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Media Roundup: 100% Clean Energy Increasingly the Achievable, Preferred Choice

Far from slowing down in any way, the scaling of clean energy has been accelerating - with no end in sight. A few recent articles and reports highlight what we mean.

Topics: Clean Economy

Recent Study: Greater Solar, Wind Penetration Heightens Need for New Grid Practices

A recent study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has some generally good news for all of us who want to see greatly increased penetration of solar and wind power on the U.S. power grid. However, there are also a few challenges identified by LBNL, mostly related to grid management practices. See below for two graphics from the report, and also see the LBNL presentation, both of which highlight key impacts of higher "VRE" ("variable renewable energy") penetration through 2030. For intsance:

Topics: Clean Economy

When It Comes to Pushing State Renewable Energy Goals Higher, Tom Steyer's On a Roll

Want some good news on the clean energy front? See below for the winning streak that leading clean energy proponent Tom Steyer has been on recently when it comes to pushing states towards more aggressive renewable energy goals.

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Media Roundup: California Sets New Standard for Residential Rooftop Solar

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved the 2019 Building Energy Code, calling for significantly higher standards to reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from new buildings. Among the most innovative of the standards is the unprecedented requirement that all new residential buildings up to three stories will be required to have a photovoltaic solar system with annual electrical output equal or greater to the dwelling’s annual electrical usage, beginning in 2020. 

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Ørsted Is Looking to Lead on Offshore Wind Power

There is an undeniable growing market momentum towards renewable energy. But as Amy Harder reports in Axios, “There’s currently only one offshore wind farm in the U.S., off Rhode Island.” Danish company Ørsted is looking to change that.

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New SEIA Report Finds "America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts”

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is out with its Solar Means Business 2017 report, which finds that “America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts.” That shouldn’t be surprising for those of us who follow the solar industry, but still, it’s good to see it confirmed by SEIA. 

Topics: Clean Economy

Energy Storage: Unlocking the Key to a Cleaner, More Reliable U.S. Power Grid

Energy storage is a central, even crucial, component in the transition to a clean energy economy. As PV magazine states in a recent article:

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Latest Developments as Global Wind Capacity Set to Double by 2027

A lot is going on in the booming wind power industry these days. Greentech Media reported on April 9 that “Global wind capacity is set to double by 2027, driven by a rush to capture tax subsidies in the U.S., the rise of emerging markets, and a coming surge for offshore wind.” In short, it’s an exciting time to be involved in the wind power industry, with positive news almost everywhere you look. For instance:

Topics: Clean Economy

Utilities Increasingly Pledging to Move Towards Cleaner Power Mix

On April 9, PV Magazine reported some potentially significant news coming out of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future Energy Summit. Southern Company CEO, Thomas A. Fanning announced that the company will transition to “low-to-no-carbon electricity sources by 2050.”

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Recent Developments in the Booming Area of Battery Energy Storage

There's a lot going on these days in the booming cleantech area of battery storage -- a crucial part of the transition to a fully clean energy economy.  Here are a few recent stories that caught our eyes.
Topics: Clean Economy