Clean Energy

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DOE Grid Study provides insight, despite controversy

The U.S. Energy Department’s much-discussed grid study, released this week amid a swirl of pre-publication controversy, offers a thoughtful and empirically based approach to examining current and future issues facing the electric grid. There’s insights here for Congress and the Trump administration’s executive agenda, and it provides a starting point for a civil dialogue on electricity […]

August 26th

US Army is all-in on solar power + energy storage

The US Army will add a 1 megawatt energy storage system to accompany its 10-megawatt SunPower-built solar PV system which recently broke ground at the Redstone Arsenal US army post in Alabama. By Joshua S Hill  US-based solar company SunPower revealed on Wednesday that the US Army will be adding a 1 MW (megawatt) energy storage […]

August 26th

Solar energy is booming in conservative rural Iowa

It seems counter-intuitive that a conservative farming community in southeastern Iowa is home to some of the most expansive solar energy generation in the US. But that’s exactly what’s happening in the area served by Farmers Electric Cooperative, the rural utility whose enterprising leader, Warren McKenna, saw renewables as a gateway to economic vitality. By John […]

August 25th

Grid report: Perry cut the facts, left fossil fuel propaganda

Late Wednesday, Trump’s Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a controversial grid report in an effort to pressure market operators, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and utilities to bail out aging coal and nuclear plants by forcing electricity customers to pay more for their expensive electricity. But the facts throughout the report don’t support […]

August 24th

Bogus rewrite of electricity grid report contradicts its own findings about renewable energy

The Department of Energy has released its 187-page Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability. Ordered by DOE Secretary Rick Perry in April, it’s quite the piece of work. Not that it doesn’t have a valuable array of good data. It’s replete with helpful information and charts. But Its major conclusions don’t sync with reality. […]

August 24th

DoE grid study released – wind energy is the big winner

The Intertubes were buzzing all yesterday afternoon with rumors that the Energy Department’s long-awaited and highly controversial new grid study will finally see the light of day, but while everybody was looking over in that direction, yesterday morning Energy Secretary Rick Perry also released a new wind power study that basically pulls the rug out […]

August 24th

Wind energy facts – pushing back against climate change

Wind energy is playing a crucial role in the reduction of  greenhouse gas emissions globally. Since the burning of fossil fuel got rolling at the start of the Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has substantially increased, changing the pattern of life on earth forever. But wind energy is one way in which we can […]

August 14th

Rick Perry’s latest: $5.7 million from the Energy Dept for cutting-edge batteries

Rick Perry’s Energy Department has been steadily pushing the Trump Administration deeper into clean tech territory, regardless of President* Trump’s pro-coal rhetoric. In the latest development, the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced a new round of $5.7 million in funding for next-generation energy storage technology, aimed squarely at driving down the cost of […]

August 9th

JP Morgan commits to $200 Billion to finance clean energy

Multinational banking giant JPMorgan Chase has announced it is committing to sourcing 100% of its energy needs from renewable energy by 2020 and a promise to facilitate $200 billion in clean financing through 2025. By Joshua S Hill  For those of us who have been covering global warming science and clean technology for a while now […]

July 31st