NewEnergyNews: 80% NEW ENERGY BY 2050 – DOE SEC CHU

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YESTERDAY

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HAWAII'S UTILITIES PLAN FOR 67% RENEWABLES BY 2030
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: CAN WARREN BUFFETT'S PACIFICORP BRING THE NORTHWEST'S RENEWABLE RICHES TO MARKET?
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: A UTILITY IN THE MAKING: THE MUNICIPALIZATION OF BOULDER, COLORADO
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT NATIONAL HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM?
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    THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: THE STATE OF THE U.S. WIND INDUSTRY (AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR UTILITIES)
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HOW SACRAMENTO'S PUBLIC UTILITY IS GETTING IN THE RESIDENTIAL SOLAR BUSINESS
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HAS APS INVENTED A ROOFTOP SOLAR BUSINESS MODEL FOR UTILITIES?
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: THE GRID NEEDS INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OPERATORS
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: HOW SHOULD UTILITIES VALUE SOLAR?
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: IS PUERTO RICO THE NEW POSTER CHILD FOR THE UTILITY DEATH SPIRAL?
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • Weekend Video: Reindeer Stresses
  • Weekend Video: Pink Fracking
  • Weekend Video: Fighting Duke For Solar
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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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  • Thursday, August 23, 2012

    80% NEW ENERGY BY 2050 – DOE SEC CHU

    Chu, ex-DOE official see potential for 80% penetration of renewables in US by 2050

    Jonathan Crawford, August 17, 2012 (SNL)

    “Renewable energy could reach an 80% level of penetration in the U.S. by 2050, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Arun Majumdar, former director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, wrote in an article published Aug. 15 in the scientific journal Nature…Chu and Majumdar said current and projected ‘learning curves’ for wind and solar energy show that renewable energy will become increasingly affordable on a global scale…

    “…[ Chu and Majumdar cited] reports showing that by 2020 the levelized costs of electricity for wind at some sites will drop below $60 per MWh…[They] indicated a ‘growing confidence’ that module costs will attain a goal of hitting a cost of 50 cents per watt by 2020…[because spot market prices of silicon solar modules for immediate delivery fell from $4 per watt to about $1 per watt [between 2008 and 2012]…”

    “Additional price declines are expected through engineering and manufacturing innovations as well as improvements in power-conversion electronics [in solar]…[comparable to] significant improvements in the design of turbines, blades and gearboxes, as well as an increase in the height of wind towers, which have led to cost declines [in wind]…

    “The authors said scaling up the deployment of carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS, technology will require a carbon price…[and despite] issues over safety, waste storage and cost, nuclear power is needed to limit the worst risks of climate change, Chu and Majumdar said…”

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