Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The 7 Wild Energy Technologies That Just Got a Billion-Dollar Boost

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It’s touch and go whether current efforts to curb carbon emissions will avert catastrophic climate change. That’s why a group of billionaires have pledged $1 billion to fund radical new energy technologies, and they’ve just announced their first seven investments.

Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) is an investment fund that aims to shake up the energy industry. The endeavor is the brainchild of Bill Gates, but he’s managed to rope in a host of high-profile investors, including Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Jack Ma, and Michael Bloomberg.

The first two companies to be funded were revealed by Quartz back in June, and now they’ve released the names of seven more. There are others in their portfolio that don’t want to be named, so this isn’t BEV’s full roster, but here’s a rundown of the technologies that some of the world’s leading business titans think could help us avert environmental disaster.

For the rest of the story visit: https://singularityhub.com/2018/10/08/the-7-wild-energy-technologies-that-just-got-a-billion-dollar-boost/#sm.0000gs3l4at4eeecz681lctias6uy

Monday, October 8, 2018

Webinar: Energy Storage in the Clean Peak Standard

Thursday, November 8, 1-2pm ET
 
 
Clean Peak Standards (CPS) are being implemented or considered by several states, as a way to focus renewable generation at peak demand hours. Energy storage is expected to play a major role in these efforts.
 
In this webinar, Lon Huber, who has consulted with numerous state governors and energy officials on CPS, will discuss the role of storage and how some states are approaching storage in the CPS.
 
Speaker: Lon Huber, Navigant
Moderator: Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy States Alliance
 
This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the RPS Collaborative and for CESA's Energy Storage Working Group. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Poll: What Do People Think About Solar?

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Hurricane Florence crippled electricity and coal -- solar and wind were back the next day

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Webinar: Storage Technologies - Comparison and Synergies




 12:00PM Eastern



In his award-winning technical paper at this year's HydroVision Voith's Dr. Klaus Kr├╝ger presented a comparison of li-Ion batteries and pumped storage for bulk energy storage in terms of raw material costs and CO2-Footprints. In this webinar he will give an exclusive summary of his findings expanded by an interesting outlook on how synergies between both technologies could be leveraged.

To sign up for this free webinar visit: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1208740&tp_key=10599476c2&sti=ws

Sunday, September 9, 2018

California Senate Green-Lights Key Energy Storage Bill



Today, the California Senate passed S.B.700, a bill that could result in nearly 3 GW of behind-the-meter energy storage systems at schools, farms, homes, nonprofits and businesses in California by 2026, according to the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA).

The bill was passed today with a preliminary 25-13 vote and passed on Wednesday by the Assembly with a final vote of 57-18. It now heads to the governor’s desk for his consideration, says CALSSA.

The resulting program established by the bill would be on par with the highly successful program California set in motion with the Million Solar Roofs Initiative back in 2006, the association notes.

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Tunxis Community College Offers Energy Management Program

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Ali Jackman, ERS for Zondits, September 6, 2018
Zondits recently sat down with Eric Gribin, Program Coordinator of the Energy Management Program at Tunxis Community College, to discuss how their program is shaping the clean energy workforce of the future. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Energy Management is a unique two-year workforce training program that prepares students for rewarding careers in the “clean energy” sector.

What was the inspiration to start the Energy Management Program?
In 2009, five Connecticut community colleges were awarded a SOAR (Sustainable Operations, Alternative and Renewable Energy Initiative) grant. Norwalk Community College hired me to develop the BEST (Building Efficiency & Sustainable Technology) 1-year certificate program. We focused on sustainable building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. During my first semester at NCC, I discovered a unique 2-year degree program at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR, that focuses on energy analysis for commercial buildings. I knew that a program like this needed to exist near New York, Boston, Hartford, etc. So I decided to work to develop a commercial building energy degree program here in Connecticut.

For the rest of the story visit: http://zondits.com/article/16039/a-zondits-interview-tunxis-community-college-offers-energy-management-program
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The $3 Billion Plan to Turn Hoover Dam Into a Giant Battery


Friday, August 10, 2018

Webinar: California’s Pioneering Policies for New Homes: Greater Efficiency with Required Solar Energy

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 1-2:15pm ET
 
 
In May, California became the first state to require new homes to include solar power. Unsurprisingly, the announcement of this path-breaking decision has been met with considerable interest and curiosity. This webinar will put the requirement into context by describing the California Energy Commission’s efforts over time to improve the energy efficiency of new homes by strengthening building codes and encouraging the installation of solar energy systems, which laid the groundwork for the recent solar requirement. The webinar will explain the requirement, how it will be implemented, and how other states might adopt similar policies. The webinar will also discuss California’s attempt to adopt a carbon metric in future cycles of the state’s building energy efficiency standards and the implications for buildings in the state. There will be opportunity for audience questions.
 
For a brief infographic describing California’s new residential building energy efficiency standards, see http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2019standards/documents/2018_Title_24_2019_Residential_Standards.pdf

Presenters:
  • Maziar Shirakh, Technical Lead for Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Building Energy Efficiency Standards, California Energy Commission
  • Danny Tam, Mechanical Engineer, California Energy Commission

To Register visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1101477947186448386

Monday, August 6, 2018

Declining Battery Storage Costs Raise Questions About The Role Of Natural Gas

The Mira Loma Battery Storage Project in California. Photo Credit: Southern California Edison
Author: Seth Mullendore, Clean Energy Group | Project: Resilient Power Project

Evidence is building in support of battery storage as a serious challenger to the perceived dominance of natural gas in our current and future energy system. Batteries are beginning to complete head-to-head with natural gas peaker plants, and they’re starting to win.

Peaker plants are designed to fire up whenever electricity demand rises above the level that baseload fossil plants, nuclear, and renewables can satisfy – think hot summer days when air conditioners are turned up full blast or cold winter nights when heating demand skyrockets. There are more than 1,000 peakers currently in operation across the U.S. Most of these are powered by natural gas, and many of them are located in communities already burdened by poor air quality and public health issues.

For the rest of the story visit: https://www.cleanegroup.org/declining-battery-storage-costs-raise-questions-about-the-role-of-natural-gas/