The Snowballing Effect Wildfire Smoke Is Having on California

The Snowballing Effect Wildfire Smoke Is Having on California

The smoke from California’s wildfires has had far-reaching consequences beyond the human health aspect. Aside from ruining the grape harvest for numerous wineries in Northern California wineries, over a month of smoky skies has had an impact on the state’s ability to reduce the very carbon emissions that have been fueling wildfires.  As The Verge […]

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Solar Innovations Offer New Inroads to Renewable Energy

Solar Innovations Offer New Inroads to Renewable Energy

A new study by the Department of Energy provides an interesting new concept for blending solar and hydropowerThe study found that by placing solar panels on reservoirs and feeding the solar power generated into the same substation, both the hydropower and solar power generated could be more inexpensive, more efficient, and more reliable.

Why This Matters:  It may be obvious, but we will need innovations like these to make the transformations needed to have a sustainable and feasible renewable power system. 

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India Providing Big Incentives to Domestic Solar Businesses To Increase Energy Self-Reliance

India Providing Big Incentives to Domestic Solar Businesses To Increase Energy Self-Reliance

The Indian government is planning to give land near ports to companies that will construct solar equipment factories, Utpal Bhaskar reported in Livemint. According to two people close to the development, New Delhi is attempting this in order to both “attain self-reliance and challenge the dominance of China in one of the world’s largest green energy market.”

Why This Matters: As Dr. Varun Sivaram, an energy policy expert, told ODP, this recent announcement of tariffs is “a mixed bag.” Tariffs raise the cost of solar production, and, in Dr. Sivaram’s words, “ultimately slow down India’s badly needed clean energy transition.”

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Futurist Tony Seba: The 2020s Will Be the “Most Disruptive Decade in History”

Futurist Tony Seba: The 2020s Will Be the “Most Disruptive Decade in History”

Julia Pyper, host/producer of Political Climate Tony Seba has a track record of making accurate predictions. In 2014, the Stanford University futurist projected that clean energy technologies would fundamentally disrupt the fossil fuel industry, a notion that other experts said was deluded. Flash forward to today, and Seba correctly forecast the rapid decline in solar […]

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China’s Purchases and Investments In US Energy Are On Their Terms

China’s Purchases and Investments In US Energy Are On Their Terms

President Trump trumpeted his trade deal with China, but so far it has been a bust, according to The Wall Street Journal — the Chinese have not purchased nearly the amount of energy (in terms of total dollars) as they promised — only $2B in oil and gas purchases against a commitment of $25B for this year.

Why This Matters:  Trump’s energy policy is a colossal failure, especially when measured against his outlandish campaign promise of complete energy independence.

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Some Good News For Solar: It’s Cheap, It’s Popular, and the Technology Keeps Improving

Some Good News For Solar: It’s Cheap, It’s Popular, and the Technology Keeps Improving

GreenTech Media reported that the largest solar power project in the world will also be its cheapest — the project is in Abu Dhabi where the government expects that the price will be as low as $1.35 for a kilowatt-hour, beating the previous record low price of $1.60. 

Why This Matters:  There is no doubt that solar energy projects and jobs are at short term risk due to the pandemic.  But the industry’s leaders and analysts remain optimistic.

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