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 […]

CO2 emissions down in 18 countries with strong policy, study finds

by Nicole Mortillaro, CBC New In a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers suggest that countries that are turning to renewable energy sources and moving away from fossil fuels are making progress in reducing CO2 emissions. The study looked at emissions from between 2005 and 2015. Globally, CO2 was on the […]

World’s biggest battery to boost solar in Texas oil country

by Chris Martin, Bloomberg The world’s largest battery could soon be storing solar energy deep in the heart of Texas oil country. The 495-megawatt storage system would be built in tandem with a solar farm of the same size in Borden County, Texas. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc., which operates most of the […]

Moving beyond business as usual to a resilient power system for California

by John Sarter, Utility Dive Before California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), announced it would file for bankruptcy, a bill was proposed in the state legislature that would exempt the utility from any liability for last year’s tragic fires. Apparently, the bailout the utility received for the 2017 firestorms did not apply to […]

Lack of competition or scrutiny means utilities are overspending on infrastructure by billions, reports find

by Janet Wilson, Palm Springs Desert Sun It’s not just Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Utilities across the United States are overspending by billions as they’ve ramped up capital spending on aging transmission lines and other equipment, recent reviews show, with no competition and no upfront scrutiny in many cases. An estimated $8 billion in […]