NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, January 15: PERIOD OF RE-EVALUATION FOR SOLAR POWER PLANTS; WIND STABILIZED TEXAS GRID IN BIG FREEZE; $16MIL TO $3BIL BY 2035 FOR EV BATTERY RECYLCING

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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Who In Clean Tech Is Boosting New Energy
  • QUICK NEWS, January 17: New Energy’s Fight Against Climate Change Won’t Be Done; New Energy Jobs Leapt Again Last Year; Nebraska Gets Wind Power Economy Bump
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • Weekend Video: A Call To Climate Action From Al Gore
  • Weekend Video: A Closer Look At Wind And Solar
  • Weekend Video: Why Solar Beats Coal
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Does Climate Change Make Nuclear A Good Idea?
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Who In The World Is Winning With Solar?
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Wind Powers Scotland Four Straight Days
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Will China Bust Open The Global EV Market?
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, January 12:

  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy Mandates, Part 1 - Cleaner Air and Water
  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy Mandates, Part 2 - More Jobs
  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy Mandates, Part 3 - Better Health, Less Climate Change
  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy Mandates, Part 4 - The Great Deal
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Rates That Will Grow Energy Efficiency
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Big Utilities Like Solar’s Future
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: How To Grow The U.S. Electron Superhighway
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The State OF The U.S. Energy Transition, Part 1
  • QUICK NEWS, January 10: Business Shows The Right Climate Path To Trump; New Energy Dominated 2016 U.S. Power Build; Tech Giants Leading In New Energy
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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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  • TODAY AT NewEnergyNews, January 18:

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: 4 Drivers Of Solar Growth Everybody Needs To Know
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Maryland RPS And The National Divide On Clean Energy
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Why California Wants Western Electricity Delivery Organized

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    QUICK NEWS, January 15: PERIOD OF RE-EVALUATION FOR SOLAR POWER PLANTS; WIND STABILIZED TEXAS GRID IN BIG FREEZE; $16MIL TO $3BIL BY 2035 FOR EV BATTERY RECYLCING

    PERIOD OF RE-EVALUATION FOR SOLAR POWER PLANTS After a building boom, solar energy's prospects now aren't as sunny; The pace of solar development has slowed to a crawl, with a number of companies going out of business and major projects canceled.

    Julie Cart, January 11, 2014 (LA Times)

    “…[T]he pace of development [of large-scale solar power plants across the desert Southwest] has slowed to a crawl, with a number of companies going out of business and major projects canceled for lack of financing...Of the 365 federal solar applications since 2009, just 20 plants are on track to be built. Only three large-scale solar facilities have gone online, two in California and one in Nevada…Several factors are responsible, industry analysts say. The tight economy has made financing difficult to obtain, and the federal government has not said whether it will continue to offer tax credits…Another, somewhat unexpected issue is the difficulty solar developers are having negotiating agreements to sell their power to large utilities…[because] utilities in many states are on track to meet [renewables mandates], giving them less incentive to buy higher-priced solar energy —especially as a steep decline in natural gas prices has cut the cost of power…” click here for more

    WIND STABILIZED TEXAS GRID IN BIG FREEZE Cold pushes Texas power use to winter record

    Eileen O’Grady, January 7, 2014 (Reuters)

    “Below-freezing temperatures across Texas pushed power use to a new winter record…but the state avoided a…power emergency as generating supplies improved…Sufficient generation and higher wind output from West Texas wind farms boosted the state's electric supply…when the grid operator declared an emergency as power plants shut unexpectedly…Prices ranged from $25 to $600 per megawatt-hour as demand peaked, down from [the previous day] when prices hit the $5,000 price cap for about one hour…ERCOT was able to avert rolling outages Monday by importing power and implementing demand response programs to curb rising demand…One of the state's largest power plants, Luminant's Comanche Peak 1 nuclear reactor, is operating at 72 percent of capacity…[M]ore than 3,700 megawatts of generation was forced to shut...on top of nearly 10,000 MW of generation that was already shut for the season or for planned maintenance…” click here for more

    $16MIL TO $3BIL BY 2035 FOR EV BATTERY RECYLCING Second-Life Batteries: From PEVs to Stationary Applications

    1Q 2014 (Navigant Research)

    “The first lithium ion (Li-ion) battery-powered plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) were launched in 2010 with the emergence of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF, soon to be followed by dozens of other car launches. More than 100,000 PEVs have been sold thus far, and sales volumes are rising fast. The battery packs in these vehicles are usually warrantied for 8 to 10 years and, after that period, most will have reduced energy storage capacity. Battery manufacturers expect that those batteries will retain 80% of the original capacity, on average…Reusing salvaged batteries for stationary applications solves a significant problem: new batteries cost too much to allow for their profitable use on the grid…Navigant Research forecasts that the global second-life battery business will grow from $16 million in 2014 to $3 billion in 2035…” click here for more

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