$4 billion NJ PSEG unveils 6-year clean energy plan, spending $2.8B on energy efficiency

Robert Walton Utility Dive, Sept. 28, 2018 Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSEG) on Wednesday unveiled a $4 billion clean energy plan aimed at helping New Jersey meet aggressive environmental goals while also reducing customer bills. The Clean Energy Future (CEF) proposal includes investments in energy storage, smart meters and electric vehicle infrastructure, but its largest component by far is energy efficiency. …

“Consumers hate the fact that utilities can control their choice of electricity”

“Consumers hate the fact that utilities can control their choice of electricity,” Dan Whitten, SEIA’s vice president of communications, told Utility Dive. Many of SEIA’s members — solar manufacturers, installers and developers — profit from pro-solar and pro-distributed energy policies. The poll said 88% of voters agreed that utilities should not be able to block residential solar. That margin increased to 96% when asking …

Zero-carbon grids are set to power the #FutureFaster

By Nigel Topping, CEO of the We Mean Business coalition “There is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy with a stable electric grid at low cost”. That’s the conclusion of Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, who led a recent study in the rollout of …

Coal & Gas Are Too Variable To Be Worth Considering 

By George Harvey, Coal and Gas Are Too Variable to Be Worth Considering on Clean Technica, October 1st, 2018   In one extremely important way, coal and gas are too variable to be worth considering. We have heard it over and over. People whose thoughts go no deeper than common knowledge make the statement, “The sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t …

Renewables Grid Initiative and operating very high shares of variable Renewable Energy Systems in Germany

Key to a Success Renewable Energy Transition, October 1, 2018, The Beam Olivier Feix is Head of Environmental Protection and Permitting at the German transmission system operator (TSO) 50Hertz, which operates in a region with very high shares of variable Renewable Energy Systems (RES). He is also Co-Chairman of the Board of the “Renewables Grid Initiative,” of the ‘DialogGesellschaft’ and …

To keep 2 C within range, coal has to be gone in OECD countries before 2030. For 1.5 C, it’s ASAP

RMI 2018  |  By Annie Benn et al. ReportL Managing the Coal Capital Transition DOWNLOAD DIRECTLY Coal was the preeminent fuel for grid-based electricity generation around the world for the better part of a century, but its time is coming to an end. With this transition, however, workers and communities are experiencing layoffs and the owners of coal-fired power plants are bracing themselves …

Actionable strategy for utility reform

“E–Lab aims to inspire and support change agents in the US electricity sector,” said Coreina Chan, a principal at RMI who oversees e–Lab. “We are helping to create the most critical concepts and tests with the most critical people in the industry. We’ll be hosting representatives from utilities large and small, regulatory agencies, technology providers, investors, customer voices and others who are coming together …

Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Close Half of US Coal Fleet by 2030

Rhodium Group sees coal’s demise accelerating, absent “market interventions at a grand scale.” JEFF ST. JOHN AUGUST 16, 2018 There’s no way around it: The future is dim for U.S. coal. The U.S. coal power plant fleet has been shrinking for years, with the official tally of coal plants closed exceeding those still open as of late last year. Another 43 gigawatts, …

A massive new study confirms a national energy grid would pay for itself.

By David Roberts Aug 3, 2018, Vox.com SHARE The US does not have a national energy grid. Instead, functionally speaking, it has three grids: the Eastern Interconnection, ERCOT (a Texas grid, basically), and the Western Interconnection. Though there are a few small ties between them, very little energy is exchanged. They mostly operate in isolation. NERC This doesn’t make sense. If there is …

Colorado approves Xcel plan to retire coal, shift to renewables and storage. Xcel still plans to buy 383 MW of gas plants

Source: Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive, Aug. 28, 2018,  Colorado’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted unanimously on Monday to give preliminary approval to Xcel Energy’s Clean Energy Plan, which would see the utility close 660 MW of coal-fired generation a decade earlier than scheduled and shift to renewable resources. Under the plan, Xcel will close units 1 and 2 at the Comanche …