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

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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Turning Distributed Energy From Threat To Opportunity
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Solar Policy Action Heats Up
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Maine’s Almost Solar Policy Breakthrough
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: How To Balance Competing Solar Interests
  • QUICK NEWS, December 6: Sliver Of Hope? Al Gore In Climate Change Meet With Donald Trump; The Opportunity In New Energy; Google Seizing New Energy Opportunity
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: A Way For New Energy To Meet Peak Demand
  • QUICK NEWS, December 5: Trial Of The Century Coming On Climate; The Wind-Solar Synergy; The Still Rising Sales Of Cars With Plugs
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • Weekend Video: Trump Truth And Climate Change
  • Weekend Video: The Daily Show Talks Pipeline Politics
  • Weekend Video: Beyond Polar Bears – The Real Science Of Climate Change
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Aussie Farmers Worrying About Climate Change
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-The Climate Change Solution At Hand, Part 1
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-The Climate Change Solution At Hand, Part 2
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-New Energy And Historic Buildings In Europe
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, December 1:

  • TTTA Thursday-First Daughter Ivanka May Fight For Climate
  • TTTA Thursday-Low Profile High Power Ocean Wind Energy
  • TTTA Thursday-A Visionary Solar Power Plant
  • TTTA Thursday-EVs Have A Growth Path
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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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    Some details about NewEnergyNews and the man behind the curtain: Herman K. Trabish, Agua Dulce, CA., Doctor with my hands, Writer with my head, Student of New Energy and Human Experience with my heart

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  • THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, December 8:

  • The Record Of The New EPA Head
  • The Undeveloped New Energy
  • Walking On New Energy
  • Electric Tractor For Emissions-Free.Farming

    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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