NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, October 11: Fighting Climate Change With A 4-Day Week; Wind Rebuilding; Solar Energy Booming, Solar Companies Going Bust

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YESTERDAY

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Risk Of Natural Gas Vs. The Risk Of Wind
  • QUICK NEWS, April 24: The Health Impacts Of Climate Change; New Energy Is Everywhere; Study Shows LA Does Not Need Aliso Canyon
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • Weekend Video: How To Win Friends For New Energy
  • Weekend Video: The Electric Vehicle Highway
  • Weekend Video: Wind And The Economy
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-A Deeper Look At The Heat
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Wind Gets Market Tough
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-UK Gets Utility-Led Solar Plus Storage
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Germany’s VW Talking Its EV To China
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, April 20:

  • TTTA Thursday-U.S. Military Affirms Climate Change-War Link
  • TTTA Thursday-Solar Plus Hydro Drive Wholesale Power Cost Sub-Zero
  • TTTA Thursday-Wind Boom Goes On Growing Midwest Wealth
  • TTTA Thursday-More Kentucky Jobs In New Energy Than In Coal
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Rocky Mountain compromise: Inside Xcel's landmark Colorado solar settlement
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Fixed charge battle looms in Texas as regulators tackle rate design reform
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: No time to think: How utilities are handling the deluge of grid data

    THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Resource Diversity And Grid Reliability
  • QUICK NEWS, April 18: Study Puts 10-Year Timer On Climate Change; The War Between Wall Street And Solar; New Energy To Power Healthcare
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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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  • TODAY AT NewEnergyNews, April 25:

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Way To Grow EVs
  • QUICK NEWS, April 25: Private Sector Takes Over The Climate Fight; How Sea Level Rise Would Change The Map; Wind Jobs Top 100,000 As Wind Energy Booms

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    QUICK NEWS, October 11: Fighting Climate Change With A 4-Day Week; Wind Rebuilding; Solar Energy Booming, Solar Companies Going Bust

    Fighting Climate Change With A 4-Day Week To fight climate change, institute a four-day workweek

    Alex Williams, October 10, 2016 (Quartz)

    “…[Three-day weekends might] be one of the easiest steps we could take to radically reduce our environmental impact—and future-proof our economy…A reduction in working hours generally correlates with marked reductions in energy consumption…[If Americans followed European levels of working hours, they] would see an estimated 20% reduction in energy use—and hence in carbon emissions…[I]nstituting a three-day weekend could be the simplest and most elegant way to make our economy more environmentally friendly…[In 2007, Utah extended hours on Monday to Thursday and eliminated] Fridays…In its first ten months, the move saved the state at least $1.8 million (£1.36 million) in energy costs…[But] Utah abandoned the experiment in 2011 after residents complained they were unable to access services on Fridays…[The change has to be accompanied by a shift in our expectations but the] key to capturing the benefits of automation without drastic social dislocation depends in part on developing] an extended weekend, together with a universal basic income…” click here for more

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    Wind Rebuilding U.S. Tax Credit Powers Wind-Farm Upgrades; Wind-power producers rush to renovate existing facilities in boon for turbine manufacturers

    Rebecca Smith, October 7, 2016 (Wall Street Journal)

    “…[Backed by the federal commit to grow the U.S. wind industry, wind producers and turbine makers are repowering existing wind farms…Upgrading wind farms makes sense for wind producers because modern turbines generate far more electricity than those built two or three decades ago. That means some existing wind farms will get overhauled to generate more renewable power, while others will produce the same amount of electricity but with fewer turbines…Renovating an existing wind farm is also often simpler than building a new one—they are already connected to transmission lines and have zoning approvals—so the projects often make better financial sense than starting from scratch…The market for refurbished capacity [also] represents an enormous opportunity for turbine manufacturers…Existing facilities qualify for the [federal production tax credit] if refurbished enough to satisfy IRS rules, which require investments to equal 80% of the market value of the facility being replaced…[One analyst] estimated that 15% of the U.S. installed base of 75,000 megawatts of wind capacity is ripe for retrofits…” click here for more

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    Solar Energy Booming, Solar Companies Going Bust The Solar Energy Paradox: Why Solar Is Booming and Companies Are Going Out of Business; Why are solar companies going out of business as the industry grows? The explanation is fairly simple, and it may continue to happen over and over again.

    Travis Hoium, October 7, 2016 (The Motley Fool)

    “There may not be a business with a higher potential than the solar industry has today…[T]he solar industry is growing and cutting costs, leading to an even bigger market. By 2020, the solar industry is projected to install nearly 100 GW of solar annually, which would be enough to power 16.4 million homes…[Yet] solar companies continue to struggle -- and even go out of business. In just over a year, First Solar, SunPower, and SolarCity have seen their stocks plunge, and SunEdison has filed for the biggest U.S. bankruptcy of the year…[As companies build manufacturing plants (usually with borrowed money), the falling cost of panels drives them out of business while solar developers] use lower panel prices to be more competitive…Solar developers are effectively bankrupting themselves by getting big eyes when it comes to growth, and then dueling each other…With solar panel prices down 20%-25% in the last few months, and the cost of financing rising for some developers, we'll likely see more solar companies go out of business in the next two years. Whether or not that leads to a more sustainable industry or not -- only time will tell…” click here for more

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