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Microgrids: how to keep the power on when disaster hits

Bushfires, storms and floods regularly leave thousands of Australian homes and businesses without power. Sydney’s wettest weekend in three decades left more than 130,000 households without power on Sunday. South Australian storms two weeks ago blew over the transmission towers connecting the state to the national energy grid. The Royal Adelaide Hospital was among the buildings […]

July 20th

China’s power sector could be 10% cheaper in 2030 with more renewable wind and solar energy

The costs for solar, wind and battery storage have dropped markedly since 2010 and are expected to decline further in the near future. This rapid fall in costs could have a large effect on energy system investment and policies, but has not been fully captured in energy modelling. This is particularly relevant for China, which is now debating […]

Coronavirus Crisis: 575 groups urge utilities to halt electricity and water shutoffs!

More than 575 utility justice, labor, faith, consumer and environmental groups urged state governors, mayors and utility regulators today to put a moratorium on electricity and water-utility shutoffs in response to the coronavirus crisis and resulting job losses, according to a press release from the Indigenous Environmental Network and four other groups. By Dan Bacher […]

March 22nd

Trump’s Dirty Power Plan hands failing coal plants two toxic lifelines

One of the biggest hopes of climate change deniers for Trump’s presidency remains that the administration will overturn the Endangerment Finding, which requires the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Fortunately, the administration still appears reluctant to touch the Finding.The Dirty Power Plan is the latest evidence: if Trump’s team were going to try and overturn the […]

100% Renewable Energy: SoCal Edison goes with renewables instead of another gas-fired plant

Southern California Edison has decided against building its proposed Puente facility, a new gas-fired peaker plant in the Oxnard area of southern California. According to the Ventura County Star, SCE believes its future energy needs can be better met by a new transmission line coupled with electricity from renewable sources and a battery backup installation. By Steve Hanley […]

December 27th

Georgian Situation Continues the Quest for The Prize of Oil, Money and Power

One of the more important things to understand about Georgia – the small country that recently engaged in a deadly struggle with Russia – is that it is one of the hosts of a relatively new, 1 million barrel per day capacity oil pipeline called Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan (BTC). That pipeline was constructed with the active encouragement of the EU and the US starting in the late 1990s despite strenuous objections from Russia.

If you take a look at a map of the pipeline, you will begin to understand the geopolitical importance of the effort to provide a path out of the Caspian Sea region.

August 18th