An Interview With Mark Jacobson on the 100% Renewables Debate

A long-term energy storage rebate that cleared the California Senate came to a sudden halt in the Assembly this week.

SB 700 would create a 10-year rebate program that steps down in phases as storage penetration increases, modeled after the successful California Solar Initiative. It was slated for a hearing Wednesday in the Assembly's Utilities and Energy Committee, but the committee chair took it off the agenda despite objections from the bill's author.

The bill is still alive, but it can't be passed until the legislative session next year due to Assembly rules.

The procedural move to delay the bill without a vote has

An Interview With Mark Jacobson on the 100% Renewables Debate

The Department of Energy may be facing potentially massive budget cuts and interference in how it gives out green technology research grants, but it’s still getting the money out there. The latest installment is $46.2 million from DOE’s SunShot Initiative, aimed at bringing a host of solar PV, solar thermal, energy storage and inverter technologies closer to market. 

The grants, announced Wednesday, are split among 48 companies, universities and research organizations. They’re coming from two programs: Photovoltaics Research and Development 2: Modules and Systems (PVRD2), aimed at new PV technologies; and Technology to Market 3 (T2M3

An Interview With Mark Jacobson on the 100% Renewables Debate

With America now a climate pariah on the global stage, cities around the country are stepping up their commitments to action. But are they just cheerleading, rather than actually leading?

This week, guest Sam Brooks tells the hard truth about why cities are not living up to their bold pronouncements -- not yet, anyway.

Brooks is the former director of the District of Columbia's sustainability division. He recently penned a piece for GTM on why cities are not leading on climate in the way they claim. We'll talk to him about the data behind his argument and his experience working

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A study of thousands of single-family houses shows that green certification is worth an average of $25,000 in resale value
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A new study examined 3,800 green-certified homes built in Texas between 2008 and 2016 and determined that green certification was worth a 6% boost in resale value. Certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. ) program gave single-family houses in the Texas market an added 8% in value.

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An Interview With Mark Jacobson on the 100% Renewables Debate

SolarWorld Americas has secured a lifeline. 

The financially troubled solar manufacturer announced yesterday that lenders have agreed to immediately forward $6 million in cash, which will allow the firm to stabilize operations and fight a high-stakes U.S. solar trade dispute.

Lenders will also permit the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company to sell any assests not required for operations, including a warehouse and land next to its factory, and put the proceeds back into the business. SolarWorld leadership expects these sales, coupled with the $6 million, to result in a combined cash infusion in the "double-digit-million-dollar range."

“This financial reinforcement is good for our customers and suppliers alike,”

Global clean energy investment has rallied from a months-long slump, thanks to solar. 

The second quarter of 2017 saw $64.8 billion invested in clean energy around the world, up 21 percent from the first quarter of this year, according to the latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). This marks the highest for any quarter since Q2 2016.

The financing of two enormous photovoltaic projects in the United Arab Emirates helped to drive a recovery in global clean energy investment. The 800-megawatt Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum III plant in Dubai and the 1.2 gigawatt Marubeni JinkoSolar and Adwea Sweihan project in Abu Dhabi contributed

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “Most utility customers spend just eight minutes per year thinking about their electricity bill.” 

That eight-minute stat comes from Accenture, and it actually refers to online interactions between customers and their utilities. It’s usually deployed by a skeptical conference panelist looking to throw cold water on the latest “big idea” in energy -- like the suggestion that everyday consumers will suddenly embrace time-of-use rates or that grandma will use blockchain technology to sell excess solar power to her neighbor. How could any of that happen when customers spend so little time interacting with their energy provider?

It’s an effective

An Interview With Mark Jacobson on the 100% Renewables Debate

Not long ago, energy nerds were pondering the feasibility of 20 percent renewables on the electric grid. We're long past that.

Today, the conversation is centered around 100 percent renewables economy-wide -- thanks largely to a body of work developed by Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues. Since 2009, he's argued that 100 percent renewables is not only feasible, it's desirable.

But as the stakes get higher, the debate gets more intense. Jacobson has picked up many high-profile supporters -- but he's also picked up a lot of critics, who believe his work is faulty and short-sighted.

That criticism came to

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