Getting (almost) all our energy from the sun by 2050: Solar could meet approximately 68% of global energy demand with other renewables making up the rest

Solar could meet approximately 68% of global energy demand with other renewables making up the rest, according to a new report. A 100% renewable energy system could also create 22 million solar jobs by 2050, the study claims. Keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees C, though, would require FITs for projects up to 40 MW in capacity, auctions for bigger …

Curtailment Is The Easy Answer (until you get cheap storage, or even after)

June 15th, 2019 by Barry A.F. , Clean Technica In a recent article, we found that curtailment of renewables may be cheaper than grid scale energy storage. Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best solution. However, given the complexity of electrical grids around the world, we should also look at all of the available solutions to make sure we are making the best choice …

Mark Jacobson’s new book: 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything

To be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2020. If you would like to order the book in advance, please contact Matt Lloyd mlloyd@cambridge.org at Cambridge University Press. The book will be used during Spring, 2019 for a Stanford University course of the same name. The course is available online. Next spring, the course will likely be available at much lower …

Sacramento to offer students free transit starting this fall: expected to raise student ridership 600% and help those without transport get to school. Joins Seattle, DC, Boston, Germany and Paris.

The action in Sacramento reflects a sentiment growing across the nation and the world to make public transportation free, especially for underserved, vulnerable and mobility-challenged populations. Washington, DC offers free public transit trips to students traveling to and from school and school-related activities. Last year Seattle’s city council approved free transit passes for all high school students, and earlier this year Boston’s mayor proposed providing free …

WEF: The scale and complexity of energy transition require increasing energy efficiency, reducing carbon intensity in the electricity sector, and greater electrification of the economy, everywhere

The transition journey is far from finished. Substantial change is required on several fronts: Increasing sustainable sources in the composition of the primary energy supply Reaching near‑universal access to affordable and reliable energy, Minimizing carbon emissions and pollutants that result from energy production Having a combination of technologies, infrastructure and sustainable practices for efficient energy use. Needed everywhere: Increasing energy …

Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites LISTEN·3:463:46PLAYLIST

The coal plant in Shamokin Dam, Pa., is a local landmark that delivered electricity to this region for more than six decades. It closed in 2014, and the state hopes to lure new businesses to the site. Jeff Brady/NPR Nearly 300 coal-fired power plants have been “retired” since 2010, according to the Sierra Club. It’s a trend that continues despite President Trump’s …

Learning from Energy Democracy and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

We are Kentuckians. We believe that today we have our best chance in decades to build New Power in Kentucky. New Power means thousands of new jobs, healthy communities and opportunities for our children. But we have to address the problems caused by Old Power – old political power, old economic power and old energy power. We have to: make …

Power Plant Securitization and Loan Refinancing: The law obligates customers to pay the cost of grid infrastructure built by monopoly utilities only if it can be shown to be a wise investment

The key question is, in utility regulator speak, “prudency.”  Should customers have to pay for ill-advised or imprudent investments? The law obligates customers to pay the cost of grid infrastructure built by monopoly utilities only if it can be shown to be a wise investment. Energy Outreach Colorado, which helps low-income households with their energy bills, is against the approach. …

Has Seattle Found the Solution to Driving Alone to Work?  How a fast-growing city has invested heavily in mass transit alternatives to keep a lid on gridlock

By ERICK TRICKEY, Politico, May 23, 2019 Read more  Erick Trickey is a writer in Boston. SEATTLE—Three years ago, this fast-growing, hilly city of 725,000 people took a huge leap toward a longtime civic dream: becoming a place where it’s easy to live without driving every day or without owning a car at all. In March 2016, the region’s Link light-rail system, which ran …

Every dollar spent on energy transition would pay off up to seven times: Global economy would save up to $160 trillion by shifting to renewables, electric cars

Imagine a world where 85% of all electricity comes from renewable sources, there are over one billion electric vehicles on the road, and we are on track to preserve a livable climate for our children and future generations. We already know that every dollar spent on energy transition would pay off up to seven times: Global economy would save up to …