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Tri-State to shut New Mexico, Colorado coal plants by 2030

by Robert Walton, Utility Dive Details on how Tri-State will replace the shuttered coal capacity will have to wait for an announcement next week, said company officials, as right now the focus remains on local community impacts. Almost 600 jobs will be affected. The 253 MW Escalante Station began operations in 1984, and the company […]

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New US building codes will make every home ready for electric cars

by Michael J. Coren, Quartz In January, the International Code Council (ICC) approved changes to building standards that preview a world in which every home has at least one electric car. The building standards organization, which sets voluntary guidelines for new homes, voted to approve a new provision that, functionally, will make all new homes […]

Amid shut-off woes, a beacon of energy

By Scott Wilson, Washington Post BLUE LAKE, Calif. — After months of wildfires, an essential question in a warming, windy California is this: How does the state keep the lights on? A tiny Native American tribe, settled here in the Mad River Valley, has an answer. Build your own utility. Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2020/01/01/amid-shut-off-woes-beacon-energy/?arc404=true

History’s largest mining operation is about to begin underwater—and the consequences are unimaginable

by Wil S. Hylton Unless you are given to chronic anxiety or suffer from nihilistic despair, you probably haven’t spent much time contemplating the bottom of the ocean. Many people imagine the seabed to be a vast expanse of sand, but it’s a jagged and dynamic landscape with as much variation as any place onshore. […]

On the Path by 2025 to Rapid Decarbonization in California (pdf)

On Path by 2025 to Rapid Decarb in CA The Climate Center Jan 2019

Community Microgrids: Four examples of local energy that improves lives

by Lena Goodwin, Microgrid Knowledge Community microgrids offer a way for neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities to meet their energy needs locally. Some make a community’s electricity more reliable and green; others serve critical facilities like fire, police and water treatment facilities; and still others are built for remote outposts that otherwise lack access to […]

California faces a crossroads on the path to 100% clean energy

by Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times Bill Brand spent two decades fighting to get the waterfront power plant in Redondo Beach torn down and replaced with a public park. Until recently, he was sure he had won. Regulators had set a deadline of Dec. 31, 2020, for owner AES Corp. to shutter the hulking power […]

Solar on Glendora, Calif. Walmart

California now has 1 million solar roofs. Are 1 million batteries next?

by Sammy Roth, LA Times For Clovis Unified School District outside Fresno, the economics of solar power have been too good to pass up. And for the solar industry, the district’s investments in sun-generated electricity have helped fuel a milestone 14 years in the making. Clovis Unified has installed solar systems covering parking lots and […]

LAUSD school board member Nick Melvoin joins protesters in Westwood

Los Angeles Unified School Board commits to transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy

by Shannon Haber, Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Board of Education today approved a resolution sponsored by Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson, Board Vice President Jackie Goldberg and Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna that commits Los Angeles Unified to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2040. The School Board also calls […]

Outside of Sparks, Nevada, construction of Tesla's "Gigafactory" progresses over a 15-month period. The enormous plant now manufactures the unique battery packs that power Tesla's new Model 3 vehicle. Data analysis firms like Genscape use Planet imagery and other complementary datasets to analyze the health of the world's manufacturers.

Low-cost batteries are about to transform multiple industries

by Rob Day, Forbes Lithium-ion battery prices have seen a dramatic decline in manufacturing costs over the past decade. The below chart from a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report released today shows the steady march downward in prices. In fact, the chart may be understating things a bit. BNEF forecasts that the industry will see […]