Electric Vehicle Weekly News Roundup – June 8, 2018

This week has seen historical commitments to electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). In California, the Public Service Commission approved Investor Owned Utilities’ plans to invest $750 million dollars in EV charging and rebate proposals. The revolutionary plan to advance the electrification of the transportation system is being hailed as “one of the largest and most […]

Wind Power’s Record Setting 2016: Will 2017 Be a Repeat?

A new market report by the American Wind Energy Association shows that 2016 was a record breaker for the wind industry. And signs are pointing to an equally aggressive 2017. With a total of 8,203 MW of wind energy capacity commissioned during the year, the majority of projects were completed in the last three months. The United States now contains more than 82,000 megawatts of wind power. That’s enough power for the equivalent of roughly 25 million homes.

Is PURPA really driving solar in North Carolina?

So under NC-REPS, avoided costs are recovered in one tariff (a legal document that connects cost recovery to customer bills) and the remaining revenues needed for renewable energy are recovered in another tariff. So regardless of whether the project is contracted under PURPA or not, the costs have to be split up into two buckets, PURPA and “all the rest.” It is literally extra work for everyone involved to NOT use the PURPA rate in North Carolina.

EDF videos the unfolding natural gas disaster in California

Environmental Defense Fund has released a video of an awful, enormous natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon. Many people are drawing a close connection between fracking and the increased rate of leaks being discovered. The problem of methane leaks has been around for decades, but with federal attention and new technology, hopefully we will begin […]

NRC May I? An explanation of the nuclear safety implications of 10 CFR 50.59 and its relevance to St. Lucie Unit 2

This blog post by Dave Lochbaum, director of the Nuclear Safety Project with the Union of Concerned Scientists, originally ran on March 4, 2014 in their All Things Nuclear: Insights on Science and Security blog as part of their ongoing Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit (NEAT) series. Find the original post here. Mr. Lochbaum’s blog is […]

Another somber anniversary: Fukushima – the disaster that seems to have no end

Today, March 11, marks the third anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan killing thousands of people and displacing tens of thousands more. This also initiated the devastating and still-ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Large releases and spills of radioactive water continue to occur and tens of thousands of people remain evacuated, […]

Fukushima nuclear disaster’s political impacts…not only in Japan

Earlier this month we gave a brief technical update of the ongoing effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster that began nearly three years ago. The situation continues to spiral out of control, as yet another radioactive water leak was discovered since that last update. This time the leaking water had been previously used to cool the melted […]

Fukushima Still a Disaster and State Secrets Law Passes in Japan

As if there wasn’t enough to be worried about with the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan that began nearly three years ago, there have been a number of false stories and misleading graphics circulating on the internet. At the end of December, there were a flurry of reports that reactor Unit 3 was once again […]

Solar net metering 101

Ever thought, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if I could put a solar panel on my roof and get paid for it by the utility?” Well, this 2-part report from a San Diego TV reporter is a pretty good primer on the issues you would face. Check out the videos after the break (they both […]

Solar Decathlon impresses despite nasty weather

All week last week, while traveling to Denver for a conference by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, I was looking forward to the Solar Decathlon. (No offense to ACEEE of course.) Even on Friday, when the weather was best described as “questionable,” it was a great feeling to walk across the D.C. […]