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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

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

‘Historic breakthrough’: Norway’s giant oil fund dives into renewables

by Damian Carrington, Grist Norway’s $1 trillion oil fund, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, is to plunge billions of dollars into wind and solar power projects. The decision follows Saudi Arabia’s oil fund selling off its last oil and gas assets. Other national funds built up from oil profits are also thought to be […]

Oil-soaked Texas turns to solar for economic reasons

by Brian Eckhouse and Chris Martin, Bloomberg Texas, home to the world’s largest oil reserve and America’s biggest source of coal-fired power, is on the verge of a clean-energy boom. Wind already supplies about 15 percent of Texas’s electricity, and now developers are about to quadruple the state’s solar capacity, adding enough panels by 2022 […]

Energy priorities shift as a new administration takes hold

by Tux Turkel, Press Herald Efforts to expand natural gas capacity. Hopes of luring discounted Canadian electricity. Measures to stunt the growth of solar power and discourage wind farms on land and sea. These actions championed for eight years by Gov. Paul LePage and Republican allies will end on Jan. 2, as a new Democratic […]

Wind is cheapest, followed by solar

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News There was a time when utility companies could say coal plants were a bargain. Many of the same companies viewed wind and solar as too expensive to do on a large scale. I’m not talking about ancient history. This was 2008, when I started covering energy. Since then, the costs […]

Power worth less than zero spreads as green energy floods the grid

by Jesper Starn, Bloomberg Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas — and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places — the amount of electricity being generated […]