German solar inverter maker SMA Solar Technology this month gave 260,000 customers the ability to claim a cryptocurrency called SolarCoin in exchange for solar energy.

The scheme, available as a feature in SMA’s Sunny Portal software for Webconnect and Sunny Home Manager customers, allows PV system owners to collect a SolarCoin for every megawatt-hour of solar energy produced.

The SolarCoin payment is in addition to whatever the solar installation owner might receive for the sale or exchange of their energy. Like most cryptocurrencies, the value of SolarCoin is highly volatile. Unlike bitcoin, however, SolarCoin’s value has remained at modest levels so far.

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The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) this week filed a final draft of its 2019 to 2038 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which calls for big deployments of solar and storage and a system of eight, distributed “mini-grids” to support the island during disasters. 

The plan, drafted by Siemens, closely mirrors a draft released in January. While relying heavily on a build-out of clean energy resources, especially in the first four years of the plan, the IRP also includes investments in natural gas infrastructure.

Siemens analyzed nearly 80 pathways for the island’s future energy system, but ultimately settled on a hybrid of two scenarios “deemed both

California regulators are starting to fill a hole in the state’s climate policy.

For decades, California has led the world in efforts to reduce the energy consumption of appliances and buildings. But, in recent years, California policymakers have started to favor a new guiding metric: carbon.

In January 2018, then-Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order calling for at least 5 million zero-emission vehicles to be on California roads by 2030. In September of the same year, Brown signed SB 100, which called for 100 percent zero-carbon electricity in California by 2045.

Last month, the California Public

Consulting company McKinsey & Company and global oil major British Petroleum both recently released 2019 outlooks for the global energy sector, and though both forecast that renewables will grow markedly in the coming years, the results present sharply divergent understandings of just how much.  

McKinsey projects renewables will account for more than 50 percent of global power generation by 2035, while BP’s forecast puts renewables at just about 30 percent of power in 2040.

In McKinsey’s case, renewables will grow to 75 percent of generation by 2050.

  

Source: McKinsey

The forecast shows gas generation peaking around 2035. Through that

Though scant on details of what a transportation overhaul might look like, the Green New Deal — really a framework designed to lead more specific policy proposals — has already caused a partisan stir around what a remade and more just transit system might look like. 

The resolution released last week from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey is, at its core, an outline to transition towards an environmentally-friendly and just economy. Transportation makes up just one part. Politics are stacked against the deal, and it’s unlikely to pass the Republican-led Senate. But experts in the clean transportation space say it could serve as a vision

Though scant on details of what a transportation overhaul might look like, the Green New Deal — really a framework designed to lead more specific policy proposals — has already caused a partisan stir around what a remade and more just transit system might look like. 

The resolution released last week from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey is, at its core, an outline to transition towards an environmentally-friendly and just economy. Transportation makes up just one part. Politics are stacked against the deal, and it’s unlikely to pass the Republican-led Senate. But experts in the clean transportation space say it could serve as a vision

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