Daily Archives: July 10, 2020

Utility-Scale Energy Storage: When Free Isn’t Cheap Enough

By Charles Botsford, PE source: Abbot, COVID Lockdown Graphics Dept.Figure 1. Clean Vehicle with Organic Energy Storage Utility-Scale Energy Storage: When Free Isn’t Cheap EnoughCharles Botsford, P.E., Monrovia, CaliforniaWhy Do We Need Energy Storage?Skeptics of renewable energy quote the old adage “you don’t make power when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow.”…..

Line 5 Shutdown Has Serious Implications In Canada

By Energy in Depth A recent court decision in Michigan could have major implications for the energy security of Ontario and Quebec. A Michigan judge recently ordered the temporary shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline that runs from Superior, Wisconsin to refineries in Sarnia, Ontario. Shutting down Line 5 has serious implications, for residents…

Study: Electrification Is a Misguided Approach to Tackle Climate Change

By Energy in Depth A recently published peer-reviewed study from UCLA argues that energy efficiency through electrification in the residential sector – including energy efficiency actions, renewable generation systems and electric vehicles –faces significant constraints, questioning its overall efficacy to tackle climate change as a policy. Portrayed as the ultimate climate change panacea, electrification is…..

Up to $6.7 Billion in U.S. Pandemic Relief Handed to 5,600 Fossil Companies

By The Energy Mix Image Credit: WikipediaEnvironmentalists and accountability watchdogs are crying foul over revelations that more than 5,600 fossil companies have taken billions in federal coronavirus aid earmarked for small businesses.Citing in-house analysis produced in partnership with the corporate watchdog Documented—and using data reluctantly released to public scrutiny by the U.S. Small Business.. Click…

The electric recipe of Norway’s zero emissions transport boom

By Ketan Joshi Norway’s EV success is a simple reminder of something too often forgotten: policy and hard work both result in real change. Can Australia do it too? The post The electric recipe of Norway’s zero emissions transport boom appeared first on RenewEconomy. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Renew Economy

A new power bill approach is highly needed

By Rafael Herzberg A new power bill approach is highly neededWhat makes more sense to you regarding water heating?Option “A”: go for a 9.5 kW tank-less water heater Option “B” go for a 1.5 kW 20 gallon water heaterTotal installed cost for both are about the same. And at the end of the day the…

Germany’s Fallen ‘Solar Valley’ Sees New Life as Meyer Burger Buys Former SolarWorld Factory

By [email protected] Once bustling with PV research and manufacturing, Germany’s “Solar Valley” fell quiet in recent years as China gained control of the global PV manufacturing sector. But the fabled valley may soon spring back to life. Switzerland’s Meyer Burger, a long-time supplier of high-tech machinery to solar manufacturers, has acquired a former SolarWorld factory…

‘Enormous Step’ for Energy Storage as Court Upholds FERC Order 841, Opening Wholesale Markets

By [email protected] In a victory for the energy storage industry, a federal appeals court has upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841, clearing the way for transmission grid operators across the country to open their markets to energy storage, including aggregated batteries connected at the distribution grid or behind customers’ meters. Friday’s court opinion…

Texas moves ahead on discharging oil wastewater, even as EPA balks

By Mark Silverstone https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Texas-moves-ahead-on-discharging-oil-wastewater-15373320.php”Environmental officials in Texas and other western states are moving ahead on plans to allow oil and gas companies to treat drilling wastewater and discharge it into rivers and streams, even as the Trump administration balks at endorsing the practice amid widespread.. Click headline for full article Read Full Article Here For…

House advances budget that would fund much of infrastructure bill

By Kelsey Misbrener The House Appropriations Committee approved funding for a number of important environmental programs Friday as part of the FY21 funding bill for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Interior (DOI). Most notably, the budget dedicates emergency funding for many of the infrastructure proposals in the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2),…

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