December 26 Energy News

December 26, 2016

Opinion and Reviews:

¶ “Mothers unleash their organizing power on climate” • Taking their place in a tradition as political and social activists, groups
of activist mothers attract constituencies that are politically and racially diverse. They are hellbent on doing everything they can to un-screw-up the world, and the recent US election has only strengthened that resolve. [Grist]

Moms clean air force

Moms clean air force

¶ Review: “A chilling tale of lies, tragedy” • Voices From Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich is a powerful read. The author speaks with those impacted directly by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor meltdown in the Soviet Union. She gets testimony first hand from many people impacted by the event and presents it
in startling detail. [Glens Falls Post-Star]

¶ “Low Costs of Solar Power & Wind Power Crush Coal, Crush Nuclear, & Beat Natural Gas” • Here are 5 messages for all those who want a better economy, want local energy independence, want to advance the most cost-effective choices for electricity generation, or just want to make logical decisions about energy. [CleanTechnica]

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Please click on the image to enlarge it.


¶ Canberra’s renewable energy generation increased from an 18.8% share in 2014-15 to 20.2% in 2015-16 according to the ACT’s annual Feed-in Tariff report. The ACT’s small and medium FiT scheme had 34,910 MWh come from 10,304 solar power systems, and the large-scale FiT generated 57,423 MWh, up 72% from 2014-15. [Energy Matters]

¶ A residential building has become the first in the Ghatkopar neighborhood of East Mumbai to use solar energy to meet its electricity needs. The 15-story Shivshakti Heights has a 9.135-kW peak power rooftop solar system installed, which lights the lifts and the building’s common areas. The building is home to 76 families. [Hindustan Times]

Residents and solar panels of Shivshakti Heights (HT Photo)

Residents and solar panels of Shivshakti Heights (HT Photo)

¶ If countries abide by the Paris Agreement’s global warming target of 1.5° C, fish catches could increase by six million metric tonnes per year, a study says. Researchers also found that some oceans are more sensitive to changes in temperature, and they will have substantially larger gains from achieving the Paris Agreement. [Zee News]


¶ Wind generation accounts for about one-third of Iowa’s power generation, with more than 6,300 MW of installed wind capacity. On the solar front, Iowa’s solar tax credit program has resulted in nearly $85 million in solar project investments since 2012. But Iowa ranks 32nd among the states for installed solar capacity. [KMAland]

Iowa wind turbines (Photo by Pixabay)

Iowa wind turbines (Photo by Pixabay)

¶ If you’re a large buyer of electricity, one would think that you could buy electricity from renewable energy from your utility if you so desired. Apparently, that’s not the case in many US states. However, in a slight majority of states, there is at least some way to achieve this. There is an interactive map on precisely this topic. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Borrego Springs, California has a solar-storage microgrid that is an example of an “unbundled utility microgrid.” The model is one in which distribution assets are owned by a utility while at least some of the distributed power generation assets are owned by customers, the Berkeley Labs’ Microgrids-Grid Integration Group says. [Microgrid Media]

Solar array at Borego Springs

Solar array at Borego Springs

¶ The Sunnyvale, California city council voted 6-0 to use the GreenPrime service offered through the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority. The move means 100% of the city’s energy will come from renewable, carbon-free energy sources come April. Residents will automatically be enrolled in the program’s GreenStart option. [Milpitas Post]

¶ In Traverse City, Michigan, government buildings, streetlights, water plants, and more could be powered by green energy within the next five years. City commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution committing the city to source all of the energy for its operations from wind, solar, geothermal and landfill gas by 2020. [The Detroit News]

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