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Tesla Gives the California Power Grid a Battery Boost – NYTimes.com






Tesla Gives the California Power Grid a Battery Boost An installation of Tesla batteries is connected to distribution circuits at Southern California Edison’s Mira Loma substation in Ontario, Calif., about 40 miles east of Los Angeles. JAKE MICHAELS FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES By DIANE CARDWELL JANUARY 30, 2017 Just off a freeway in Southern California, 396… Read More »






republicEn | Energy Optimists – Climate Realists






I agree with this Republican platform, but if we remove “subsidies” for solar energy, then let’s remove ALL energy subsidies. Solar will compete very well with coal generated electric power in a country with no energy subsidies at all! We are 2279 Americans educating the country about free-enterprise solutions to climate change.Members of republicEn are… Read More »






Some Like it Dirty and Expensive? Why?






With no out-of-pocket cost, you could have solar panels on your roof generating electric power at a lower rate than what you are paying your utility now.

You can choose to own the panels with zero down bank financing, or have SolarCity own and maintain the panels with a solar lease or Solar PPA (power purchase agreement). Either way, you’re protected.











SunShot 2030 | Department of Energy






NEW SOLAR OPPORTUNITIES FOR A NEW DECADE Since the SunShot Initiative began in 2011, solar has made great strides in the United States. At the time, solar power comprised less than 0.1% of the U.S. electricity supply with an installed capacity of just 1.2 gigawatts. Solar now supplies more than 1% of U.S. electricity demand… Read More »






As U.S. Cedes Leadership on Climate, Others Step Up at Davos – The New York Times






Under the Obama administration, the United States took on a climate leadership role. But President Trump has threatened to quit the Paris climate deal, and within minutes of his taking office on Friday, the White House website removed a discussion of the threat of climate change and replaced it with a commitment to eliminate cornerstone… Read More »






Virginia: Solar Feed-in Tariffs






$ 1,000 sign up bonus + 2 cents / kWh premium on exported solar energy. See DSIRE site below for list of participating utility companies in the TVA Interconnect and participating solar installers. Incentive Amount:$1,000 upon installationYears 1-10: retail electric rate + premium paymentYears 11-20: retail electric rate2015 Premium Rates: $0.02/kWh Source: DSIRE






Projected growth in CO2 emissions driven by countries outside the OECD – Today in Energy – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)






Projected growth in CO2 emissions driven by countries outside the OECDSource: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2016Note: OECD is the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are projected to increase by one-third between 2012 and 2040 in EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) Reference case, largely driven by… Read More »






EIA projects 48% increase in world energy consumption by 2040 – Today in Energy – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)






EIA projects 48% increase in world energy consumption by 2040Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2016The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s recently released International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) projects that world energy consumption will grow by 48% between 2012 and 2040. Most of this growth will come from countries that are not in the… Read More »






Electricity generation from renewable sources expected to grow 9% this year – Today in Energy – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)






Electricity generation from renewable sources expected to grow 9% this yearSource: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook, January 2016Electricity generated from utility-scale renewable plants is expected to grow by 9% in 2016, based on projections in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. Much of the growth comes from new installations of wind and solar plants… Read More »






Power generation from coal and natural gas expected to temporarily converge this spring – Today in Energy – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)






Power generation from coal and natural gas expected to temporarily converge this springSource: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly, Short-Term Energy OutlookRepublished May 14, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to correct an error in the graphEIA’s most recent Short-Term Energy Outlook forecasts that the amount of electricity generation fueled by natural gas in April and May… Read More »






For Atlantic City Locals There’s a Zero Risk Bet Which Brought This Man $ 46,797






The Effects of Falling Solar PV Costs vs Value of Available Solar Incentives
If you are planning on going solar, you might be delaying your decision due to concerns about:
Falling Solar PV materials cost and Rapid advances in solar technology











Manufacturing scale, not cheap labor, driving China’s solar PV price advantage – Scientific American Blog Network






This could have happened in the USA over the past 60 years if not for political obstructionism… A new study released in the journal Energy and Environmental Science by MIT and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory looks at factors driving cheap(er) Chinese made solar panels. By David Wogan on September 10, 2013 Share on Facebook Share… Read More »