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  • Monday, April 24, 2017

    The Health Impacts Of Climate Change

    It’s the mother of all human health issues

    Jeffrey Delviscio, April 24, 2017 (STAT)

    “…[Human civilization as we know it today is] the product of a lucky greenhouse…[Climate change is a threat and to it that] represents a set of new risks to our health, our infrastructure, our relatively stable existence…[A]ges before humans began adding to that change, the climate system created the perfect conditions for human existence during a period called the Holocene…Agriculture started, human urbanization started because there was a remarkably] long period of time, 10,000 to 12,000 years of the Holocene, in which temperatures didn’t really move that much globally…[Climate change] could introduce some nasty disruptions…Swings in temperatures, changing weather patterns, and sea level rise could all have serious effects on human health…[producing] more heat-related morbidity and mortality…” click here for more

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    New Energy Is Everywhere

    The Surprising List of States Leading U.S. on Renewable Energy; New report ranks states on their recent clean energy momentum, and leaders emerge among both blue and red states, although California is No. 1 overall

    Zahra Hirji, April 21, 2017 (Inside Climate News)

    “…[Different states are leaders in New Energy and they are] led by Republicans and Democrats alike…Kansas led the nation in largest increase in renewable energy generation between 2011-15. Hawaii ranked No. 1 in residential solar power. In California, electric vehicles made up the highest percentage of new car sales last year…And in Iowa, in-state companies could most easily procure renewable energy from utilities and third-party providers in 2016…[The Union of Concerned Scientists analysis used] a dozen metrics to gauge a state's participation in the clean energy industry over time. They measured a state's existing and planned adoption of renewable energy sources, the impact of the industry on jobs and reviewed policies designed to grow the industry. Every state was ranked in each category, and overall…[California was the leader overall but some smaller states and some Republican-led states] also excelled…” click here for more

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    Study Shows LA Does Not Need Aliso Canyon

    L.A. County study decries state claims for need of Aliso Canyon storage plant

    Ivan Penn, March 31, 2017 (LA Times)

    “A scathing Los Angeles County study has concluded that the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas facility isn’t needed to ensure reliability of electricity and gas service in the region this summer or the coming winter…That review sharply contrasts with the dire warnings issued last summer by state regulators, who stirred up fears of blackouts and the possibility of snuffed-out pilot lights…[According to the county’s study from EES Consulting, which NewEnergyNews is attempting to obtain, the] California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission have produced reports that…[are ‘confusing and inconsistent’ on] the need for Aliso Canyon…” click here for more

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    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Study Puts 10-Year Timer On Climate Change

    Study: 10 Yrs. to Stop Climate Damage or Else! (as Pruitt Calls for U.S. to ‘Exit’ Paris Accord)

    Julia Travers, April 17, 2017 (EnviroNews)

    “…[I]n stark contrast with the mindset of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, who on April 13, called for a complete ‘exit’ from the historic Paris Agreement…[a new study urges zero net anthropogenic emissions well before 2040] to assure the attainability of a 1.5°C target by 2100…The U.S., which is the world’s second largest contributor of greenhouse gases after China, committed to reduce emissions by between 26 and 28 percent, below 2005 levels by 2025 [in the Paris agreement]… The recent climate analysis recommends a reduction in global fossil fuel consumption from 95 percent to less than 25 percent by 2100. The report also takes carbon uptake by plants, oceans and soil into account and calls for a decrease in deforestation…[to get] a 42 percent decrease in emissions by the end of the century…If renewable energy only continues to grow at the current approximate rates of between 2 percent and 3 percent annually, the researchers estimate a 3.5°C global temperature rise by 2100…” click here for more

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    The War Between Wall Street And Solar

    How Wall Street Once Killed the U.S. Solar Industry… and how it could happen again.

    Robinson Meyer, April 17, 2017 (The Atlantic)

    “…[The global solar industry] is a $65-billion business, and the United States has been involved in it from the beginning…Yet North American firms produce only about 3 percent of the world’s solar panels. China and Taiwan, meanwhile, make more than 60 percent of them…Labor in East Asia is often cheaper…but that’s not the only factor…[Computer chips and solar panels were commercialized before 1980 but] the United States still leads the computer-chip industry, holding more than half of global market share for 20 years…A new paper in Science Advances argues that [enormous market changes in the 1970s and 1980s labeled ‘financialization’ drove firms to financial assets with fast-rising valuations instead of] creating new wealth for the long term…Solar’s too long-term; it’s in direct competition with fossil fuels; and it’s very capital-intensive. There has to be some kind of corporate restructuring for innovation to occur. There has to be some kind of policy that makes a break with the way it is now…” click here for more

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    New Energy To Power Healthcare

    Partners HealthCare enters into contract with Antrim Wind Energy

    Abby Kessler, April 17, 2017 (Monadnock Leger-Transcript)

    “…[Partners HealthCare will purchase 75 percent of an Antrim Wind Energy] wind facility’s 28.8 MW] capacity once the project is operational…[Construction is expected to begin] this year…The partnership represents the largest direct delivery renewable energy purchase in the northeast by an end user…The contract [with Antrim will enable the construction of the wind farm and] is part of Partners’ plan to become ‘net carbon positive’ by 2025…[The project] will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 110 million pounds of CO2 per year, or the equivalent of removing 10,000 cars from the road…” click here for more

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    Monday, April 17, 2017

    The Work Ahead On Climate Change

    More people than ever are worried about climate change, but it won’t last; The relationship between weather and public opinion is complicated.

    Jeremy Deaton, April 14, 2017 (ThinkProgress)

    “…[A] record number of Americans are worried about global warming [according to a recent Gallup poll]…[but] over the last year, social scientists have] found that a stray heat wave or über-powerful storm can drive interest in climate change, but the effects vary — and they don’t last…This means that scientists and advocates can’t wait for the weather to change attitudes about the carbon crisis. They have to do the hard work of educating the public themselves…When the environmental movement flexes its muscle, it can move public opinion…This is where advocates should focus their attention: on well-defined battles where it is possible to shift public opinion. Environmentalists can’t assume Americans will come around as the mercury rises. They have to rouse the public and pressure politicians, just as fossil fuel interests have done for decades…” click here for more

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    More Installer Bids = Lower Home Solar Cost

    Electrek green energy brief: More quotes means better solar pricing...

    John Fitzgerald Weaver, April 17, 2017 (Electrek)

    “Big installers charge more, some people are ok with that, the solution is to get multiple quotes…[according to] Using Residential Solar PV Quote Data to Analyze the Relationship between Installer Pricing and Firm Size…Large installer quotes are $0.33/W (about 10%) higher, on average, than non-large installer quotes offered to the same customer…The difference falls to $0.21/W after controlling for systematic differences between large and nonlarge installer quotes…[$0.21/W of the install price is significant] for installs that cost between $2.75-4.50…[It] is a 4-7% difference in pricing. The report suggests that some people simply want to buy from larger, more well-known name brands – and that they will simply pay more. Others within the research group would have benefited from connecting with local installers…[Using online solar shopping tools] was shown to lower costs $.30/W – for an average system that’s $2,000 that could be put toward a battery system…” click here for more

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    Why Investors Should Still Think New Energy

    Investing in Solar and Wind in a Coal and Oil Moment

    Norm Alster, April 15, 2017 (NY Times)

    “Alternative energy investments like wind and solar power have not performed well in recent years. To make matters worse, the Trump administration has opted for a resurgence of coal and other carbon fuels, not an emphasis on alternative energy…Yet there is a reasonable argument that the outlook for investing in renewable energy may actually be quite good…For one thing, wind and solar power have been rapidly winning market acceptance…[W]ind is now being harnessed to produce 5.5 percent of America’s electricity…And the solar industry now employs over 260,000 workers nationwide…The reliance of [and increasing number of red states] on wind and solar could foreshadow continuing support for alternative energy within sectors of the Republican party, despite the pro-fossil-fuel stance of the president…the Guinness Atkinson Alternative Energy fund [and the First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF are good places to start]…” click here for more

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    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Climate Change Is Not Fair Weather

    Climate Change Is Hitting Home, And It's Not Fair

    Heather Goldstone, April 10, 2017 (The Point)

    “Surveys consistently show that a majority of Americans think climate change is happening, but that it won’t affect them. Scientists say otherwise. Researchers already are seeing impacts - often dramatic, sometimes counterintuitive - on both natural systems and human communities. And, while everyone will be affected, some will be hit sooner and harder…While there may be winners and losers in the natural world, it's hard to argue that any people will win when it comes climate change. But there are dramatic racial and socioeconomic disparities in the impacts of pollution and climate change, with the poorest and most vulnerable hit hardest…All told, the climate change story is not a happy one…[T]he harsh unfairness of it can be overwhelming…” click here for more

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    More New Energy For The Buck

    The world spent less money to add more renewable energy than ever in 2016; $241.6 billion in investment gets you 138.5 gigawatts of renewable energy

    Megan Geuss, April 10, 2017 (Ars Technica)

    “…[Investors spent less money in 2016 to add more renewable energy capacity than in any previous year. In total, [they] only spent about $241.6 billion in renewable energy investments in 2016, down 23 percent from 2015…[but it added 138.5 GW of capacity in] wind, solar, biomass, and waste-to-energy, geothermal, small hydro, and marine sources like wave and tidal energy]…That represents a nine percent increase year-over-year from the 127.5 gigawatts added in 2015…[The falling investment but rising capacity] reflects the plummeting prices of certain kinds of renewable energy, especially solar photovoltaic panels and wind installations…[T]hat’s a good thing for reducing pollution that contributes to climate change…[T]he proportion of global energy derived from renewable sources rose from 10.3 percent to 11.3 percent year-over-year [according to the study]…” click here for more

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    Tracking The Falling Cost Of Small Solar-Plus-Storage

    NREL study aims to fill gaps in residential energy storage cost benchmarking Andy Colthorpe, April 7, 2017 (Energy Storage News)

    “…[Data from Q1 2016 on a 5.6kW PV array with a 3kW/6kWh lithium-ion battery and a 5kW/20kWh lithium battery with the same size PV array shows that] a DC-coupled ‘small battery’ system could cost US$27,703, while an AC-coupled could cost US$29,568 on a new installation where solar and battery were installed together…[R]etrofitting, which is more commonly associated with AC-coupled systems, to an existing PV system raises the installed price to US$32,786…[A] ‘large battery’, DC-coupled, could cost US$45,237 - significantly more than the ‘small battery’ systems. The AC-coupled version of that would be US$47,171. Part of the higher cost consists of need for more, and bigger, inverters [according to a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It assumes the systems] are used for PV optimisation purposes to boost self-consumption, including peak demand shifting and time-of-use shifting, but one obviously offers the more robust backup solution…” click here for more

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    Monday, April 10, 2017

    Can States Take Trump Down On Climate?

    New York, California Lead State Efforts On Climate Change As Trump Retreats

    Chelsea Harvey, April 9, 2017 (Fusion via Newsweek)

    “…[The sweeping executive order signed by President Trump moved to roll back the Obama administration’s flagship Clean Power Plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is] the latest in a series of efforts by Congress and the White House to repeal various Obama-era rules…[But] state governments are stepping up…California and New York currently maintain some of the nation’s most ambitious state-level climate action plans, including goals in both states to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below their 1990 levels by the year 2030, and 80 percent by the year 2050. Both states also have plans for the advancement of clean energy and energy efficiency programs and both participate in carbon pricing schemes…[And] New York and California are hardly the only states in the nation with climate action plans…Altogether, 34 states, including both red and blue states, have adopted some form of a climate action plan…” click here for more

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    Michigan Wind Adds To Property Values

    Property values surge in Michigan counties with wind energy – but why?

    Andy Balaskovitz, April 5, 2017 (Midwest Energy News)

    “Agricultural land was the only property type in Michigan to have increased in overall value since 2008 and through the Great Recession…[and areas that had] significant wind energy development…[also had] some of the greatest property value increases…While the reasons for those increases are complex, some energy analysts and researchers are quick to suggest that the correlation with wind farms may not be coincidental…[In 2014, lease payments to Michigan landowners for wind turbines totaled $4.6 million and the four counties that hosted the most wind turbines in 2014-2015] saw more than $45 million directed to communities in those areas…[Farms] with turbines on their property invested twice as much in their farms in the last five years than neighboring landowners without turbines…” click here for more

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