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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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Climate Change Is More Than Warming
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-China Takes Global Wind Lead
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Aussies Lead Charge To Solar+Storage
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-How Brexit Could Impact UK Ocean Energy
  • THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, February 23:

  • TTTA Thursday-Infrastructure Fix Should Face Changing Climate
  • TTTA Thursday-Grid Operator Says ‘Gimme More Ocean Wind!’
  • TTTA Thursday-Marines Assault Old Energy In $80 Million Solar Build
  • TTTA Thursday-Cars With Plugs Face Fight With Agro-Oil Alliance
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Urgent Need For Planning New Transmission Now
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Four Ways To Reconsider Net Metering
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Energy Storage Solution
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Delivering Electricity Through The Cloud
  • QUICK NEWS, February 21: What Businesses Can Do About Climate Change; High Winds Rising In The Deep South; When Solar Stocks Will Come Back
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • A Presidents’ Day Visit To The White House
  • Obama Did It
  • The President Reports
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • Weekend Video: “The S Hits The Fan”
  • Weekend Video: Some Fact-Finding
  • Weekend Video: More Jobs In New Energy Than In Fossil Fuels
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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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  • WEEKEND VIDEOS, February 25-26:

  • A Rogue Climate Scientist Talks To Seth Meyers
  • The Rogue Scientist Does A Climate Denier Fact Check
  • How Anybody With A Good New Energy Idea Can Change The World

    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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