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Mercedes-Benz Brings a New Model (of Battery) to U.S. Homes
In a partnership with Vivint Solar, the automaker will market a storage device that can help power lights, appliances — and even electric cars.

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:00:26 -0500


Climate of Unintended Consequences
Do-something impulses and eco-cure boosterism turbocharged by government and subsidized business can do great harm.

Thu, 04 May 2017 03:21:09 -0500


Today’s Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal
Today’s energy jobs are in solar and, increasingly, wind power, rather than coal. But jobs are unevenly distributed across the country.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:23 -0500


Florida Republicans Squelch the Voice of the People
Legislators are obstructing voter-created laws they don’t like on marijuana, the environment, education and gerrymandering.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:21:24 -0500


Investing in Solar and Wind in a Coal and Oil Moment
Despite the Trump administration’s support for coal and other carbon fuels, there is a reasonable case for investing in renewable energy.

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:00:24 -0500

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2015 0123: I have a solar powered keyboard!!!! Bit by bit, we will claim back the planet from the rising waters, before the water takes off into space. Climate change videos, to really get you worried
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SolarCity, SunRun Win Arizona Tax Suit Over Exemption

SolarCity Corp. and rival SunRun Inc. persuaded an Arizona appeals court that certain tax exemptions for solar panels don’t violate the state constitution, according to an opinion released May 18.

The Arizona Court of Appeals rejected the state Department of Revenue’s contention that solar panels leased to residents and businesses generate electricity just as traditional electricity providers do, subjecting them to the same taxes (Solarcity Corp. v. Ariz. Dep’t of Revenue , 2017 BL 165607, Ariz. Ct. App., Div. 1, No. 1 CA-TX 15-0008, 5/17/17 ).

 



Mon, 22 May 2017 15:47:00 GMT


As 100 Percent Renewables Become the New Norm, a New Role for Utilities Emerges

Portland, Ore., is one of the most recent municipalities to join dozens of cities and states across the U.S. in pledges to run on 100 percent renewable energy in the coming decades. Portland is taking a two-step approach toward its goal.



Mon, 22 May 2017 15:37:00 GMT


Listen Up: What Home Owners Need To Know About Battery Storage Systems

Since the sun does not shine at night we need a way to store daytime-generated solar energy. Net metering is an elegant and 100% efficient way to shift excess solar power, but that system will not work at high solar penetration levels. Never mind the fact that utilities are loath to allow their customers to generate electricity for less than it costs them to deliver this power. 

As a result, battery storage is on the minds of almost all new solar customers. Storage technology, incentives, favorable electric rates and control software are all evolving rapidly. There are currently about a dozen companies with battery storage systems designed for use with rooftop solar. Like peanut butter and chocolate, many solar companies are starting to offer battery storage systems along with their solar systems.

My advice is to proceed with caution. Even though off-grid battery storage systems have been available for years, we are at the very early stages of grid-tied solar combined with battery storage. From a hardware standpoint, battery storage costs are plummeting, and new inverters/charge controllers are being developed. Perhaps more importantly, software that will efficiently interact with solar, batteries, the grid and your home energy consumption still has limited functionality. For more about the practicalities of home battery storage, Listen Up to this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World.

 



Mon, 22 May 2017 14:53:00 GMT


Interconnectors — Moving Clean Power Around a Continent

In the U.K., National Grid is the utility that owns the high voltage electricity network in England and Wales. It is also one of four British gas distribution companies. It’s a big player — “joining everything up” — within the UK’s overall energy system.



Mon, 22 May 2017 14:44:00 GMT


Ameren Unveils Advanced Distributed Energy Microgrid

Ameren Corp. has completed an advanced utility-scale microgrid. The $5 million facility, located at Ameren's Technology Applications Center (TAC) adjacent to the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Illinois, is capable of serving paying customer loads on a utility distribution feeder.



Fri, 19 May 2017 17:40:00 GMT


Solar Decathlon: Real World Solar Projects for Hardworking Students

What is the best design for a livable home powered entirely by the sun that can be transported anywhere in the world and assembled in just a few days? Solar Decathlon competitions worldwide have netted 274 different-yet-correct answers to this question since it was first posed in 2002.



Fri, 19 May 2017 10:45:00 GMT


Grid Parity? The Real Story Behind the Concept and Why It Relates to Diesel Generators

There’s been a decade of talk about if solar (or wind) has reached grid parity. And now, with the increased use of batteries and storage, the question becomes more relevant, as renewables can supply electricity beyond the generation time. 



Thu, 18 May 2017 17:12:00 GMT
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Mon, 22 May 2017 12:30:00 -0400


As Ethiopian Seeks to Head WHO, Outbreak at Home Raises Questions
Ethiopia is battling an outbreak of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) that has affected more than 32,000 people.  At the same time, Ethiopia's former minister of health, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is a candidate to lead the World Health Organization.   The two facts are linked in that critics of Tedros say he has tried to minimize the outbreak by refusing to classify it as cholera, a label that could harm Ethiopia’s economic growth. The WHO's 194 member states will gather...

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:27:52 -0400


More Than 31 Million Internally Displaced in 2016
More than 30 million people were displaced within their own countries last year, says a new report.   The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center and the Norwegian Refugee Council cite conflict, criminal violence and natural disasters as the driving force behind the uprooting of tens of millions.   “When a family is pushed out of their home, sometimes for years, it is a sign something is wrong in a nation, the locality, but also in international relations,” Norwegian Refugee...

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:48:13 -0400


Local Radio: Tunisia Protesters Close Second Oil Pump Station
Tunisian protesters demanding jobs have closed down a second oil pumping station in the south in defiance of government attempts to protect oil and gasfields with troops and negotiate an end to unrest, two local radios reported on Sunday. Protesters peacefully shut a pumping station at Faouar in southern Kebili province, where French oil company Perenco operates, according to one local witness and Mosaique FM and Shems FM radio stations. "We shut down the pumping station for...

Sun, 21 May 2017 10:54:12 -0400


Nigerian Troops Battle Boko Haram in Lake Chad Area
Nigerian troops fought Boko Haram in the Lake Chad area on Saturday, killing 13 of the Islamic extremists and arresting 10 others, including 6 women believed to have helped smuggle supplies to the insurgents, said an army spokesman.   Soldiers of the of 8 Task Force Battalion spent 72 hours clearing the location where the Boko Haram fighters were hiding, said battalion spokesman Col. Timothy Antigha. Many other Boko Haram fighters were wounded by gunfire, he said.   The troops,...

Sun, 21 May 2017 08:25:20 -0400


WHO Optimistic on Controlling DRC Ebola Outbreak
The World Health Organization’s regional chief for Africa reports prospects for rapidly controlling the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo are good. While not underestimating the difficulties that lie ahead in bringing this latest outbreak of Ebola to an end, Matshidiso Moeti told VOA she is “very encouraged” by the speed with which the government and its national and international partners have responded to this crisis. “I am quite optimistic because...

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:25:14 -0400