Repsol is first oil major to pledge zero emissions by 2050

by James Herron, Bloomberg Repsol SA embarked on the most ambitious attempt yet by an oil major to align itself with the Paris climate goals, saying it will eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations and its customers by 2050. The Spanish giant’s exploration and production unit will focus on value instead of […]

Jessie Denver, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources Program for East Bay Community Energy with colleagues at The Climate Center's annual Community Choice Energy conference in 2019.

An inside look at a groundbreaking solar-storage procurement in California

by Jeff St. John, Greentech Media Early this month, three community-choice aggregators and one municipal utility serving much of California’s San Francisco Bay Area launched a 30-megawatt distributed energy storage-plus-solar solicitation. It breaks ground on multiple fronts. First, it’s one of the largest-ever efforts to aggregate distributed energy resources (DERs) at a scale that can […]

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The world’s only $100 billion utility owes its success to investing in renewables early

By Gerson Freitas Jr, Bloomberg, November 15, 2019 Two decades ago, when coal ruled U.S. power generation, a Florida utility plowed some of its extra cash into a wind farm atop a desolate Oregon plateau. It was the start of an unimaginably successful bet. This year, that company — now named NextEra Energy Inc. — […]

MUST READ: Why science failed to stop climate change: How the energy companies took us all

by NAOMI ORESKES November 18, 2019 read full article in Salon here It’s a tale for all time. What might be the greatest scam in history or, at least, the one that threatens to take history down with it. Think of it as the climate-change scam that beat science, big time… ….Scientists working on the […]

The synergy between electric vehicles and renewables plus storage is emerging

by Jeff McMahon, Forbes If energy and transportation planners stop seeing their sectors as separate markets for batteries—a World Resources Institute researcher argued last week—there will be more than enough energy storage to go around. “An electric vehicle, because of the battery, is really both a mobility asset and an energy asset,” said Camron Gorguinpour, […]

Microgrid companies to California: Help us help you

by Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge We can move faster installing microgrids, but you need to make some changes. That’s the overarching message from microgrid companies to California regulators as the state faces utility power shutoffs for years to come. The recommendations are pouring into the California Public Utilities Commission as it attempts to translate into […]

Game-changing: Homeowners can now pay for rooftop solar on their mortgages

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg There’s a new way for homeowners to pay for rooftop solar panels. It’s called a mortgage. Loanpal, led by two former SolarCity Corp. executives, provides loans for rooftop solar panels, then offers to bundle them into conventional 30-year mortgages. It allows customers to spread payments out over decades and, the company […]

Power Plays: Stakeholders explore disempowering PG&E

This article was originally published in the Pacific Sun on October 30, 2019. by Will Carruthers Once again, PG&E’s impact on the public brought it negative attention and, this week, multiple competing proposals from California lawmakers that may drastically change the future of the utility. On Monday, the stock price investor-owned utility parent company tumbled […]

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Opinion: Microgrids could prevent need for planned power outages

Our aging and unstable electrical system must be replaced now, not decades from now This piece was originally published in the Mercury News opinion section on October 25, 2019. (Subscription required.) The dramatic increase in the size and severity of California’s wildfires in recent years is just one example of the devastating effects of climate […]

Energy resilient communities through distributed, clean, smart and local microgrids (Advanced Community Energy or ACE)

by Kurt Johnson, The Climate Center (read full article on our website here) As climate-related disruptions grow more frequent and severe, we urgently need effective local strategies to achieve decarbonization, resilience, social equity and security. The common basis for all these goals is to create local electric systems — carbon-free, safe, resilient and accessible to […]