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  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Sliver Of Hope? Al Gore In Climate Change Meet With Donald Trump

    Donald Trump meets with Al Gore on climate change

    Tal Kopan, December 5, 2016 (CNN)

    “President-elect Donald Trump met on Monday with Al Gore -- one of the most vocal advocates of fighting climate change…[After his meeting with Ivanka Trump, the President-elect's daughter, about climate issues, Gore] met with Trump himself…[Gore called the meeting] ‘lengthy and very productive…[and] a sincere search for areas of common ground.’…Many Republicans are critical of the strong scientific consensus that human activities are exacerbating global climate change, potentially threatening millions of people and their ways of life. Gore has been one of the most outspoken advocates for raising awareness about the dangers of climate change…[The President-elect has now] denied saying global warming was a Chinese hoax…[and more recently said there is ‘some connectivity’ between climate change and] carbon dioxide produced by humans…” click here for more

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    The Opportunity In New Energy

    Business Leaders: Electrify the U.S. Economy to Reduce Climate Change Risks; Clean energy a major private sector investment opportunity say Bloomberg, Paulson, and Steyer

    December 6, 2016 (Risky Business)

    “Reducing the risk posed by climate change is both economically and technically achievable, according to From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy by the Risky Business Project, and would create significant new opportunities for American business…[The new report] finds that an average of $320 billion a year in private sector investment is needed through 2050 to build a clean energy economy and achieve the emissions reductions necessary to avoid the worst economic impacts of climate change. These necessary investments would be similar in scale to other major recent investments made by American business, including in computers and software at $350 billion per year over the past decade. Investments in clean energy could yield on average up to $366 billion in savings per year from reductions in spending on fossil fuels…The country would gain 1.3 million new jobs by 2050, with utilities, construction, and manufacturing seeing the largest gains. But 270,000 jobs would be lost in coal mining, oil, and gas related jobs, primarily in Southern and Mountain states…” click here for more

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    Google Seizing New Energy Opportunity

    Google Says It Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017

    Quentin Hardy, December 6, 2017 (NY Times)

    “Last year, Google consumed as much energy as the city of San Francisco. Next year, it said, all of that energy will come from wind farms and solar panels…Like almost any company, Google gets power from a power company, which operates an energy grid typically supplied by a number of sources, including hydroelectric dams, natural gas, coal and wind power…[Over the last decade, with relatively little fanfare, Google has participated in a number of large-scale deals with renewable producers, typically guaranteeing to buy the energy they produce with their wind turbines and solar cells. With those guarantees, wind companies can obtain bank financing to build more turbines…The power created by the renewables is plugged into the utility grid, so that Google’s usage presents no net consumption of fossil fuels and the pool of electricity gets a relatively larger share of renewable sources…[Whether Google is the largest buyer of renewables would be difficult to verify, but there is no doubt its] large computer complexes, along with similar global operations by Amazon and Microsoft, are among the world’s fastest-growing new consumers of electricity…” click here for more

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    Monday, December 5, 2016

    Trial Of The Century Coming On Climate

    Trump could face the ‘biggest trial of the century’ — over climate change

    Chelsea Harvey, December 1, 2016 (Washington Post)

    “…[A] federal judge in Oregon made headlines when she ruled that a groundbreaking climate lawsuit will proceed to trial. And some experts say its outcome could rewrite the future of climate policy in the United States…The case, brought by 21 youths aged 9 to 20, claims that the federal government isn’t doing enough to address the problem of climate change to protect their planet’s future — and that, they charge, is a violation of their constitutional rights on the most basic level…[Climate scientist James Hansen has] joined as a plaintiff on behalf of his granddaughter and as a guardian for ‘future generations.’…The U.S. government under President Obama, along with several others representing members of the fossil fuel industry, filed to have the lawsuit dismissed. But on Nov. 10, federal judge Ann Aiken denied the motion, clearing the case to proceed to trial.

    According to Our Children’s Trust, the nonprofit representing the youth plaintiffs…[the case will] likely go to trial by summer or early fall of 2017…[T]he trial’s outcome could have major implications for the incoming Trump administration, which aims to dismantle many of the climate and energy priorities established under President Obama…Should the plaintiffs prevail, the federal government could be forced to develop and adhere to stringent carbon-cutting measures aimed at preserving the planet’s climate future for generations to come. The only other place such action has ever been ordered by a court is in the Netherlands, where a similar case resulted in a landmark ruling last year requiring the Dutch government to slash its emissions by a quarter within five years…” click here for more

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    The Wind-Solar Synergy

    Wind and Solar Are Better Together; Building turbines and photovoltaics at the same location can reduce grid and battery costs and level out power supply

    Ben Jervey, December 5, 2016 (Ensia via Scientific American)

    “…[Wind resources tend to complement solar resources…A handful of enterprising renewable energy developers are now exploring how solar and wind might better work together, developing hybrid solar–wind projects…[with the strengths of the] two technologies in tandem serving as a better replacement for climate-warming fossil fuels than either could be alone…Co-locating wind and solar plants can save money on grid connections, site development and approvals. But that’s not the only benefit…[The developer of an Australian 10 MW solar project adjacent to a wind project] estimates savings as high as A$6 million — reducing the cost of the project by a full 20 percent…When applied to microgrid systems — local energy grids that can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously — combined solar and wind can help cut battery costs…since the wind can (and often does) blow when the sun doesn’t shine…Combining solar photovoltaics and wind turbines at the same location can actually yield up to twice the amount of electricity as having either system working alone…” click here for more

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    The Still Rising Sales Of Cars With Plugs

    Plug-in electric car sales surge in Nov: Volt soars, Prius Prime arrives (final update)

    John Voelcker, December 4, 2016 (Green Car Reports)

    “…[T]he North American winter months have seen a slowdown in sales of plug-in electric cars—but…vehicle sales for November led analysts to suggest this could be another record year for U.S. sales…And several plug-in cars set new monthly records…[S]ales of the Nissan Leaf electric car actually increased over last year's comparable number, while those of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid soared…Toyota delivered almost 800 of its new Prius Prime plug-in hybrid…Chevrolet delivered 2,531 Volts in November, its best sales month in more than three years, bringing its 11-month sales total to 21,048…Nissan, meanwhile, sold 1,457 Leafs last month (against 1,054 a year ago), indicating that the six-year-old electric car may have some life left in it—and perhaps discounts too…Tesla Motors refuses to break down its quarterly delivery data by country, so we have no comparable data on Model S sedan and Model X crossover utility sales in the U.S…” click here for more

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    Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    Climate Change Forces Hard Choices In Alaska

    A Wrenching Choice for Alaska Towns in the Path of Climate Change

    Erica Goode, November 29, 2016 (NY Times)

    “…With its proximity to the Arctic, Alaska is warming about twice as fast as the rest of the United States and the state is heading for the warmest year on record. The government has identified at least 31 Alaskan towns and cities at imminent risk of destruction…[Some, climate change experts predict, will] be uninhabitable by 2050, their residents joining a flow of climate refugees around the globe, in Bolivia, China, Niger and other countries…These endangered Alaskan communities face a choice. They could move to higher ground, a wrenching prospect that for a small village could cost as much as $200 million. Or they could stand their ground and hope to find money to fortify their buildings and shore up their coastline…[B]oth staying and moving have their perils...The process of relocation can [be disruptive, and] take years or even decades…But few government agencies are willing to invest in maintaining villages that are menaced by erosion and flooding, especially when the communities are planning to pull up stakes…” click here for more

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    New Energy To Utilities-“Can’t-Beat-Us-So-Join-Us”

    Utilities Are Losing the Battle Against Solar Energy; Fighting solar energy won't be a path to success for utilities across the country.

    Travis Hoium, November 29, 2016 (Motley Fool)

    “…[U]tilities are doing everything to kill the [consumer-owned] solar boom [at the regulatory level and in ballot measures] before it gains too much traction…[V]oters have fought back and beaten [many of] the efforts to squash solar energy…[R]esidential solar companies Tesla, Vivint Solar, Sunrun, and SunPower…[are] winning the policy war against utilities, and as they do, it'll open a larger and larger market across the country…Despite utilities' spending $26 million to pass a referendum that would have undermined solar economics in the state, Florida voters rejected the utility referendum…In Nevada, less than a year after the public utility commission essentially killed the rooftop solar industry, residents overwhelmingly voted to [require the Berkshire Hathaway-owned NV Energy to give customers] energy choice…[Attempts in Wisconsin to add fees to utility bills] were rejected by the court…When solar energy goes on the ballot or to the court, it wins. That should have every utility in the country frightened…” click here for more

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    Fact-Checking Trump Hot Air On Wind

    Trump's wind power comments fact checked

    Ros Davidson, 25 November 2016 (Windpower Monthly)

    “…Donald Trump denied to the New York Times on November 22 that he asked leaders of Britain’s movement to exit the EU to work against the installation of wind turbines off the coast of his resort in Scotland…The UK Independence Party (Ukip), prominent in the campaign for the UK to leave the European Union, says Trump urged the party to campaign against the development of wind farms…in the weekend after his election win…[Then Mr. Trump said turbines are not made domestically, steel is emitted into atmosphere during turbine manufacturing, turbines kill massive amounts of birds, and they require large subsidies but]…[few] wind turbines are shipped globally [and more] than 21,000 US factory workers make a majority of US wind farm content…The US wind power supply chain consists of more than 500 active factories in 43 states… [with high domestic content] for nacelle assembly (>85%), towers (80-85%), and blades and hubs (50-70%)…[Steel is not emitted during manufacturing]…Wind turbines kill fewer birds than do cats, buildings or the fossil fuel industry…[and no] major national environmental organisation [opposes well-sited] wind development…” click here for more

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    Monday, November 28, 2016

    Pope Talks Climate Change To Trump

    Pope urges world leaders not to hobble climate change pact

    Philip Pullella w/Roberta Rampton and Robin Pomeroy, November 28, 2016 (Reuters)

    “…[Addressing a group of scientists that included theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, Pope Francis urged national leaders] to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump…[It was the Pope’s] strongest speech on the environment since the election of Trump, who has threatened to pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change…Francis, who wrote an encyclical, or papal letter, on the environment last year, took a swipe at those who dispute that climate change is caused by human activity, criticizing ‘the ease with which well-founded scientific opinion about the state of our planet is disregarded’…During the campaign, Trump called climate change a hoax…Last week he appeared to soften his stance…[saying] he was keeping ‘an open mind’ and that there might be ‘some connectivity’ between human activity and global warming…[But then his designated chief-of-staff said] the president-elect still believed climate change was mostly ‘a bunch of bunk’…” click here for more

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    Solar Comes To The Mall

    Solar power store highlights bright potential for clean energy

    Ivan Penn, November 26, 2016 (LA Times)

    “…Bland’s Solar & Air [is next to the Village Pet Market, two doors down from Trader Joe’s] in a nondescript strip mall…[It] looks a little like a car dealership, only for personal electricity generators from the sun. The unusual storefront is, solar experts say, the largest, most comprehensive solar power showroom in California, with not only panels but also actual rooftops with the systems mounted for potential customers to see…[There are three 5,000-square-foot showrooms in Bakersfield, Templeton, and Clovis and the owners plan new stores in Fresno and an unnamed city] for 2017…[The showrooms sell 50% to 60% of] the 100 solar installations Bland contracts each month…[Bernadette del Chiaro, executive director of the solar association, said the] showroom approach is the direction the industry is headed with the likes of SolarCity merging with Tesla Motors for one-stop home-energy shopping…” click here for more

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    The Big Possibilities Of Backyard Wind

    DOE study confirms vast untapped energy and jobs potential for distributed wind energy systems

    Paul Dvorak, November 28, 2016 (Windpower Engineering and Development)

    “…[T]he first technical and economic analysis of distributed wind power’s potential in the U.S…[shows] that distributed wind could be installed at millions of locations nationwide and has the technical potential to power the entire U.S. electrical system…Distributed wind typically means smaller wind turbines installed at homes, farms, businesses, and public facilities where they serve to reduce consumer’s electric bills…Distributed wind power’s total addressable resource potential is comparable to wind farms and offshore wind, potentially supporting millions of systems and thousands of gigawatts of power production capacity…[and] exceeds total U.S. electricity demand…Major increases in electricity production (and corresponding rural economic development) from this sector are quite possible, especially with policies that have been successful with solar…” click here for more

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    Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    Climate Change Facts Disappear Into Fake News

    Obama Says Fake News Is Impeding Progress on Climate Change; "There was a baseline of facts that we could all work off of. And now we just don't have that."

    James Grebey, November 21, 2016

    “…[The reckless spread of misinformation caused by the epidemic of fake news on social media could be, according to President Barack Obama, a] major reason why the country can’t come together to combat global climate change…[The President is increasingly concerned] about what fake news is doing to political discourse…[It has recently been revealed that] many sites propagating fake news were actually created by Macedonian teens…[As a result of fake news, the President said,] the left and right aren’t dealing with the same facts…when trying to come together to solve a problem like climate change…[because an] explanation of climate change from a Nobel Prize-winning physicist looks exactly the same on your Facebook page as the denial of climate change by somebody on the Koch brothers payroll. And the capacity to disseminate misinformation, wild conspiracy theories, to paint the opposition in wildly negative light without any rebuttal…[polarizes] the electorate and make it very difficult to have a common conversation…” click here for more

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    More On The Solar Bargain

    Solar Energy Is Cheaper Than You Think

    Travis Hoium, November 19, 2016 (Motley Fool via Madison.com)

    “…[The solar industry faces] a lot of uncertainty…[Post election, stocks like SunPower Corp, First Solar, SolarEdge, and Canadian Solar fell] by double digits…[The Trump] administration won't be as friendly to solar energy, but at this point it may not matter…[Because of progress over the past six years, solar] is rapidly becoming competitive and will be good for jobs, energy security, and businesses…[Driven by President Obama’s SunShot program,] the solar industry has reached most of its 2020 [cost reduction] goals…[and is now] viable for most homeowners…[Utility-scale solar is] lower cost than new fossil fuel generation in some states today, and could compete with wholesale prices by 2030…At the pace cost reductions are taking place, there's no stopping solar energy…[B]y 2030 it'll be the low cost energy source for most of the country. What investors need to see next is developers like First Solar, SunPower, and Canadian Solar winning bids to sell energy to utilities around the country, turning the promise of low cost solar into profitability…” click here for more

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