NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, August 19: THE RISING OF WIND; THE UTILITY WAY OF SOLAR; THE RACE TO SUPPLY EV BATTERIES HEATS

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YESTERDAY

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-World Gets A Step Closer To Enforceable Climate Laws
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-New Energy Ready To Power The World Future
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Sahara Sun Could Power The World
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Turbines Building Off UK Coast
  • THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, September 22:

  • TTTA Thursday-Why Having Babies Could Be The Climate Change Answer
  • TTTA Thursday-Big Texas Wind Backed By Amazon
  • TTTA Thursday-Big Sun Sparkles In Nevada
  • TTTA Thursday-EV Racing Coming To The Streets Of Brooklyn
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: In The Wake Of The Massive Aliso Canyon Leak
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Rise Of Distributed Energy Resources Goes On
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Community Solar Matures And Evolves
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: A Snapshot Of U.S. Solar Right Now
  • QUICK NEWS, September 20: Survey Shows People Oppose Fossil Fuels; Solar Bargain Hits World Record; China In Record Wind Build Rate
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: A Utility Puts Out Its Vision Of New Energy On A New Grid
  • QUICK NEWS, September 19: People Will Pay To Fight Climate Change; Wind To Keep Getting Cheaper; Tesla Batteries To Ease Aliso Cyn-Caused Power Shortfalls
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • Weekend Video: This Is Decade Zero But It’s Not Too Late
  • Weekend Video: U.S. Offshore Wind Gets Real
  • Weekend Video: Grid 3.0 And The New 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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  • WEEKEND VIDEOS, September 24:

  • Good News On Climate – The Public Is Starting To Get It
  • The Libertarian Failure On Climate Change
  • New Energy Is Doable – And Is Being Done

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    QUICK NEWS, August 19: THE RISING OF WIND; THE UTILITY WAY OF SOLAR; THE RACE TO SUPPLY EV BATTERIES HEATS

    THE RISING OF WIND etter wind turbines could spell trouble for coal; From taller towers to more efficient turbines, the case for wind energy is growing.

    Sami Grover, August 17, 2015 (Mother Nature News)

    “…[Construction is set to begin on a 200-plus megawatt North Carolina wind installation, the first large-scale wind farm in the Southeast with] a hefty power purchase agreement from web-giant Amazon…[It shows how] wind turbines are getting taller and cheaper, and they're able to produce energy more efficiently, more of the time, in more places across the country…While the developers are using taller towers (93 meters, compared to the standard 80-meter towers used until recently) it won't be long before we could see towers reaching up to 140 meters or more…[because] the higher you go, the stronger and more consistent wind speeds will be…[And turbines aren't just getting bigger; they're getting more efficient…[What's becoming increasingly evident] is that the cost of wind power isn't just coming down. It's ability to produce power is consistently going up too…Things really do look bright for wind energy…” click here for more

    THE UTILITY WAY OF SOLAR Power companies may have found a new way to crack into the solar business

    Chris Mooney, August 19, 2015 (Washinton Post)

    “…[N]ew research out of the University of Texas at Austin suggests there could be a kind of ‘middle ground’ in the conflict between some utilities and solar installers. The potential ‘win¬win,’ as the researchers put it, involves so-¬called community solar — solar energy projects or panels that are in effect shared by a group of people, such as the inhabitants of an apartment building, rather than sitting on a single residential rooftop…[Business model innovations for deploying distributed generation: The emerging landscape of community solar in the U.S.] found that at least some utility companies seem to like community solar programs, are already offering them, and plan to expand them…[because customers] clearly want access to solar, and some utility industry representatives find community solar to be a great way to give it to them — in a manner that allows the utility to continue to service these customers’ full electricity demand…[and many] Americans still lack access…” click here for more

    THE RACE TO SUPPLY EV BATTERIES HEATS Panasonic Leads in EV Batteries With 39% Market Share, But Others Aim for Its Crown; LG Chem could claim lead in the emerging $30 billion market, if it can accelerate sales…

    August 18, 2015 (Lux Research)

    “Panasonic is currently the runaway leader in the nascent battery market for electric vehicles, but LG Chem has the potential to overtake it in [a still emerging market that] will be a $30 billion market in 2020…[but] most auto majors are quickly offering [plug-in] more options…[including the] Volkswagen Group…Renault-Nissan will account for 9% of this market in 2020…[but] its joint venture that sources batteries from NEC, has underperformed, hobbled by high costs and lagging technology, leaving an opening for LG Chem…New technology beyond the current Li-ion batteries is key to the lower cost and higher performance need…Samsung Ventures has invested in solid-state battery developer Seeo and in graphene-silicon anode maker XG Sciences…Volkswagen has backed Quantumscape and GM Ventures has invested in Sakti3, Envia Systems, and SolidEnergy Systems…” click here for more

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