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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Community microgrids are safe, reliable, clean, smart, and distributed.

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 […]

Ludington Pumped Storage Facility in Michigan. Image by Consumers Energy

Montana energy storage project lines up financial partner

by Matthew Brown, AP Construction on a $1 billion energy storage system in central Montana could start as soon as next year after its sponsors said Friday they reached a financing agreement with a Danish firm that invests in renewable energy. Carl Borgquist, president of Bozeman-based Absaroka Energy, said the involvement of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners […]

Australia has enough solar, wind storage in pipeline to go 100% renewables

by Giles Parkinson, Renew Economy Last Friday, tens of thousands of school students went on “strike”, imploring politicians to finally Get Serious about climate change policies, and urging a switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030. Can’t be done, they were told. Readers may remember, however, that ANU researchers Andrew Blakers and Matt […]