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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
My daughter went back to school here in West Virginia this week, so maybe that’s why, as Trump comes to my home state tonight to once again peddle his false promises of reviving coal by scrapping the Clean Power Plan, I’m reminded of the childhood game “two truths and a lie.” The Clean Power Plan […]
If the latest news out of the US Department of Energy is any indication, the Trump Administration’s newest stratagem for keeping old coal and nuclear power plants in operation is going nowhere fast. The plan is to make ratepayers pay extra money for keeping uneconomical power plants running, even if cheaper alternatives are available. However, […]
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 […]
The similarities are striking between Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005, and this week’s strike of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and Southeast Texas. Many residents of the Houston area—home to between 6 and 11 million people, depending on which way one counts—can look forward to weeks, if not months of economic and personal […]
How safe are American nuclear power plants?
Today’s DC earthquake was dangerously close to the design limit for a nearby power plant… and one out of four backup generators failed. That’s really not good enough…
Israel’s recently discovered natural gas reserve off its northern coast has raised both hopes and fears. Hopes that this will enable the building of more natural gas power plants to replace existing coal power plants, and fears that it may lead to future conflict with Lebanon.
An aide to Obama said the administration plans to facilitate 20 gigawatts (GW) or more of wind power and 4 GW of geothermal and solar power by 2012 through loan guarantees and fast tracked national renewable energy requirements. such as the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
In an effort to tackle Pakistan’s growing energy shortage, representatives of the burgeoning Chinese solar industry have offered to cooperate with the country on a high profile partnership to manufacture solar energy equipment.
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.