New wind and solar power is cheaper than existing coal in much of the U.S., analysis finds

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News Not a single coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River will be able to compete on price with new wind and solar power by 2025, according to a new report by energy analysts. The same is true for every coal plant in a swath of the South that includes the […]

California’s wildfire threat could be an opportunity for clean-energy microgrids

by Sammy Roth, LA Times To the untrained eye, the shipping containers clustered on the outskirts of Borrego Springs don’t look like an innovative clean-energy technology that could help California cope with wildfires. But these containers, in the remote desert of eastern San Diego County, are packed with lithium-ion batteries — and they’re part of […]

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, […]

New Mexico Senate passes 100% carbon-free electricity target

by Julian Spector, Greentech Media New Mexico has joined the drumbeat of states pushing for a transition to clean electricity. The state Senate passed the Energy Transition Act (SB 489) late Wednesday night in a 32-9 vote. The ETA would impose a “zero carbon” electricity standard on public utilities by 2045. The bill also ramps […]

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 […]

APS, first solar partner on Arizona’s largest battery storage project

by First Solar Two homegrown leaders in renewable energy, Arizona Public Service and First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR), are bringing a first-of-its-kind 50-megawatt (MW) solar-fueled battery to the desert to provide clean power to Arizonans on hot summer days. This project will make Arizona home to one of the largest battery storage systems in the country. […]

Battery-backed solar breaks into grid long seen as off limits

by Brian Eckhouse and Chris Martin, Bloomberg Solar is breaking into a power market that’s long been the domain of big, conventional generators. A key reason: batteries. New England just approved 145 megawatts of solar systems to provide capacity to the local grid, according to a statement Wednesday, including some from Sunrun Inc. that are […]

Proof that decentralized energy devices can deliver reliable power to the grid

by Julian Spector, Greentech Media Sunrun will get its chance to prove that home batteries and solar panels can stack up against traditional power plants. The San Francisco-based company won a 20-megawatt bid in the forward capacity auction for ISO New England, which operates the electric grid in six Northeastern states. That auction ensures that […]

PG&E Bankruptcy – what does it mean for customers, the climate, and communities?

On Tuesday, January 29, PG&E filed for protection under Chapter 11 bankruptcy law. The broad outline of the story, as most Center for Climate Protection e-news readers are probably aware, is that as a result of utility equipment being pinpointed as a cause of many of the wildfires over the past two years, PG&Es’ liabilities […]

Texas grid operator reports fuel mix is now 30% carbon-free

by Jeff St. John, Greentech Media Texas may be the center of the U.S. oil and gas industry, but the latest data shows that the state’s competitive energy market is increasingly favoring clean energy over fossil fuel alternatives. New information from state grid operator ERCOT shows that carbon-free resources made up more than 30 percent […]