New York carbon tax wants real time co2 emission data

New York carbon tax wants real time co2 emission data

Environment, Finance, Investment, Utilities
A really interesting report. New York wants the cost of electricity to include the carbon tax in it - but they want real time data to determine the true amount of emissions coming from the plant at the exact moment that the electricity is being produced. Since the electricity market is a constant process of generators bidding to buy electricity, these power plants will be placing bids with the carbon tax already integrated into pricing. This will have an affect on the economics of power plants. Very interesting. I think we owe the New York regulators some cred for giving deep thought. (more…)
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Buffett wants 100% renewables because Google and Microsoft want 100%

Buffett wants 100% renewables because Google and Microsoft want 100%

Construction, Environment, Finance, Public Opinion, Renewable Energy
"We don’t have a single customer saying, 'Will you build us a 100 percent coal plant?" When it comes to corporate america - the emotions are focused on profits and losses. Not because capitalism is evil, not because people are money hungry - but because profits feed people, and people who are fed come into work every single day. With that - we're now seeing utilities, independent of state level requirements, setting a goal of generating 100% renewables. They're doing it partially because Corporate America demands it. And you know why Corporate America wants it? Because you want it. Warren Buffett's electricity utilities - owned by Berkshire Hathewayown resources based in the Midwest - areas that produce much of the coal the United States depends on. Yet even in these…
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€6 billion euros fewer bought 1.2GW more wind power

€6 billion euros fewer bought 1.2GW more wind power

Construction, Finance, Growth, Investment, Renewable Energy, Wind
One of the big indicators we use to determine if we're on track building out our new clean energy infrastructure is how much money we're spending. $1 trillion a year is a number often suggested as what is needed to be hit. However, if you check out the tweet below - you'll notice that the total amount of money invested in renewables is starting to flatline, while the total capacity is growing consistently. The overall point - we're getting more kWhs for our buck, and in the end that's what going to save us. (more…)
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Trump considering nationalizing coal plants for buddies

Trump considering nationalizing coal plants for buddies

Environment, Futurology, Politics, Public Opinion
This is corruption at its finest. In order to protect his buddy Murray from failure Trump has floated the idea of using laws created while the United States was at war to protect coal. Think about that - in the 1950s, we created laws that would protect people. However, today - these laws are being used to push a technology that will kill people. Of course - a Senator from West Virginia coal country supports it. Stating that using coal is a national safety necessity. This is absolute crap - for one, we have an amazing power grid with many sources of energy. And the reality is - coal simply cannot compete. You're being stolen from folks. (more…)
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Microlink Devices hits 37.75% efficiency for triple junction cell

Microlink Devices hits 37.75% efficiency for triple junction cell

Futurology, Investment, Manufacturing, Solar Panels, Solar Power
Multi-junction cells are going to be the standard. Perovskite+silicon is moving into the factories from the labs right now and getting pushed hard by multiple companies. High end multi-junction products have been in space for decades. The challenge is that most of them - like this 37% project talked about today - are using expensive materials - and so the solar panels cost $5-8/W, a big difference from our current 30-70¢/W. How long until you and I have a solar panel above 25% making use of multijunction? Five years minimum...unless you got a lot of money and are ready to invest for the rest of us. (more…)
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Housebuilding rates unaffected by higher energy efficiency in the UK

Housebuilding rates unaffected by higher energy efficiency in the UK

Environment, Finance, Futurology, Growth, Politics, Public Opinion, Renewable Energy
The constant crap we hear from the economic whack jobs is that any government regulation, any centralized driver of change is going to destroy markets. These extremist fundamentalists refuse to look broader, refuse to accept the data, and refuse to evolve. That's why they die off. And now, because of ignorance - new homes in England are at 71% of their 2005 CO2 emissions, while Scotland took that step and their homes emit 22% less pollution. That 22% also computes to the cost of owning the home. And most importantly - it has no affected home building AT ALL. Looks like the economics of saving energy is smarter money than the extremists will let you know about. (more…)
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40% of energy storage pipeline is co-located with solar PV

40% of energy storage pipeline is co-located with solar PV

Batteries, Commercial Solar, Construction, Renewable Energy
Since I'm at an energy storage conference in Boston today, this is a great story to lead with today - and its really telling. 40% of large scale solar in the development pipeline - that's a lot. The reason this is so fundamentally important is that we know the sun goes down - but we also really need to be able to take advantage of the cheap, clean energy from solar. And this is starting to happen today. All over the country we're seeing solar power start to get coupled with energy storage. We've seen the largest projects bid in the world, California - left and right - is dropping gas and transmission for solar +storage, and every single large developer that I speak with on a daily basis is…
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