New Tesla Battery Plant to Boost Nevada Economy

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Tesla motor company is building a sprawling new battery plant in Nevada that will support thousands of new jobs and boost the local economy.

The batteries, to be built in a joint venture with Panasonic, are expected to support teslas planned model three – a sedan that will be sold for $40,000.

Improvements in storage technology will make electric cars more and more common.

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-tesla-nevada-20140905-story.html

An all-electric airliner in the next 25 years?

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Currently, if you fly, you’re burning a lot of fossil fuel. But research may change all that in the near future. In fact, it may be possible to have an all electric airliner within 25 years.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130802-powering-up-hybrid-planes

New flow battery could give an electric vehicle a 240 mile range

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Electric vehicles are here to stay. They or better for the environment and health, cost less to maintain and operate, and meet or can exceed the performance and comfort of traditional vehicles.

With all these advantages, we are likely to see more more electric cars on the road. But The thing that would really spur faster adoption of electric vehicles would be the next improvement in energy storage technology. The reason is that better storage would give a greater vehicle range.

there is a great deal of research into new storage technologies including the possible use of fuel cells or improved batteries. with regard to new battery technology, check out GE’s flow battery under development which GE hopes would give an electric vehicle at 240 mile range.

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/08/29/new-ge-flow-battery-aims-for-240-mile-ev-range/

Indoor pollution

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Pollution is not just something that occurs outdoors. Pollution can exist inside your house or workplace. And in such an enclosed space, the concentration of toxic materials may be higher than outdoors.

To minimize indoor pollution, avoid using cleaners that contain toxic substances, and if you’re painting or staining, use water-based or no VOC (volatile organic compound) products.

Such products are now commonly available, and work well too. Ask at your favorite stores and be sure to read the labels before purchase or use.

EPA will try to reduce power plant carbon pollution by 30% by 2030

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a draft proposal to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Expect the coal industry and fossil fuel lobby to vigorously attack the plan and file lawsuits to prevent or delay the pollution reductions.

Energy companies should give up their out-of-dare reliance on dirty fuels and join the inevitable transition to renewable energy by revising their business plans and adding more renewables to their portfolio.

New York State proposes shift toward decentralized electric power generation and greater use of renewables

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

On April 24, 2014, the New York State Public Service Commission staff released a report and proposal that calls for a shift away from the traditional utility model of centralized generation, toward more distributed electricity generation.

Distributed generation serves as an alternative to or an enhancement of the traditional electric power system.

Distributed generation is a method of generating electricity from systems — like solar systems– located close to where the electricity is being used, in contrast to the traditional model in the U.S. where electricity is generated at large power plants and then transmitted long distances to individual electricity users.

Distributed generation using renewable energy systems has many advantages: it promotes the generation of clean nonpolluting electricity; it saves utility companies and their ratepayers from the cost of having to build new power plants; and he can prevent the loss of power when the electric grid is down during a natural disaster or other emergency.

See staff report at: http://www3.dps.ny.gov/W/PSCWeb.nsf/96f0fec0b45a3c6485257688006a701a/26be8a93967e604785257cc40066b91a/$FILE/ATTK0J3L.pdf/Reforming%20The%20Energy%20Vision%20(REV)%20REPORT%204.25.%2014.pdf

For other analysis, see:
http://www.troutmansandersenergyreport.com/2014/05/nypsc-staff-releases-proposal-to-overhaul-utility-regulation/

Synergy Between Solar and Batteries

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

If storage can be paid for by grid stabilization services, demand charge reduction, etc., then we can have emergency power at supermarkets, restaurants, food distribution centers, gas stations, police stations, hotels, YMCAs, etc. in every town… for little or no additional cost.

Great thing!

NJFREE discusses renewable energy transition ideas at legislative stakeholders meeting in Trenton NJ

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Members of NJFREE met with other stakeholders to emphatically make the point that we need a renewable energy transition in New Jersey.  Key elements include:

a requirement of 80% of electricity generation by 2050 from renewable, non-polluting sources like solar and wind;

specific and measurable milestone requirements that will get us to the final requirement;

keeping the definition of renewable energy, non-polluting definition to sources that are truly renewable and non-polluting (not just less dirty fossil fuels for example).

Electric Energy Storage for Solar and Wind: Rapid progress in new technologies, commercial products, and new business models

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

In a hybrid PV/battery storage project in Denville/Hackettstown, NJ, stateoftheart lithium ion batteries work with a commercial PV system, simultaneously generating PV power, providing frequency regulation for PJM, and providing emergency power capability.

No government involvement, no grants…the revenue from the frequency regulation services not only paid for the additional cost of the batteries, but paid for the inverter, too, actually reducing the cost of the system.

US Supreme Court upholds EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution rule which protects downwind states from power plant emissions

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

On April 29, 2014, the Supreme Court upheld the U.S. EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, a clean air standard that requires 28 states in the East, Midwest, and South to cut emissions of pollutants from coal-fired power plants that cross state lines and degrade air quality in downwind states.

The American Lung Association said: “Millions of Americans will breathe easier, thanks to the decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court that will finally curtail second-hand smog – ozone smog and particle pollution blown across state borders far from their sources, threatening lives and health.”

The Environmental Defense Fund said: “The Supreme Court’s decision means that our nation can take the necessary steps to ensure healthier and longer lives for the 240 million Americans at risk from power plant smokestack pollution near and far.” 

Isn’t it time that we begin restructuring how we generate our electric power, and start transitioning to a renewable energy future?