79 percent of US coal fleet is uncompetitive compared with renewables and storage already. US could save $10 billion annually with the shift. Reinvestment needed in coal communities too.

How to Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseout Feasible and Just June 30, 2020  |  By Paul Bodnar, Tamara Grbusic, Sam Mardell, Caroline Ott, and Uday Varadarajan For over a century, growing presence of coal smokestacks worldwide signified economic development and progress. Coal supplied our homes with electricity and our factories with power. At the same time, this workhorse of the industrial …

A look at franchise agreements

By John Farrell, ILSR, June 29, 2020 Last week, we went digging for data on a little-known city-level climate tool, city franchise agreements and franchise fees. Thanks to intern Lilli Ambort, we now have a complete picture of how cities in every state can use these contract negotiations with utilities and fee levels to juice their local investments in clean energy. …

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 …

NY updates roadmap to 70% renewable electricity by 2030

N.Y. releases plan for 70% renewables by 2030 E&E News | David Iaconangelo June 22, 2020 Officials in New York have unveiled a draft road map for getting 70% of the state’s power from renewables by 2030, a key milepost on its path to eliminating nearly all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The white paper also took on the thorny …

Xcel and the PUC in Colorado

https://puc.colorado.gov/puccalendar. Also ben.fowke@xcelenergy.com, alice.k.jackson@xcelenergy.com and boardofdirectors@xcelenergy.com Interconnection & Transmission Planning (Colorado PUC docket 20M-0080E) Two main points: Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) should, and in fact must, be considered as alternatives to the proposed utility transmission projects, and their preferred alternative must be justified on a “best-cost” (best-value) basis, per Rules 3627(c)(VI) and 3627(b)(I). A 10-year transmission plan must be presented 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 …

Are utilities operating to provide service and support the public interest or are they maximizing their own profit? Are rates fair and reasonable? Have investments had risk? If utility operates imprudently, favoring shareholder interests, then shareholders will face the costs for unforeseen circumstances.

Questions for consideration in Colorado… The current level of return is not “necessary to provide service” – Boulder’s 2018 RFIP shows what is available on the open market. Meanwhile, an excerpt from 2019 document on Managing Stranded Assets and Transitioning Off Gas in California, by EDF and Yale Law Students: Under the general regulatory compact for utilities in California, the …

Renewables Provide 100% New US Electricity Capacity In April, Oil Industry Shedding Jobs, Investment Community Remains Oblivious

June 9th, 2020 by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Energy Infrastructure Update for April is out, and it shows that all new electricity generation capacity in the US in April came from renewable sources. Think about that. No new coal, no new natural gas, and no new nuclear. FERC defines renewables as biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind. Some would quibble with biomass, which …

Yale360 articles on energy justice & democracy: Energy Justice Needed for Low-Income Households – Half of the third of households that struggle to pay utilities are black and 40 percent are Latinx

A series of Yale360 articles on energy justice and democracy Green Upgrade: How California Is Pioneering ‘Energy Justice’ JULY 30, 2018, by ​PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN Energy Equity: Bringing Solar Power to Low-Income Communities, APRIL 4, 2019, by MARIA GALLUCCI Bringing Energy Upgrades To the Nation’s Inner Cities, MAY 11, 2016, by DIANE TOOMEY Why Low-Income Households Need to Be Part of …