The ‘incrementally evolving’ utility

The ‘incrementally evolving’ utility

Environment, Futurology, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Utilities, Wind
Two electricity utilities are in different places than they were a year or two ago - all because of renewables. Two stories I wrote for pv magazine this week - the first, Another gas plant spurned as renewable energy takes over in California, and the second Rocky Mountain Power's incremental evolution. The second story is more interesting than the first in my opinion - but the first is a hard reality of what's happening all over the nation. (more…)
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UN says shipping almost 3X more polluting than suggested – set to rise

UN says shipping almost 3X more polluting than suggested – set to rise

Environment, Off Grid
The global shipping fleet produces about 4.5% (far higher than prior estimates in 1.5-2.5% range) of the world's CO2. 35% of those ships - the largest ones in the world - produce 80% of that 2.5%. And interestingly, because of the nature of the fuel burned by the largest ships when at sea - 15 of them put out as much sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide as all the world's cars. However, on a per mile basis - and per pound of goods transported - only railway is better than the high seas. (more…)
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Massachusetts says Exxon not so slick

Massachusetts says Exxon not so slick

Environment, Politics, Renewable Energy
This case could be one of the most important we ever see - like as a species. At some point it's going to be illegal to pay politicians to like about climate change, or it won't and we'll simply have to beef up all of our institutions that do clearly state CO2 is an environmental pollutant. Exxon has been fighting back hard for three years to keep its case from the courts. I donate to Healey's campaign specifically because of this case. (more…)
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New Jersey goes bid on solar+wind+energy storage+nuclear

New Jersey goes bid on solar+wind+energy storage+nuclear

Batteries, Commercial Solar, Environment, Incentives, Politics, Renewable Energy, Solar Power
First off - the State of New Jersey is going in big on solar+wind+energy storage. If you're from this state and don't have solar yet - you'll soon see financial opportunities to invest. More interestingly though is the nuclear bill - giving a chance for nuclear plants to stay online so they're not replaced by fossil fuel plants as renewable energy scales. I support this plan, generally. I'd rather nukes than fossils in this interim period. (more…)
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North Atlantic ocean currents 15-20 weaker since 1850

North Atlantic ocean currents 15-20 weaker since 1850

Environment
Thought this article fit well behind the 6 AM article. These are broad shifts that are occuring in the surface movements of our plants. Our surface is a living one. These moving waters and winds directly impact humanity. The big thing to consider - our broad human society with its highly developed global markets and intercontinental trade depends on relative consistency. Sun rising and setting won't charge - but whether crops are available will affect railroads built, and factories invested in and boat contracted. Without predictability human investment slows. Human productivity drops. Complexity begins to grow. This could help us, move us forward by kicking us in the ass - or it could kill a lot of us. (more…)
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