NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, 7-18: Cleveland Convention Reveals Republican Climate Cleavage; LA To Build World’s Biggest Battery Storage In Place Of NatGas Plant; Texas Meets Community Solar

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    Monday, July 18, 2016

    QUICK NEWS, 7-18: Cleveland Convention Reveals Republican Climate Cleavage; LA To Build World’s Biggest Battery Storage In Place Of NatGas Plant; Texas Meets Community Solar

    Cleveland Convention Reveals Republican Climate Cleavage Gone Fishin' – Most Republicans who care about climate change are skipping the convention

    Ben Adler, July 18, 2016 (Grist)

    “Most congressional Republicans with even a hint of moderation on climate change are distancing themselves from Donald Trump and won’t be present for his nomination in Cleveland this week…Four of the five Republican senators with a record of supporting climate action [- Mark Kirk of Illinois, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and John McCain of Arizona - ] are skipping this year’s Republican National Convention…[Susan Collins of Maine, who] has the strongest pro-environment record among Senate Republicans, and was the third GOP vote in support of the Clean Power Plan…[is planning to attend but] isn’t endorsing…House Republicans who accept climate science are anti-Trump too…Trump and his running mate Mike Pence are climate science deniers — both have called climate change “a hoax” — and opponents of environmental protection…Both come across as ignorant and backward to educated voters, minorities, and young people.” click here for more

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    LA To Build World’s Biggest Battery Storage In Place Of NatGas Plant World’s Largest Storage Battery Will Power Los Angeles; More than 18,000 lithium ion battery packs would replace a gas-fired power plant used to meet peak demand

    John Fialka, July 7, 2016 (ClimateWire via Scientific American)

    “…[On midsummer late afternoons, engineers turn on what they call “peaker” natural gas-burning power plants to meet spiking demand as people arrive home from work and turn on air conditioners, televisions, and other appliances. In 2021, the “peaker” will be replaced in Los Angeles] by the world’s largest storage battery, capable of holding and delivering over 100 megawatts of power an hour for four hours. The customary afternoon peak will still be there, but the battery will be able to handle it without the need for more fossil fuels. It will have spent the morning charging up with cheap solar power that might have otherwise been wasted…[The battery will be ready for the next day’s morning demand peak by charging overnight with] cheap power, most of it from wind turbines…California’s Public Utilities Commission [mandated storage and the local utility, Southern California Edison Co., invested in it]…” click here for more

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    Texas Meets Community Solar Average homeowner will now be able to use solar energy to power homes

    Michael Hernandez, July 12, 2016 (Fox – San Antonio)

    “When we think about electricity we think about these big transformers and power lines…But now for the first time there's a way that the average homeowner will be able to use solar energy to power their homes…[The cost of having rooftop solar turned many off. The CPS Energy 1.2 MW Community Solar Array’s 11,000 panels] changes the game…[Homeowners and renters will be able to buy panels in the array that send power to the utility and that energy will be translated into credits on the panel owners’ utility bills. The price will be] around 200 dollars per panel...[and return] about 25 dollars a year in credits…[It will take about eight years to hit the break-even point on the cost. By year nine that panel is paid off [and the panel owner gets a reduced utility bill for the 12 to 17 years left in the panel’s service. A panel owner who moves can sell or take the service to the new address]…” click here for more

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