NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, April 25: Clinton Rejects Koch – ‘Not Interested’ in Climate Deniers’ Support; Pentagon Turns To New Energy To Cut Costs; The Utilities-And-Solar Debate

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    Monday, April 25, 2016

    QUICK NEWS, April 25: Clinton Rejects Koch – ‘Not Interested’ in Climate Deniers’ Support; Pentagon Turns To New Energy To Cut Costs; The Utilities-And-Solar Debate

    Clinton Rejects Koch – ‘Not Interested’ in Climate Deniers’ Support Clinton snubs Koch endorsement over climate change denial; Democrat frontrunner rejects faint praise from oil billionaire, saying ‘not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science’

    Megan Darby, 25 April 2016 (ClimateHome)

    “…Speaking of his disgust with the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, oil billionaire Charles Koch told ABC News Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton might] make a better leader…Clinton, who has been attacked by Democrat rival Bernie Sanders for taking campaign contributions from oil interests, rebuffed the quasi-endorsement…‘Not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science and try to make it harder for people to vote,’ she tweeted.” click here for more

    Pentagon Turns To New Energy To Cut Costs Pentagon looks to reduce $4 billion energy bill

    Rebecca Kheel, April 25, 2016 (The Hill)

    “An average soldier on the battlefield in 2009 carried about 14 pounds of batteries to power radios, GPS, night vision systems and other electronics…These days, that’s closer to 9 pounds…[Though politicians continue polarizing debates about New Energy, it is a key to reducing the weight soldiers carry in batteries. The Pentagon’s programs are aimed at the climate change threat, but] officials say their efforts are more focused on reducing costs and improving capabilities…[A]fter fuel convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan were attacked…the military changed out some generators to be more energy-efficient, started using microgrids to net generators together and installed solar panels…Another major change is that dismounted soldiers now use rechargeable batteries [that can be recharged with solar blankets or any energy source they find in the field, such as discarded car batteries] instead of disposable AA batteries…[that leave] a trail for the enemy to follow…” click here for more

    The Utilities-And-Solar Debate Solar Energy War: Utilities Set Their Sights on Rooftop Solar; There's clearly a war on rooftop solar, but it may not be as simple of a debate as you might think.

    Travis Hoium, April 24, 2016 (Motley Fool)

    “…The core disagreement between utilities and solar companies is over the price homeowners are credited for solar electricity they export to the grid…[I]n most states customers are credited with their full retail rate, known as net metering…Companies like SolarCity, Sunrun, and SunPower…can sell electricity to homeowners for less than their retail rate…offering savings to go solar…But utilities argue that they can buy solar electricity from large solar farms at a more cost-effective rate…[The Warren Buffett/Berkshire Hathaway-owned NV Energy] has signed contracts in the last two years with First Solar and SunPower to buy solar energy for $0.039 per kWh and $0.046 per kWh, respectively -- far below [the $0.114 per kWh credit it would give to a rooftop solar owner…[I]t's hard to argue that the utility doesn't have a point…Customers have the choice to go solar, but in most cases they're also reliant on compensation from the grid to make their solar choice work. And that tension between choice and compensation is the battle between solar companies and utilities…[Rooftop solar companies] have a good point that they bring choice to a market…I just wouldn't expect them to win the argument that net metering will make sense forever given the low-cost solar alternatives and potential cost shift to non-solar customers in high-penetration markets…” click here for more

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