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 […]

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The world is spending the least on clean energy in six years

by Gerald Porter Jr., Bloomberg Worldwide investments in clean energy projects have hit a six-year low. Global spending totaled $117.6 billion in the first half of 2019, down 14% from a year earlier and the least since 2013, according to a report by BloombergNEF. Investments slowed in all three major markets — the U.S., Europe […]

Cheap clean energy makes new natural gas a risky bet utility regulators should avoid

by Mike O’Boyle, Forbes Utilities across the United States are rapidly decarbonizing their generation fleets, but are diverging between two paths: Completely phasing out fossil fuels in favor of clean generation like Xcel Energy, or doubling down on new natural gas generation like Duke Energy. Stakes are high – our climate future and utilities’ economic […]

Oakland to swap jet fuel-burning peaker plant for urban battery

by Julian Spector, Greentech Media Jack London Square reminds a visitor of Oakland’s nautical roots. Seagulls squawk, ships bob in the harbor, commuters rush out of cars or wheel their bikes to the ferry terminal to embark across the San Francisco Bay. Up the wharf, shipping cranes tower over the proposed site of the future […]

The benefits of pursuing Community Choice Energy in Fresno

by David Castellon, The Business Journal In the Fresno area, more than 750 manufacturing businesses use the bulk of electricity directed here by Pacific Gas & Electric, but the cost of that energy is among the most expensive in California, said Mike Betts, president and CEO of the Betts Co., a south Fresno manufacturer of […]

General Electric to scrap California power plant 20 years early

by Alwyn Scott, Reuters General Electric Co said on Friday it plans to demolish a large power plant it owns in California this year after only one-third of its useful life because the plant is no longer economically viable in a state where wind and solar supply a growing share of inexpensive electricity. The 750-megawatt […]

Yale poll finds majority of Americans think ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and other fossil fuel companies should pay for climate change damage

by Peter Frumhoff, Union of Concerned Scientists Communities face growing costs from climate change-fueled extreme weather and rising seas, and they need to prepare for further, now unavoidable, impacts. Who is going to pay these costs? A striking new survey by Yale University’s Program on Climate Change Communications and supported by the Union of Concerned […]

Congrats to California on passing a budget allocatiion to clean car planning

by Dustin Gardiner, SF Chronicle California is on the verge of spending $1.5 million to study what it would take to “significantly reduce” emissions from vehicles — including phasing out new gasoline-powered cars — after a San Francisco legislator used a budget maneuver to bring the idea back from the dead. For two years, Democratic […]

Americans are paying more than ever to store deadly nuclear waste as plants shut down

by Will Wade, Bloomberg The Maine Yankee nuclear power plant hasn’t produced a single watt of energy in more than two decades, but it cost U.S. taxpayers about $35 million this year. Almost 40 years after Congress decided the U.S., and not private companies, would be responsible for storing radioactive waste, the cost of that […]

The power switch: tracking Britain’s record coal-free run

by Niko Kommenda, The Guardian Britain is setting new records for going without coal-powered energy. In the latest milestone, it has gone for two weeks without using coal to generate electricity – the longest such period since 1882. The coal-free fortnight comes just two years after the National Grid first ran without coal power for […]