NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, June 11: THE ATTRACTION OF SOLAR; THE TEXAS WIND AND GAS FUTURE; STEADY GROWTH FOR PLUG-IN BIKES

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  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Big Bonus From Plugging Cars In
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: What About Nuclear?
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: A Renewables Mandate To Beat The Peak
  • THE DAY BEFORE

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  • QUICK NEWS, June 20: What Power Mix Will Beat Climate Change (Part 1)?; What Power Mix Will Beat Climate Change (Part 2)?; New Energy Is NO Threat To U.S, Grid
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  • Weekend Video: Bill Maher Talks Jobs In Coal And The Real Problem
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    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, June 15:

  • TTTA Thursday-Climate Change Stops Climate Study
  • TTTA Thursday-Survey Shows Millennials Back New Energy Boom
  • TTTA Thursday-Drinking Water From The Sun
  • TTTA Thursday-Ocean Wind Unites Hard Hats And Greens
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  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Debates About Solar Get Bigger, More Interesting
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Wind And Solar Sidestep Politics
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Utilities Respond To Customer Demand For Distributed Energy
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  • 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)
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  • THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, June 22:

  • What Does Exxon’s Carbon Tax Mean?
  • The Rump Flails Factlessly At Wind
  • New Energy To Get Bigger And Cheaper
  • EVs To Be Cost-Competitive By 2025

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    QUICK NEWS, June 11: THE ATTRACTION OF SOLAR; THE TEXAS WIND AND GAS FUTURE; STEADY GROWTH FOR PLUG-IN BIKES

    THE ATTRACTION OF SOLAR Why Buffett, Apple, Google love solar power

    Jackie DeAngelis, June 8, 2014 (USA Today)

    “The $100 billion solar power industry is gaining a lot of attention both globally and domestically, attracting high-profile investment from Wall Street giants such as Apple, Google and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway…The United States is the world's third-largest solar market, right behind China and Japan, and it's growing rapidly not just because of private investment, but also because of the Obama Administration's efforts to make progress against global climate change…One notable, completed project is called Ivanpah, a partnership [in solar thermal technology] between NRG and BrightSource…The $2.2 billion project was able to get up and running thanks in part to $1.6 billion in government loans, plus Google's 20% investment…Another set of photovoltaic facilities making headlines are the Solar Star Projects developed by SunPower and acquired by MidAmerican Solar for roughly $2 billion. Berkshire Hathaway's energy unit owns MidAmerican Solar's parent, MidAmerican Renewables, which is working on a basket of different solar projects…” click here for more

    THE TEXAS WIND AND GAS FUTURE Report finds Texas can head toward EPA emissions cuts with gas, wind

    Christine Cordner, June 3, 2014 (SNL)

    “Texas can take steps toward meeting the U.S. EPA's carbon dioxide restrictions on existing power plants by pushing ahead with natural gas-fired and renewable generation development, coupled with a greater focus on demand response and energy efficiency, according to [ Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT, Part III: The Role of Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, and Combined Heat & Power from] the Brattle Group…[S]ubstantial gas and renewable energy capacity will likely be developed within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. market over the next two decades…[and] 3 GW of new energy efficiency programs and 2 GW to 4 GW of new demand response programs could be economically achievable, representing a 40% to 50% reduction in projected peak demand growth…

    “…[Brattle’s ‘moderate’ carbon scenario foresees the capture and sequestration of 50% of CO2] by 2025…[resulting in a] 2.5-GW addition of wind capacity and 1 GW of gas-fired capacity built to replace the 3.5 GW of lost net coal-fired capacity…[The analysis did not consider] the EPA's proposed CO2 reduction rule for existing power plants…[or changes in the Texas mandatory reserve margin or] the design of ERCOT's energy-only market…” click here for more

    STEADY GROWTH FOR PLUG-IN BIKES Electric Motorcycles and Scooters; Electric Power Two-Wheelers: Market Drivers and Barriers, Technology Issues, Key Industry Players, and Global Demand Forecasts

    2Q 2014 (Navigant Research)

    “…[T]he power two-wheeler (PTW) vehicle industry, which includes electric motorcycles (e-motorcycles) and electric scooters (e-scooters), has been growing slowly...[and] sales volumes are likely to be low…[The market] is led by China…[but] policies and demand] indicate reduced sales in that country…[In other countries, consumers] are seeking refuge from higher gasoline prices…Overall, though, the market for e-PTWs continues to face numerous challenges, including high costs, limited vehicle availability, poor product performance, and a financial shakedown. Navigant Research forecasts that global annual sales of e-motorcycles will grow from 1.2 million vehicles in 2014 to 1.4 million in 2023, while sales of e-scooters will grow from 4.1 million to 4.6 million…” click here for more

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