Gleanings from the web and the world, condensed for convenience, illustrated for enlightenment, arranged for impact...

The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.


  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-New Energy Can Wake The Global Economy
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Big Money Dodging Climate And New Energy Commitments


  • TTTA Wednesday-ORIGINAL REPORTING: Give Smart Meters A Chance
  • TTTA Wednesday-Biden Administration Moves Ahead On New Energy For Justice

  • Monday Study – New Energy 24/7 Is Within Reach

  • Weekend Video: Thunberg – The Problem Versus The Solution
  • Weekend Video: Electric Heat Pumps Moving The Market
  • Weekend Video: The Trouble With Oliver Stone’s Nuclear Solution

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Here’s How New Energy Can Do What It Can Do
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-New Energy Can Answer World Insecurities
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  • WEEKEND VIDEOS, January 28-29:
  • Al Gore Is Still Pointing The Way
  • Not New Energy, But Someone Has To Explain
  • The U.S. Plan To Transition Transportation

    Saturday, January 28, 2023

    Al Gore Is Still Pointing The Way

    This man is a hero. Let the haters on the Right hate. He has been a leader on climate for three decades and he is still envisioning a future in which both humanity and the planet thrive. From Forbes via YouTube

    Not New Energy, But Someone Has To Explain

    This offers some laughter and insight about a national embarrassment. From Real Time with Bill Maher via YouTube

    The U.S. Plan To Transition Transportation

    This is the blueprint. The roadmap runs through the private sector from automakers to auto buyers. From U.S. Dept of Energy via YouTube

    Friday, January 27, 2023

    New Energy Can Wake The Global Economy

    Davos 2023: Energy transition is a way out of gloomy global outlook

    Mihajlo Vujasin, January 21, 2023 (Balkan Green Energy News)

    “Clean technologies, renewable energy sources, and industry decarbonization should be the response to the current global crisis, said participants in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum 2023 in Davos…[The WEF’s Global Risk Report found that] the main risks and threats to the future of humanity come from climate change and a looming environmental collapse…in the age of polycrisis, which will mark the next decade…[O]ver 70% of worldwide CEOs think global economic growth will decline in 2023…

    …[In WEF’s 12 years of surveys,] this is the most pessimistic outlook…War, inflation, the energy crisis, and a possible recession are the grim context…[But clean technologies, decarbonization of the economy, and renewable energy sources,] unlike fossil fuels, could become a guarantor of peace and catalyst of international cooperation…The global energy sector is set to transform in the coming decades from a predominantly fossil fuel-based sector to one increasingly dominated by renewables and other clean energy technologies…

    …[Many global leaders agreed investment and fulfillment of policy commitments are] needed to give the world any chance of achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement…For most countries, it is unrealistic to compete across all parts of the clean energy technology supply chains. They will need to identify their strengths and build on them, be it a mineral resource, low-cost clean energy supply, or workforce development with relevant skills…[and] since no country will be in a position to do everything at once, collaboration should be a key element of countries’ industrial strategies…" click here for more

    Big Money Dodging Climate And New Energy Commitments

    Just 7% of global banks' energy financing goes to renewables, new data shows; Data Indicates Major Failings By Financial Institutions To Help Meet Global Commitments On Net Zero

    January 23, 2023 (Sierra Club)

    “…[New data shows] just 7% of bank] financing for energy companies went to renewables between 2016 and 2022…[Financial institutions showed] shockingly low financial support through loans and bond underwriting for clean energy. It calls into question pledges from the industry-led Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), whose commissioned research shows low carbon energy investments need to account for at least 80% of energy investments compared to fossil fuels (4:1) by 2030 to reach climate goals…[N]o bank looks set to reach this very minimum requirement…

    ….[A]t $181 billion Citi and JP Morgan Chase each pumped the most into the energy companies examined between 2016 and 2022 but just 2% went to renewables…[Only 2% of Barclays’ financing of the energy companies examined went to renewables. Royal Bank of Canada is at just 1%, Mizuho 4% and HSBC 5%...Bank loans and bond underwriting for renewables went from 7% in 2016 [$23.2 billion] of the overall financing of the energy companies examined to a high of 10% in 2021 [$34.5 billion] but virtually stagnated between these years, rather than showing any positive trend…

    Overall the 60 banks saw $2.5 trillion in loans and bond underwriting provided to the companies examined for energy activities between January 2016 and July 2022…[with$2.3 trillion to fossil fuel energy and just $178 billion to] clean energy activities such as wind and solar…[and] banks that are members of GFANZ actually provide less financing for renewable energy, on average, than their counterparts that are not in the alliance… [I]t's high time for banks to stop supporting fossil fuel expansion and commit to massive 2025 and 2030 clean financing…” click here for more

    Wednesday, January 25, 2023

    ORIGINAL REPORTING: Give Smart Meters A Chance

    97% of smart meters fail to provide promised customer benefits. Can $3B in new funding change that? Less than 3% of 2009’s taxpayer- and ratepayer-funded smart meters now deliver full customer benefits, a recent study shows.

    Herman K. Trabish, October 5, 2022 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: Putting smart meters to work can make electricity cleaner and less costly.

    An Aug. 30 Request for Information, or RFI, from the U.S. Department of Energy on how best to use $3 billion in infrastructure bill smart grid funding is raising expectations among energy management services providers about a new round of smart meter deployments by utilities across the country. It is also raising questions about unrealized benefits from 2009’s taxpayer- and ratepayer-funded billion-dollar American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, smart meter investment.

    By the end of 2022, there will be over 124 million smart meters installed in 78% of U.S. households, according to data released in April by the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation. But less than 3% of today’s smart meters fulfill 2009 promises of customer savings and that must be prevented in the coming Energy Department-funded deployment, according to a September analysis by Mission:data Coalition.

    “Utilities used federal and state funds to deploy smart meters and many explicitly promised to empower customers” to lower bills and earn rewards for supporting system peak demand reductions, said Mission:data President and analysis lead author Michael Murray. “The public policy failure is that utilities benefited from returns on capital expenditures and reduced operational costs but did not deliver those customer benefits,” he said.

    There are reasons customer benefits have been limited, utilities said. “Our web portal allows customers access to historic data and helps them take the steps to obtain near real-time data,” said Fort Collins Utilities Energy Services Manager and Policy Advisor John Phelan. But that “is an impractical, time-consuming process and customers lose interest in it after a few weeks,” he said.

    Utilities can streamline real-time data access to enable greater customer and system benefits with “non-discriminatory” and “interoperability” standards, Murray and other smart meter advocates said. But that may compromise concerns of customers and regulators about system security and customer privacy protections, utilities said… click here for more

    Biden Administration Moves Ahead On New Energy For Justice

    Biden-Harris Administration Announces Funding For Community-Centered Clean Energy Programs Across the U.S. And $9 Billion For Home Rebates

    January 18, 2023 (U.S. Department of Energy)

    “…[S]tate, local, and Tribal governments can begin applying for formula grant funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program] for clean energy projects and programs in local communities, reaching more than 250 million Americans across the country…[and a request for information (RFI) seeks input for Home Energy Rebate Programs] funded by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act that will provide record breaking funding to help Americans cut energy costs in their homes through energy efficiency and electrification of home appliances and equipment…

    …[The EECBG Program will provide] $430 million to support a variety of community-based] projects, such as developing a clean energy strategy with measurable goals, making buildings and streetlights more energy-efficient, creating bike lanes, installing renewable energy on government buildings, funding a community solar campaign, or developing zero emissions building codes…

    …[The RFI for the Home Energy Rebate Program introduces] programs funded through the Inflation Reduction Act totaling nearly $9 billion…to develop, implement, and enhance residential energy efficiency and electrification projects in U.S. households, saving consumers an estimated $1 billion annually in energy costs...These programs align with President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, ensuring that 40 percent of the overall benefits of clean energy investments make a difference in communities that are energy burdened and historically underserved…” click here for more

    Monday, January 23, 2023

    Monday Study – New Energy 24/7 Is Within Reach

    Achieving 24/7 Renewable Energy By 2025

    Jan Pepper, Greg Miller, Sara Maatta and Mehdi Shahriari, January 2023 (Peninsula Clean Energy)

    Executive Summary

    Peninsula Clean Energy is leading the charge to fight climate change by radically transforming the electricity sector. We have one of the most aggressive renewable energy goals in the world: Providing our 310,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers with renewable energy on an hourly basis by 2025.

    Over the last two years, we have built, tested, and leveraged a new 24/7 clean energy procurement modeling tool, MATCH (Matching Around-The-Clock Hourly energy), to answer the critical questions: What is the optimal 24/7 renewable energy portfolio, how much will it cost, what are the emissions reduction benefits, and what are the impacts to the broader energy system?

    Our MATCH modeling shows that 24/7 renewable energy can be achieved at costcompetitive rates, while achieving the expected benefits of reducing emissions, and providing wider benefits to the grid. That includes reductions in long run emissions by building new supplies and storage that will displace methane gas generation.

    Specifically, our MATCH modeling finds that providing 100% renewable energy implemented on an approximately 99% time-coincident basis achieves the ideal balance of being cost competitive, reducing portfolio risk, and reducing emissions. Time-coincident or 24/7 renewable energy means matching customer demand with renewable energy supply in the same hour.

    The cost of 24/7 renewable energy varies depending on how perfectly supply and demand are matched. We find that a “sweet spot” goal of providing 100% renewable energy on a 99% time-coincident basis results in only a 2% cost increase relative to our baseline, while achieving critical emission reductions and providing other benefits to the grid.

    Our model also found there are diminishing returns in trying to match the last 1% of customer demand, with a 10% increase in portfolio cost needed to go from 99% timecoincident to 100% time-coincident.

    While there are some benefits in matching that last 1% of customer demand, 100% time-coincident hourly matching will likely not have zero carbon intensity due to trace emissions from beneficial geothermal supplies.

    The optimal 24/7 renewable energy portfolios are characterized by significant excess supply, especially at the higher levels of hourly matching. Excess supply is necessary to ensure that customer demand is met by renewable energy, even in the hardest-to-serve times like cloudy, windless days. Seasonal storage could help to reduce excess supply, but no cost-effective seasonal storage is yet available.

    There are wider grid benefits that result from our 24/7 renewable energy portfolios, including reducing the system net peak demand and improving the system ramp. Our 24/7 portfolios are also estimated to result in some renewable curtailment which could reach up to about 3% of our renewable supply under certain market conditions.

    Over the next decade, as demand-side resources become more prevalent for load shaping and shifting, they will become a critical part of our 24/7 renewable portfolio.

    We also expect emerging technologies such as offshore wind and non-lithium storage to mature and play a significant role in our portfolio in later years. As we continue to study and implement 24/7 renewable energy, we will explore how to operate a 24/7 portfolio. Specifically, we are interested in evaluating how to best operate our portfolio to optimize cost, grid impacts, and emissions reductions.

    We are confident that these results and the release of our new MATCH modeling tool can guide Peninsula Clean Energy’s path toward 100% renewable energy on a 99% timecoincident basis in 2025 and inspire and empower other California Community Choice Aggregators, load serving entities and utilities, and clean energy buyers in their efforts to achieve 100% clean energy around the clock…

    Saturday, January 21, 2023

    Thunberg – The Problem Versus The Solution

    Greta is right, but will the $2.2 trillion per year needed to fund the global energy transition come from the grassroots? From Bloomberg News via YouTube

    Electric Heat Pumps Moving The Market

    Driven by grassroots demand, electric heat pumps can reduce emissions-generating natural gas heating and increase the use of New Energy from clean power systems. From PBS NewsHour via YouTube

    The Trouble With Oliver Stone’s Nuclear Solution

    The main issue with nuclear is not safety but that it takes much longer to build than New Energy, costs prohibitively more, and is much less flexible, which diminishes the value of customer-owned resources. From Video Attualita via YouTube

    Friday, January 20, 2023

    Here’s How New Energy Can Do What It Can Do

    Unleashing Renewable Energy’s Full Potential

    18 January 2023 (United Nations Climate Change)

    ’ “…[R]adical action is still needed to accelerate the energy transition…There is reason for optimism when it comes to renewable energy because renewables are moving further and faster than projected…Renewable electricity capacity additions have been outpacing those of non-renewables since 2014…are set to account for over 90% of global electricity capacity expansion in the next five years…[and] will become the largest source of global electricity generation by early 2025, surpassing coal…

    …Worldwide renewable energy employment reached 12.7 million last year, a jump of 700,000 new jobs in one year. Solar energy was found to be the fastest-growing sector. In 2021 it provided 4.3 million jobs, more than a third of the current global renewable workforce…But there is also reason for frustration…[Despite recent rhetoric,] climate pledges and overall finance to support the shift to renewables remains insufficient…

    …[A]bout USD 4 trillion per year needs to be invested in renewable energy up until 2030 to be able to reach net zero emissions by 2050…Transformational adaptation is also needed to help communities cope with already occurring climate impacts…[But] the combined climate pledges of 193 Parties under the Paris Agreement could put the world on track for around 2.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century…” click here for more

    New Energy Can Answer World Insecurities

    What's the global energy outlook for 2023?

    Kate Whiting and Amy White, January 17, 2023 (World Economic Forum)

    “…[The global energy crisis is] about more than the world's reliance on natural gas from Russia. It's about global energy security, fueling the transition to clean energy for the climate and the interconnection between the energy crisis and food security…For the first time in a decade, the number of people without access to modern energy is growing…

    Some 75 million people who have only just got access to electricity may no longer be able to afford it, while 100 million people may need to return to cooking using biomass…[But the world’s need to reduce climate crisis-driving emissions by 43% by 2030] represents an opportunity for the green economy. Those industries helping the world shift to net-zero emissions could be worth $10.3 trillion to the global economy by 2050…

    The challenge facing the energy sector today is how to redesign the entire system while maintaining an affordable, resilient supply that's sustainable for the planet…[There is a growing need for global unity because] the energy transition is effectively a set of interdependencies…[while energy security] is now a key driver of growth for renewables…” click here for more

    Wednesday, January 18, 2023

    ORIGINAL REPORTING: The California Plan To Create A Customer-Driven Tomorrow Power System

    Real-time pricing, new rates and enabling technologies target demand flexibility to ease California outages; Dynamic energy, capacity prices and an online “price machine” could make DER a reliability solution, regulators say

    Herman K. Trabish, September 13, 2022 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: This California plan points to where the power system is going. It sounds too complicated now, like personal computing did in 1980 and like cell phones did in 1990.

    Growing California power system reliability threats made vivid by early September Flex Alerts called by the state’s system operator could be relieved by a price signal based on real-time pricing, or RTP, linked to smart customer-owned resources through new enabling technologies, according to the California Public Utilities Commission Energy Division’s June 22 CalFUSE proposal.

    The new approach could transform California’s high penetrations of customer-owned distributed energy resources into a response to electricity market supply and load fluctuations, commissioners agreed in a July 14 order opening a proceeding to investigate the proposal’s potential.

    RTP can signal DER owners and aggregators to provide “demand flexibility” by rapidly and cost-effectively responding to rising market prices for electricity by decreasing consumption or exporting stored energy, staff added at a July 21 CalFUSE introductory workshop.

    The CalFUSE framework “is complex, but the complexity will be outweighed by the benefits in the long run,” Southern California Edison Director of Pricing Design and Research Robert Thomas said. Customer bill credits “for responding to dynamic price signals” can “add up to significant affordability gains,” he added.

    The proposal offers a vision of “a viable dynamic future grid,” and “utilities are critical to that vision, but it will not work without innovative third-party entrepreneurs engaging customers,” customer-owned device aggregator OhmConnect CEO and Founder Cisco DeVries cautioned.

    CalFUSE’s rate design and enabling technologies can lower system and customer costs and drive system flexibility if customers participate and it is a solution that could work wherever power markets and RTP enable it, utilities, DER advocates, and other stakeholders agreed. But whether the plan is too complicated to be workable and how quickly it can be implemented remain highly debated… click here for more

    Doubts About Carbon Capture Raise Doubts About NatGas

    John Kerry: Natural Gas Boom Must Be Combined With Carbon Capture

    Tsvetana Paraskova, January 16, 2023 (OilPrice)

    “Natural gas can help reduce emissions only if it is paired with projects of [successful, cost-effective carbon capture, according to] John Kerry, the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate…While natural gas is cleaner than coal, it is still a polluting fossil fuel, especially with methane emissions. Before 2022, countries with net-zero targets, including large economies in the EU, were reluctant to commit to long-term LNG supply deals with the biggest LNG exporters because of the emissions profile of LNG projects.

    After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, however, most countries shifted focus to energy security and EU member states accelerated efforts to buy more LNG to replace Russian pipeline gas…[LNG use fell at the end of 2022 and most analysts agree natural gas can only be part of the net-zero by 2050 goal by efficiently and cost-effectively reducing emissions, even though 2022] global LNG imports hit a record high of 409 million tons, as Europe scrambled to replace Russian pipeline gas supply and outbid Asia to draw the majority of cargo…

    While the energy crisis in Europe has strengthened the case for a rush to build new LNG export infrastructure, the EU’s plan to reduce gas consumption, slash emissions, and become a net-zero bloc by 2050, could be a problem for [new LNG investments that are expected to reach] $42 billion annually in 2024 and] fall off a cliff as governments transition away from fossil fuels and accelerate investments in low-carbon energy infrastructure…” click here for more