Even with established energy efficiency measures put in place, along with a growing number of customer owned distributed, small-scale renewable energy projects such as residential and commercial solar rooftop systems, electricity demand continues to rise in certain global markets. Over the past few decades, the emergence of new technologies such as cellular and smart phones, laptops, tablets and smart home devices, coupled with decreasing cost and financing solutions of household appliances and entertainment products, are putting upward pressure on electricity demand. Fundamentally, as a society, we are becoming more mobile and more connected to each other than ever before, which is a long-term trend that is unlikely to reverse itself.
From the deserts of Nevada to the hollers of West Virginia, and everywhere in between, Americans love our solar. Survey after survey shows that solar energy is supported by large majorities of Americans from across the political spectrum. A 2018 Pew Research Center poll once again put the number at nearly 9 out of 10 U.S. adults who favor increasing the amount of solar energy powering our country. Solar is one thing that unites us even in this divided time. And we’ve seen that solar supporters coming together can take on powerful opponents, and win.
Four years have passed since ILSR’s initial report on utility-owned rooftop solar and this 2019 update shows small growth but some potentially large repercussions. This update rehashes the costs and benefits, updates the progress of the four initial programs, highlights a few new programs, and discusses the wider implications.
As global populations continue to leave rural settings to flock to metropolitan centers, it has become increasingly clear that urban planners must focus on the development of sustainable communities, including the use of energy-efficient, clean energy technologies and zero-emission transportation. One of the primary goals being put in place by cities around the world is the reduction of emissions in heavily populated urban areas. It is not feasible to continue to develop mega-cities without the development of a sustainability roadmap.
What gives the suburbs of Philadelphia an edge over the central city in making commitments to 100% renewable energy?
Over the last days there have been numerous reports in the news about Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announcing planned power shutdowns. In the event of hot, dry and windy conditions that can precipitate devastating fires, PG&E is electing to preemptively shut off electricity in power lines running through areas at high risk to avoid wildfires. Once a shutdown has been implemented, PG&E must wait until extreme weather has passed and the power lines have been visually inspected before restoring electricity.
Do you have energy storage FOMO yet? (“Fear of Missing Out”) Given all the headlines and hype, you would be normal if you did.
100% energy goals and mandates are passing across the country at a dizzying pace, but New York, under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, has become the leader on the East Coast. For years, under the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan, the state has aggressively pursued a full-court press on transforming energy from a fossil-fueled one to a renewable energy future. Now, with the passage and signing of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the state will eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. That vision goes far beyond the ambitious solar and wind policies that get much of the attention and includes clean home geothermal.
Studies have recently emerged concerning how well the rooftop solar industry is serving low-income communities and communities of color—and the news is disheartening.
Off-grid consultancy THEnergy sees the need for solar-home system and minigrid companies to optimize their business processes