NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, January 3: The New Energy Questions In 2017; Proof That New Energy Makes Business Sense; The Solar Bargain Gets Better

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YESTERDAY

THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, January 19:

  • TTTA Thursday-The Heat Stayed On In 2016
  • TTTA Thursday-Three Ways Solar Will Grow
  • TTTA Thursday-North Carolina Ocean Wind Bidding To Open
  • TTTA Thursday-Plugs Could Change The Future of Cars Completely
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: 4 Drivers Of Solar Growth Everybody Needs To Know
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Maryland RPS And The National Divide On Clean Energy
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Why California Wants Western Electricity Delivery Organized
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Who In Clean Tech Is Boosting New Energy
  • QUICK NEWS, January 17: New Energy’s Fight Against Climate Change Won’t Be Done; New Energy Jobs Leapt Again Last Year; Nebraska Gets Wind Power Economy Bump
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • Weekend Video: A Call To Climate Action From Al Gore
  • Weekend Video: A Closer Look At Wind And Solar
  • Weekend Video: Why Solar Beats Coal
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Does Climate Change Make Nuclear A Good Idea?
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Who In The World Is Winning With Solar?
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Wind Powers Scotland Four Straight Days
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Will China Bust Open The Global EV Market?
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, January 12:

  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy Mandates, Part 1 - Cleaner Air and Water
  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy Mandates, Part 2 - More Jobs
  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy Mandates, Part 3 - Better Health, Less Climate Change
  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy Mandates, Part 4 - The Great Deal
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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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  • FRIDAY WORLD, January 20:

  • The Best Movies About Climate Change
  • Saudis Move Ahead On $30Bil New Energy Buy
  • China Wind Awaits China Demand
  • India Solar Rising

    Tuesday, January 03, 2017

    QUICK NEWS, January 3: The New Energy Questions In 2017; Proof That New Energy Makes Business Sense; The Solar Bargain Gets Better

    The New Energy Questions In 2017 4 Critical Energy Issues to Watch in 2017; The president-elect will likely start rolling back eight years of Obama administration climate regulations and restrictions on coal, oil and gas development

    Bobby Magill, December 29, 2016 (Climate Central via Scientific American)

    “The U.S. may be on the cusp of a stark turning point in energy and climate policy…Top priorities of the Trump transition team and cabinet nominees — many who disregard the connection between global warming and fossil fuel energy use — include rolling back eight years of Obama administration climate regulations and restrictions…[Trump’s energy plan envisions] oil, gas and coal development as a path to national prosperity and energy independence…[F]our developments in energy policy to keep an eye on in 2017...[are (1) whether] the moratorium the Obama administration placed on coal leasing in early 2016 [is repealed by Congress…[(2) whether the Clean Power Plan, which would limit carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants…[is defended in court…(3) whether the incoming administration will support] leasing of renewable energy on federal lands and waters…[and get] behind tax credits that help spur wind and solar development…[and (4) whether states emerge] as the nation’s bulwark against climate change…” click here for more

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    Proof That New Energy Makes Business Sense Why is corporate America picking wind power over solar? Google, Microsoft, Dow Chemical and other big companies are buying five times more wind than solar electricity in the race to hit ambitious emissions targets

    Scott Thill, 21 December 2016 (UK Guardian)

    “Businesses are buying more wind and solar electricity than ever before to help lower their carbon footprint in offices, stores and factories…Wind energy has long been the favorite. Businesses, not counting power companies, signed 2,000 megawatts of it in 2015, a jump from 100 megawatts in 2009…Wind energy [will enable] Google, the largest corporate buyer of renewable electricity in the world, to hit the 100% renewable energy goal…[by] next year. The company has inked 2,548 megawatts of wind contracts and 141 megawatts of solar…Interest in solar energy is growing, but at a slower rate. Solar contracts shot up to 1,070 megawatts in 2015 from 339 megawatts in 2010…As more businesses come under pressure from their customers, investors or government regulators to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and help rein in global warming, they will be looking for low-carbon energy that can compete with the price of coal and natural gas…Wind power costs cratered 66% in the last six years…Prices for solar contracts have dived 63% over the last five years…” click here for more

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    The Solar Bargain Gets Better Solar Panels Now So Cheap Manufacturers Probably Selling at Loss

    Chris Martin, December 30, 2016 (Bloomberg News)

    “Solar manufacturers led by China’s Trina Solar Ltd. are probably selling at a loss after prices fell to a record low this week...The global spot market price for solar panels fell 2.4 percent to an average of 36 cents a watt on Dec. 28…Suppliers are expanding capacity this year while demand is expected to slow in 2017, helping to push prices down…The current price is also lower than cost estimates from Trina…of about 40 cents a watt by the end of the year…Some companies’ cost structures remain competitive, even with prices this low…Canadian Solar Inc., the second-biggest supplier, reported costs of 37 cents in the third quarter…and it expects to reach 29 cents a watt by the fourth quarter of 2017. Many of its competitors expect costs in the low 30s by then…” click here for more

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