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Inside Clean Energy: Rooftop Solar Could Lose Big ...

Solar panels on a senior housing complex in Boulder, Colorado. Credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL Rooftop solar as we know it is under threat from a case before federal regulators, and a broad array of clean energy advocates and state officials are getting nervous. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering a request from an obscure consumer group that wants to end net metering, which is the compensation mechanism...

Thermoelectric Stoves: Ditch the Solar Panels?

Ed. – An article describing the Thermoelectric effect applied to a domestic cooking stove. Primarily included for reference. Wood stoves can provide a household with thermal energy for cooking and for space and water heating. Wood stoves equipped with thermoelectric generators also produce electricity, which can be more sustainable, more reliable and less costly than power from solar panels. If the 2,000 year old...

FERC Might Rewrite Solar Net Metering. Here’s What...

A recent petition to FERC could trigger nationwide changes to solar net metering, with potentially significant market implications, the authors write. FERC Might Rewrite Solar Net Metering. Here’s What That Could Mean A recent petition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could trigger nationwide changes to solar net metering. On April 14, the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) petitioned FERC to assert...

When Will Renewables Pass Coal? Sooner Than Anyone...

The 750-megawatt Conesville coal-fired power plant in eastern Ohio closed two weeks ago, one of many signals of the decline of coal power. Credit: Michael Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images A milestone in the clean energy transition may arrive earlier than expected, with renewables overtaking coal as a leading source of electricity by the end of this year, according to a forecast by the Energy Information...

After months of delay, Ohio solar projects gain si...

Martin Abegglen / Flickr / Creative Commons Board Chair Samuel Randazzo, who unexpectedly demanded further review of the projects, says his concerns are now resolved. The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved three utility-scale solar projects following a delay demanded last fall by the board’s chair, Samuel Randazzo. The siting board on Thursday approved the 80-megawatt Nestlewood solar project that will be built on about...

Dark money dominated Ohio’s nuclear subsidy saga

OHIO: FirstEnergy’s generation subsidiary paid nearly $2 million to a special interest group that orchestrated ads, political donations, and other efforts behind Ohio’s nuclear and coal bailout. (Energy News Network) FirstEnergy Solutions paid nearly $2 million to at least one group, but most other data remains hidden. After-the-fact filings show that FirstEnergy’s generation subsidiary paid nearly $2 million to Generation...

Tesla Virtual Power Plant In Australia Outperforms...

Last year, Tesla, with the cooperation of the South Australian government, installed rooftop solar systems coupled with Powerwall residential storage batteries on over 1,000 low-income homes. The Powerwalls are linked together into what is known as a virtual power plant. (VPP)  It’s just like a grid-scale storage battery except instead of being all at one location, it consists of many small energy storage nodes spread over...

A website about the U.S. electricity grid offers a...

For a voyeuristic view of electricity consumption patterns, look no further than the federal government’s Hourly Electric Grid Monitor. While millions of Americans hunker down, work from home, and try to stay busy and entertained amid a pandemic, much of our infrastructure hums along as normal, unseen and unappreciated. The electric grid is one such behemoth, supplying a steady stream of electrons, on demand for every...

Solar option for Knox County back in play

MOUNT VERNON — For a decade, Knox County commissioners have explored the idea of using solar for electricity but continually encountered obstacles. National and international issues stymied a planned switch in 2017. Now it’s back in play. On Thursday, the commissioners signed a letter of intent to put 20 to 25 percent of their electric use toward solar, a move that Commissioner Thom Collier said would save the county...

The Biggest Municipal Solar Farm in the US Is Comi...

“This really is a big deal.” In 2017, when the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement—an international treaty that attempted to avert climate catastrophe by cutting global emissions—John Cranley, the Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, joined other mayors across the country to announce his intention to remain faithful to the agreement’s primary goal of keeping the rise of global temperatures...

Can State-of-the-Art Batteries Fuel a Clean, Renew...

In late 2019 images of Australia in flames spread around the world. Record weather extremes related to global heating had created conditions in which vast areas of forest and brush easily caught fire. The poignancy of the plight of so many Australians was heightened by having a Prime Minister who was initially absent from the country when the fires were taking hold, and was a strong supporter of the coal industry, who also...

Local residents taking advantage of solar power

David Tavares, a plumbing inspector for the city of Chicago, lives with his young family on the 2500 block of West 114th Street, across from Kennedy Park. At the close of 2019, he was preparing to flip the switch on a solar power generating system for his one-story bungalow. The solar panels, which face south and east on his roof, are expected to generate 95 percent of the electricity the Tavares household uses. Surplus...

Wind, Solar to Dominate New Power Plants in 2020

Our electricity grid is on track to get a lot cleaner in 2020. Of the 42 gigawatts of new power plant capacity projected to go online nationwide—about the capacity in New York State today—76 percent will come from wind and solar, based on the latest batch of data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That would be a record share, up from 64 percent of new capacity added in 2019. And it would be despite the Trump...

FirstEnergy corrupts democracy with gifts 🎁...

FirstEnergy spent millions on advertisements, lobbying and charitable giving to ensure the passage of House Bill 6, corrupting every branch of state government. Supreme Court         The fate of FirstEnergy’s bailout of its struggling nuclear and coal plants may rest in the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court. But six of the seven justices sitting on the court have received campaign cash from the...

South Euclid, OH council considers resolution sett...

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — City Council heard the first reading Monday (Nov. 25) of a resolution that establishes a goal for the city’s government to use 100 percent clean energy by 2025 and a goal for the community as whole to be doing the same by 2035. The resolution’s language states that 139 U.S. cities, including Cleveland and Cincinnati, have already adopted 100 percent clean energy goals, and six U.S. cities have...