NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, June 20: Welcome To The Heat Dome; The Crucial Concept Of Storing Solar; Pacific Ocean Windpower Coming On


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  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Future Of New England’s Power
  • QUICK NEWS, October 24: Small Wins In Climate Fight Point The Way To Victory; Seeing The Real Wind At Last; Al Gore Calls Florida Solar Amendment “Phoney Baloney”

  • Weekend Video: The Most Unlikely Eco-Warriors Of All Time
  • Weekend Video: A New Energy Vision
  • Weekend Video: Solutions – Solar
  • Weekend Video: Solutions – Wind

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-This Is How To Beat Climate Change. Now Get To It.
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-China To Build World’s Biggest Solar Panel Project
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Europe’s Ocean Wind Boom
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Australia’s Huge Ocean Energy Opportunity


  • TTTA Thursday-How Climate Change Is A Health Insurance Problem
  • TTTA Thursday-World Wind Can Be A Third Of Global Power By 2030
  • TTTA Thursday-First U.S. Solar Sidewalks Installed
  • TTTA Thursday-Looking Ahead At The EV Market

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: 'The future grid' and aggregated distributed energy resources
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Renewable Portfolio Standards offer billions in benefits
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Powered by PTC, wind energy expected to keep booming

  • TODAY’S STUDY: On The Way To 100% New Energy In Hawaii
  • QUICK NEWS, October 18: The Lack Of Climate Change In The Election; Trump And Clinton On Climate Change And New Energy; New Energy Keeps Booming
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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)
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  • TODAY AT NewEnergyNews, October 25:

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Hooking Up With Solar
  • QUICK NEWS, October 25: Will Voters Back Trump’s Coal Or Clinton’s Climate Action On November 8?; Solar Building Corporate Balance Sheets; New Wires For More Wind Means Lower Power Prices

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    QUICK NEWS, June 20: Welcome To The Heat Dome; The Crucial Concept Of Storing Solar; Pacific Ocean Windpower Coming On

    Welcome To The Heat Dome Learn a New Climate Change Phrase: 'Heat Dome'; As the Southwest faces scorching temperatures, this phrase is dominating weather discussions.

    Jessie Guy-Ryan, June 18, 2016 (Atlas Obscura)

    “…[Behind skyrocketing temperatures prompting the National Weather Service’s Excessive Heat Warning is an] increasingly common meteorological phenomenon…[Heat domes] are created when a high-pressure system forms in the mid- to upper-atmosphere; the air pressure pushes warm air down towards the surface and traps it there, resulting in higher — often much higher — than normal temperatures…[Heat bubble] better describes the shape…[I]t’s difficult to understate the extremity of a heat dome’s effects; last year, a heat dome over the Middle East resulted in a heat index of 165º — the second-highest heat index ever recorded anywhere — in Iran…

    "This weekend’s heat dome has the potential for similar record-shattering effects [because its height is] well outside the normal climate range…As with many other extreme weather events around the world, climate change may be making heat domes more common…[ Meteorologist Ryan Maue examined climate data going back to 1953, concluded that heat domes are getting both more frequent and more extreme, and] believes the overall rise in global temperatures due to climate change has created an environment more conducive to extreme weather, including heat domes…In 2013, National Climatic Data Center scientist Jake Crouch made a similar assertion…” click here for more

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    The Crucial Concept Of Storing Solar How is Solar Energy Stored

    Benedette Cuffari, June 14, 2016 (AZO Cleantech)

    “…[S]olar energy technologies are easy to install, and require little maintenance compared to other energy sources…[Over 22,700 MW of cumulative solar energy is currently being operated in the U.S., enough to power more than 4.6 million average American homes but storing it cost-effectively remains] a challenge engineers are striving to overcome…Current technologies that allow the storage of solar energy include [thermal storage, or storing its heat], compressed air energy storage (CAES), hydrogen storage, pumped hydroelectric storage, flywheels, and batteries…While solar energy storage systems can be expensive, research organizations such as the Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Program and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the United States are looking towards enhancing the development and deployment of current and future energy storage technologies…FERC has created a pricing structure called Pay-for-Performance, in which the agency regulates the electricity grid by paying storage technologies and other resources a higher price for their services, allowing for more cost-effective options to be available…” click here for more

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    Pacific Ocean Windpower Coming On California tries to capture offshore wind energy; Proposal off Morro Bay looks for approval

    Rob Nikolewski, June 16, 2016 (San Diego Union-Tribune)

    "…[Offshore wind, already richly developed and growing in Europe, is beginning to face the technological, economic, and political challenges on the Pacific coast…Trident Winds LLC, has applied for a lease to construct an offshore facility in California…that would dwarf offshore sites proposed along the East Coast or the Great Lakes…The company is targeting 2025 as its startup date…That's nine years beyond the expected debut this fall of the country's first offshore wind project, the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island…[The Golden State lags behind because of the Pacific Ocean’s] underwater terrain…[T]he West Coast's continental shelf plunges quickly and steeply…[making largely still-unproven floating wind farms the only option. Floating] wind projects are tethered, or moored, by cables to the ocean floor…Trident Winds plans to build a floating array of about 100 [2 to 3 MW turbines 33 nautical miles off Morro Bay]...One transmission cable running along the seafloor would send electricity to the shore…Trident sees its flotilla of turbines eventually growing to a net capacity of 1,000 MW…” click here for more

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