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  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    New Energy’s Fight Against Climate Change Won’t Be Done

    Not even Trump can easily reverse our progress on climate change

    David Ignatius, January 16, 2017 (Washington Post)

    “…[The progress made in the fight against climate change by the Obama administration is probably irreversible, according to] eparting Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz…[R]egardless of the policies adopted by Donald Trump, who has expressed skepticism about climate science and government efforts to cut emissions…Clean-energy technologies have become much cheaper and more efficient…and the global market for them will lure U.S. companies. Utility and manufacturing industry executives, who have to plan investments on 30-year time horizons, aren’t likely to make long-term bets on high-carbon projects…[Moniz is] a nuclear physicist for MIT who has been involved in government energy projects for two decades. His designated successor, former Texas governor Rick Perry, has no comparable educational or business background that would equip him for the job…[The Energy Department just] released several studies that underline his argument that climate-change progress is being driven by the market rather than government…” click here for more

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    New Energy Jobs Leapt Again Last Year

    U.S. Solar Employment Jumped 25% In 2016, Says DOE Study

    Joseph Bebon, January 13, 2017 (Solar Industry)

    "...[The wind industry added 25,000 jobs in 2016 and the solar industry added 73,000, according to a new report from] the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)…6.4 million Americans now work in the [fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, which last year] added over 300,000 net new jobs in 2016 – representing 14% of the nation’s job growth…[Energy efficiency jobs, which increased by 133,000 to a total of 2.2 million, cover] the “production of energy-saving products and the provision of services that reduce end-use energy consumption”…[The wind industry] employs a total of 101,738 workers, which represents a 32% increase since 2015…[The solar industry includes] 373,807 Americans who ‘spend some portion of their time working to install, distribute or provide professional services to solar technologies.’ Like wind, construction/installation represents the biggest employment share…” click here for more

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    Nebraska Gets Wind Power Economy Bump

    Wind Farms Give Economic Boost To Northeast Nebraska

    Ariana Brocius, January 17, 2017 (Nebraska Public Radio)

    “…Nebraska’s wind development often happens around farm-towns…And it can be good for a small town economy. Each project employs hundreds of construction workers who spend money on food and gas. Wind company Invenergy’s three Prairie Breeze wind farms have created 18 permanent jobs in nearby Elgin. That number will nearly double once their newest Antelope County wind farm comes online…Wind companies pay millions in local taxes. The school district in Elgin has received more than $430,000 in the last two years, letting them ask less from other taxpayers. Wind companies also pay millions in leases to landowners who allow [properly sited] turbines to be built on their property…Those local taxes and landowner payments should continue as long as the wind turbines keep operating…[Publicized concerns about wind development ease] as the economic benefits become more noticeable over the long term…” click here for more

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    Monday, January 16, 2017

    What Would Dr. King Do About Climate Change?

    Faith leaders reframe climate change as moral issue

    Marion Renault, January 16, 2017 (Columbus Dispatch)

    "…[Would Martin Luther King have joined the fight against climate change? Faith-based] advocacy has emerged as a powerful tool in the environmental movement. By reframing climate change and sustainability as moral issues, [priests, pastors, ministers, imams, and rabbis] hope to advance environmentalism by elevating it above the political fray…Presenting climate change as a [moral and] spiritual issue could be a successful strategy for attracting religious folks to environmental causes…[E]xploitation of natural resources severely affects the world’s poorest populations and violates divine dictates on how people should treat the planet.. [As leaders of intimate community spaces, religious officials’ thinking about the human-rights implications of climate change might well have appealed to Dr. King]…” click here for more

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    U.S. To Export Natural Gas

    EIA's AEO2017 projects the United States as a net energy exporter in most cases

    January 5, 2017 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

    “…[The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2017 (AEO2017)] presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2050 based on eight cases (Reference, Low and High Economic Growth, Low and High Oil Price, Low and High Oil and Gas Resource and Technology, No Clean Power Plan implementation). This is the first time that EIA is publishing projections through 2050…The United States becomes a net energy exporter in most AEO2017 cases as petroleum liquid imports fall and natural gas exports rise…In all cases but the High Oil and Gas Resource Technology case, which assumes substantial improvements in production technology and more favorable resource availability, U.S. production declines in the 2030s, which slows or reverses projected growth in net energy exports…[All cases except the No Clean Power Plan case include the Clean Power Plan and energy] related carbon dioxide emissions decline [in all but] the No Clean Power Plan case…”

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    Where Corporates Are Boosting New Energy

    Which States Make It Easy for the Advancement of Renewable Energy?

    John Rogers, January 14, 2017 (EcoWatch)

    “…[The top states for making corporate renewables purchases easy are Iowa and Illinois but New Jersey, California, and Texas round out the top five. No one region has a lock on making corporate renewables purchases easy. But some regions do better, according to the] Corporate clean energy procurement index: State leadership and rankings…The Northeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions are generally the most favorable regions in the U.S. for corporate customers seeking to power their operations with renewable energy…The analysis assesses how much choice and competition for renewable energy purchases exist by state. One indicator of that is whether companies are allowed to enter into PPAs (power purchase agreements) with third parties, which let companies take advantage of the stable prices renewables are uniquely qualified to offer, to lock in electricity rates over the long term…[The authors also suggest how to] help businesses trying to get access to renewable energy…”

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    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    Business Shows The Right Climate Path To Trump

    Businesses and investors renew plea to Trump: don't ignore climate change; A letter released today contains signatures from 530 companies including Campbell Soup and Johnson & Johnson, urging the president-elect to take action

    Carol J. Clouse, 10 January 2017 (UK Guardian)

    “More than 600 businesses and investors signed and released a letter on Tuesday urging president-elect Donald Trump to fight climate change…[ The letter contains signatures from roughly 200 more companies and investors than when it was initially submitted after the election in November…Campbell Soup, Johnson & Johnson, the New York State Retirement Fund, [and electric utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric joined] companies like Monsanto, eBay, Levi Strauss and Staples…The letter urges Trump to continue policies that combat global warming, such as the Clean Power Plan created by the Obama administration to cut emissions from coal power plants. The letter also petitions Trump to invest in low-carbon energy at home and abroad and remain committed to the Paris agreement… The letter reflects the hope that Trump, as a businessman, will heed the declaration of so many American companies that climate change is real and could pose a threat to their financial health…” click here for more

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    New Energy Dominated 2016 U.S. Power Build

    Renewable generation capacity expected to account for most 2016 capacity additions

    January 10, 2017 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

    “…EIA expects 24 gigawatts (GW) of new generating capacity to be added to the power grid during 2016…[Renewable capacity additions are often highest in the final months of the year…[but, for] the third consecutive year, more than half of these additions are renewable technologies, especially wind and solar…Most renewable generation comes from the Western census division, which accounted for the majority of the hydroelectric (63%) and solar (77%) generation in the United States in 2016. Wind generation was more evenly spread across the country with 37% occurring in the Midwest, 35% in the South, 24% in the West, and the remaining 4% in the Northeast…As of October 2016, the United States had a total of 12.6 GW of small-scale solar PV installed…[with 56% in] the residential sector, 36% in the commercial sector, and 8% in the industrial sector…” click here for more

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    Tech Giants Leading In New Energy

    Report: Apple, Google, Facebook, and Switch are leading advocates for renewable energy; East Asian internet giants lag behind U.S.companies in commitment to clean energy January 10, 2017 (Greenpeace)

    “…Apple, Google, Facebook, and newcomer Switch are leading the charge to build a renewably powered internet…[by] coupling transitions of their data centers to clean energy with strong advocacy for access to renewable options. But while nearly 20 internet companies have now committed to 100 percent renewable energy, the reality is that much of the sector continues to grow rapidly in Asia and U.S. markets like Virginia, both of which have little to no renewable energy options [according to Clicking Clean: Who Is Winning the Race to Build a Green Internet?]…Despite some movement, the lack of transparency by some of the largest players in the sector remains a critical barrier, masking both their current size and whether the renewable deals they are claiming are actually changing the power mix in the markets they are expanding into. Much clearer reporting, like we now see from industry leaders Apple, Facebook, and Switch, must be embraced…” click here for more

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    Monday, January 9, 2017

    The Whole Climate Story In One Image

    All the risks of climate change, in a single graph; There are a lot of them

    David Roberts, January 9, 2017

    “…Since the atmosphere affects everything, everything will be affected by its warming — there’s no single risk, but a wide and varied array of risks, of different severities and scales, affecting different systems, unfolding on different timelines…One of the better-known and more controversial attempts to address this problem is a graphic from the reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The so-called ‘burning embers’ graph attempts to render the various risks of climate change — ‘reasons for concern,’ or RFCs — in an easy-to-grasp visual form…[A group of 17 scholars examined it and found it ] is generally accurate (though it has key limitations). They offer suggestions for how the RFC framework could be extended…[There is a ton of information about the risks of climate change] so it’s worth unpacking…” click here for more

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    The Solar Deal Keeps Getting Better

    The Declining Cost In Producing Solar Energy, Outlook For 2017; Lets explore a few trends in solar energy growth around the world as we observe the declining cost in producing solar energy and the outlook for 2017

    Derick A. Lila, January 6, 2017 (PVMedia)

    “…[S]olar power is now cheaper than coal in most parts of the world. Projections from various sources indicate that in less than a decade, solar power would most likely be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere…The solar supply chain is experiencing ‘a Wal-Mart effect’ from higher volumes and lower margins…[C]ountries from Chile to the United Arab Emirates broke records [in 2016] with deals to generate electricity from sunshine for less than 3 cents a kilowatt-hour, half the average global cost of coal power…[T]he U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects solar capacity to continue growing, anticipating an increase of more than 30 percent in 2017…GTM Research expects some parts of the U.S. Southwest approaching $1 a watt today, and may drop as low as 75 cents in 2021…The U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Lab expects costs of about $1.20 a watt now declining to $1 by 2020…[The International Energy Agency and The International Renewable Energy Agency anticipate further drops]…” click here for more

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    U.S. Wind To Double By 2023

    DOE Annual Energy Outlook projects doubling of wind energy; Strong U.S. wind power growth will continue according to a new report.

    Michael Goggin, Janury 6, 2017 (Into The Wind)

    “…[The Department of Energy (DOE) annual report projects] wind power capacity will double from 76 gigawatts (GW) today to 152 GW by the year 2023…[That will] result in wind supplying 12 percent U.S. electricity by that time…[based on updated Energy Information Administration (EIA)] assumptions for wind’s cost and better performance to include recent technological improvements…[Wind deployment is still strong even in EIA’s scenario without federal carbon policy in place, reaching 140 GW by 2023…[N]ew wind deployment drops off significantly in EIA’s scenarios after 2023…[because of incorrect assumptions] that wind energy’s cost will stop declining and remain roughly at its current level…even though the U.S. wind industry has achieved 66 percent cost declines over the last seven years. Further double-digit cost declines are expected over the coming years…” click here for more

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    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

    The New Energy Questions In 2017

    4 Critical Energy Issues to Watch in 2017; The president-elect will likely start rolling back eight years of Obama administration climate regulations and restrictions on coal, oil and gas development

    Bobby Magill, December 29, 2016 (Climate Central via Scientific American)

    “The U.S. may be on the cusp of a stark turning point in energy and climate policy…Top priorities of the Trump transition team and cabinet nominees — many who disregard the connection between global warming and fossil fuel energy use — include rolling back eight years of Obama administration climate regulations and restrictions…[Trump’s energy plan envisions] oil, gas and coal development as a path to national prosperity and energy independence…[F]our developments in energy policy to keep an eye on in 2017...[are (1) whether] the moratorium the Obama administration placed on coal leasing in early 2016 [is repealed by Congress…[(2) whether the Clean Power Plan, which would limit carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants…[is defended in court…(3) whether the incoming administration will support] leasing of renewable energy on federal lands and waters…[and get] behind tax credits that help spur wind and solar development…[and (4) whether states emerge] as the nation’s bulwark against climate change…” click here for more

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    Proof That New Energy Makes Business Sense

    Why is corporate America picking wind power over solar? Google, Microsoft, Dow Chemical and other big companies are buying five times more wind than solar electricity in the race to hit ambitious emissions targets

    Scott Thill, 21 December 2016 (UK Guardian)

    “Businesses are buying more wind and solar electricity than ever before to help lower their carbon footprint in offices, stores and factories…Wind energy has long been the favorite. Businesses, not counting power companies, signed 2,000 megawatts of it in 2015, a jump from 100 megawatts in 2009…Wind energy [will enable] Google, the largest corporate buyer of renewable electricity in the world, to hit the 100% renewable energy goal…[by] next year. The company has inked 2,548 megawatts of wind contracts and 141 megawatts of solar…Interest in solar energy is growing, but at a slower rate. Solar contracts shot up to 1,070 megawatts in 2015 from 339 megawatts in 2010…As more businesses come under pressure from their customers, investors or government regulators to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and help rein in global warming, they will be looking for low-carbon energy that can compete with the price of coal and natural gas…Wind power costs cratered 66% in the last six years…Prices for solar contracts have dived 63% over the last five years…” click here for more

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