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Pile On The Payoff = When Battery Energy Storage S...

Utility executives may be calling battery energy storage (BES) systems the holy grail of renewables integration and other industry challenges, but here’s an ironic reality: Most organizations keep that holy grail half full or even close to empty. That’s because most organizations target few value streams from battery systems, damaging the profitability of the investment. Learn how storage investments can provide value along...

Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thou...

Wind turbines. CREDIT: Pexels Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thousands of dollars New setback rules killed revenue from wind farms that would have gone directly to districts. ThinkProgress | By Emily Sanders Superintendent Ken Amstutz dreamed of propelling his rural Ohio school district into a high-tech future with nearly a million dollars in annual revenue from a single wind farm set to go online this year....

Lakewood City Council states support of Icebreaker...

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Lakewood City Council approved a resolution supporting the Icebreaker Wind project on April 17, and is urging the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to approve the construction of a six-turbine wind farm seven miles from Lakewood’s shore. Designed as a small demonstration wind farm, Icebreaker would be North America’s first freshwater offshore wind project. Its designers hope to prove that...

Ohio House vote to kill renewable-energy standards...

Ohio House vote to kill renewable-energy standards reveals lawmakers looking backwards to the horse-and-buggy era instead of positioning Ohio for the future, Thomas Suddes writes. (Plain Dealer historical photograph collection/Cleveland Press photo 1986) If Henry Ford had started tinkering with cars in, say, a backyard shed in Ohio rather than one in Detroit, Ohio’s House of Representatives probably would have passed a...

European utilities commit to no new coal plants af...

Steam and smoke rises from a coal power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. CREDIT: AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File European utilities commit to no new coal plants after 2020 As part of meeting its commitment under the Paris Agreement, the European Union announced it will build no more coal plants after 2020. ThinkProgress | On Wednesday, a coalition of European energy companies announced that there would be no new coal plants...

Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global...

    Last year, solar in Chile set a record low global price for unsubsidized electricity by any technology. CREDIT: ACERA. Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down The world built more renewables for far less money last year, report UN and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.  ThinkProgress | Stunning drops in the cost of wind and solar energy have turned the global power market upside down. For...

Forget EPA Climate Regulations. Cheap Wind Is Alre...

Pick your cliché: “The ship has sailed; the horse is out of the barn.” Renewable energy is getting so cheap that it is threatening to force gigawatts of coal plants into early retirement — even without Obama-era climate regulations. That is one of the takeaways from a new report, Rate-Basing Wind Generation Adds Momentum to Renewables, released last week by Moody’s Investors Service. Although the White House is...

‘Outlier’ study on Ohio renewable standards is fla...

Ed: Trish Demeter, Ohio Environmental Council, debated the author and pointed out that this study is an outlier, noting that most other studies show large benefits from the renewable and energy efficiency standards. Ms. Demeter talked with Strong Voices Rising – Environment on Sunday, March 12. A study calling for repeal of Ohio’s enforceable renewable energy standards – released just days ahead of legislation to...

Not Even He Can Mess This Up

The revolution is already happening. Donald Trump just had the worst week of the most disastrous start to a presidency since William Henry Harrison came down with a fever and expired 30 days, 12 hours, and 30 minutes after taking the oath of office. After a week of revelations, resignations, and investigations, President Trump must be desperate for something positive. So here’s a little bit of good news ― not for the...

China has abandoned 103 coal power plants. Here’s ...

In recent years, images of China often depict smog-filled cities and coal-fired power plants. It is true that a breakneck speed of development over more than three decades has led to a series of environmental challenges, with cities such as Beijing often subjected to pollution levels multiples higher than the recommended limit. Other environmental issues, including the effects of climate change, water pollution, high use of...

Former Trump Aide Says Wind and Solar Research Wil...

 A former top aide on energy issues for President Trump’s transition speculated that the Administration will cut research funding for wind and solar power and redirect money to fossil fuels. Energy lobbyist Mike McKenna, who headed Trump’s Department of Energy transition team until late November, told the West Virginia Coal Association that current funding allocations favoring renewable energy would likely be...

3 More Gigafactories Coming Soon to ‘Change ...

At the grand opening of Tesla’s enormous Gigafactory in July, CEO Elon Musk said he wants to build Gigafactories on several continents. He told BBC he wanted a factory “in Europe, in India, in China … ultimately, wherever there is a huge amount of demand for the end product.” Well, it looks like Musk’s factory-building plans are well underway. The company said in its fourth-quarter investor...

Energy Seminar: David Hochschild, How California C...

February 6, 2017 – 4:30pm to 5:20pm NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center Free and open to all. Event Sponsor: Precourt Institute for Energy Contact Email: energyseminar@stanford.edu David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission Talk Abstract: David Hochschild is a commissioner at the California Energy Commission, the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency, where he is the...

Lessons from Germany’s aggressive path to integrat...

Editor’s note: This is Part Five of a series on climate and energy issues in Germany and Poland that could help inform policy discussions in Ohio and other parts of the United States. Kathiann M. Kowalski’s recent research trip to Germany and Poland was made possible by a Transatlantic Media Fellowship from the Heinrich Böll Foundation. As policymakers in Ohio and elsewhere look to modernize their aging electric grid,...

Despite Headwinds, Big Capital Continues to Flow I...

A billion-dollar roundup of some of the bigger and more interesting solar deals so far this year Go ahead. Remove incentives for renewable energy. Leave climate change out of the argument entirely. Eviscerate the Department of Energy’s renewable programs. Replace science-based policy with oil-buddy cronyism and a disrespect for intelligence. Hell, make it illegal to deploy renewables, like the lawmakers are trying to...