“Saving Snow” documentary on the economic effects of our warming winters, shows March 5, 2018, 7pm, free, at the ArtHouse Cinema & Pub, Billings. Panel following.
Sponsored by the Sierra Club and Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Billings.
We’ll be there with snacks to share. We want to hear from you!
Wow! The U.S. Energy Administration publishes State Profiles and Energy Estimates at U.S. Energy Information Administration.
These profiles include energy indicators, prices, reserves, supply and distribution, consumption and expenditures, and “environment” data.
What’s in the environment data? Renewable energy capacity, utility -scale hydroelectric net electricity generation, and utility-scale solar, wind, geothermal, biomass net electricity generation, and distributed solar photovoltaic generation.
Want to know about renewable energy consumption, total carbon dioxide emissions, and electric power industry emissions, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.
All this and maps too! Thanks to a CCL Coal Country Group for posting this on CCL Community.
“As feds focus on baseload, grid modernization is sweeping the country” according to Herman Trabish’s feature story in today’s Utility Dive.
“Fifty States of Grid Modernization,” a 2017 policy update from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center reports on a trend of actions that are state-initiated. Autumn Proudlove is lead author of the report. The most common grid modernization action is advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Others include legislation or regulation that addresses smart grid, utility business model or rate reforms, or expand access to distributed energy resources.
So, never mind that FERC is proposing to provide “cost recovery to merchant coal and nuclear plants that keep 90 days of fuel supply onsite.” There is demonstrated movement towards grid modernization with energy storage nationwide.
George Shea published a video of his play (1 hour, 17 mins), Dr. Keeling’s Curve, on YouTube in February 2017. Based at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Dr. Keeling measured carbon dioxide levels around the earth, starting in 1958. In plotting the graph of his findings over more than twenty years, he demonstrated it’s inexorable rise, the curve of which matched the rise in earth’s average temperature during the same time. It’s a powerful story, which isn’t hurt by the fact that Mike Farrell (M.A.S.H. fame) plays Dr. Keeling in this one-man play. How is it that we don’t all know about this?
Keeling’s curve, and the history of carbon dioxide in the earth’s climate are expanded in videos from the American Museum of Natural History.
The National Academies Press just published “Enhancing the resilience of the nation’s electricity system.”
Electric power transmission and distribution reliability are critical to our “safety, productivity, comfort, and convenience.” The electric power system has vulnerabilities that we would do well to learn more about.
You can download the slides to the webinar at this site.
The headline of a June 26, 2017 article in Bloomberg New Energy Finance “Energy to 2040: Faster shift to clean, dynamic, distributed.”
Seth Henbest’s analysis of the BNEF’s New Energy Outlook 2017 summarizes the “changing economics of energy generation” with these 10 “high level messages from 2017 to 2040.”
- Solar and wind dominate the future of energy
- Solar’s challenge gets more serious
- Onshore wind’s costs fall fast and offshore falls faster
- China and India are a $4 trillion opportunity for the energy sector
- Batteries and new sources of flexibility bolster reach of renewables
- Homeowners love of solar grows
- Electric vehicles bolster electricity use and help balance the grid
- Coal-fired power collapses in US and Europe and peaks globally by 2026
- Gas is a transition fuel, but not in the way most people think
- Global power sector emissions peak in just over 10 years, then decline
The article says that the emissions prediction shows “significant additional climate policy risk” because it is nowhere near what is needed and thus the dramatic changes we are painting to 2040 in NEO2017 may well be accelerated.”