How Meaningful Are States’ 100% Clean Energy Commitments?

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News When California passed its commitment to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045 last September, I didn’t think it would be trendsetting, at least not right away. After all, there was a multiyear gap between when Hawaii became the first state to adopt this kind of law in 2015 and when […]

US solar-plus-storage prices plunge in utility contracting surge

by Stephanie Tsao and Garrett Hering, SP Global U.S. utilities seeking new sources of peak power are turning to solar farms integrated with battery storage systems that save energy for later use, offsetting their reliance on conventional fossil fuel-fired generators, often at lower prices. This trend is most apparent in Hawaii and the western U.S., […]

Solar plus storage is already here: A Vermont utility wants batteries for every customer

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg A climate-conscious Vermont utility is partnering with Tesla Inc. as it aspires to install battery systems in every home it serves. Green Mountain Power, which aims to use all renewable energy by 2030, is launching a pilot program allowing 250 customers to get two Tesla Powerwall batteries for $30 a month, […]

Berlin’s largest bus fleet gets first of 225 fully-electric buses

by Bridie Schmidt, The Driven Berlin is now on the way to cleaner public transport, with the delivery of the first of 15 all-electric eCitaro buses from Mercedes-Benz for Berlin’s largest bus fleet, BVG. The 15 electric buses from Mercedes-Benz will be joined in 2020 by 15 Urbino 12 articulated electric buses made by Poland’s […]

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 […]

California virtual power plant “shattering records” for distributed energy storage

by Elisa Wood, Microgrid knowledge Southern California Edison’s (SCE) five-year-old experiment with local energy has brought about a new world record with a virtual power plant delivering 2 GWh of grid services, according to AMS, the project designer and operator. In 2018 — its first year of operation — the virtual power plant was dispatched […]

Don’t let PG&E’s perfectly good bankruptcy go to waste

By Mark Ferron and Lorenzo Kristov, San Francisco Chronicle California has the will, the ability and the technologies to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions and create resilient communities across the state. But Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s structure and regulatory framework are barriers to California’s clean energy future. Because they were designed for a top-down, […]

Plunging sales suggests end is nigh for fossil fuel cars in Australia

by Giles Parkinson, The Drive No 1: When asked, more than one third of Australians say that – given the chance – their next passenger vehicle purchase will be electric. More than two thirds think the shift to electric is inevitable. No 2: In the first two months of 2019, sales of new petrol and […]

Trump again seeks deep cuts in renewable energy funding

by Ari Natter, Bloomberg The Trump administration is again seeking severe cuts to the U.S. Energy Department division charged with renewable energy and energy efficiency research, according to a department official familiar with the plan. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would see […]

To save lobsters, Maine piles into states eyeing 100% renewables

by Chris Martin, Bloomberg Maine, warning that global warming is a threat to its lobsters, just joined the growing chorus of states pledging to get all of their electricity from renewable energy sources. In setting a goal of sourcing all of Maine’s power from renewable energy resources by 2050, Governor Janet Mills is aligning the […]