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Where’s NY-REV today?

This is a video and link from The Rocky Mountain Institute about New York State’s Reforming the Energy Visions or “REV”. I have written about REV before.

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synopsis of NY-REV

What New York State is doing, and Massachusetts, apparently not. Cheap supplies of domestic natural gas have driven the New England power plant market toward that fuel and away from the more expensive coal, oil and nuclear material. Limited capacity … Continue reading

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Facebook, Alphabet, Walmart, General Motors, and others create corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance

Major United States corporations form a renewable energy buyers alliance. Facebook, Alphabet (Google’s new name), Walmart, and General Motors, while the environmental groups include the Rocky Mountain Institute, the World Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund. Fed up with … Continue reading

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“Once a change is inevitable, it’s not whether I get on board, it’s when do I get on board?”

… When I was a young engineer, and if somebody asked us, ‘Is it possible to integrate more than 5% of solar and wind power into the system?’ all experienced engineers said ‘No way. We will face serious problems and … Continue reading

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Akamai’s Network to Be Powered by the Sun and the Wind – The Akamai Blog

Source: Akamai’s Network to Be Powered by the Sun and the Wind – The Akamai Blog Excerpts: Beyond sustainability stewardship, the business case is not so much about locking in fixed energy pricing. It’s about anticipating the market trend. Clean-powered, … Continue reading

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videos of the week, the blocking pattern edition

(This is another new, weekly feature, like the 8:00 a.m. mashup recently introduced, intending to collect a group of videos together for your enjoyment.) Don’t know how many realize it or not, but New England weather is blocked. That’s why … Continue reading

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The Patch blows O’Donnell’s “alert on solar panels” out of proportion, botches it, and deletes my comment correcting them

The Foxborough Patch, one of a network of cheap-looking online news outlets, carried an edited version of Norfolk County Registrar of Deeds “alert” regarding solar panels. One can ask if Registrar William O’Donnell might have had other motivations for issuing … Continue reading

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REV-NY

So, Massachusetts, why can’t you do this instead of proposing to build new explosive pipelines?

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Karl Rabago at the Rhode Island state legislature

(There was a glitch in the original link of this video, leaving it about 11 minutes long. The full hour and 10 minutes is now available.) Karl Rabago is an expert on the value of renewable energy. This talk examines … Continue reading

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Germany’s Energiewende aims to make baseload power obsolete

In a December 2015 article in Forbes, William Pentland seeks to answer the question “What is so revolutionary about Germany’s Energiewende?” Mr Pentland begins: Germany’s energy revolution has become the perennial punching bag of American energy policy. In particular, American … Continue reading

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“Preserving the climate can also save you money.”

“Can you power a business on 100% renewable energy? Ikea wants to try.” From Guardian sustainable business The new bottom line. I also monitor Bloomberg New Energy Finance. (Update: 2016-04-20) And not preserving the climate will be very, very expensive, … Continue reading

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Tony Seba’s latest. Yes, there’s new stuff.

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Ray Kurzweil predicts dominance of energy industry by Solar in 12 years

Read it and weep, Carbon Worshippers. Facts are, with so much cheap solar electricity around, even if its supply is uneven in any particular locale, (a) the energy storage business will have big incentives to roll out, and roll out … Continue reading

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ComEd: Enabling a smarter (utility) platform

Commonwealth Edison is reinventing itself as a smart energy platform, amidst New York State’s reforming the energy vision (“REV”) initiative.

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photon farming on 30th March 2016, Westwood

(Click on image to see generation right now.) That’s 53.9 kWh, and a peak generation of 8.1 kW. And it’s just after Spring Equinox. Postscript. Utility-DIVE reports that ISO-NE now estimates installed solar in New England by 2025 will be 30% … Continue reading

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‘Utilities facing a mortal threat from Solar’

Hey, Mr Eversource, Mr National Grid, Mr Associated Industries of Massachusetts, still think you have an energy future? Meet the Green Tea Coalition. It’s about the right to be self-sufficient, and self-sustainable. It’s about big government and big corporations and … Continue reading

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WOO HOO: free of Carbon day!

Officially, today, 29th at 1600 EDT, our home was free of using fossil fuel energy. We now have: A 10 kW nameplate SunPower/RevoluSun solar array on our roof, which generated 49 kWh today, and gives remarkable, over-the-top performance despite there … Continue reading

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“This solar future is inevitable — the key question is how long it will take” (David Roberts, of VOX)

Here it is: solar photovoltaic (PV) power is eventually going to dominate global energy. The question is not if, but when. Maybe it will happen radically faster than anyone expects — say, by 2050. Or maybe it won’t be until … Continue reading

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Hermann Scheer

Hat tip to Climate Denial Crock of the Week. See his Web site. Paraphrasing, what enabled Germany to have its Energiewende Scheer said that what happened in Germany it was necessary to open the space for the people to act. … Continue reading

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The rationale for reducing Net Metering is based both on unsound math and unsound physics

News on the diddling-with-metering front. I argued in a comment today that the standard rationale for a change in net metering is based upon accounting and legal contract which is both unsound physics and unsound mathematics. Recall that that rationale … Continue reading

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Solar PV: Growing by 120% in 2016! And THAT’S in the United States

That’s 16 Gigawatts, folks! See CleanTechnica for more.

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I ask again: Does Massachusetts have a share of the clean energy future?

Or is Governor Baker and the Massachusetts House going to subcontract that to other states, like Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New York? They are coming. Update, 2016-02-23 Where does Massachusetts get its energy now?

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France to pave 1,000km of road with solar panels

In Global Construction Review, Ségolène Royal, France’s minister of ecology and energy, has said that the government intends to pave 1,000km of road with photovoltaic panels in the next five years, supplying power to millions of people. (To see larger … Continue reading

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