New Solar Power Breakthrough From Maker Of Things That Make Solar Cells

July 1, 2020

When a top notch solar cell equipment supplier starts actually making solar cells, anything can happen. If all goes according to plan, another next-generation photovoltaic breakthrough is in the works and the cost of solar power will keep going down, […]

USA Could Hit 90% Clean Electricity By 2035

June 25, 2020

Experts disagree about how fast the United States can replace coal and gas-fired power plants with zero-carbon electricity. Some say we can shift to 100 percent clean power by 2050 with little friction and minimal cost. Others say that’s unrealistically […]

Electrification Can Supercharge California’s Post-COVID Economy

June 17, 2020

Via: Forbes

Covid-19 has roiled California, threatening 18% unemployment in 2020 and forcing policymakers to recharge the world’s fifth-largest economy, even as they face a $54 billion budget deficit stemming from the crisis. In response, Governor Newsom convened a Recovery Task Force, […]

News and Policies, State

Coal loses out to solar, wind and storage in Arizona utility plan

June 29, 2020

Via: PV Resources

Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has set out plans to provide 70% of its power from solar and wind by 2035, backed up with investment in new energy storage capacity. The utility last week filed its integrated resource plan […]

Mainstream technologies, News and Policies, Renewable Energy, U.S.

US Solar Plants Now Expected to Run for More than 30 Years: Berkeley Lab

June 29, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

Big solar plants are getting cheaper to run and expectations for their useful operational lives keep getting longer, according to a new survey of U.S. solar industry professionals. By the end of 2019, a cumulative total of 76 gigawatts of […]

Chemical, Conventional Fuels, Energy Consumption, World

The World’s Top 10 Oil Producers And Consumers

June 26, 2020

Via: Forbes

Following last week’s release of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020, I began to review and analyze the data. Today I take a deeper dive into the numbers on petroleum. Oil accounts for a third of the world’s […]

Energy Economics

Federal Regulator Calls For Closer Look At Carbon Pricing: Why That Matters

June 26, 2020

Via: Forbes

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently announced plans to hold a technical conference on carbon pricing in wholesale electric power markets in late September. This decision comes after a diverse coalition of private energy interests petitioned FERC to carefully […]

News and Policies, U.S.

Amazon Pledges $2 Billion Climate Fund, As Its Carbon Emissions Grow

June 24, 2020

Via: Forbes

The U.S. public wants to see action on the climate front. A Pew poll released yesterday notes that 65% of respondents believe the government is doing too little to tackle climate change, while 73% (including 55% of Republicans) want governments […]

Emerging Technologies, Renewable Energy

Adding intelligent storage can boost solar project revenues by 50%, Stem claims

June 24, 2020

Via: PV Resources

Adding energy storage can boost solar PV project revenues by as much as 50% in the US state of Massachusetts, US developer Stem Inc has claimed. The storage provider made the claim while announcing the completion of a front-of-meter solar […]

Chemical, Conventional Fuels

How Russian And Saudi Oil Ties To China Complicate The Post-Pandemic World

June 24, 2020

Via: Forbes

Russia and Saudi Arabia both rely on oil sales to fund a majority of their budgets. In the last five plus years, China has become the biggest customer for both countries. In fact, China is the world’s largest importer of […]