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The price of both installation and buying solar panels is reaching remarkable lows. New data from 20… The price of both installation and buying solar panels is reaching remarkable lows. New data from 2015 shows that the price of installation in 2015 went down 5% for residential rooftop systems and 12% for solar farms. This is quite a significant statistic because the price of installation hasn't really moved since 2012. So this news, coupled with existing market forces and policies, means that utility-scale solar is expected to soon become "cost competitive with conventional forms of electricity generation" (Fares). Installation has become more affordable thanks to the price of inverters declining. These inverters play a big role in the installation as they convert DC power produced by the panels to AC power that can be utilized on the grid. The idea that solar energy will soon become cost competitive with conventional forms of electricity generation is backed further by the declining price of solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPA's). PPA's are long term contracts often created for two parties, one that supplies power and the other purchases that power. In the power industry the average market price of electricity is around $30 to $40 per megawatt hour, in 2015, solar PPA's fell below $50 per megawatt hour. The price gaps between solar and conventional forms of electricity are closing. Power Purchase Agreements, installation, and solar panels are all starting to fall on the same trajectory, that trajectory being a decline in cost which will in turn make everything about solar more competitive with the fossil fuel alternatives. If we continue to see declining prices for solar in the coming years, we could start to see solar being used more widespread, not just in the U.S., but across the globe. Where do you think solar is headed? Will we convert to solar if it becomes cost-effective? Or will we wait until the limitations of solar technology are improved? Fares, Robert. "The Price of Solar Is Declining to Unprecedented Lows." Scientific American Blog Network. N.p., 27 Aug. 2016. Web. 08 Sept. 2016. <http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/the-price-of-solar-is-declining-to-unprecedented-lows/>.
The rise of electric car companies like Tesla, growing fears of climate change, and tougher policies… The rise of electric car companies like Tesla, growing fears of climate change, and tougher policies on emissions have culminated in a growing attention on the electric vehicle industry. And the EV industry is ready for this attention “because the factors required to unlock demand...are [now] in place” (Mims). These factors will allow the EV market to grow exponentially and compete against gas cars for the first time. The biggest cost and hinderance on electric vehicles is the battery, it is only in the last couple of years that this drawback has began to subside. Batteries are now cheap enough to where the electric vehicle can compete against gas cars. What's more, the technology has progressed significantly, to the point where you can buy an $35,000 EV with a 200 mile range on a single charge. In comparison, the average new car in America sells for $33.000. Continuing to improve range and reduce costs will allow the EV market to appeal to more and more people in the future. The important fact here though is that they have reached a point where they can be competitive against other vehicles and cost effective to the consumer. Getting over the hurdle of battery limitations allows the remaining factors to fall in place, it is a domino effect. With the battery no longer being a major hinderance, competition within the electric market has started to grow. We have seen Tesla’s success spur Chevrolet, GM, BMW, Volkswagen, and countless others to start producing their own electric vehicles with new advancements to secure their spot in the emerging market. This competition will improve the price and technologies in EV’s. Manufacturers will try to gain a competitive advantage in areas like battery range and charging time. Charging is another factor and as the competition grows so do the stations. The “number of commercial charging stations is growing quickly in part because they’re relatively cheap—costing $3,000 to $7,500 per port, depending on whether it is new construction or a retrofit. When attached to a business, they can attract customers, and encourage them to stay longer and spend more” (Mims). With the ability to set up charging stations almost anywhere and their relatively affordable price, the number will continue to increase rapidly. Furthermore, businesses have the ncentive to add them because they attract customers and make them stay for a period of time. The growth of charging stations alleviates another fear associated with electric vehicles - what if I can’t find a charging station near me when my batteries low? With the advent of competitive battery prices and mileage, the remaining factors have been and will continue to fall into place to accommodate the growing demand. Competing EV manufactures and charging stations have been laying dormant but are prepared for the demand, this will allow the market to grow quickly and relatively comfortably. What do you think of the electric vehicle market? Will we see mass adoption soon? Mims, Christopher. "Why Electric Cars Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think."WSJ. Dow Jones, 28 Aug. 2016. Web. 01 Sept. 2016. <http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-electric-cars-will-be-here-sooner-than-you-think-1472402674>.
SolidEnergy Systems, a company started by MIT alumni in 2012, has developed a lithium-ion battery th… SolidEnergy Systems, a company started by MIT alumni in 2012, has developed a lithium-ion battery that lasts twice as long as the batteries we use today. The MIT spinout has made significant material advances in lithium-ion battery technology and subsequently, managed to create a lithium battery with twice the energy density - which means twice the energy capacity. The battery is able to create more energy capacity because of a changeup in materials, these new materials allows the battery to hold more ions. Instead of using graphite, SolidEnergy Systems uses very thin, high-energy lithium metal-foil. The company is now looking to commercialize the battery. They plan to introduce the battery technology into smartphones and wearables in early 2017, and then follow this up by bringing it to electric cars in 2018. This is a big win for all battery products, but specifically, it could be a huge boost for electric vehicles. Provided SolidEnergy Systems business plan falls through, the battery technology could allow electric vehicles to easily break the industry standard of at least 200 miles. Quchao Hu, the founder of SolidEnergy, says from there, we “can make the battery half the size and half the weight, and it will travel the same distance, or we can make it the same size and same weight, and now it will go 400 miles on a single charge” (Matheson). If EV’s were to implement SolidEnergy Systems technology, the main drawback of battery limitations would no longer exist, or at least not be as big of a problem as it once was when deciding to purchase an electric car. Consumer’s fear of ‘range anxiety’ would be a thing of the past. What do you think about SolidEnergy Systems breakthrough? Will it help increase the adoption rate of electric vehicles? Matheson, Rob. "Doubling Battery Power of Consumer Electronics." MIT News. N.p., 16 Aug. 2016. Web. 28 Aug. 2016. <http://news.mit.edu/2016/lithium-metal-batteries-double-power-consumer-electronics-0817>.
NTPC, India’s largest electricity producer, is altering its expansion plan to include a greater em… NTPC, India’s largest electricity producer, is altering its expansion plan to include a greater emphasis on renewable energy. With a successful completion of the company’s expansion plan, NTPC will become the biggest renewable energy company in the world. Originally NTPC was going to install more thermal units, however this changed after the utility company recognized factors that are changing the trajectory of the energy market and sought to prepare accordingly. The company’s switch to renewable energy sources helps India get one step closer to its goal of having a renewable power deployment of 175 GW by 2022. This goal influenced NTPC's decision because, by transitioning to clean energy, it allows the company and country to align their infrastructure with the global trend of reducing greenhouse gases and be better equipped to work with more renewable sources in the future. In addition to this factor, utility companies are finding it harder to secure foreign loans for coal-fired projects. Due to pressures from green lobbies, major financial institutes across the world are reducing their loans for coal based projects. Subsequently, NTPC were able to acquire foreign loans for their renewable energy project a lot easier than their previous expansion plan. Political and financial pressures for clean energy initiatives are exactly what the renewable energy market needs in order to become more cost effective and accelerate its growth. What does NTPC’s new expansion plan mean for India and the rest of the world? The state-owned company currently has nine solar power plants in it’s energy portfolio, but with the new directive to expand renewable energy, this number is going to increase drastically. This is good for India because it means that the country will be able to further develop with a clean energy infrastructure at its base. This puts them at an advantage over other nations as many, especially first world countries, are struggling to adapt their 20th century oil based infrastructure to the requirements of renewable energy. On a larger scale, India is one of the first developing nations to put action behind words when it comes to renewable energy and as a result, they are acting as a template for other developing nations to follow. Sengupta, Debjoy. "NTPC Plans to Become Biggest Renewable Energy Company in 10 Years." The Economic Times. N.p., 18 Aug. 2016. Web. 22 Aug. 2016. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/power/ntpc-plans-to-become-biggest-renewable-energy-company-in-10-years/articleshow/53747780.cms
The Solar Impulse, a solar powered airplane that travelled around the world in 16 months, may not tr… The Solar Impulse, a solar powered airplane that travelled around the world in 16 months, may not transform the airline industry just yet, but one of the immediate legacy's this feat will leave is an impact on the domestic energy market. The Solar Impulse completed its voyage around the world without using a single drop of fuel - a truly extraordinary feat. However, while this is a great accomplishment for solar, there are still many technical limitations that will prevent us from seeing solar powered boeings in the not to distant future. The Solar Impulse used a combination of 17,000 solar panels and 4 batteries to stay in the air but only generated around 70 horsepower. In comparison, a Boeing 747 can generate around 70,000 horsepower. Solar panels cannot create the power necessary to compete with the speeds of today's airplanes and I don't think many people would trade a 6 hour plane ride from New York to London for a emission free, crazy long, solar powered ride. Whats more, the airplane managed 70 horsepower with just one passenger and weighed a little more than a family car. If we want to see a more widespread use of solar powered planes in the future, we will need significant technological advancements: we will need to have solar cells harness more power from the sun, the size and form factor of the cells must become smaller and more versatile, and batteries will need to have a greater storage capacity. Although the Solar Impulse has showed us it is possible, it has also showed us the current shortcomings of solar flight. So until some of these advancements occur, what was the Solar Impulse's immediate legacy? According to Oxford University researcher Neil Ashton, the Solar Impulse will accelerate the domestic power market in leaps and bounds. The Solar Impulse was great publicity for solar technology, demonstrating to the public how far solar has come and what it is capable of. Furthermore, it showed people that solar has the potential to replace oil, people already new this with the recent establishment of electric cars on the market, but seeing a solar powered plane tells people that solar can substitute many, if not all, our power requirements in the future. Ashton predicts that the success of the Impulse will spur more people to invest in solar panels for their homes and help grow and diversify the green energy market. With more investments going into the clean energy market, the growing awareness of global warming, and now this solar achievement, it looks like a positive future for a carbon-free world. The question is whether or not we can transition fast enough before we have left irreversible effects on the planet. What do you the Solar Impulse's legacy is? Where do you see the future of the green energy market heading? What effect do you think the Impulse has had or will have on the market? Ashton, Neil. "Solar Impulse's Biggest Legacy Will Be in Your Home – Not in the Skies." Eco-Business. N.p., 29 July 2016. Web. 15 Aug. 2016. <http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/solar-impulses-biggest-legacy-will-be-in-your-home-not-in-the-skies/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Aug+3+newsletter&utm_content=Aug+3+newsletter%2BVersion%2BB%2BCID_bf2a84fe39497669065c91f462564fe4&utm_source=Campaign+Monitor&utm_term=Solar+Impulses+biggest+legacy+will+be+in+your+home++not+in+the+skies>.
A survey conducted by Nissan has found that there are now more electric charging stations than gas s… A survey conducted by Nissan has found that there are now more electric charging stations than gas stations in Japan. The survey revealed that there are more than 40,000 electric stations in comparison to 34,000 gas stations. With Japan being the third largest economy in the world, is this news an indicator of what’s to come? How did Japan achieve this? The survey found that there are 3,000 public electric charging stations and the rest are in private homes. Japan has managed to accomplish this impressive feat by helping create and support the charging infrastructure. Government subsidies have gone to both electric vehicles and their infrastructure, subsequently, more and more people are purchasing electric vehicles and using charging stations. Furthermore, the government has helped set up services like charger maps to help drivers locate electric stations. All this support has made the choice of purchasing an electric vehicle easier for the consumer. As well as being conscious of global warming, the Japanese government wants to encourage the adoption of EV’s for its economy’s sake. Japan does not have any oil reserves and so switching to electric makes sense for the country and its economy. With Japan having one of the biggest economies in the world and a strong electric vehicle initiative, it is a promising time for renewable energy transportation and their practices will hopefully provide a template for other economies to emulate. What do you think of this news? MALICAY, LUCKY. "In Japan, Electric Car Charging Sites Surpass Gas Stations." In Japan, Electric Car Charging Sites Surpass Gas Stations. N.p., 05 Aug. 2016. Web. 08 Aug. 2016. <http://www.digitaljournal.com/business/in-japan-electric-car-charging-sites-surpass-gas-stations/article/471814>.
A new solar cell breakthrough at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has the potential to ex… A new solar cell breakthrough at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has the potential to expedite our adoption of solar significantly as it fixes a serious shortcoming that plagues current cells. Current solar cells convert sunlight into electricity and then store this energy in batteries, battery innovations have been few and far between and, as a result, have hindered solar’s growth as the two seemed to be contingent on the other - until now. Researchers at UIC have created a solar cell that uses sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into usable hydrocarbon fuel. According to Amin Salehi-Khojin, the senior authority on the study, a notable difference in this solar cell is that it “is not photovoltaic - it’s photosynthetic” (Burton). What this means is that this technology acts more like a plant, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and converting into a useable fuel. By producing a burnable fuel that can be converted into diesel or other hydrocarbon fuels, the new cell is able to produce energy without requiring a battery. Furthermore, the researchers believe the technology can be used on both small and large scale applications. It could turned into a large solar farm or implemented in homes. By taking in carbon to create sustainable energy, the one technology is able to solve two problems that go hand in hand - it takes in the carbon that is warming our planet and in turn creates a sustainable source of energy. Last month I did a post on the bionic leaf that was created at Harvard. It did a similar process to this technology, and although the two may be very similar, the fact that researchers are creating new ways to produce this photosynthetic technology means that it will only spur further innovation in both the technology’s function and its cost. I think the next big step for this technology is to make it into a product that can be brought to the market at an affordable price, if this were to happen, we could see it replace the current photovoltaic standard. What do you think about this new solar process? Do you see it coming to the market? Burton, Bill. "Breakthrough Solar Cell Captures CO2 and Sunlight, Produces Burnable Fuel."UIC News Center. UIC, 28 July 2016. Web. 01 Aug. 2016. <https://news.uic.edu/breakthrough-solar-cell-captures-co2-and-sunlight-produces-burnable-fuel>.
The Solar Impulse 2 has become the first solar powered aircraft to complete a trip around the world.… The Solar Impulse 2 has become the first solar powered aircraft to complete a trip around the world. Packing 17,000 solar cells in its wings, the Solar Impulse 2 harnessed energy from the sun to power its journey. Mr. Piccard and Mr. Borschberg have spent more than a decade working on the solar powered aircraft and took turns piloting the plane on its historic journey. The trip began last year on March, 9th and saw the plane travel over four continents, three seas and two oceans. Not only did they break a record for renewable energy transportation, but Mr. Borschberg also broke the record for the longest uninterrupted solo flight, taking 118 hours, he travelled from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii, U.S.. Being the first solar aircraft to attempt such a feat came with a number of technical challenges, the biggest one perhaps, being the fact that the aircraft was very sensitive to weather conditions. In order to tackle this issue the solar panels would charger the planes batteries during the day and rise to an altitude of 29,000 feet. By doing this the plane was able to negate some weather conditions and also meant that at night the plane would be able to conserve power by gliding down to about 5,000 feet. This accomplishment signifies a great achievement for renewable energy transportation as it proves that the technology has the potential to become a viable option for flight in the future. Furthermore, it demonstrates that clean energy can be utilized in any and every area we require. By flying around the world Mr. Piccard and Mr. Borschberg have shown that solar can provide perks that gasoline aircrafts cannot: cheaper costs, cleaner transmissions, and flights that do not require layovers. If the technology can be innovated upon we could see a promising new alternative to the planes we fly on today. What do you think of the Solar Impulse's achievement? Will it beckon a new wave of progress towards bringing clean energy aircrafts to the market? Carrington, Damian. "Solar Plane Makes History after Completing Round-the-world Trip." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 25 July 2016. Web. 25 July 2016. <https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/26/solar-impulse-plane-makes-history-completing-round-the-world-trip>.
The cloud - a service many of us use to extend our phone's and computer's storage by uploading infor… The cloud - a service many of us use to extend our phone's and computer's storage by uploading information to remote servers - consume a lot of electricity to stay operational. In fact, in 2013 data centers used 2 percent of all the power produced in the U.S.. This electricity is the largest expense for cloud services, and subsequently, they are looking to mitigate this cost with a transition to renewable energy. With the demand for cloud services continuing to grow, they have began to gain some pull with utility companies, this coupled with their goal to use renewable energy sources, has allowed data centers to influence utility companies into creating more clean energy plants. For example, "In Nevada, a data company was able to convince the utility NV Energy to build new renewable capacity for its project. In Virginia, Microsoft has negotiated an agreement for a new solar farm" (Joyce). These cloud companies provide an excellent example of effective corporate social responsibility (CSR). The companies know their data centers are consuming a lot of energy and are taking responsibility for it in a way that protects the environment and helps generate new business in the green sector. As renewable energies have reached prices competitive with coal, the companies benefit from investing in clean energy because they are able to save money and have a sustainable source. Green House Data's communications director, Wendy Fox, explains why this is so imperative, stating that "the electrical resources of the planet are finite, but our need for data seems to be infinite" (Joyce). Each year we are creating and consuming more and more data, and with the internet of things on the verge of breaking onto the mass market, that data will most like increase exponentially. By addressing this issue now, cloud services will be able to build up an energy infrastructure that is sustainable and, in turn, will avoid any hiccups down the road when our coal sources are exhausted. What do you think of the cloud industry's push towards sustainable energy? Will it have a significant impact on making renewable energy a more widely used power option? Joyce, Stephanie. "Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources." NPR. NPR, 22 July 2016. Web. 23 July 2016. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/07/22/486933685/making-the-cloud-green-tech-firms-push-for-renewable-energy-sources>.
Elon Musk has revealed the second master plan for his electric car company Tesla - although in a cou… Elon Musk has revealed the second master plan for his electric car company Tesla - although in a couple years it may be a lot more than a car company. I made a prediction on what Elon's plan might entail last week, and with that, went into aspects of his first plan and what kind of success it had and it's effect on the EV industry. I did manage to predict a couple of his new goals rather accurately, however, that being said, there are a couple of points I missed out on that could be huge for pushing clean energy and creating a more efficient automobile infrastructure. Tesla's Master Plan Part II has four main components. - Integrate energy generation and storage - Expand to cover the major forms of terrestrial transport - Autonomy - Sharing The four components share a common goal of trying to advance society towards a more sustainable energy economy. The first objective, integrating energy generation and storage, entails creating a "beautiful" solar roof with battery that is simple to purchase, install, and utilize. In order to make achieving this task easier, Tesla wants to purchase SolarCity. Despite negative feedback from stockholders when the company were rumored to be setting up a merger, now that this plan is out, and based on Elon's successful track record, the newly released plan may help sway stockholders opinions and we may see Tesla buy out SolarCity by the end of the year. I talked about the idea of a Apple-esc system for solar panels that would make the whole process easier and more streamline and it looks like Tesla is attempting to take on this approach. The second component and the other two that follow, fall more inline with Tesla's roots - electric vehicles. The company wants to expand its product line by creating heavy duty electric trucks and a vehicle that serves as a high density passenger transport, i.e. a bus. According to Musk, both vehicles are in the early stages of development and are expected to be unveiled next year. Another major aspect to this second goal is the idea of improving the rate of production. Tesla wants to accomplish this task by making their factory a product. By selling their factories as products they hope to increase the production of EV's significantly. The company believes that if they can build and sell the machine that builds the car they can ramp up electric car production by at least a 5 fold improvement. The third component to the plan is autonomy. As you probably know Tesla has implemented an autopilot mode into its car line through a software update last year. Despite an accident last month, the progress this autonomy has made is incredible, thanks to data collected in each cars sensors, mapping, and machine learning algorithms, the autopilot is able to improve its abilities and will eventually become truly autonomous. Elon sees autopilot becoming more widespread once their software has gotten worldwide approval by regulators, which he thinks will require around 6 billion miles. Currently the software is in beta, however beta does not mean that their are quirks in the software which is traditionally associated with the word, the company plans to remove "Beta" once the autopilot is 10x safer than the average U.S. vehicle. This is the third objective. Sharing, the fourth component, is contingent on the third part being achieved. With autonomy Tesla wants to give you the ability to share your Tesla vehicle with others. Almost like giving you your own uber business. When you are not using the car it would be driving around other people autonomously and while doing so earning you money. This would not only make your car cheaper as you would be making money back on it, but it would also be reducing the amount of cars on the road and making those that are, carbon free. This is the part of Tesla's plan that I think could truly be revolutionary - it could change what it means to own a car. Furthermore, with more autonomy on the road there would be less human error and in turn make driving more safe and efficient. Tesla's second master plan has the potential to create yet another breakthrough in the EV market and in large the auto industry as a whole. Whats more, with the plan to expand into solar, the company could grow significantly and really have a profound impact on several industries. This would bring them even closer to achieving their goal of green economy. What do you think of Tesla's second plan? Will it be successful? Can the company achieve their goal of creating a greener economy? Musk, Elon. "Master Plan, Part Deux." Tesla Motors. N.p., 20 July 2016. Web. 22 July 2016. <https://www.tesla.com/blog/master-plan-part-deux>.
There is so much happening in Rhode Island, we needed a group! Please contact us if you want to lea… There is so much happening in Rhode Island, we needed a group! Please contact us if you want to lead this group. For now, it's Allison, posting what I hear of from next door in Massachusetts.
A place to discuss local green building issues and events with your colleagues from Massachusetts. … A place to discuss local green building issues and events with your colleagues from Massachusetts. Feel free to post your news, events, questions, and comments.
There is so much green building going on in Florida, we needed a group to cover it all! This group i… There is so much green building going on in Florida, we needed a group to cover it all! This group is a place to discuss local green building issues, news, and events from Florida! Feel free to post your news, events, questions, and comments.
This is a group for students and professionals who are new to green building. Use this space to conn… This is a group for students and professionals who are new to green building. Use this space to connect with others who likely have a lot of the same thoughts and challenges on their minds.
We are on the edge of incredible technologies. Quantum physics will soon allow molecular surgery t… We are on the edge of incredible technologies. Quantum physics will soon allow molecular surgery that will purify water and in some instances produce electricity and hydrogen. Storage, battery chemistries, lithium ion, lead oxide, super capacitors, graphene, biomimicry, all are changing the world. 1, What are the roadblocks to bringing technologies to commercialization? 2. How do you pick and choose between promising technologies? 3. Do strategic partnerships help more than venture capital? 4. How do you develop these fairly? I look forward to learning more from everyone.
Colorado is the perfect environment to build high performance building that are cost effective and c… Colorado is the perfect environment to build high performance building that are cost effective and comfortable. Going well beyond code has many benefits with Passive House now a viable choice for many new projects. There is also a strong community of health materials builders and designers producing low embedded energy and natural structures.
This is a place to discuss California green building issues and events. Please post your news, event… This is a place to discuss California green building issues and events. Please post your news, events, questions, and comments. Also, this is just a start to get the ball rolling - Let me know if you’d like to manage this group! Also, let me know if you want to see groups for specific parts of California. Feedback is great. Images are great too - send your idea for a group image, and maybe I’ll use it! (This image: California Academy of Sciences)
Rocky Mountain Green 2017 - USGBC Colorado April 26 - 28, Denver Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel … Rocky Mountain Green 2017 - USGBC Colorado April 26 - 28, Denver Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Pl Denver , CO 80202 Rocky Mountain Green by USGBC Colorado is the flagship green building event in the region, uniting hundreds of industry leaders, experts and professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work. The 2017 conference, now in its 10th year, will take place April 26-28 in Denver. It will feature an opening reception, offsite building tours, educational programming, breakout sessions, keynote speakers and exhibitors. To learn more: http://www.usgbc.org/event/rocky-mountain-green-2017
Increasing Transparency in the Built Environment March 30, 2017, 7:30-9:30 am Xcel Energy 1800… Increasing Transparency in the Built Environment March 30, 2017, 7:30-9:30 am Xcel Energy 1800 Larimer St. Denver , CO 80202 Join USGBC Colorado and the Denver Chapter of IFMA for a March 30 breakfast to learn how our industry is working to increase transparency in the built environment. A panel of experts will discuss efforts being made in Denver and across the state. We'll hear from representatives of Denver 2030, Arc, local government and a utility company. More information coming soon: http://www.usgbc.org/event/increasing-transparency-built-environment
U.S. Energy Storage Summit 2016 Wednesday, December 7 (All day) - Thursday, December 8 (All day) … U.S. Energy Storage Summit 2016 Wednesday, December 7 (All day) - Thursday, December 8 (All day) 5 Embarcadero Center San Francisco , CA 94111 Now in its second year, GreenTech Media's U.S. Energy Storage Summit will bring together utilities, financiers, regulators, technology innovators, and storage practitioners for two full days of data-intensive presentations, analyst-led panel sessions with industry leaders, and extensive, high-level networking. JOIN US FOR A DEEP DIVE INTO THE BUDDING DOMESTIC ENERGY STORAGE MARKET We will kick-off the event with an overview of the current energy storage market on both sides of the meter, examining utility strategies, policies, and market designs. On Day 2, we’ll take a closer look at emerging technologies, business models and financing strategies. SPEAKERS Christoph Ostermann, sonnen GmbH Mateo Jaramillo, Tesla Energy Madeleine Klein, Edison Energy Steve Malnight, PG&E David Chiesa, S&C Electric Company Swami Venkataraman, CFA, Moody's Investors Service Susan Kennedy, Advanced Microgrid Solutions Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D., ComEd For more information, and to register: https://www.greentechmedia.com/events/live/u.s.-energy-storage-summit-2016 (This event sold out last year.)
San Francisco Green Festival Celebrates 15 Years! SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FESTIVAL Friday, Nove… San Francisco Green Festival Celebrates 15 Years! SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FESTIVAL Friday, November 11 at 12:00 PM - to - Sunday, November 13 at 5:00 PM (PST) Pier 35 1454 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94133 New Location Pier 35 Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm **Kids 16 and under gain free entry. Seniors and Military $5 off at the door. Students receive free admission on Friday and $5 off on Saturday and Sunday at the door. Go Green, take public transportation to the San Francisco Green Festival and receive $5 OFF your ticket price. Show your Clipper Card or printed ticket at the door. Join the Green Festival Marketplace by exploring over 200 exhibitors, learning from over 50 inspirational speakers, indulging in some delicious vegan or vegetarian food and learning all you need to know to live a more sustainable lifestyle! For more information: http://www.greenfestivals.org/san-francisco-2016-nov-11-13.html#!6 For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-green-festival-tickets-20633020921#tickets
Help Build What’s Next - California November 16, 1:30-4:30 google 345 Spear St San Francisco… Help Build What’s Next - California November 16, 1:30-4:30 google 345 Spear St San Francisco, CA 94105 Are you a Sustainable Building Leader, or... Do you Want to be? Check out this promising workshop series, hosted by cradle2cradle, BuildingGreen, and google: Built Positive workshops are for thought leaders in the built environment who want to take their practice to the next level. Each 3-hour interactive workshop is designed to help participants identify new opportunities to add value to their projects while bringing project values to life. Together, we’ll explore design methodologies, material health programs, product and systems innovations, and a new definition of waste. Leading companies will reveal breakthroughs in their own work. And we’ll investigate and develop concepts for design, use, disassembly, and reuse that are fundamental to creating positive material flows and realizing positive outcomes for people, planet, and business. Join us in person by registering for one of five national workshops. Or, sign up below to receive info on workshop webinars, as well as updates, content, and more. Workshop and webinar participants will receive AIA, IDCEC, and GBCI continuing education credits. Workshops facilitated by Nadav Malin, President & CEO, BuildingGreen. To learn more and to register: http://www.c2ccertified.org/connect/built-positive-workshop-series?mc_cid=ede5f5e520&mc_eid=a7154e4b83
California is leading the nation in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, and has done so through aggre… California is leading the nation in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, and has done so through aggressive climate bills. This effective methodology looks to continue as California recently passed Senate Bill 32 (SB32), the bill requires the state to lower greenhouse-gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The bill builds off a previous bill, AB 32, that required the state to reduce greenhouse-gas levels to 1990 levels by 2020. The state is reportedly on track to meet this goal but now, with the new goal, must find away to cut another 40 percent of emissions away in 15 years. While aiming to achieve 1990 emission levels by 2020, California passed aggressive policies to make the largest culprits of greenhouse gases cut down. For example, in the auto industry the state now require "six high-volume carmakers to sell zero-emission vehicles, and that program will expand to cover more auto companies and start to escalate the required numbers in 2018. It has also mandated that utilities must produce 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030" (Edelstein). So if California have already created these initiatives to reach their previous goal, what more can/must they do in order to reach Senate Bill 32's goal? Analyst's have suggested that the state could increase the percentage of electricity produced by renewable source's to above 50%. Furthermore, the state could expand its policy on electric vehicles to include other vehicles like trucks and buses. These are a couple of ideas that could bring the state closer to achieving it's new goal. However, these ideas, especially the policy on electric vehicles, requires that the general public take initiative too, they must increase the adoption of electric vehicles and if people on average hold onto a car for 71 months, it may not be a quick enough adoption to help the state reach it's goal. I believe California could improve it's grid infrastructure in order to maximize it's utilization of renewable power. With the direction the state is heading, it seems like it would make sense to do this at some point or another, why not now? As California's dependency on renewable energy increases, it will only become more complicated and convoluted to fully utilize renewable power on the grid. This would also be a good time to start because the state currently has issues with excess solar power during peek conditions and has struggled to transport and find uses for it. If California can update their infrastructure to better suit renewable sources of energy, we could see it become more reliable and easier to access. In turn, this could bring the state closer to achieving its goal. This would obviously cost a lot of money, but if they were to start now and perhaps gradually implement updates to the infrastructure over the next 15 years, the state could disburse the costs across a period of time, instead of all at once when they encounter a serious problem with 20th century grid technology. What do you think about Senate Bill 32? Is it too aggressive? Will California meet the new goal set? Edelstein, Stephen. "Landmark CA Climate Bill Could Have Wide Effects on Cars, Energy." Green Car Reports. N.p., 31 Aug. 2016. Web. 01 Sept. 2016. <http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1105871_landmark-ca-climate-bill-could-have-wide-effects-on-cars-energy>.
This hour long webcast will cover the proposal to phase out PG&E's production of nuclear power in Ca… This hour long webcast will cover the proposal to phase out PG&E's production of nuclear power in California by 2025. A coalition of labor leaders, environmental groups, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company came together in June to propose shifting California's energy solutions to increase the amount of carbon neutral sources while phasing out PG&E's Diablo Nuclear Power Plant over the next ten years. The webcast aims cover key elements of the joint proposal, how and why the coalition came together, and how the proposal is indicative of the changes taking place in California's rapidly evolving energy landscape. Furthermore, the webcast will get into the policies and market conditions that are holding back the proposal. Speakers: Melissa Lavinson, Vice President, Federal Affairs and Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer PG&E Corporation Ralph Cavanagh, Co-Director, Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, Robert LaCount, Executive Vice President, M.J. Bradley & Associates When: September 6th, 2016 1:00 PM ET Where: In order to access the webcast you must register. You can register here: https://www.greenbiz.com/webcast/turning-point-californias-clean-energy-future?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkRCbVpqazRabU13Tm1GaCIsInQiOiIxSXdGY0tvR0UwclJEYTVmbk16T0g5cmtka20rMjJxTUlROXhDaXZ6bFVDWW9XT25JQXppMUVpZm9jaXNuOVBZeFZHMk1DOVQwMGhtb0tWYUhVK2NzbHA4cGhCOTJKeG1mMFR0ek9jS1pUMD0ifQ%3D%3D For More Information: https://www.greenbiz.com/webcast/turning-point-californias-clean-energy-future?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkRCbVpqazRabU13Tm1GaCIsInQiOiIxSXdGY0tvR0UwclJEYTVmbk16T0g5cmtka20rMjJxTUlROXhDaXZ6bFVDWW9XT25JQXppMUVpZm9jaXNuOVBZeFZHMk1DOVQwMGhtb0tWYUhVK2NzbHA4cGhCOTJKeG1mMFR0ek9jS1pUMD0ifQ%3D%3D
Hillary Clinton is looking to find new ways to revamp the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a regulatio… Hillary Clinton is looking to find new ways to revamp the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a regulation that was created in 2005 to try and promote renewable energy fuels, in order to do this she has sought out advice from California regulators. California is leading the United States in the clean energy shift and so it makes sense for the democratic presidential nominee to seek their advice. Hillary met with members of the “California Air Resources Board, which oversees a market-based system called the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to promote the use of ethanol, [they] advised the Clinton campaign on whether the state’s model could be made suitable for the rest of the nation” (Calcuttawala). Although details from the meeting have not been disclosed, the head of CARB, Mary Nichols, said that she advised Hillary to consider less political taxing strategies. With this in mind, how do you think Hillary will approach revitalizing the regulation? How can she find a political middle ground when trying to help push renewable energies? Hillary has stated that she wants to provide “investors with the certainty they need, protects consumers, improve access to E15, E85, (ethanol blends) and biodiesel blends, and effectively drive the development of cellulosic and other advanced biofuels” (Calcuttawala). Based on this, I could see Hillary trying to fund research, perhaps through the Department of Energy, to discover new efficient methods for producing and utilizing biofuels. Furthermore, she could try to promote the production of biofuels by providing tax breaks to companies that produce biofuels. Following Nichols advice, these two approaches would have to include aspects that appeal to both democratic and republican parties. I think the second option I suggest may be more effective in getting the RFS back on track as supply is a big problem. If she wants investors to have certainty then cellulosic biofuels needs to produced in greater quantities as a lack of them has caused the EPA to lower the requirements for oil and ethanol blends for many years now, which in turn, hurts the progression of biofuels. What do you think Hillary will suggest? Is it possible to find a middle ground that can work for both parties? Where do you see the future of biofuels? Calcuttawala, Zainab. "Clinton Seeks Advice From California Regulators On Green Fuel Standards." OilPrice.com. N.p., 03 Aug. 2016. Web. 03 Aug. 2016. <http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Clinton-Seeks-Advice-From-California-Regulators-On-Green-Fuel-Standards.html>.
California has been leading the country in solar energy consumption and looks to continue this impre… California has been leading the country in solar energy consumption and looks to continue this impressive achievement as it implements new progressive policies like “The Expedited Solar Permitting Act” (Solar Bill AB 2188) which was implemented in 2014. The law gave “cities and counties in the state a September 2015 deadline to establish a fast, streamlined permitting process for residential solar systems of 10 kilowatts or smaller.” (Hirji) The results of this act have had a significant effect on pushing solar and recently has seen the state managing to get permits approved in less than 24 hours. It has been almost a year since cities and counties have had the chance to meet the September deadline and since then permit simplification has helped increase solar adoption drastically. For example, San Jose simplified its solar permit review and approval process under the new act last August, and since then, has made it significantly easier for citizens of the city to obtain a permit. Subsequently, the city has seen a near 600 percent increase in permit applications and approvals over the previous year. Clearly streamlining the permit work has helped make the decision to go solar easier and not only this, but the law has also helped cut soft costs. Soft costs, expense items like legal costs, have been cut down on thanks to the simplified process too. California residents can save $40 by getting their permits online, this and other soft savings are important because according to a 2013 study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory “Soft costs account for more than half of residential solar costs” (Hirji). In addition to savings on soft costs, the bill has also created a number of new jobs. Because of the need to be fast and efficient in processing and carrying out these permits, cities have increased the number of trained inspectors. The bill seems to have had a truly positive effect all around and is a prime example of how clean energy legislation can bring a plethora of beneficial attributes to a state's transition to sustainable energy and help its economy. What do you think about California’s solar legislation? What will be the next catalyst to help push solar further? HIRJI, ZAHRA. "California Cities Are Making It Faster, and Cheaper, to Install Rooftop Solar." California's Fast-Track Solar Permits Let the Sun Shine In Faster-and Cheaper. N.p., 29 July 2016. Web. 02 Aug. 2016. <https://insideclimatenews.org/news/29072016/california-fast-track-solar-permits-let-sun-shine-faster-cheaper-san-jose-los-angeles>.
California continues to make tremendous progress towards harnessing 50% of it's energy from renewabl… California continues to make tremendous progress towards harnessing 50% of it's energy from renewable sources by 2030, and news coming out this week reinforces that, as the state has managed to set a new record for solar electric production - 8 gigawatts. That is double of what the state was producing from solar just two years ago. More and more utility companies in California are installing solar photovoltaic grids as the state mandate and allure of successful business begins to fall into place. Not only has solar began to eclipse the price of oil, but we are also seeing major breakthroughs in the technology on a consistent basis. These factors have helped reduce the risk involved with solar and, subsequently, companies have seized the opportunity to be on the forefront of a market set to explode. Cheaper solar has helped grow and expand the technology and California has taken advantage of this. Cal ISO said that the new record was broken when solar "and wind renewable generation combined to provide 29 percent of the state’s total electric needs at Tuesday’s system peak, which was at 5:40 p.m." (). This is a great achievement for the state and country! With the way the way things are going, we could see California achieving its goal of 50% earlier than targeted as we still have 14 years and solar currently fits an exponential curve. Do you see California achieving its goal? In many ways we can see California as piloting the first major economy to transitioning to clean energy, if they are successful do you think other states will follow quickly? Anderson, Mark. "Massive Solar Farms Drive California to Record in Solar Generation." Widgets RSS. Sacramento Business Journal, 15 July 2016. Web. 16 July 2016. <http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2016/07/15/massive-solar-farms-drive-california-to-record-in.html>.