Hawaii has signed up to most ambitious renewables target of any US state – 100%. If any state can do it with little pain, it is Hawaii
Coal is plentiful and cheap, the perfect fuel for the utility boiler, only if it were not for the fact that it is heavily polluting.
New book says world can transition from roughly 100 GW of installed solar PV capacity in 2012 to 100 TW by 2060. That will be enough to meet the total energy needs of roughly 10 billion people, assuming each person can get by with 2 kW of dedicated capacity.
It’s already obvious that as demand falls so do utility revenues, the question is how soon and how much?
As the cost of self-generation, energy efficiency and storage continues to fall, a home can increasingly be viewed as a source of power.
For utility executives making New Year Resolutions, 2015 promises to bring in more grief in the form of lower demand growth, and rising retail tariffs.
Not everyone is happy to see coal’s gradual demise – but that is where it appears to be heading, at least in the US.
Debating how to treat solar vs. non-solar customers is mostly focused on what are the costs and benefits associated with serving the former.
Regulators in California, like those in NY and Hawaii, have realise that business as usual is not going to cut it in the future.
US coal lobby and its political supporters accuse President Obama and EPA of waging war on coal, not everyone believes all or any of it.