NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, January 5: THE COMMUNITY SOLAR ANSWER; THE BARGAIN THAT IS WIND; A NEW EV DEBUTING

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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

    Tuesday, January 05, 2016

    QUICK NEWS, January 5: THE COMMUNITY SOLAR ANSWER; THE BARGAIN THAT IS WIND; A NEW EV DEBUTING

    THE COMMUNITY SOLAR ANSWER Want to install solar panels but can't? No problem.

    Jason Margolis, January 1, 2016 (Public Radio International)

    “…[T]he solar industry got a big holiday gift at the end of 2015 — Congress extended an investment tax credit (ITC) to build new solar panels…[but many] of us living in dense urban areas are finding it challenging to go solar…That doesn’t mean we can’t own solar panels…They just can’t be on our roofs…[With community solar, a person can] own a few solar panels in [a] field and they pump electrons into the electricity grid. Due to federal tax rebates and incentives from the state of Massachusetts, [the solar electrons are cheap [enough to earn a discount from the utility]…So, if your bill is $100 now, you’d pay $90 with community solar…Besides Massachusetts, community solar is gaining traction in a handful of states providing extra incentives: New York, California, Minnesota and Colorado…[T]here’s no upfront capital cost…In order to make the community solar business model work though, you have to commit to it [through] a 20-year contract…” click here for more

    THE BARGAIN THAT IS WIND The strong economics of wind energy; Major international companies are using wind power to go green and save money.

    John Abraham, 28 December 2015 (The Guardian)

    “…[Companies are investing in wind because it] is competitive economically…[For] industry leaders like Unilever, BNP, Aveda, IKEA, LEGO, Google, Microsoft, SAP, and others...[it] adds value...Companies want to reduce their emissions and they want access to reliable, inexpensive power…For many of them, wind is the answer…Globally, the average cost of wind is $83 per megawatt-hour…[T]he averages for coal and gas are $84 and $98, respectively. In the USA, gas is slightly cheaper than wind but this is the only large economy where that is the case…[S]olar photovoltaic energy averages $122 globally…There are some additional [system integration costs, market balancing costs, the cost of balancing out variability, and] the costs of reinforcing the grid…[which] might typically amount to 30% of the total costs. However, they are reduced with a properly functioning electrical market…The renewable energy sector also supplies many high-paid and high-skilled jobs…” click here for more

    A NEW EV DEBUTING Mystery electric-car maker shows teaser video

    Chris Woodyard, December 31, 2015 (USA Today)

    “Faraday Future, the mysterious automotive startup, has posted a teaser video ahead of the debut of its new model next week…Faraday doesn't share much…They focus on the notion of a clean, possibly electric next-generation car for a new age that includes shared transportation…But it does manage to throw out a few tantalizing tidbits…The car is only shown as a shadow. Its outline makes it looks like a city pod car, like Google's self-driving car concept or the BMW i3 electric…The idea that Faraday could be showing its new model at the Consumer Electronics Show only months after the company's existence became known would seem to indicate that it is farther along than industry experts thought.” click here for more

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