FORUM: Alternative Energy — Converting to clean, renewable energy sources

Published: September 4th, 2015 at 12:01 am ET
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To get things started, here are some links regarding the work of Stanford professor Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson

  1. A path to sustainable energy by 2030 (Scientific American, November 2009) (pdf).
  2. Providing all global energy with wind, water and solar power, Part I: Technologies, energy resources, quantities and areas of infrastructure, and materials (Energy Policy, 2011) (pdf-Part I)
  3. Providing all global energy with wind, water and solar power, Part II: Reliability, system and transmission costs, and policies (Energy Policy, 2011) (pdf-Part II)
  4. Spreadsheet accompanying Parts I and II (xls-Spreadsheet)
  5. Energy and Environmental Science article ranking energy solutions to global warming, air pollution, and energy security (link)
  6. Studies on matching hourly and peak demand by combining renewables (link)
  7. Studies on wind energy resources and transmission (link)
  8. April 20, 2012 Tri-Agency (NSF-NOAA-NASA) PI Meeting Presentation (pptx)
  9. November 14, 2011 HEAL Utah Presentation (pptx) (video)
  10. May 16, 2011 Seminar, Woods Institute for the Environment (video)
  11. February 4, 2011 Seminar, Cornell University (video)
  12. January 13, 2011 Stanford Grid Integration Workshop Presentation (pptx)
  13. TED/CNN debates on renewables versus nuclear (link)
  14. April 1, 2008 U.S. House of Representatives hearing. Rep. Jay Inslee tells Exxon-Mobil executive that the vision in the “Renewable Energy Solution to Global Warming” by the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University is “one that the United States really needs” (starting at 1:35:00 in hearing video) (video) (transcript)
  15. February 7, 2012 op-ed (invited), “Securing public health forever with clean energy” (link)

h/t chemfood, MaidenHeaven

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1,703 comments to FORUM: Alternative Energy — Converting to clean, renewable energy sources

  • freebywill

    Germany Breaks Record: Produces 35% of Electricity From Renewables so Far This Year https://www.ecowatch.com/germany-renewable-energy-2452605979.html

    Germany has broken another renewable energy record but officials say there's still room for improvement. The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) reported Sunday that the combined share of renewable energy in the electricity, transport and heating sectors was 15.2 percent in the first half of 2017, up from 14.8 percent during the same period last year.

    For the electricity sector alone, renewables supplied a record 35 percent of the country's power in the first six months of 2017, about a 2 percent increase from 2016's numbers. To compare, renewables accounted for only 15 percent of the United States' total electricity generation in 2016.

    Despite the new benchmark, BEE acting managing director Harald Uphoff told DW that Germany's transition to clean energy across all sectors is not happening fast enough. The BEE report showed that renewables provided only 5.1 percent of energy consumed in the transport sector and 13.6 percent in heating.

  • freebywill

    254,000-sq. ft vegetable greenhouse with PV solar glass to be built in Ohio https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/07/254000-sq-ft-vegetable-greenhouse-pv-solar-glass-built-ohio/

    Written by Kelly Pickerel | July 10, 2017

    Greengro Technologies, one of the fastest growing companies in the emerging indoor agriculture technology industry, announced that its majority-owned subsidiary Biodynamics in Akron, Ohio, has been awarded a contract to sell a branded PV solar glass hydroponic vegetable greenhouse as part of a $17 million purchase agreement with GH Farms Group, an Ohio-based greenhouse company.

    Under terms of the agreement, Biodynamics will construct a 254,528-sq. ft PV solar glass hydroponic vegetable greenhouse for GH Farms Group, with construction expected to start in the third quarter of 2018. The project, incorporating Biodynamics’ industry-leading fully automated off-grid greenhouse technology, will cultivate vegetables hydroponically using Biodynamics’ proprietary controlled environment agriculture (CEA) growing systems and techniques.

  • freebywill

    A Startup Wants Homeowners to Design Their Own Solar Systems https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/a-new-online-tool-seeks-to-be-the-amazon-of-home-solar

    Lennie Moreno believes customer empowerment is key to unlocking the next phase of growth in residential solar, which is why he created Draw My Roof.

    “I strongly believe the companies … that will win over the market in the long-term will succeed because customers have full transparency,” said Moreno, CEO of the emerging solar software company Sofdesk and a former solar installer. “Once you provide full transparency and give tools to the end user, that’s when you’re building a long-term business model.”

    Draw My Roof is a new online platform that allows potential solar customers to design their own home solar installation, based on their own roof, and get an accurate sense of system size, cost and projected savings. With that information in hand, the customer can decide whether or not they want to take the next step and speak to a set of approved solar installers. Professionals will conduct their own site review with an enhanced set of tools — the kind Sofdesk built its core business on — knowing they’re already working with an engaged customer.

  • freebywill

    Koch Brothers Launch Attack to Kill Electric Cars https://www.ecowatch.com/koch-brothers-electric-cars-2456866524.html

    By Ben Jervey

    Fueling U.S. Forward, the Koch-funded campaign to "rebrand" fossil fuels as "positive" and "sustainable," has released a new video attacking the Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars, signaling a possible strategic pivot from straightforward fossil fuel cheerleading to electric vehicle (EV) and clean energy bashing.

    The video and accompanying Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars web page feature blatant factual errors, misleading statements and glaring omissions (all of which will be debunked thoroughly below), while essentially attacking electric cars for using the same materials needed to manufacture cell phones, laptops, defense equipment and gas-powered cars, and which are even a critical component of the very oil refining processes that form the foundation of the Koch fortunes.

    2 mins | Dirty Secrets of Electric Cars | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_WscmJSB2c

    • freebywill

      The Road Ahead for Electric Vehicles to Create a Sustainable, Equitable Future https://www.ecowatch.com/future-electric-cars-2457903804.html

      Last weekend, Elon Musk shared the first images of a production Tesla Model 3—the much-anticipated new electric vehicle that had hundreds of thousands of people lining up last year to place preorders. It was the latest in a series of major recent announcements about the future of the automotive industry.

      Earlier this month, Volvo Cars announced all of its new models will be electric or hybrid by 2019.

      Meanwhile, France announced it intends to end sales of gasoline and diesel cars by 2040, which follows similar goals in Norway (2025) and India (2030).

      Next month, General Motors may grab the headlines as its Chevy Bolt is expected to roll out nationwide.

  • freebywill

    Jimmy Carter Powers Half of His Hometown With Solar https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/jimmy-carter-powers-half-of-town-with-solar-panels/

    Earlier this year, he commissioned SolAmerica to create a solar farm on 10 acres of his land in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. Today, that farm is supplying half of his town's electricity needs. It's expected to supply 1.3 megawatts of electricity annually, the equivalent of burning 3,600 tons of coal.

    The New Yorker recently reported on how decentralized solar grids in Sub-Saharan Africa are bringing electricity to millions of people and allowing the region to “leap-frog” fossil fuels, similar to how developing countries are using mobile phones to “leap-frog” telecommunications infrastructure.

    Solar installations throughout the US, however, have recently stalled in the face of market saturation, financial difficulties among top distributors, and a powerful lobbying effort by utilities companies that are determined to slow down the pace of renewable energy because its less profitable than fossil fuels, according to The New York Times.

    • SadieDog

      Freeby, do you see that Carter passed out the other day from dehydration. He's 92 and he was helping to build a habitat for humanity house. 92!

      • SadieDog

        Of course thers this, so fuck Jimmy Carter. And he's from my state.
        "During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama consistently promised Americans “change.” Such promises aren’t new to the voting public.

        When Jimmy Carter ran for president, he said: “The people of this country know from bitter experience that we are not going to get … changes merely by shifting around the same group of insiders.” And top Carter aide Hamilton Jordan promised: “If, after the inauguration, you find a Cy Vance as Secretary of State and Zbigniew Brzezinski as head of National Security, then I would say we failed. And I’d quit.” Yet Carter selected Vance as Secretary of State and Brzezinski as National Security Adviser; the “same group of insiders” had been shifted around; and Jordan did not quit.

        Carter’s administration was dominated by members of the Trilateral Commission, which had been founded by Brzezinski and David Rockefeller. In 1980, when Ronald Reagan was campaigning against Carter, he protested:

        I don’t believe that the Trilateral Commission is a conspiratorial group, but I do think its interests are devoted to international banking, multinational corporations, and so forth. I don’t think that any Administration of the U.S. Government should have the top nineteen positions filled by people from any one group or organization representing one viewpoint. No, I would go in a different direction."

        • freebywill

          SadieDog – yes I saw that. When I first heard of Mr. Carter an ex-pres building house via habitat for humanity I thought it was odd since most ex-pres's seemed busy building library monuments to themselves. It inspired me to do the same. The last one I worked on was to rebuild houses destroyed in a block fire in 2008. There's a build going on now close-by for some veterans but I'm not involved in that one. I voted for him, it was my first vote and I just picked the guy I thought was most sincere. I didn't know abouttThe TriLateral affiliation until much later. It doesn't seem to me he's followed any perceived agenda of the TLC, I think he was an infiltrator, just used the TLC to get backing to be pres.

          But what do I know, I dislike politics and hardly ever follow any of their antics.

  • freebywill

    'The Fight Is Not Over': Activist Building Solar Arrays to Block Keystone XL Route https://www.ecowatch.com/solar-keystone-xl-2457407839.html

    Anti-pipeline activists are holding strong. They announced Solar XL, the latest move in a battle waged against the pipeline. Launched July 6 by a coalition of groups including Bold Nebraska, 350.org, Indigenous Environment Network and Oil Change International, the campaign features a series of solar panel arrays installed directly on the KXL pipeline route as it passes through Nebraska.

    "We are putting solutions in the path of the problem," said Sara Shor, a campaigner for 350.org. "TransCanada will have to literally dig up these solar arrays in order to build a polluting pipeline of the past that will pollute land and water, increase carbon emissions, and make climate change worse. The first project will be completed by the time the hearing in Lincoln starts in August."

    Each installation will cost $15,500 for a nine-panel frame, net-metering connection to the Nebraska power grid and labor. The groups aim to raise $50,000 via crowdfunding at the Action Network to help finance the installation in locations where landowners have refused to sell to TransCanada.

  • freebywill

    How Utilities Are Trying to Slow Down Rooftop Solar https://www.ecowatch.com/rooftop-solar-2457456703.html

    By David Pomerantz

    The New York Times reported earlier this month about how utilities around the country, and their trade group the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), have worked to weaken rooftop solar policies in an attempt to stave off the threat to their business model.

    The article featured some of Energy and Policy Institute's reporting, including our expose of Brian McCormack, former EEI executive and current Chief of Staff to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, for his role in attacking rooftop solar while at EEI, as well as our uncovering of Florida utilities' deceptive anti-solar ballot initiative in that state last year.

    Some important aspects of the story of utilities' efforts did not make it into the Times coverage though:

    Our report Paying for Politics detailed how the nation's investor-owned electric utility customers are subsidizing EEI via their bills every month. Investor-owned utilities embed their EEI membership dues into rates, forcing their customers to pay for a policy agenda constructed primarily for the benefit of utilities' shareholders, not their customers. Since most customers have no choice about their utility, there's not much they can do about it.

    Paying for Politics
    http://www.energyandpolicy.org/utility-ratepayers-fund-the-edison-electric-institute/

    [ more at the main article link ]

  • freebywill

    Thanks to Inspiration From a Teenager, All New Homes in South Miami Must Install Solar https://www.ecowatch.com/solar-florida-2463025700.html

    A new law passed this week in South Miami will require all new homes built in the city to install solar panels. The measure, which was inspired by a proposal from a teenage climate activist, will go into effect in September.

    The text of the ordinance details the climate impacts facing South Miami.

    The law makes South Miami one of only a few cities around the country, including San Francisco, to require solar panels on new homes.

    [ much more at the primary link with sub links to more info ]

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      Yes little bits at a time.

      I wonder how long it will take the 'planners' to abandon 'little pink houses all in a row' foolishness. An energy use nightmare. Require efficient design AND correct orientation to take advantage of what nature offers. Mostly we build what looks good, not what works good.

      Point of use water heat. Solar/electric water heat. Timers for TOU power and occupant use. Extreeeemly wasteful gas water heaters, where are the Co2 folks, crickets? Pumps/compressors/pipelines/energy wasted, leaking and fumbling around everywhere. CH4 in your air?

      HVAC– Can we mandate compressor motor controls with a VFD (variable frequency drive)?
      Use DC inverter-driven compressors, which actively throttle motor speed to match demand, saving huge amounts of energy?
      No. But the rest of the world can. And does. We can barely even think of it. Shame.

      Many, many ways to improve.

      BTW, AltEnergy is what brought me to ENE, thanks for the reminder fbw.
      Along with a few other things. 😆

  • freebywill

    Wind up energy products – items of past for the future

    Mantel clocks http://www.giftoftimeclocks.com/en-us/dept_24.html { have one of these ]

    [ would like to get some of these ]

    1 min | Vintage Spring Wound Mechanical Fan | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN7YAhJN8jk

    [ this is a heat detector – not a smoke detector ]
    Rotary Fire Alarm Bell – | http://suresignalproducts.com/files/ManualInsideFinal2015.pdf

    This is more modern wind up electrical stuff http://www.freeplayenergy.com/

  • freebywill

    BMW to Build Electric Mini in Oxford Despite Looming Brexit http://www.courthousenews.com/bmw-build-electric-mini-oxford-despite-looming-brexit/

    WIRE SERVICES July 25, 2017

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany’s BMW will make the electric version of its Mini compact cars at its factory in Oxford, England, a decision that comes at a time when automakers are scrutinizing investment plans due to Britain’s impending departure from the European Union.

    BMW AG said Tuesday the battery-powered Mini would be based on the three-door model. Most of those are already made at the Oxford plant. The electric drivetrain is to be made in Germany at factories in Landshut and Dingolfing, Germany.

  • freebywill

    FBI Launches Investigation Against Arizona Power Company Trying to Block Rooftop Solar https://www.ecowatch.com/fbi-arizona-public-2467980589.html

    "The FBI is currently conducting a long-term investigation related to the financing of certain statewide races in the 2014 election cycle," special agent Matthew Reinsmoen told the Arizona Republic in early June. In 2014, APS allegedly funded a political nonprofit that supported the candidacy of two utility-friendly Republican candidates for the regulatory commission. The nonprofit is not required to disclose its donors.

    The allegations of wrongdoing suggest the lengths to which embattled utilities are willing to go to protect their interests. For most of its long history, APS steered clear of politics. But, in recent years, the utility has supported the candidacy of utility-friendly Republicans running for seats on the five-member regulatory commission. Until recently, the commission included two Democrats. Thanks in part to a concerted effort by APS, all five commissioners are now Republicans, most of whom oppose rooftop solar.

    The investigation kicked off after the former chairman of the regulatory commission, Gary Pierce, was indicted for allegedly raising the rates for a water and sewer company in exchange for payments to his wife. The FBI probe of Pierce led to an inquiry into APS, which had allegedly tried to influence Pierce by contributing to his son's campaign for Arizona secretary of state.

  • Checkmate

    Proof that climate change is a hoax! Australian report and could also be happening around the world in every country…the same fudging of data by scientists that are chasing grants… As always said: Follow the money!!!

    http://www.climatedepot.com/2017/08/04/temperatures-plunge-after-australias-bureau-of-meteorology-orders-fix/

    • DUDe DUDe

      The only thing it proofs is that there are many thugs everywhere..

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        My A/C is on fire, I can cook my meal on the unit now, and my meter is moving like a jack rabbit.

        I cook like that convection oven does in the house.

        All the heat swirling from the fan that is on constantly outside.

        Neighbors are thinking I am barbecuing all the time. Saving a little propane in the process.

        I just throw a couple of steak on top for a 1/2 hour or so..Bam..done!

        Don't even have to flip em!

        Wish AL Gore would pay my energy bills..he is a Christian isn't he?

        Chuckles!

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Obe, my spouse did research on lowering AC bills. Finding: there is some kind of small device you can add to the AC unit which drastically reduces cost. It's something that sprays a mist onto the condenser to cool it down.

          Our PG&E bills here have been ridiculously high this summer. We need to find a way to reduce this cost.

          You have some solar power now; that's good. Would you be interested in keeping your unit cooler?

          If so I can find a link and post it here. Maybe that's enough information to go on; not sure.

          I think adding the misting device may also extend the life of the AC unit. That would make sense.

          Making sure it's level really helps, too. Our motor was laboring a little (sounded a bit loud). We checked it, and it wasn't level. After adding a couple of wooden shims under the base, it's level. It's much more quiet and runs a lot better now.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Adding the device reduces operating cost, that is.

              • AirSepTech AirSepTech

                A DIY version.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSo-io5rZwk

                I made a 'complicated' version years ago.

                Think a 'swampcooler' over a condenser…hahaha
                worked very good, no water on the coils. 😉
                Done with gutter pieces/hog fence/pads/evap. cooler pump

                • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                  I will watch after midnight, since that is when I get free internet bandwidth 12AM-5AM.

                  Not a very convenient time, but better than nothing for a country boy.

                  I actually enclosed my outside unit years ago so that the sun would not hit it and to keep the weather off of it. Plus there is some storage space for some generators in the same space. The heat flying out of the open areas at the top and bottom of the enclosure is very impressive.

                  That hot air is not only the heat from the house and condenser but from the electrical aspects of the motors involved in the running of that A/C.

                  Just think 7 Billion humans running similar units worldwide and then add up all the commercial units sitting on top of all these massive buildings we are trying to cool and we wonder why it is 100 degrees outside or a heat wave called Lucifer is slamming Europe. All this heat is accumulative to the Earth's ecosystems.

                  I feel for Hotaters if she has PG&E since $1000.00 summer bills are not unheard of out this way when it gets this hot.. for this long. At least I have solar to help out and now I can cook steaks for the entire neighborhood.

                  All is well for now..I will just have to charge more for all the steak cooking I am doing for everyone.. like any true capitalist surely would and always does!

                  Cooling these units down just like solar panels is always a good thing while they are working when it over 100 degrees outside. Installing a sprinkling system on top of the house is…

                • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                  Air..very nice! 🙂

                  Wonder what the results were..my water is loaded with calcium and very hard.

                  Did he save money?

                  That water is being pulled up into the fan ..no?

                  Components could rust if acidic..is what I am thinking.

                  Like Oklo..I used the word..could.

  • freebywill

    Orlando Becomes 40th City to Commit to 100% Renewable Energy https://www.ecowatch.com/orlando-renewable-energy-2470947578.html

    The Orlando City Commission unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday establishing a goal to move Orlando to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050. Orlando is now the largest city in Florida to make such a commitment and joins a growing movement of more than three dozen cities nationwide that have committed to a 100 percent clean energy future.

    Council chambers were filled with elated members of the First 50 Coalition, a broad-based alliance led by the League of Women Voters of Orange County that is pushing for sustainability in Central Florida.

    "All across our state and our nation, cities are committing to a future powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy for all," Compton said. "Today, Orlando joins this growing movement of cities that are ready for 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

  • freebywill

    This 110-Acre Homestead Runs Without Fossil Fuels https://www.ecowatch.com/fossil-fuel-free-2470290112.html

    By Peter Kalmus

    The PA is a 110-acre homestead run by Ethan and Sarah Hughes, who have two young daughters. Their reliance on fossil fuels is limited to trains for long-distance trips, municipal water and a telephone landline. They purchase bike parts, bulk grains and tin roofing, as needed—but that's about it. No electricity, no gas, no cars, no planes. With the imminent release of my book on how life using radically less fossil fuel turns out to be more satisfying, I'd been curious to visit the PA both to glean technical knowledge and—more importantly—to see whether their experience of increased joy and satisfaction matched my own.

    In addition to the Hughes family, the PA is home to two permanent members, Dan and Margaret, as well as two long-term visitors, Thomas and Maggie.

    My visit with the Hugheses affirmed what I know about sustainable living. They reminded me also that the one constant of life is change. The Hugheses are restless in exploration of the good life: bold authors of the new story we desperately need. With gratitude, I wish them well.

    [ more at the link, wish I lived there ]

  • freebywill

    3 Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and How to Fight Back https://www.ecowatch.com/local-renewable-energy-2467626830.html

    By John Farrell

    If you're reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state regulation with their legislative lobbyists. And utilities are also bringing their monopoly market power to bear in previously competitive markets.

    We'll detail examples of each of these three disturbing trends, and ways to fight back.

  • freebywill

    Sierra Club Sues DOE Over Secrecy on Grid Study https://www.ecowatch.com/doe-grid-study-2473202875.html

    "The public has every right to be concerned that the Trump administration is trying to use this study to push alternative facts about our electric grid. We've repeatedly asked DOE for information to ensure reality and science are coming before polluter politics, but we have only been met with delays and secrecy," said Mary Anne Hitt, director of Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign. "If the Trump administration refuses to be transparent in accordance with the law and continues to raise suspicion that it will interfere with the process, we have no choice but to take them to court."

    "Study after study shows that clean energy resources like wind and solar add to the grid's resilience, lower costs for electricity consumers, and create thousands of jobs across the country. The secrecy around this grid study, coupled with the lack of input from stakeholders, have raised alarms for us, and we are concerned that Perry will seize this study and strip the science from it to justify not only curtailing clean energy's growth, but also forcing electricity customers to prop up uneconomical fossil fuel plants," Hitt said.

  • freebywill

    Future of American Solar Industry Could Hinge on International Trade Commission Hearing https://www.ecowatch.com/solar-competition-trade-2473653395.html

    Two American solar manufacturers squared off with solar executives, state officials, foreign diplomats, conservative groups and ALEC in a hearing before the International Trade Commission Tuesday to halt possible imposing tariffs on the import of solar cells and modules.

    Georgia-based Suniva and Oregon-based SolarWorld argued that competition from foreign manufacturers, particular Chinese manufacturers, poses an unlawful threat to domestic manufacturers and are calling for relief under an obscure U.S. trade law as their "last hope."

    Solar Energy Industries Association, on the other hand, contended that imposing such tariffs could erase nearly a third of the industry's 250,000 jobs. [ Jobs in US or elsewhere? ]

    This case could determine the future of the American solar industry and is one of the first major trade decisions of the {redacted] administration.

    { How many solar PV manufacturers are there in the US ? ]

  • freebywill

    World's Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant Approved for Australia https://www.ecowatch.com/solar-thermal-australia-2473712805.html

    The South Australian state government has approved the construction of a 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant.

    The AU $650 million (US $510 million) structure will be built in Port Augusta and is slated for completion by 2020. It will be the largest such facility in the world once built.

    California-based SolarReserve was awarded with the contract. The company is also behind the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant in Nevada, the world's first utility-scale solar thermal power plant.

    Solar thermal plants are different from traditional photovoltaic panels on rooftops and solar farms around the world. These plants, also known as concentrated solar plants (CSP), consists of a large field of mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays to heat molten salt, which then produces superheated steam to drive a generator's turbines.

    A major advantage to this type of power plant is how it can store up to eight hours of molten salt thermal energy storage, allowing for power usage when needed.

  • freebywill

    World's Biggest Floating Solar Farm Goes Live on Top of a Former Coal Mine https://www.ecowatch.com/solar-farm-china-2475384214.html

    Coal power is getting buried in China—both literally and figuratively.

    Earlier this week, a new floating solar farm went live in the Chinese city of Huainan above a retired coal mine, China Daily reported.

    The mine was flooded with groundwater after it went out of service, and, rather than simply losing an energy source, the city decided to get another form of power out of the space.

    Global Citizen campaigns on the Global Goals, one of which, Global Goal 13, encourages countries to adopt renewable energy sources. You can take action on these issues here.

    The new solar farm generates 40 megawatts, which can power 15,000 homes for a year. That's more than six times the second biggest active floating farm, which has a capacity of 6.3MW.

    The project is part of China's much broader strategy of investing in renewable energy. China has more solar capacity than any other country in the world and it intends to invest at least $361 billion in renewables by 2020.

  • freebywill

    9 States Embrace Clean Energy, Agree to Cut Power Plant Emissions an Extra 30% https://www.ecowatch.com/rggi-carbon-emissions-2476559742.html

    Nine Republican and Democratic Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors committed to further cut pollution Wednesday through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

    The proposed changes to the RGGI program, reached after more than 20 months of negotiations, will include extending the pollution cap to 2030 with a 30 percent reduction from 2020 levels.

    This change is projected to reduce climate pollution by more than 132 million tons by 2030—the avoided emissions equivalent to taking 28 million cars off the road for a year. Environmental groups welcomed the decision, calling it a powerful sign of states stepping up on climate action despite a federal vacuum.

    • freebywill

      Renewable Energy Transition Surges in Southwest https://www.ecowatch.com/renewable-energy-southwest-2476601450.html

      By Elisheva Mittelman

      Swiftly falling prices have made renewable energy the cheapest form of energy available across the country. With record low prices and the extension of the production tax credit (PTC), wind is increasingly competitive with fossil fuels―the average power purchase agreement (PPA) price for wind power was down to $20 per megawatt-hour in 2016 (in 2009, the PPA was $70 per megawatt-hour). As a result, the U.S. wind market saw near-record growth in the first quarter of 2017, adding 2,000 megawatts (MW) of wind energy in just three months.

      [ avg NPS is approx 1000 MWe, it takes many years and billions to build a nuke station, not to mention the millions needed to store and secure the spent fuel ]

      In addition to rising investments in clean energy, several large utility companies in the Southwest have announced plans to retire coal-fired power plants in the coming years as these dirty, expensive fuel sources struggle to compete with more cost-effective wind and solar. For example, the 2,250-MW coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Arizona is no longer financially viable due to competition from cheaper energy sources and is scheduled to retire at the end of 2019.

      [ more details at the article link ]

  • freebywill

    DOE Grid Study Boosts Coal, Downplays Renewables https://www.ecowatch.com/doe-grid-study-2476529506.html

    Natural gas and market forces are the largest influence on the retirement of coal-fired power plants, a long-awaited Department of Energy study concluded.

    The study, released late Wednesday night, proposes slashing certain regulations, including reducing permitting requirements at coal-fired power plants, to make it easier for nuclear and coal plants to keep operating.

    While the study does not issue an all-out attack on renewable energy, as many advocates feared following Secretary Rick Perry's aggressive April memo ordering the study, it downplays renewables' reliability benefits to the grid and suggests price changes to wind and solar. A draft of the study from DOE staff, leaked earlier this month, concluded that renewable energy is not a threat to grid reliability.

    In response, Janet Redman, U.S. policy director at Oil Change International, released the following statement:

    "The Department of Energy's grid study does little more than reveal the Trump administration's pro-fossil fuel bias and anti-regulation agenda.

    "Trump and his dirty DOE refuse to face the facts—thanks to growth in renewable energy and efficiency, America's demand for electricity is flatlining, and clean energy options like solar and wind power are outperforming dirty energy like coal.

    • freebywill

      'Climate Change' Removed From National Institutes of Health Website https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change-health-2476147228.html

      The effects of climate change is inextricably linked to human health. The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that traps heat in the atmosphere, causing global temperatures to spike, air quality to worsen, all while fueling droughts, floods and storms that impact food and water security.

      Climate change is making us sick in many ways, but it appears that the Trump administration trying to downplay this fact.

      The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has "altered climate change language, updated climate change references, and reduced access to a Web resource with information on climate change and human health across several webpages," according to a new report from the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI), which monitors changes to federal agency websites.

      • freebywill

        Trump Attorney Sues Greenpeace Over Dakota Access Pipeline in $300 Million Racketeering Case https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-greenpeace-dapl-2476132561.html

        By Steve Horn

        Energy Transfer Partners, owner of the Dakota Access pipeline, has filed a $300 million Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against Greenpeace and other environmental groups for their activism against the long-contested North Dakota-to-Illinois project.

        In its 187-page complaint, Energy Transfer alleges that "putative not-for-profits and rogue eco-terrorist groups who employ patterns of criminal activity and campaigns of misinformation to target legitimate companies and industries with fabricated environmental claims and other purported misconduct" caused the company to lose "billions of dollars."

        In the case, Energy Transfer is represented by lawyers from the firm Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, one of the namesakes of which is Marc Kasowitz. Kasowitz is a member of the legal team representing President Donald Trump in the ongoing congressional and special counsel investigation of his 2016 presidential campaign's alleged ties and potential collusion with Russian state actors.

        • freebywill

          Judge Awards Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Builder Rights to Seize Last 5 Holdout Properties, Including Nun's Land https://www.ecowatch.com/atlantic-sunrise-pipeline-nun-2476539302.html

          Builders of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline now possess the five remaining holdout properties in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, following a federal judge's decision Wednesday.

          The ruling from Judge Jeffrey Schmehl granted Transcontinental Pipe Line Co.'s (Transco) motion to condemn the rights of way on the properties and granted the company immediate possession of the land, Lancaster Online reports. This includes land owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ near the town of Columbia.

          The order of Catholic nuns consider the fracked gas pipeline—a project of Oklahoma-based pipeline developer and Transco owner Williams Partners—a violation of their beliefs and environmental values.

          Last month, the Adorers and their fellow pipeline opponents built an open-air chapel on a strip of the nun's farmland where the pipeline is set to go through to fight the fossil fuel company's efforts to seize the land.

          "We are disappointed that the federal judge today made the decision to condemn the rights of way and grant immediate possession of our (and others') property in Lancaster County to the Transcontinental Pipe Line Co. for the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline project," the nuns said in a statement.

  • freebywill

    Meanwhile president [ redacted ] and his henchmen continue their assault on the environment.

    [ just the headlines ]

    Trump Kills Mountaintop Removal Health Impact Study

    Trump Disbands Climate Advisory Panel

    Pruitt to Review 'Accuracy' of Leaked Climate Report

    Trump Eliminates Plastic Water Bottle Ban in National Parks, Removes White House Bikeshare Station

    Trump Green Lights Arctic Drilling Project in Polar Bear Habitat

    Feds Urge Judge to Keep Oil Flowing in Dakota Access Pipeline During Environmental Review

    Pruitt Appears in Big Beef Video Urging Farmers to Kill Clean Water Rule

    99% of Public Comments Oppose Trump's National Parks Review

    Zinke Recommends Shrinking a 'Handful' of the Nation's Most Cherished Public Lands

    Zinke Goes on Mediterranean Vacation Instead of Visiting National Monuments on Chopping Block

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Trump and all his cronies..appear to be part of a group I like to call… planet killers! 🙁

      These types of people like to grab things..that is not theirs.. to grab.

      A 2000 year old story… 🙁

  • freebywill

    Electricity From Renewables and Nuclear Power in Statistical Dead Heat https://www.ecowatch.com/nuclear-renewable-energy-2478651208.html

    The latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's (EIA) Electric Power Monthly (with data through June 30) reveals that renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar—inc. small-scale PV and wind) remain in a statistical dead heat with nuclear power vis-à-vis their respective shares of the nation's electrical generation, with each providing roughly 20 percent of the total.

    During the six-month period (January — June), renewables surpassed nuclear power in three of those months (March, April and May) while nuclear power took the lead in the other three. In total, according to EIA's data, utility-scale renewables plus small-scale solar PV provided 20.05 percent of U.S. net electrical generation compared to 20.07 percent for nuclear power. However, renewables may actually hold a small lead because while EIA estimates the contribution from distributed PV, it does not include electrical generation by distributed wind, micro-hydro or small-scale biomass.

    [ The reason renewable sources overtook nuke in Mar thru May was due to units being offline for refueling. The same will probably happen in Sep thru Nov during the fall refueling. ]

  • freebywill

    Scotland Breaks Another Wind Power Record https://www.ecowatch.com/scotland-wind-energy-2484032547.html

    Scotland is celebrating yet another record-breaking month for wind power, new figures show.

    Scottish wind turbines provided 846,942 megawatt hours of electricity to the National Grid, enough to supply the power needs of 2.25 million, or 93 percent of, Scottish households, according to WWF Scotland. That's 33 percent more homes than the same time last year, when wind energy provided 629,603 MWh, the environmental group noted.

    Impressively, on Aug. 19 alone, wind power provided the equivalent of 158 percent of Scotland's total electricity demand.

    "Scotland's had another fantastic month for renewable electricity. With more turbines having come online, this trend looks set to continue," Karen Robinson of WeatherEnergy said in a statement. "Already this year millions of tonnes of damaging carbon emissions have been avoided thanks to investment and forward-thinking policies."

    The country's total electricity consumption for homes, business and industry in August was 1,776,118 MWh, meaning that wind power supplied nearly half (48 percent) of Scotland's entire electricity needs for the month.

  • Think microgrid…

    Create Or Join A Local Micro Grid, Small Scale Grid Tie In Inverters, Zero Out Your Electric Bill Via #Microgrid, #EnergyStorage, Plus Have Backup Power If Grid Goes Down – Be A Part Of The Zero Carbon, Zero Nuclear Revolution, By Switching Energy Providers
    http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2014/11/small-scale-grid-tie-in-inverters-make.html

  • freebywill

    Philly Under Fire for Reneging on Green Parking Deals https://www.courthousenews.com/philly-fire-reneging-green-parking-deals/

    LOWELL NEUMANN NICKEY September 21, 2017

    Philadelphia ushered in the era of parking in 2007 when it began accepting applications from residents to set aside street parking for their electric vehicles.

    William Morlok, Adam Novick and Theodore Lewis — the trio behind Thursday’s lawsuit — say they each set aside time and money to get their parking spaces approved, and they paid to install curbside chargers for their vehicles as well.

    Now that they have improved public property, however, the city unilaterally terminated the exclusivity at the center of the arrangement this past spring.

    Whereas unapproved vehicles in spots were initially subject to a fine or tow, the City Council revised the law in April so that the spaces are reserved only from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    During the day, any vehicle can park in the previously electric-only spaces for two hours at a time.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Reports: Tesla-Branded Solar Panels Arrive in Stores

    Things have changed. Electrek reported Sunday that "Tesla Solar" displays and actual panels have now been spotted on the West Coast.

    https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/reports-tesla-branded-solar-panels-arrive-in-stores

    Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled into Other Products)

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that increased imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells (whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products) are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury to the domestic industry producing an article like or directly competitive with the imported article.

    https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2017/er0922ll832.htm

  • freebywill

    General Motors to Run Ohio, Indiana Factories With 100% Wind Power https://www.ecowatch.com/general-motors-wind-power-2488410209.html
    By Greg Alvarez
    American Wind Energy Association Sep. 23, 2017 12:00PM EST

    General Motors (GM) just announced wind power purchase agreements with projects in Ohio and Illinois. The automaker is buying enough wind-generated electricity to power the Ohio and Indiana factories that build the Chevrolet Cruze and Silverado, and the GMC Sierra.

    GM already has plans to soon power 100 percent of its Arlington, Texas, plant using wind, where more than 100,000 SUV's are made every year. Wind's low cost, down 66 percent since 2009, has made it an attractive option for GM as it works toward meeting its 100 percent renewable goal.

    [ using renewable to make autos that use fossil fuel ]

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      They suck at building nuclear plants. They realize there is no profit in them anyway.

      What do they know that Donald Trump doesn't?

      What does DT know about nuclear plants that GE doesn't is the better question. Maybe it's that when you are a superstar, you can get away with more

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nALb4lEbSbA

    If your hands are small, your nuclear profits are small

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The entire planet is a big ball of energy! 😉

    'We have the technology to harness energy from wind, water and the sun, but evaporation is just as powerful,' says the study's senior author Ozgur Sahin, a biophysicist at Columbia.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4923068/Radical-plan-produce-power-evaporation.html#ixzz4tqKTFuvZ
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  • freebywill

    Electric Vehicles Will Soon Be Cheaper Than Gas Guzzlers https://www.ecowatch.com/electric-vehicles-cost-2490184925.html

    Good news for car drivers looking to go electric. In a handful of years, these zero-emission vehicles will be cheaper than traditional gas guzzlers, according to a new report from investment bankers Cowen & Co.

    The analysis, compiled by Cowen managing director and senior research analyst Jeffrey Osborne, determined that electric vehicles will cost less than gasoline-powered cars by the early- to mid-2020s due to falling battery prices as well as the costs that traditional carmakers will incur as they comply to new fuel-efficiency standards.

    These factors, Osbourne notes, will spur EV adoption from 1 percent of all global sales this year to 3 percent in 2020 and 7.5 percent in 2025.

  • freebywill

    'World's First' Solar-Powered Indoor Farm Coming to Philadelphia https://www.ecowatch.com/solar-indoor-farm-2492869631.html

    Metropolis Farms, which operates out of a warehouse in South Philly, has switched on its massive 100,000 sq. foot rooftop array, according to a company blog post. The system's 2,003 solar panels generates more than half a megawatt of energy to entirely power an indoor vertical farm being built on the floor underneath.

    The "world's first completely solar-powered indoor farm" will grow the equivalent of 660 outdoor acres' worth of crops annually after planting starts in November, the company announced.

    "Before starting this project, the fourth floor of this building was only growing pigeons," the blog post said. "But now, using our innovative technology that can uniquely grow everything, this solar powered indoor farm will be growing fresh tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce, herbs, broccoli, and other crops for local Philadelphians."

    • freebywill

      Nation's First Vegan-Certified Farm Is Booming in Philly https://www.ecowatch.com/nations-first-vegan-certified-farm-is-booming-in-philly-1882182145.html

      As new vertical farms continue to open across the nation, a South Philly warehouse is churning out fresh, local produce 365 days a year and cutting the distance food needs to travel to get to local restaurants, grocery stores and plates.

      Metropolis Farms is not only the first indoor hydroponic vertical farm in Philadelphia, it's the first vegan-certified farm in the nation and the only known vertical farm to operate on the second floor of a building.

      A vegan farm means no pesticides, herbicides, animal manure and animal bi-products. The company boasts that they were certified under the rigorous standards of the American Vegetarian Association.

      Metropolis Farms grows herbs, greens, tomatoes and more crops year round in a very small space—about 120,000 plants in only 36 square feet—and with a lot less water by using hydroponics. The farm claims to use 98 percent less water since it just recirculates and 82 percent less energy compared to conventional and organic farms.

  • freebywill

    Solar Windows Could Meet Nearly All of America's Electricity Demand https://www.ecowatch.com/harvesting-invisible-light-solar-power-2501393463.html

    By Joe McCarthy

    There's an estimated 5 to 7 billion square meters of glass surfaces in the U.S. For windows on homes, cars and buildings, these glass surfaces perform a few basic functions—letting light and fresh air in when open, and blocking bugs and keeping the cold out when closed.

    Now they could all serve another, altogether revolutionary, purpose—generating electricity.

    A new paper in the journal Nature Energy describes how transparent solar panels could be placed over all windows and transparent surfaces in the U.S. to generate energy and decrease reliance on fossil fuels.

    If that happens, nearly all the electricity demands of the U.S. could be met in conjunction with rooftop solar panels, and as long as storage capabilities are improved.

    "Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications," said Richard Lunt, leader author of the report at Michigan State University, in a press release. "We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices can provide a similar electricity-generation potential as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics."

    [ more at the link ]

  • freebywill

    San Diego Ahead of Climate Action Plan Goals https://www.courthousenews.com/san-diego-ahead-climate-action-plan-goals/

    October 25, 2017 BIANCA BRUNO

    SAN DIEGO (CN) – While the federal government has scaled back its commitments to combating climate change, California cities are forging ahead: A new report released Wednesday shows San Diego is ahead of schedule in meeting renewable energy goals outlined in its Climate Action Plan, outpacing its own deadline to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as deadlines set by the state of California.

    San Diego inked a deal in December 2015 requiring it to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. But the Climate Action Plan doesn’t just outline ambitious goals at reducing and reversing San Diego’s impact on climate change – it’s legally binding. And if the city’s 2035 deadline isn’t met, it can be sued to comply with its own plan.

    City officials will reveal a detailed plan on how they will meet the 2035 goal next year.

    San Diego is the largest U.S. city to commit to using 100 percent renewable energy, and has already dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget toward reaching its goal.

    The city is nearly halfway to meeting its 100 percent renewable energy goal, with 43 percent the sources powering the city using renewables.

    The Southern California city was named top city for solar rooftop installations and number one for climate and carbon management since implementing the Climate Action…

  • freebywill

    Electric Bus Was Killed Off 100 Years Ago https://www.ecowatch.com/electric-bus-killed-off-2503770146.html

    By Kieran Cooke

    The electric bus would have let Londoners enjoy clean air early in the twentieth century, saving millions of people from breathing problems and premature death, but dishonesty and double-dealing promoted the internal combustion engine instead.

    The world is only now slowly waking up to the scale of the problem. Air pollution caused by fumes from the hundreds of thousands of vehicles on our roads is one of the big killers of the modern age, especially in cities, and is, along with climate change, a serious threat to the future of the planet.

    It is not just fast-growing cities like Beijing or Delhi that are reeling from the effects of vehicle pollution.

    At least 40,000 deaths in London each year are attributed to outdoor air pollution, much of it the result of the noxious fumes emitted from internal combustion engine-driven cars, trucks and buses, particularly those fueled by diesel.

    Yet, as investigative journalist Mick Hamer wrote in his excellent new book A Most Deliberate Swindle, much of this pollution could have been avoided.

    [ more at the link ]

  • freebywill

    'Blocking the Sun': New Report Documents Efforts to Undermine Rooftop Solar https://www.ecowatch.com/solar-energy-policies-2505417548.html

    While nearly 9 in 10 Americans support the development of more solar energy, electric utilities and fossil fuel-backed special interests are trying to hold off the inevitable renewable-energy future by promoting policies that would make rooftop solar harder to obtain.

    A new report released Thursday by Environment America Research & Policy Center documents 20 entities, across 12 states, who sought to roll back key policies driving solar power over the past year.

    "It's completely clear that Americans want more solar power, for the good of our environment, our health and our local economies," said Bret Fanshaw, solar program coordinator with Environment America and report co-author. "We cannot allow for a narrow set of interests to block the ability of everyday citizens to tap into clean and renewable solar power on the roofs of our homes and businesses."

    The "Blocking the Sun" report shows, however, that electric utilities and special interests are actively undermining access to solar energy across the country.

    [ more at the link on how for profit corps are maneuvering to keep their profits ]

    • q Farthington MacMananus

      "We cannot allow for a narrow set of interests to block the ability of everyday citizens to tap into clean and renewable solar power on the roofs of our homes and businesses."

      How ironic. Excuse me while I go outside for a while, with my cup of wine. I got ethanol and solar power from the father of all nukes.

  • freebywill

    Wind Turbines Supplied 99% of Scotland Electricity Demand Last Month https://www.ecowatch.com/wind-power-scotland-2507484398.html

    by Lorraine Chow

    Scottish wind turbines, propelled by Hurricane Ophelia's strong winds, sent more than 1.7 million megawatt hours of electricity to the National Grid in October, according to WWF Scotland, citing data collected from WeatherEnergy.

    Scotland's total electricity consumption for homes, business and industry was around 1.75 million megawatt hours in October, meaning wind turbines alone generated 99 percent of the country's electricity needs.

    If we were just to look at households, wind power generated enough electricity for 4.5 million homes last month—that's almost twice the number of actual households in Scotland.

    "No one will be surprised that October proved to be a spectacular month for wind energy, with some high winds, including the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia," WWF Scotland's acting head of policy Gina Hanrahan told the Press Association.

    "Fortunately our infrastructure coped well with the windy weather which provided enough to power nearly twice the number of households in Scotland and almost all of our electricity demand."

    5 mins | Hunter Mt. Celtic Festival, 2012, Mass Bands | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM1aL83U4FQ

    [ playing Scotland the Brave, such a spectacle, this mass march numbers anywhere from 700 to 1000, not on a mice city street, in the field, precise footing, in unison. ]

  • freebywill

    100% Renewable Electricity to Power the World by 2050? It's Happening, Study Says https://www.ecowatch.com/100-renewable-electricity-2507753265.html

    By Alex Kirby

    If you think a world powered by 100 percent renewable electricity—and significantly cheaper than today's—is an impossible dream, there's a surprise in store for you. A new study says it's already in the making.

    A global transition to 100 percent renewable electricity, far from being a long-term vision, is happening now, the study says. It is the work of Finland's Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Energy Watch Group (EWG), and was published at the UN climate change conference, COP23, which is meeting here.

    The authors say a global electricity system based entirely on renewable energy will soon be feasible day in, day out, at every moment throughout the year, and would be more cost-effective than the existing system, based largely on fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

    Current renewable energy potential and technologies, crucially including storage to guarantee a constant power supply, can generate sufficient secure power to meet the entire world's electricity demand by 2050, they argue. With political backing it could happen even sooner.

    "There is no reason to invest one more dollar in fossil fuel or nuclear power production," said EWG president Hans-Josef Fell. "Renewable energy provides cost-effective power supply.

  • freebywill

    Detection of Ruthenium 106 in Europe: IRSN investigation results https://watchers.news/2017/11/10/detection-of-ruthenium-106-in-europe-irsn-investigation-results/

    Posted by TW on November 10, 2017

    Several networks monitoring atmospheric radioactive contamination in Europe have detected Ruthenium 106, a radionuclide of artificial origin, at levels of a few milliBecquerels per cubic meter of air late September 2017. The news was widely reported by MSM across the world and by French IRSN, Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, who immediately started an investigation.

    IRSN says it mobilized all its means of radiological monitoring of the atmosphere and conducted regular analysis of the filters from its monitoring stations. For the period from September 27 to October 13, 2017, only the stations of Seyne-sur-Mer, Nice and Ajaccio revealed the presence of Ruthenium 106 in trace amounts. Since October 13, 2017, Ruthenium 106 was no longer detected in France.

    Measurement results from European stations communicated to the Institute since October 3, 2017, have confirmed the presence of Ruthenium 106 in the atmosphere of the majority of European countries. The results obtained for sampling periods later than October 6, 2017, showed a steady decrease in Ruthenium 106 levels, which is currently no longer detected in Europe.

  • freebywill

    Picking Losers: Why Coal and Nuclear Interests Are Desperate for a Ratepayer Bailout https://www.ecowatch.com/coal-nuclear-ratepayer-bailout-2508376054.html

    Without Energy Sec. Rick Perry's scheme to make utility customers buy more expensive electricity from aging, dirty and dangerous coal and nuclear plants, utilities plan to close 75 coal and nuclear units in the next three years, according to federal data compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

    A new EWG report, Picking Losers, analyzes data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showing that since 2009, solar power capacity has grown by a factor of 89 and wind power capacity has increased sixfold. But coal and nuclear capacity have declined or stagnated, as the rapidly declining cost of solar and wind power—among other factors, including the glut of natural gas and increased energy efficiency—are driving coal and nuclear plants out of the competitive wholesale market for electricity.

    Despite the inexorable trend, Perry has ordered FERC to fast-track consideration of a proposed rule to require regional electricity suppliers to buy above-market-rate power from coal and nuclear plants, even when cheaper sources are available.

    [ cont. ]

  • freebywill

    Denver Becomes Latest City to Require Green Roofs https://www.ecowatch.com/denver-green-roofs-2508372741.html

    by Lorraine Chow

    Denver is the latest city to mandate rooftop gardens or solar installations on new, large buildings, joining San Francisco, New York, Paris, London and other cities around the world with similar green roof measures, the Associated Press reported.

    The Colorado capital ranks third in the nation for highest heat island and eighth in the nation for worst ozone/particulate pollution, according to the Denver Green Roof Initiative, a grassroots group that advocated for the city's green roof ordinance, Initiative 300.

    Although the official tally is not in, the ballot initiative had 54 percent approval as of Thursday, signaling that the measure is headed towards victory. The vote will be certified on Nov. 24.

    Initiative 300 creates a new building code that requires green roofs or solar panels for most buildings 25,000 square feet or larger that are constructed after Jan. 1, 2018.

    The Associated Press noted that the measure is more stringent than other green roof mandates, as it requires many existing buildings to be retrofitted with green roofs when the old roof wears out. Older buildings that cannot support the load of a green roof can get an exemption.

  • freebywill

    Tesla Opens Largest U.S. Supercharger Stations to Date and That's a Big Deal https://www.ecowatch.com/tesla-supercharger-stations-2510022562.html

    Range anxiety—the fear that an electric vehicle has an insufficient charge to reach its destination—is one of the most common, but fair, concerns about EVs. Just think, what if you and your car get stuck in the middle of a desert and have nowhere close by to juice up? Ultimately, if we want to spread the adoption of zero-emission vehicles, then we're going to have to make them easier to charge.

    That's why Tesla's latest additions to its Supercharger network is kind of a big deal. On Wednesday, the electric automaker revealed it has opened its largest Supercharger stations in the U.S. to date, according to a news release provided to EcoWatch. The 40-stall stations in Kettleman City, Calif. and Baker, Calif. each feature covered solar parking and the Tesla Powerpack System.

    At the Kettleman City location, Tesla even built its first-ever Supercharger customer lounge that includes access to food and craft beverages, restrooms, comfortable seating, WiFi and Tesla apparel. It also has a kid's play wall, pet relief area and outdoor space for families.

    Tesla drivers typically spend about 30 minutes to Supercharge their cars, which isn't necessarily long but it's definitely more time-consuming than, say, filling up your car at a gas station.

    [ more at the link ]

  • freebywill

    Bright Idea: This Lamp Harvests Its Own Energy From Plants https://www.ecowatch.com/living-light-plants-2510311321.html

    by Lorraine Chow

    Now that's green energy. Dutch product designer Ermi van Oers and her team are working on the first atmospheric lamp powered by living plants.

    The Living Light does not require an electric socket. It can harvest its own energy through the photosynthetic process of the encased plant, which means the potential of this off-grid light source could be "huge," as Van Oers told Dezeen.

    "Street lights could be connected to trees. Forests could become power plants. Rice fields in Indonesia could produce food and electricity for the local population," she said.

    The designer is already applying the technology to public spaces and is working with the Dutch city of Rotterdam to light up a park.

    Here's how the lamp works, according to the Living Light website (or you can watch the video above):

    "In a plant microbial fuel cell, solar energy is converted to electricity in a natural way. Plants use sunlight to photosynthesize, thus producing organic compounds. A part of these compounds is passively released via the roots into the soil. Naturally occurring bacteria break down the organic matter and release electrons and protons. The plant microbial fuel cell consists of an anode compartment that captures the electrons. The electrons are transferred via a wire to the cathode. The flow of electrons from anode to cathode can be…

  • freebywill

    Volkswagen Commits $40B to Going Electric https://www.courthousenews.com/volkswagen-commits-40b-digital-technologies/

    KEVIN LESSMILLER November 17, 2017

    (CN) – Auto giant Volkswagen said Friday it will spend more than 34 billion euros, or $40 billion, on electric cars and self-driving technology over the next five years.

    The German manufacturer said the money will also be spent through 2022 on other digitalization technologies.

    “With the planning round now approved, we are laying the foundation for making Volkswagen the world’s number one player in electric mobility by 2025,” Volkswagen CEO Matthias Muller said in a statement. “We are reinventing the car. We are making targeted investments in digitalization, autonomous driving, electric mobility and new mobility services by providing the necessary funds from our own resources. We are, however, doing so without sidelining existing technologies and vehicle projects, since this is how we will earn our money for the foreseeable future.”

    Volkswagen plans to introduce 80 new electric vehicles by 2025. By 2030, it says it will offer at least one electric version of each of its models, which span the Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen brands.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Number one argument against electric cars is now completely debunked

    Jun. 5th 2017

    The argument that electric vehicles are just as polluting as gas-powered vehicles because they consume electricity produced from coal plants has been looming over electric vehicles for a long time.

    It has been debunked on a few occasions and while there are places where the grid is so dirty that it doesn’t make a big difference whether someone drives an electric car or a very efficient gas-powered car, most of the US electric grid is clean enough that it doesn’t come close to the efficiency of electric cars.

    As the grid gets cleaner, thanks to solar, wind, hydro and other renewable energy sources, the electric car’s advantage is increasing every day and the latest data shows that it’s not even a contest anymore.

    The data is already impressive any way you can look at it, but it’s also only going to improve as more solar is being deployed and more coal power plants are being retired. While there are more things holding EVs back, like simple awareness and pricing, it’s one fewer problem to worry about – though it’s still something to keep in mind depending on where you live.

    https://electrek.co/2017/06/05/electric-cars-cleaner-than-gas-powered/

  • Jebus Jebus

    Elon Musk just won a $50 million bet for building the world’s largest lithium ion battery in 100 days

    Elon Musk will get paid for building the world’s largest lithium ion battery in South Australia, with testing on the 100-megawatt project about to begin ahead of next week’s December 1 deadline to built it in 100 days, or it’s free.

    State premier Jay Weatherill announced today that regulatory testing at the site, which is paired with French energy business Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm, 230km north of the capital, Adelaide, will begin within days.

    When fully charged, the Tesla Powerpack is expected to hold enough power for 8,000 homes for 24 hours, or more than 30,000 houses for an hour during a blackout.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-just-met-his-100-day-deadline-on-a-50-million-bet-2017-11

  • freebywill

    5 Top-Rated Solar-Powered Tents For Camping Enthusiasts
    https://www.agreenorigin.com/solar-powered-tents/

    https://www.agreenorigin.com/solar-powered-tents/#orange

    The solar tent allows you to charge smartphones and other portable electronic devices. The tent is made of photovoltaic fabric and synthetic canopy.

    It’s also packed with RFID-activated lighting, underfloor heating, a Wi-Fi touch screen and induction charger.

    With the detachable flexible solar panel it easy to use and you can always have sunlight at any angle. The tent is also very easy to pack and very convenient to carry.

    [ I think Kirk and the boys left this behind, campsite housekeeping option available ]

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