NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, June 17: PUSHBACK TO SOLAR IN FLORIDA; VIRGINIA’S WIND-PUMPED HYDRO STORAGE COMBO; 2ND LIFE FOR EV BATTERIES

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YESTERDAY

  • 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
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • 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 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 THAT

  • 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?
  • AND 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
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • 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
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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)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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  • THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, January 19:

  • The Heat Stayed On In 2016
  • Three Ways Solar Will Grow
  • North Carolina Ocean Wind Bidding To Open
  • Plugs Could Change The Future of Cars Completely

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    QUICK NEWS, June 17: PUSHBACK TO SOLAR IN FLORIDA; VIRGINIA’S WIND-PUMPED HYDRO STORAGE COMBO; 2ND LIFE FOR EV BATTERIES

    PUSHBACK TO SOLAR IN FLORIDA Opposition Is Piling On A Proposal To Increase Access To Solar Power In Florida

    Katie Valentine, June 16, 2015 (ThinkProgress)

    “A ballot petition to increase access to solar power in Florida has gotten a lot of heat from groups across the state, with utilities, cities, and even black and Hispanic organizations opposing…[a petition which] seeks to secure a 2016 ballot initiative that would allow Floridians to purchase solar power directly from other consumers. Right now in Florida, consumers can purchase electricity — solar or otherwise — only from utilities…The most expected opposition came from the state’s largest utilities — Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric Co., and Gulf Power…The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce filed an opposition brief against it…[because the language does not inform the voter of the price increases to their electrical bill that would occur…And the Florida Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women [concurred. Solar advocates say there is] ‘no truth whatsoever’ to the claims that the proposal would increase rates and some say the claim] may have been pushed by utilities…” click here for more

    VIRGINIA’S WIND-PUMPED HYDRO STORAGE COMBO The Promise of Wind Energy in Virginia…

    Sandy Hausman, June 16, 2015 (Virginia National Public Radio)

    “Dominion Virginia Power has leased land offshore for a wind park, but it’s not clear when construction might begin. The company says a demonstration project is needed to guide future development, but the cost to build those turbines offshore is too high…Key to the success of [offshore wind in Europe] are sophisticated computer programs that manage the grid, minute by minute. Also essential is cooperation with…[a source of] hydro-electric power when the wind isn’t blowing…[Dominion] has the biggest pumped storage plant in the world…[Offshore turbines’ excess power on windy days could be used to pump water up, ready to flow downhill through turbines and meet demand if offshore winds fade]…” click here for more

    2ND LIFE FOR EV BATTERIES GM gets life out of old electric car batteries

    Greg Gardner, June 16, 2015 (Detroit Free Press)

    “General Motors is betting that using electric vehicle batteries for generating and storing electricity after the car is scrapped will save money for the company and others…It could also bolster the case that vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt, and the upcoming all-electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt, are about more than garnering credits toward meeting the government's fuel-economy standards…[F]ive Volt battery packs are already helping light offices at the company's Milford data center…Because the Volt typically draws its power from a band of energy in a battery pack, there is a lot of leftover electricity…A new solar array and two wind turbines feed the Milford data center's circuit breaker panel, where the Volt batteries work in parallel to supply power to the building…” click here for more

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