NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, February 12: 2017 Media Turned Climate Change Into Reality TV; How New Energy Protects The Grid; Nevada’s Gigawatt 1 Solar Bet

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    Monday, February 12, 2018

    QUICK NEWS, February 12: 2017 Media Turned Climate Change Into Reality TV; How New Energy Protects The Grid; Nevada’s Gigawatt 1 Solar Bet

    2017 Media Turned Climate Change Into Reality TV How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2017

    Kevin Kalhoeffer, February 12, 2018 (Media Matters For America)

    “Broadcast TV news neglected many critical climate change stories in 2017…79 percent of the time that corporate broadcast networks spent covering climate change, or 205 out of 260 total minutes, featured actions or statements by the Trump administration. The networks gave vastly less coverage to the many ways that climate change affects people's lives through its impacts on things like extreme weather, public health, and national security…[94 of 95 minutes on Sunday show climate coverage revolved around the administration. 52% of TV news climate coverage was about the] decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement…Despite 2017 being a record year for weather and climate disasters, the corporate broadcast networks rarely covered the link between climate change and extreme weather events…CBS and PBS led all broadcast networks in the number of segments they devoted to climate change in 2017…[but] were also the only two networks to feature guests who flatly denied that human activity causes climate change…” click here for more

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    How New Energy Protects The Grid Want a World Without Blackouts? Power the Future With Renewable Energy

    Dom Galeon, February 9, 2018 (Futurism)

    “…With solar and wind power leading the charge, renewables are steadily finding their way into the energy infrastructure of a number of countries and companies. Some have already become 100 percent renewable, while others continue to carefully wean themselves from fossil fuel…There is, however, a sizable hurdle that early renewable energy adapters will inevitably encounter…A new study from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) argues that [the variability of such a high penetration of renewables] could very well be overcome by a combination of solutions…[The study’s modeling of three scenarios in which nations struck a proper balance between energy output from renewables and predicted energy demand for 2050 showed] blackouts at low energy costs were avoided…[H]aving various energy storage options available was an important factor in that outcome…” click here for more

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    Nevada’s Gigawatt 1 Solar Bet Cheap Solar Energy Makes a Big Bet in Nevada

    Nathaniel Bullard, February 9, 2018 (American Journal of Transportation)

    “…Swiss asset manager Capital Dynamics AG will build a one-gigawatt portfolio of solar farms in Nevada, one of the largest such projects in the U.S., with technology infrastructure company Switch Inc. as an ‘anchor tenant.’ The two companies expect the cost of power generated by Gigawatt 1 to be significantly lower than what the local utility charges…Gigawatt 1 is 16 times larger than a 60-megawatt solar farm in North Carolina that signed on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as its anchor tenant in 2016…Switch’s Northern Nevada data center will require more than 10 times as much electricity as MIT’s project could instantaneously provide…Switch is paying millions [to incumbent utility NV Energy] in exit fees to join Gigawatt 1; Capital Dynamics says it offers financing options for those exit fees to companies looking to join the project…” click here for more

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