Publicly owned utilities have been moving faster and offering cheaper electricity.

Australia: ACT electricity prices to drop after reaching 100% renewable target, RenewEconomy, June 2020 (article further down) ** There is a “flexibility and nimbleness” to a small, city-owned utility. These characteristics will help the transition to clean energy — a fact made apparent by some of the cities that have already achieved their 100% renewable goals, like Burlington, Vt. and Georgetown, Texas. Both …

More than 1 in 3 rooftops in US are suitable for solar. By investing $450 billion in rooftop solar, the federal government could slash energy bills for Americans, cut air pollution, and create over 3.7 million jobs. The government could also get paid back.

John Farrell, ILSR, April 10, 2020 Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home or business rooftops in America is suitable for solar: sunny with sufficient space to host a few panels. By investing $450 billion in rooftop solar, the federal government could slash energy bills for …

How Low Can Energy Storage Go? Lots & Lots Lower!

April 13th, 2020 by Tina Casey, Clean Technica The renewable energy transition sure makes for some strange bedfellows these days. The latest example is a new energy storage breakthrough from the University of California’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute in Los Angeles. The Loker Institute launched in the 1970s with a focus on fossil fuels and petrochemicals — think OPEC oil crisis and …

Results of the Getting to Zero in Buildings Forum

22 other California cities and counties that followed Berkeley’s lead, including San Jose, the country’s 10th-largest city, have done so with building codes that encourage electric wiring and appliances February 12, 2020  |  By RMI Sneha Ayyagari, Cara Carmichael, Greg Hopkins, Jacob Corvidae, Laurie Stone As we embark on a new decade, we are reflecting on the many exciting advancements in the …

Lithium-sulfur battery could cure range anxiety — study

Lithium-sulfur battery could cure range anxiety — study E&E News | David Iaconangelo Australian scientists say they’ve developed a lithium-sulfur battery durable enough to become the preferred power source for electric vehicles with double the range of a Tesla. Lithium-sulfur batteries are typically less expensive than lithium-ion types now used in electric cars, but they degrade quickly when delivering high …

Massive Investment is Accelerating the Era of Clean Electrification

October 29, 2019  |  By  Charlie Bloch James Newcomb Samhita Shiledar Madeline Tyson The age of affordable battery technology is coming faster than experts previously thought possible. Thanks to massive investment, rapid performance improvements, and falling prices, breakthrough battery technologies are poised to revolutionize the way we power our lives and organize energy systems as early as 2030. In the first …

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. …