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  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    The Big Apple Takes Big Oil To Court

    United States District Court Southern District Of New York…Complaint Case No. 18 cv 182 City Of New York, Plaintiff…Against BP…Chevron…ConocoPhillips…Exxon Mobil…and Royal Dutch Shell…

    January 9, 2018 (Attorney for the City of New York)

    “Plaintiff the City of New York…brings this action sounding in public nuisance, private nuisance, and trespass against Defendants…This lawsuit is based upon the fundamental principle that a corporation that makes a product causing severe harm when used exactly as intended should shoulder the costs of abating that harm. Defendants here produced, marketed, and sold massive quantities of fossil fuels—primarily oil and natural gas—despite knowing that the combustion and use of fossil fuels emit greenhouse gases [GHG]…primarily carbon dioxide…Defendants have also known for decades that GHG pollution accumulates and remains in the atmosphere for up to hundreds of years, where it traps heat, a process commonly referred to as ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming,’ and that this process would cause grave harm…WHEREFORE, the City respectfully requests a judgment against all Defendants awarding the city…Compensatory damages in an amount according to proof, for the costs already incurred…[and] the costs of actions the City is currently taking and needs to take to protect City infrastructure and property, and to protect the public health, safety, and property…” click here for more

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    Solar Power 24/7 Gets Affordable

    24-Hour Solar Energy: Molten Salt Makes It Possible, and Prices Are Falling Fast Molten salt storage in concentrated solar power plants could meet the electricity-on-demand role of coal and gas, allowing more old, fossil fuel plants to retire.

    Robert Dieterich, January 16, 2018 (Inside Climate News)

    “…[The 110-megawatt concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, built and operated by SolarReserve in Northern Nevada desert is proving] the technology that drives Crescent Dunes can make solar power an affordable, carbon-free, day-and-night energy source, dispatched on the electric grid like any fossil fuel plant…[C]oncentrated sunlight heats molten salt to 1,050 degrees Fahrenheit in [a] shimmering tower; then the salt gets stored in a giant insulated tank and can be tapped [anytime] to make steam to run a turbine…

    If this plant and several similar facilities under construction, or soon to be, prove reliable, the technology is poised to take off. Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels can displace fossil fuels during the day, and wind turbines can do the same as long as it's windy. But molten salt towers may be able to meet the challenge of electricity on demand, and push more older, dirtier fossil-fuel plants into retirement…The price of the power generated at SolarReserve's second plant, to be built near Port Augusta, Australia, will be less than half that of the electricity produced by Crescent Dunes…just over $0.06/kWh…” click here for more

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    Demand For New Energy Raises Demand For New Wires

    GM’s Expansion, Energy Goals Hinge on Renewables’ Power Lines

    Bobby Magill, January 16, 2018 (Bloomberg News)

    “…General Motors is calling for greater access to wind and solar power through expanded transmission lines to feed growing demand for clean electricity by its future factories and customers…Electric power lines delivering wind and solar power are not a constraint on growth today, but, between 2018 and 2050, new transmission connecting wind and solar farms…[will be critical for the success of companies that have committed to obtaining 100 percent of their electricity from New Energy]…Available renewable power transmission and transmission planning might not meet growing corporate demand for renewable power…Companies that are part of…the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, which includes GM, Walmart, and more than 100 other companies, plan to buy more than 60 gigawatts of renewable power by 2025. Only 9 gigawatts have been procured so far…[I]f 90 percent of renewables transmission projects currently in development are built, they would meet 70 percent of the expected demand…” click here for more

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    Monday, January 15, 2018

    “Stupendously” Expensive Climate Change

    Unchecked climate change is going to be stupendously expensive

    Ryan Cooper, January 15, 2018 (The Week)

    “Climate change is first and foremost a threat to human society…[and one way that threat] is going to be expressed is through economic damage…[U]nchecked climate change is going to be terrifically expensive…[though] economic projections tend to be wildly inaccurate…[T]he amount of damage will depend greatly on what humans do in the future, and there have been few studies on what damage would be like under higher warming scenarios of 3 degrees or above…But we can say the damage is going to be very large — indeed, it's already quite bad. NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information estimates that 2017 was America's most expensive year for climate disasters of all time, with 16 disasters costing over $1 billion (more than three times the 1980-2017 average, after accounting for inflation) and a total cost of over $300 billion. That's about 1.5 percent of total GDP — or enough to pay for a $300 per month child allowance for every parent in America, with some left over…[And this] year is already off to a bad climate start…[T]he faster we move on climate policy, the cheaper it will be…[E]very year of delay adds $500 billion to the world total of necessary investment…” click here for more

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    New Energy Almost half Of 2017’s New U.S. Generation

    Nearly half of utility-scale capacity installed in 2017 came from renewables

    January 10, 2018 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

    “…EIA expects about 25 gigawatts (GW) of new utility-scale electric generating capacity to have been added to the power grid during 2017, nearly half of which use renewable technologies, especially wind and solar. Another 3.5 GW of small-scale solar net capacity additions are estimated to have come online in 2017…Of the renewable capacity additions in 2017, more than half came online during the fourth quarter…[largely] because of timing qualifications for federal, state, or local tax incentives…Monthly U.S. renewable electricity generation peaked in March at 67.5 billion kilowatthours, or 21% of total utility-scale electricity generation. In late spring, the melting snowpack from a winter characterized by higher-than-average levels of precipitation increased hydroelectric generation, while strong wind resources in March also produced a peak in monthly wind generation for the year…Most renewable generation in 2017 came from the Western census division…” click here for more

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    Record Competitive Prices For New Energy

    This is how coal dies — super cheap renewables plus battery storage; New Colorado wind farms with batteries are now cheaper than running old coal plants

    Joe Romm, January 10, 2018 (ThinkProgress)

    “Solar, wind, and battery prices are dropping so fast that, in Colorado, building new renewable power plus battery storage is now cheaper than running old coal plants. This increasingly renders existing coal plants obsolete…Xcel Energy [just] reported dozens of shockingly low bids it had received for building new solar and wind farms, many with battery storage…The median bid price in 2017 for wind plus battery storage was $21 per megawatt-hour, which is 2.1 cents per kilowatt-hour…[which is thought] to be lower than the operating cost of all coal plants currently in Colorado…The median bid price for solar plus battery storage was $36/MWh (3.6 cents/kwh), which may be lower than about three-fourths of operating coal capacity…[T]he average U.S. residential price for electricity is 12 cents/kWh…[B]y definition, half of the bids are below the median price…[There were] 87 bids for solar plus storage…There were 96 bids for wind power alone — at a median price of 1.8 cents/kwh…What XCel Energy has shown us is that the price for battery storage is dropping so fast, adding it to a solar or wind project increases the total price only modestly. And that’s a game-changer…” click here for more

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    Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    Interior Dept. Trades Public Lands For Profits

    The Interior Department Has Cleared the Way for Energy Developers to Destroy Natural Habitats; And opened the door for lots of lawsuits.

    Elizabeth Shogren, January 6, 2018 (Mother Jones)

    “…[The Interior Department has] quietly rescinded an array of policies designed to elevate climate change and conservation in decisions on managing public lands, waters and wildlife…[Order 3360] explains that the policies were rescinded because they were ‘potential burdens’ to energy development…[It prioritizes energy development and de-emphasizes] climate change and conservation…[in] a department that manages a fifth of the nation’s land, 19 percent of U.S. energy supplies and most of the water in the 12 Western states. It fulfills a high-profile executive order by Trump and a secretarial order from [Interior Secty. Ryan] Zinke…[and the Bureau of Land Management just announced] a related policy change that makes it easier for companies to develop oil and gas [on 67 million acres of prime sage grouse habitat across 10 Western states] that were protected in 2015 as part of an unprecedented conservation initiative…[and there are] dozens of policy changes in the works to remove barriers to energy development…” click here for more

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    Energy Dept Plan To Boost Coal And Nukes Bloocked

    Energy regulator rejects Perry's plan to boost coal

    Darius Dixon and Eric Wolff, January 8, 2018 (Politico)

    “…[The the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission] rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to prop up struggling coal and nuclear power plants, a major defeat for the former Texas governor and the coal companies…[Perry wanted approval for an order] to guarantee financial payments to the plants that could be facing retirement because of the rise of natural gas and renewable energy, a strategy that many critics said would undermine the power markets the regulator has spent decades building…[But the 5-0 FERC decision] axed Perry’s proposal and instead ordered the nation’s regional grid operators to submit information about ‘naturally occurring and man-made threats’ to their systems within 60 days…Perry said he was pleased his proposal had sparked a national debate [about ‘marketplace distortions’ of the nation’s power system]…But FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur criticized Perry's effort for failing to show the grid was in danger…The effort to support coal power plants has been a central theme for Perry in his first year at DOE…” click here for more

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    Southeast Utility Giant Misguided on New Energy

    Clean Line: A TVA Failure of Clean Energy and Environmental Leadership

    Stephen A. Smith, Janaury 8, 2018 (CleanEnergy.Org)

    “It has become increasingly clear that the Tennessee Valley Authority is taking a hostile position towards renewable energy. TVA’s recent decision to ignore, or flat out reject, renewable energy from the Plains and Eastern Clean Line project is the latest in a string of anti-renewable energy positions…[It is woefully behind peer utilities like Duke Energy North Carolina, Georgia Power, and FPL in Florida]…The Plains and Eastern Clean Line project was the largest renewable energy project proposed for the Southeast…[and] would have delivered 3,500 megawatts of exceptionally low-cost, high capacity factor wind energy from the Oklahoma panhandle to a converter station in TVA territory…TVA could have netted carbon-free energy for about two cents per kilowatt hour…a locked-in price, lower than the fuel prices of natural gas…[But it needed] utility power purchase agreements to financially anchor it…[TVA President Bill Johnson’s] track record at Progress Energy and now at TVA is one of building large natural gas projects and supporting troubled nuclear projects; he does not understand renewable technologies, thinks they are a threat to the traditional utility business model, and brings this narrow thinking to his leadership position at TVA…” click here for more

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    Monday, January 8, 2018

    Hottest-Ever Earth In Cold Winter

    2017 was second hottest year on record, after sizzling 2016: report

    Alister Doyle, January 4, 2018 (Reuters)

    “…[2017] was the second hottest worldwide on record, just behind a sweltering 2016, with signs of climate change ranging from wildfires to a thaw of Arctic ice…[T]emperatures averaged 14.7 degrees Celsius (58.46 Fahrenheit) at the Earth’s surface - 1.2C (2.2F) above pre-industrial times…[16 of the 17 warmest years in recorded history have been in the 21st century and there is overwhelming scientific consensus that man-made emissions are stoking the warming trend, according to the just-released Copernicus study, which] is in line with a projection by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in November…In 2016, an extra dose of heat came from El Nino, a natural event that releases heat from the Pacific Ocean every few years…But last year was the hottest year without an El Nino…[January 2018 analysis] showed temperatures in the eastern United States, Greenland and parts of central Asia were indeed colder than usual, while most of the rest of the world was warmer…” click here for more

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    Strengths And Weaknesses Of Solar

    Why we should invest in solar energy

    January 7, 2018 (The Nation)

    “Everything has its advantages and disadvantages…There are many solar power advantages worth noting…[It] helps to slow/stop global warming…[and] saves society billions or trillions of dollars…[It improved energy reliability because it is predictable and it improves energy security because] no one can go and buy the sun or turn sunlight into a monopoly…[Buying a solar system improves energy independence because the sun is] an essentially independent source of electricity…[for individuals,] cities, counties, states, countries, and even companies…[It] is a job-creating powerhouse. Money invested in solar power creates two to three times more jobs than money invested in coal or natural gas…[The only real] disadvantage is that the sun does not shine 24 hours a day…[but batteries can] store electricity produced by solar panels for use sometime later…[W]ith storage, solar power could theoretically supply the world with all of its electricity needs…” click here for more

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    New York Steps Up To New Energy

    Cuomo Pledges Big Gains for Renewable Energy

    January 5, 2018 (Public News Service)

    “…In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, he laid the groundwork for major investments in energy efficiency, energy storage, community solar, and called] for 800 megawatts of offshore wind power in both 2018 and 2019 - enough to power 400,000 homes…The governor also proposed strengthening the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to cover smaller electric-generating facilities and closing all coal-fired power plants in the state…New York's Clean Energy Standard calls for getting 50 percent of the state's electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030…[The governor said] the state will work to make sure that everyone can benefit from the advantages of renewable energy…” click here for more

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    Tuesday, January 2, 2018

    Today’s Kids Will Pay For Climate Change Tomorrow

    Climate Change Places a Major Economic Burden on Future Generations

    Brad Bergan and Chelsea Gohd, January 1, 2018 (Futurism)

    “…[T]here is a growing body of research concerned with how rising temperatures will specifically affect humans…[and a new study looks] even farther ahead at how rising temperatures might affect our children…[It finds] there could be a link between heat waves during childhood and lower earnings in adulthood…[E]very day in a child’s life between conception and age one when temperatures rose above 32 ˚C (roughly 90 ˚F) is associated with a 0.1 percent decrease in average income at age 30…[T]his means that too many sweltering days of youth corresponds to a slightly lower chance of ultimately achieving a higher income…The paper notes that fetuses and infants are ‘especially sensitive to hot temperatures because their thermoregulatory and sympathetic nervous systems are not fully developed’…[but] doesn’t directly explain how this sensitivity leads to financial instability later in life…[but it suggests that] as with so many other things in life, our children may inherit our mistakes.” click here for more

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    Sharing Wind And Sun In The West

    How to Get Wyoming Wind to California, and Cut 80% of U.S. Carbon Emissions; High-voltage direct-current transmission lines hold the key to slashing greenhouse gases.

    James Temple, December 28, 2017 (MIT Technology Review) “…Once complete, the [1,000 turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project] could generate around 12 million megawatt-hours of electricity annually, making it the nation’s largest wind farm…[The developer also hopes to build the TransWest Express Transmission Project, a 730-mile, $3 billion, high-voltage direct-current transmission line to deliver] as much as 3,000 megawatts of Wyoming wind power to the electricity markets of California, Nevada, and Arizona. With the right deals in place, the transmission line could deliver solar-generated electricity back as well, balancing Wyoming’s powerful late-afternoon winds with California’s bright daytime sun…[Transmission isn’t sexy but a growing body of studies conclude that the time-consuming, expensive] building out a nationwide network of DC transmission lines could hold the key to enabling renewable sources to supplant the majority of U.S. energy generation, offering perhaps the fastest, cheapest, and most efficient way of slashing greenhouse-gas emissions…” click here for more

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