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While the OFFICE of President remains in highest regard at NewEnergyNews, this administration's position on climate change makes it impossible to regard THIS president with respect. Below is the NewEnergyNews theme song until 2020.

The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Facing A Mass Extinction
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-China Takes Over The Solar World
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Pakistan Turning To Wind
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-30X Growth In Distributed Storage Over The Next Decade
  • THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY,:

  • TTTA Thursday-Al Gore Goes Deep On Climate
  • TTTA Thursday-Ready To Hit The Solar Road
  • TTTA Thursday-Wind In The Cities – The Cleveland Example
  • TTTA Thursday-20X Growth For Global Grid Scale Storage In Next Decade
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Solar Market Transformation
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: A Close Look At Hawaii’s Plan To Get To 100% New Energy
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Big Plan To Get Energy Storage Paid What It’s Worth
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: How To Bring Energy Storage To Market
  • QUICK NEWS, July 18: How Fear Drives Climate Change Denial; How The President Misunderstands Wind; A Truly Doable Solar Vision
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Huge Support By U.S. Voters For Paris Climate Agreement – Poll
  • QUICK NEWS, July 17: 4 Key Ways To Stand Up To Climate Change; New Energy Safe For U.S. Grid – DOE Study; Solar Plus Storage Can Beat NatGas Price
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • Weekend Video: Here Comes The Plug
  • Weekend Video: Big Solar With Storage Can Get Cheaper
  • Weekend Video: All About The Climate Consensus
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews

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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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    Some details about NewEnergyNews and the man behind the curtain: Herman K. Trabish, Agua Dulce, CA., Doctor with my hands, Writer with my head, Student of New Energy and Human Experience with my heart

    email: herman@NewEnergyNews.net

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      A tip of the NewEnergyNews cap to Phillip Garcia for crucial assistance in the design implementation of this site. Thanks, Phillip.

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  • WEEKEND VIDEOS, July 22-23:

  • How To Know It’s Getting Hotter
  • Sea Level Rise To Follow Soon
  • Buildings That Can Benefit The Climate

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    How To Know It’s Getting Hotter

    Measurements are getting more refined, more accurate, and more ominous. From Carbon Brief via YouTube

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    Sea Level Rise To Follow Soon

    It is all unfolding just as climate scientists said it would. From YaleClimateConnections via YouTube

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    Buildings That Can Benefit The Climate

    Net zero energy buildings are the ultimate in efficiency. From the U.S. Department of Energy via YouTube

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    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Facing A Mass Extinction

    What one biologist says you need to know about the mass extinction event that's underway

    Rebecca Williams, July 13, 2017 (Michigan Public Radio)

    “Biologists say the sixth mass extinction episode on Earth is already happening…[But there is more to the story. Two] vertebrate species go extinct every year on average…[T]hey tend to be obscure creatures…[Paul Ehrlich, author of a new study, said] the loss of individuals and populations is horrendous, and…[humans are dependent on those plants and animal] populations…[E]stimates show that half the wildlife on the planet, though not half of the earth’s species, has been lost] in the last 40 or 50 years…” click here for more

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    China Takes Over The Solar World

    How China Floated To The Top In Solar; The world’s largest floating solar farm

    Charlie Campbell, July 21, 2017 (Time Magazine)

    “…As an electrician for Sungrow Power Supply Company, [former coal miner Sang Dajie] helps maintain [166,000 panels in] the world’s largest floating solar farm on a lake formed on top of a collapsed and flooded coal mine just northwest of Anhui province’s Huainan city…China has some of the world’s worst air pollution, which scientists say may contribute to a third of deaths…Coal burnt for power and steel smelting is the principle cause…[but] China is now the world’s largest renewable energy investor. The government promises to spend $360 billion on clean energy projects by 2020, creating 13 million new jobs in the process. And as the Huainan [floating solar] project demonstrates, the Asian superpower is pushing the boundaries…New panels are being developed specifically for arid deserts and others to withstand sultry rainforests…The U.S. relinquished that leadership role upon the election of President Donald Trump…” click here for much more worth reading

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    Pakistan Turning To Wind

    In coal-focused Pakistan, a wind power breeze is blowing; Chinese funding is still pushing a huge expansion in coal use, however, with wind and solar a secondary focus.

    21 July 2017 (Thomas Reuters Foundation via Eco-Business)

    “Pakistan is beginning to reap the benefits of Chinese investment in renewable energy infrastructure, with the opening of the first wind power project constructed as part of the huge China-Pakistan Economic Corridor [CPEC], aimed at overhauling the country’s transport and energy systems…[The nearly 50 megawatt wind farm is in] the so-called “Gharo-Jhimpir wind corridor” in Sindh province, a 180 km (110 mile) stretch of coastal land that the Pakistan Meteorological Department says has the potential to produce 11,000 MW of electricity through wind power…Pakistan and China have signed around $57 billion of energy and infrastructure projects…[Most of this CPEC investment is going towards coal-fired power plants but it also includes thousands of MWs of] renewable energy projects…The World Bank has now started mapping Pakistan’s entire wind potential, looking at wind corridors in Punjab as well…” click here for more

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    30X Growth In Distributed Storage Over The Next Decade

    Country Forecasts for Distributed Energy Storage; Distributed Energy Storage System Capacity and Revenue Forecasts for Leading Countries

    July 20, 2017 (Navigant Research)

    “…[The industry for distributed energy storage systems (DESSs) installed behind the meter (BTM) for either commercial and industrial (C&I) or residential buildings continues] to mature substantially… New products recently launched in the market [from numerous vendors] are much more fully integrated and modular plug-and-play systems…Perhaps the most significant advancement in this industry has been the increasingly sophisticated software and control platforms for DESSs that allow systems to be virtually aggregated to provide grid services and participate in wholesale markets…System providers are capitalizing on this new opportunity by maintaining ownership of DESSs through shared savings and lease models…[T]he market remains highly concentrated in select areas around the world. According to Navigant Research, global annual DESS capacity additions are expected to grow from 683.9 MW in 2017 to 19,699.7 MW by 2026…” click here for more

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    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Al Gore Goes Deep On Climate

    Talking About Climate Change With Al Gore

    Coral Davenport, July 19, 2017 (NY Times)

    “In 1997, Al Gore, then the vice president of the United States, helped forge the first climate change treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, promising the rest of the world that the United States would lead the fight against global warming. That promise was broken when President George W. Bush later announced that the United States would abandon the treaty. In 2015, President Barack Obama made the same promise when he helped forge the Paris climate accord — a promise that was broken when President Trump announced in June that he would withdraw the United States from the deal. In a [wide-ranging, hour-long] conversation in New York on [July 18, Mr. Gore described how he sees the policy landscape unfolding in the 21st century, as the effects of climate change become more clear.” click here for more

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    Ready To Hit The Solar Road

    A Twist in the Drive to Pave Roads With Solar Panels; Scott and Julie Brusaw are working to replace more asphalt with solar cells—and possibly link the panels up with driverless cars.

    Christina Nunez, July 15 2017 (National Geographic)

    “Our roads could generate energy, melt snow, direct traffic, and even drive our cars, if some of Scott and Julie Brusaw's visions of Solar Roadways become reality…[Their fundraising campaign drew more than $2 million and] funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation…Earlier this year, they completed a public installation [in Idaho of 30 smart panels with solar cells, LED lights, a heating element, wireless communication, and] the ability to display an image of Earth… In the coming months, they will install small arrays in Colorado and Maryland…[As they say in this interview,] they see much bigger potential for the panels than just using paved space to generate energy for the grid… click here for more

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    Wind In The Cities – The Cleveland Example

    What the wind industry means to Cleveland, and your city as well

    Lorry Waggoner, July 12, 2017 (Windpower Engineering and Development)

    “…[Though Cleveland has fallen from fifth to 51st in population, Forbes magazine named it 2016’s ‘Hottest City in America.’ It can nurture growth by leveraging] its legacy of industrialization, entrepreneurship, and innovation…[One way to generate jobs of the future is by tapping the abundant wind resource right off the] shores of Lake Erie. Not only can this resource supply an inexhaustible source of clean energy, the fundamental nature of this industry depends on engineering, manufacturing, fabrication, and maritime activities…Project Icebreaker, a demonstration project consisting of 6 Vestas 3.45 MW turbines 8-10 miles offshore of the Port of Cleveland, is poised for construction in 2019…[It] will generate 500 jobs during construction and add $168 million to the local economy…” click here for more

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    20X Growth For Global Grid Scale Storage In Next Decade

    Country Forecasts for Utility-Scale Energy Storage; Utility-Scale Energy Storage System Capacity and Revenue Forecasts for Leading Countries

    July 20, 2017 (Navigant Research)

    “…[The U.S. and Germany continue to lead utility-scale energy storage markets worldwide but] additional markets in Europe have emerged as some of the most attractive, notably the United Kingdom and Italy…Early adopter utility-scale energy storage markets in Asia Pacific such as Australia, Japan, and South Korea have also seen significant market growth as they push toward ambitious grid modernization goals…[T]he potentially massive markets in China and India are gaining traction as regulations and business models continue evolving [and] new energy storage projects are being announced at an increasing rate [in emerging markets], leading to more utilities and regulators waking up to the benefits the technology can provide. According to Navigant Research, global annual utility-scale energy storage power capacity additions are expected to grow from 1,158.8 MW in 2017 to 30,472.5 MW by 2026…” click here for more

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    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Solar Market Transformation

    Solar in 2017: As non-traditional markets break records, more doors open for utilities; A shift away from third party financing to cash or loan purchases has opened up a new window of opportunity for utilities.

    Herman K. Trabish, Jan. 12, 2017 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: The patterns described in this piece as a “market transformation” continue.

    Between July to the end of September 2016, solar installers brought 4,143 MW online, nearly a 200% jump from the same time in 2015. It was solar’s biggest quarter, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association-GTM Research report. The biggest driver was and continues to be utility-scale solar. Driven by state renewable mandates and historically low power purchase agreements (PPA), utilities continue to invest in solar power, providing to 70% of 2016’s new solar. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said solar energy composed 39% of the nation’s new generation capacity in 2016.

    Utility capital spend in 2016 reached a record $120 billion and about $42 billion of it went to generation, according to Richard McMahon, vice president of energy supply and finance at utility trade group Edison Electric Institute (EEI). A “significant” part of that investment was in solar, wind, and natural gas, continuing a trend that goes back to 2008. But in the residential solar sector, Q3 2016 installed capacity fell, reflecting a market transformation driven by a loss of momentum by the third party ownership finance model. These numbers open up paths for an agile utility to take advantage of non-traditional markets to grow solar investments, including community solar projects and utility scale solar… click here for more

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    ORIGINAL REPORTING: A Close Look At Hawaii’s Plan To Get To 100% New Energy

    Third time's the charm? Inside Hawaiian Electric's new, new plan to get to 100% renewables; Stakeholders applaud the move away from LNG but question the costs and HECO’s vision

    Herman K. Trabish, Jan. 18, 2017 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: The utilities commission just acceoted this report. It praised the positive features described here and put the utilities on notice that they will be held responsible for the shortcomings described here.

    The long-term energy plan to get Hawaii to 100% renewables by 2045 got better reviews than its two predecessors but stakeholders raised two main concerns about the Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP) from the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), the state’s dominant electricity providers. First, the 100% renewables mandate may come at an unaffordable price for customers. Second, three key stakeholder groups raised longstanding concerns about HECO’s vision for distributed resources and the evolution of its business model.

    HECO’s first PSIP was filed in 2014, and roundly rejected by regulators in Nov. 2015. HECO then filed another plan in 2016 that was withdrawn when state regulators rejected a proposed merger with NextEra Energy. The basis of the latest PSIP is a five-year action plan that would take the state to 48% renewables by 2020 and to 72% renewables by 2030. By 2021, Hawaii would have 326 MW of distributed photovoltaic solar generation (DG-PV), 360 MW of utility-scale PV, 157 MW of utility-scale wind energy, 114.7 MW of demand response (DR), and 31 MW of feed-in tariff-funded renewables. But potential generation mixes that would get Hawaii to 100% renewables by 2045 could cost Oahu utility customers an estimated $26.5 billion by 2045. Costs to Maui and Hawaii Island utility customers add $10 billion more… click here for more

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    ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Big Plan To Get Energy Storage Paid What It’s Worth

    A silver bullet? Inside FERC's landmark energy storage rulemaking; Federal regulators are tackling ways to open wholesale markets to energy storage

    Herman K. Trabish, Jan. 10, 2017 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: This federal proceeding is making slow steady progress as energy storage technologies get better and energy storage costs fall.

    Energy storage is having an identity crisis in wholesale markets, and federal regulators are trying to fix it. The question is how to define energy storage. For system operators, storage can be generation, load or both. To solve the conundrum, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opened a rulemaking for the nation’s six grid operators. Properly defined, energy storage can derive multiple value streams from grid operators’ markets. If markets are opened to it, energy storage can provide a litany of grid services and help alleviate concerns over the intermittency of renewable energy.

    FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will amend its regulations to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and distributed energy resource (DER) aggregations in capacity, energy, and ancillary service markets. The amendment is needed because wholesale electric markets were not designed to consider energy storage. The new tariffs must accomplish two things, according to the NOPR. First, they must establish market rules that recognize “the physical and operational characteristics of electric storage resources” and allow them to participate in the wholesale electricity markets. Second, they must define what a DER aggregator is as a wholesale electricity market participant and establish rules for each aggregator to participate… click here for more

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    NO QUICK NEWS

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    TODAY’S STUDY: How To Bring Energy Storage To Market

    Charging Ahead; An Energy Storage Guide For Policymakers

    Sky Stanfield1 Joseph “Seph” Petta, and Sara Baldwin Auck, April 2017 (Interstate Renewable Energy Council)

    Executive Summary

    Energy storage technologies—capable of capturing usable energy for use at another time, particularly when it is needed most and/ or more valuable—provide flexible solutions to serve energy needs and address existing and emerging challenges. Energy storage technologies also provide an array of grid services and can offer multiple services interchangeably. Integrating energy storage strategically across the electricity system can result in more efficient utilization of other grid resources, defer more costly upgrades or investments, and increase the range of operational possibilities for the electric system.

    The very characteristics that make energy storage valuable and attractive also make it challenging to address in policy and regulatory contexts. Despite the game-changing potential of energy storage to transform the electricity system, energy storage is vastly underutilized in the United States’ electricity sector. Its deployment remains hampered by the current features of regional, state and federal regulatory frameworks, traditional utility planning and decision-making paradigms, electricity markets, and aspects of the technology itself.

    The Interstate Renewable Energy Council's (IREC) Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers is intended to provide state policymakers and regulators with systematic, foundational information on advanced energy storage—a new generation of technologies characterized by flexible operating capabilities and diverse applications—as well as more specific guidance on key issues for consideration in the policymaking context. Advanced energy storage technologies have matured rapidly in recent years and installations are quickly gaining momentum in states across the country. While beyond the scope of this guide, there are untapped opportunities to expand the role and function of traditional forms of storage, particularly cost-effective thermal storage for demand management and integration of high penetrations of renewable energy on the grid (see Additional Resources for more information). While differences exist among the available storage forms and technologies, policy and regulatory solutions designed to address energy storage barriers more holistically, with a technology neutral framework, will help set a glide path for all energy storage technologies.

    Deploying energy storage at scale and optimizing its benefits will require innovative and forward-thinking policies (and the political and societal will) to integrate it into existing electric system operations and state regulatory frameworks. To date, state policymakers and electric system stakeholders have navigated energy storage issues without the benefit of a roadmap of key regulatory and policy pathways to support the economic deployment of energy storage. With more storage being deployed and leading states gaining more experience, foundational policy actions and informative lessons learned are emerging. The foundational actions and solutions presented at the end of the guide reflect the reality that certain issues have more clearly defined paths to address identified barriers, while others are still under development and/or ripe for further policy innovation.

    State leadership and innovation on landmark energy policy issues, including energy storage and its more robust integration on the grid, will help expedite and optimize the electricity sector transformation already underway. By proactively integrating energy storage technologies into today’s policy and regulatory decisions, states can lead the charge to enhance the cost-effectiveness, reliability, quality and functionality of the energy sector. The intent with this guide is to provide an array of possible actions and pathways for further exploration, but more work remains to develop a more comprehensive road map for energy storage in the United States. IREC hopes this guide will serve as a valuable navigational tool and can serve all states well on their energy storage journey.

    About The Guide

    The guide is organized into six sections, plus supplementary sections for additional resources and appendices. Each section concludes with a summary of key takeaways for state policymakers, which are provided below for quick reference:

    • Section I. Introduction provides context for the guide and opportunity for policy leadership on energy storage.

    • Section II. The Current State of Advanced Energy Storage provides a brief overview of advanced energy storage technologies, their performance characteristics, applications and their services.

    • Section III. How States Can Approach Assessing the Cost and Value of Storage provides an overview of the economics of energy storage, offers a snapshot of existing tools to assess energy storage costs and benefits, and provides additional insights on evaluating the value of storage.

    • Section IV. State Regulatory Approaches to Energy Storage provides illustrative examples of state policy and regulatory actions occurring in four identified stage(s) of storage actions (Investigate, Clarify, Energize, Plan), as well as key insights from state efforts.

    • Section V. Foundational State Policy Actions to Address Primary Energy Storage Barriers discusses the state policy and regulatory barriers that limit or impair storage deployment and provides some recommended foundational policy actions to help states begin to overcome those barriers. This discussion of barriers and foundational policies is not exhaustive, but rather, reflects the most commonly identified barriers and thus the actions likely to have the broadest impact on the energy storage market. Similarly, market rules established by ISOs and RTOs are not covered in this guide, although they are equally critical to the successful deployment of energy storage. At a high level, the guide recommends the following foundational actions to advance energy storage:

    Classification & Ownership

    Clarify How Energy Storage Systems are Classified to Enable Shared Ownership and Operation Functions in Restructured Markets. In restructured markets, state policymakers and regulators may need to reconsider the current limitations on asset ownership that may prevent “wires-only” utilities from cost-effectively owning storage as assets and, thus, from being able to recover costs through rates. Any approaches seeking to address this issue will likely require the implementation of appropriate regulatory safeguards to protect the competitiveness of energy markets, while still ensuring that the grid and ratepayers can benefit from advanced energy storage technologies.

    Planning

    Require Proactive Consideration of Energy Storage in Utility Planning Efforts. States should consider requiring utilities to evaluate energy storage side-by-side with those of traditional wires and resource solutions as a part of integrated resource and distribution planning efforts. State policymakers and regulators will need to be specific about how they want energy storage to be evaluated and modeled (including requiring the use of up-to-date, accurate cost and performance data) in these proceedings if they want to see the most useful and effective results. These proceedings can produce new tools that enable grid transparency that can help identify locations where storage can offer the greatest benefits to customers and the grid.

    Grid Access

    Ensure Fair, Streamlined, and Cost Effective Grid Access for Energy Storage Systems. Energy storage customers, like all customers seeking to connect to the grid, need a process that is transparent, non-discriminatory, timely and cost effective just like any other type of generator. While storage systems can be reviewed using the basic framework of traditional state jurisdictional interconnection procedures, certain modifications could be made to more effectively and efficiently review their impacts on the electric system.

    Value Stream

    Create Mechanisms to Capture the Full Value Stream of Storage Services. States can consider adopting or modifying mechanisms to help create markets for energy storage and capture the full value stream of energy storage services, namely through monetizing the benefits.

    • The Conclusion offers some brief insights on outstanding policy issues and opportunities ripe for further investigation.

    • The Additional Resources section provides a list of other valuable sources for storage information. Appendix A provide a deeper dive on energy storage applications and services, and Appendix B contains an overview of existing modeling tools for energy storage valuation.

    Charting A Course For Energy Storage

    With this navigational tool and resource guide in hand, state policymakers and regulators should begin to chart a course to address energy storage in their respective markets. The starting point for each state will necessarily be different, based on where you are and what your goal is. While a step-by-step action plan is outside the scope of the guide, the key takeaways and insights offered in Charging Ahead should help more states establish a robust framework to charge ahead on energy storage.

    Beyond taking proactive steps on storage, continued policy leadership will ensure identified challenges are met with innovative, yet practical solutions that set the stage for market growth. Indeed, the policy and regulatory frameworks are the foundation upon which future growth will be built. Peer-to-peer sharing among states and leveraging the wealth of information gleaned to date from pilot projects and active programs will ensure replication of successful approaches can occur more swiftly.

    QUICK NEWS, July 18: How Fear Drives Climate Change Denial; How The President Misunderstands Wind; A Truly Doable Solar Vision

    How Fear Drives Climate Change Denial Surrendering to fear brought us climate change denial and President Trump; I propose that people take indefensible positions like climate denial and Trump support simply out of fear

    John Abraham, 17 July 2017 (UK Guardian)

    “…What continually befuddles people who work on climate change is the vehement and indefensible denial of evidence by a small segment of the population…I find [denialist arguments] fall into a few broad categories. Some of them are just plain false…like: There was a halt to global warming starting 1998…Humans are only responsible for a tiny fraction of the greenhouse gases…Scientists are colluding to create this fraud…Others are not false but are completely irrelevant. For example: Climate is always changing…We didn’t have thermometers a million years ago to measure global temperatures…Cities are hotter than their surroundings…[I am convinced the vast majority of people] are not intentionally being incorrect…In a sane world, everyone would understand the threat of climate change and our ability to take meaningful action…[The reason they don’t isn’t religion, political ideology, lack of scientific knowledge, politics, or tribal identification. It] is fear…of what happens if they accept reality…” click here for more

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    How The President Misunderstands Wind Trump's Comments On Hillary And Putin: He Clearly Doesn't Understand The Value Of Wind Energy

    Peter Kelly-Detwiler, July 12, 2017 (Forbes)

    “…[The president recently talked about the energy sector, which he does not seem to] understand…Energy markets are often complicated and sometimes subtle, with many interactions…[The president said that under Democrat policies] energy would be much more expensive…[He said wind power would drive energy prices up but coal and fracking of natural gas would ‘get energy prices low’ and allow the U.S. to be an energy exporter…[But the fact is that wind energy is already cost-competitive and getting cheaper. Also, more] electricity from wind could free up natural gas for export while making America more energy independent…[The president] is simply wrong about wind…Excel CEO Ben Fowke recently said] the utility is investing in wind because it will] result in $7.9 billion of customer savings over 30 years…” click here for more

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    A Truly Doable Solar Vision Here's Elon Musk's Plan to Power the U.S. on Solar Energy; "The sun is a giant fusion reactor in the sky."

    Nick Lucchesi, July 16, 2017 (Inverse)

    “…[To power the entire United States with solar panels 24/7, it would take a roughly 100 mile by 100 mile corner] of Nevada or Texas or Utah…[and a one square-mile space for batteries, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the National Governors Association]…Currently, about 10 percent of energy in the U.S. is renewable…[His plan has three steps. First, it includes both rooftop solar] and utility-scale solar that can make up needs in other areas…[Second, wind, geothermal, hydro, probably some nuclear will be needed] to transition…[And, third, the power needs to be as local as possible] because it reduces infrastructure, like big power lines…” click here for more

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    Monday, July 17, 2017

    TODAY’S STUDY: Huge Support By U.S. Voters For Paris Climate Agreement – Poll

    Majorities of Americans in Every State Support Participation in the Paris Agreement

    Jennifer Marlon, Eric Fine and Anthony Leiserowitz May 8, 2017 (Yale Program on Climate Change Communication)

    Most Americans think the U.S. should participate in the Paris Agreement

    In December 2015, officials from 197 countries (nearly every country in the world) met in Paris at the United Nations Climate Change Conference and negotiated a global agreement to limit global warming. On Earth Day, April 2016, the U.S. and 174 other countries signed the agreement, with most of the others following suit since then.

    What do American voters in the U.S. and in every state think about U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement? And what do Trump voters think? Using methods developed for the Yale Climate Opinion Maps, we find that a majority of Americans in every state say that the United States should participate in the Paris Climate Agreement.

    Using methods developed for the Yale Climate Opinion Maps, we find that a majority of Americans in every state say that the United States should participate in the Paris Climate Agreement.

    2. By a more than 5 to 1 margin, voters say the U.S. should participate in the Paris Agreement.

    In a nationally representative survey conducted after the election, we found that seven in ten registered voters (69%) say the U.S. should participate in the COP21 agreement, compared with only 13% who say the U.S. should not. Majorities of Democrats (86%) and Independents (61%), and half of Republicans (51%) say the U.S. should participate (including 73% of moderate/liberal Republicans). Only conservative Republicans are split, with marginally more saying the U.S. should participate (40%) than saying we should not participate (34%).

    3. About half of Trump voters say the U.S. should participate in the Paris Agreement.

    Almost half of Trump’s voters (47%) say the U.S. should participate in the Paris agreement, compared with only 28% who say the U.S. should not.

    Methods

    Two questions about the Paris climate agreement in two different surveys were posed to survey participants (the percentage of Americans who chose each response is in parentheses):

    1. In your opinion, how important is it that the world reach an agreement this year in Paris to limit global warming? (n=1330; October 2015)

    “Not at all important” (14%)…“A little bit important” (9%)…“Moderately important” (24%)…“Extremely important” (21%)…“Not sure” (14%)…“Refused” (1%)

    2. Do you think the U.S. should participate in this agreement, or not participate? (n=1226; November, 2016)

    “Should participate” (67%)…“Should not participate” (14%)…“Don’t know” (19%) “Refused” (0%)

    To estimate support among Americans in each state, responses to the two questions above were grouped into two categories — support or oppose — as follows: Support = Q1: “A little bit important”, “Moderately important”, “Extremely important”, or Q2: “Should participate”…Oppose = Q1: “Not at all important”, or Q2: “Should not participate” Margins of error for the state data are +/-10%, which includes potential error from the original surveys as well as from the modeling.

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    QUICK NEWS, July 17: 4 Key Ways To Stand Up To Climate Change; New Energy Safe For U.S. Grid – DOE Study; Solar Plus Storage Can Beat NatGas Price

    4 Key Ways To Stand Up To Climate Change These Four Lifestyle Changes Will Do More To Combat Climate Change Than Anything Else

    Robin Andrews,, 13 July 2017 (IFL Science)

    “…We’ve argued in the past that the most valuable thing you can do for climate advocacy is to vote for politicians that are pro-science and pro-environment. There are plenty of other things you can do too…[T]hey tend to be things people are involved with in their everyday lives: living without a car, avoiding air travel, avoiding eating meat, and – most “controversially” – have fewer children…The logic behind these choices is simple. Everyone in industrialized nations can abide by these actions, and they would clearly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Farming animals is very energy-intensive; plants, less so. Air travel and cars use a lot of carbon-rich petrol, so walking or cycling or using public transport would cut this out dramatically…[H]aving less children means the next generation would require (and demand) fewer resources…” click here for more

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    New Energy Safe For U.S. Grid – DOE Study Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds

    Catherine Traywick, Ari Natter, Jennifer A. Dlouhy, July 14, 2017 (Bloomberg News)

    “…Wind and solar power don’t pose a significant threat to the reliability of the U.S. power grid, Energy Department staff members said in a draft report, contradicting statements by their leader Rick Perry…[They reported the grid is more reliable] due to better planning, market discipline, and better operating rules and standards…[The still-under-review conclusions confirm the independent findings of the Analyst Group’s Electricity Markets, Reliability and the Evolving U.S. Power System but] contrast with Perry’s arguments that ‘baseload’ sources such as coal and nuclear power that provide constant power are jeopardized by Obama-era incentives for renewable energy, making the grid unreliable…Two people familiar with the report, who asked not to be identified discussing internal deliberations, confirmed the early conclusions though cautioned they were subject to change. It is customary for administration officials to put their own stamp on reports prepared by career staff at federal agencies…” click here for more

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    Solar Plus Storage Can Beat NatGas Price Report: Solar plus storage can beat natural gas

    Elizabeth Dunbar, July 14, 2017 (Minnesota Public Radio via PostBulletin)

    “…[Adding energy storage to Minnesota’s power system] is becoming a cost effective way to meet electricity demand…[On a hot summer day when electricity demand is much higher than usual because of air conditioning, it is likely to be more cost effective than] to build a conventional plant…[According to Modernizing Minnesota’s Grid; An Economic Analysis of Energy Storage Options, renewables plus storage is] cost effective right now…[but] the state's reliance on natural gas for electricity would jump dramatically without energy storage…[The rapidly falling cost of storage and federal and state incentives] help the math work out in favor of storage…” click here for more

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    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    Here Comes The Plug

    Tesla is now bringing its affordable, mass-produced Model 3 to market. From Today via YouTube

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