Category: renewable energy

The Voice of Hope in the Renewable Field

 

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There is more speculation, more rumors, more nervous people in the renewable energy field right now then ever before in our history. It is refreshing this week to hear of some positive forward thinking in the midst of all the angst. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy boldly announced it’s commitment for it’s SunShot Inititive to cut the cost of solar-generated electricity by 50% between 2020 and 2030. This is a new target continuing SunShot Initiative’s progress in helping the solar industry reach more than 90% of the initiative’s established 2020 goal in just five years. This includes brand new funding opps that will push the cost of solar even further down. Three cheers for the Department of Energy!

Saving the World = 100 Gigafactories

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Forbes recently did an article on the movie “Before the Flood”, where the UN “Messenger of Peace” – actor Leonardo DiCaprio – documents the realities of Climate Change, and provides insights into the solutions.

One of most fascinating quotes: To transition the world to 100% renewable energy will take 100 Gigafactories like the one that Tesla is building in Nevada.

While it’s no small feat to build a ~15 million square foot Gigafactory, and building 100 is beyond the reach of any one company – it is tremendously hopeful that there IS an achievable path to get humanity through the ever-deepening depths of climate disruption.

USA Electric Grid Weak, Old and Unstable

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There are many complicated issues with the utility grid: technological, financial, government policy, monopolies…

It’s fascinating that one of the biggest “problems” (in Germany, California, and soon-to-be-almost-everywhere) is that – at times – there is SO much renewable energy being produced – that it’s FREE.

Do you think that there’s a way to make the number work – when that energy literally costs us NOTHING?

North East States Prioritize Renewable Energy

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This past week New York’s PSA (Public Service Commission) passed the Governor’s mandate for New York to go to 50% renewables by 2030.  Massachusetts approved  offshore wind for 1,600 MW of power.     Last year Vermont  approved a Clean Energy Standard of 75 percent by 2032.  One of the more controversial sections of New York’s approval is the inclusion of nuclear power.   New York,  unlike other major state players continues to subsidize nuclear power.  This could be challenged legally in the near future. Read more about this in Renewable Energy World.

USA Electric Grid Vulnerable For Attack

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The Wall Street Journal has recently done a in depth study of our nations electric grid system. The bottom line is our electric grid is not safe. Not at all. Billions of dollars would need to be poured into the system to make it safe. Are micro grids an alternative to pouring more tax payer dollars into an already archaic system?  Read about the article here. There is also a video about the report you can access here on our Facebook page.

Public Support for New York State REV at 89%!

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In a recent poll conducted by the Nature Conservancy it was discovered a growing number of New Yorker’s are in support of NYS REV (Reforming the Energy Vision).  A total of 89% of New Yorker’s questioned were in support of the plan,  only 8% were against and 3% didn’t know or didn’t answer.  That is statistically  significant in every text book out there.  It is a clear majority of support.   With the support of the voters New York State can feel confident in it’s landmark decisions made in the interest of the people and the  environment. I encourage everyone to read this poll,  it is full of interesting bits of voter opinion stats.  Well done,  Nature Conservancy!

 

Guide Book for Renewable Energy Jobs

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E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) has created a guide for getting into the filed of renewable energy.  Many young people are graduating from with a firm belief that they need to create a sustainable world to live in.  Therefore it is logical for graduates to be attracted to the renewable energy field which will help co-create a sustainable world.  Read more about opportunities here in E2’s clean jobs guide for grads.

2016 Already a Breakthrough Year For Solar Energy

 

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Solar energy has been growing for years now.  But 2016 could turn out to be one of the biggest yet!  Growth is predicted now at 116% New technologies, new regulations, public opinion, green businesses have led to many new models of solar available.  Community solar and micro-grids, unheard of just a few years ago are gaining significant momentum.   The Hill does a good job of explaining how this is a nationwide phenomena.  Read Here.