opinion Terry Jarrett Published 10:51 PM EDT Sep 26, 2018 There’s little doubt that a global technology revolution is under way. And the sweep of change over the past decade alone has been stunning. Electric cars and smart phones are proving that the world has gone high-tech. Many analysts now believe that a “deep electrification” of the U.S. economy is coming, too, thanks to electric cars, electric buses, and high-speed rail. This electrification could also transform both homes and heavy industry through advances in heat pumps and on-demand water heaters. But all of it will mean a large increase in electricity needs, and it’s important to start planning now to ensure future power grid reliability. In 2016, there were 567,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. But thanks to an EV boom, that number may reach a whopping 7 million cars by 2025. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), electric vehicles could … [Read more...] about Can our power grid support electric cars?
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Emery P. Dalesio, Ap Business Writer Updated 8:53 am PDT, Friday, August 24, 2018 In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 power transmission lines deliver electricity along the Interstates 40 and I-85 corridor in Orange County near Hillsborough, N.C. Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid while also making the delivery system ready for a world with much more renewable energy. less In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 power transmission lines deliver electricity along the Interstates 40 and I-85 corridor in Orange County near Hillsborough, N.C. Electric utilities are pouring ... more Photo: Gerry Broome, AP In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 power transmission lines carry electricity along the Interstates 40 and I-85 corridor in Orange County near Hillsborough, N.C. Electric utilities are … [Read more...] about Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits
By L.M. Sixel Published 12:29 pm, Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg / Bloomberg Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. developed the world's first floating wind farm in the North Sea. Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. developed the world's first floating wind farm in the North Sea. Photo: Bloomberg / Bloomberg Two energy companies say they can store off-shore wind power 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Offshore wind farms hold great promise as sources of clean energy, but the most power is produced at night when it's needed the least. Storing that wind energy has been a vexing problem for power producers, but a partnership in Europe announced this week that it may have found a solution. Equinor, the Norwegian company formerly known as … [Read more...] about Two energy companies say they can store off-shore wind power
In recent years, New Yorkers, like people all over the world, have faced the realities of human-made climate change: extreme storms, rising sea levels, summer heat waves, massive winter nor'easters, and a $20 billion plan to reduce future flooding. Last year, the United States as a whole experienced the highest losses from climate disasters, an estimated $309 billion. With the Big Oil lobby firmly entrenched in the Trump administration, national action against climate change has ground to a halt. The path to climate safety is closing fast. Climate change results overwhelmingly from the burning of coal, oil and gas, and the carbon dioxide emissions that result. (Emissions from agricultural production and land use change are also drivers.) The key to climate safety is therefore decarbonization: to shift from the fossil fuels to zero-carbon energy, such as wind, solar, hydro and nuclear power. The future of the planet therefore depends mainly on the few place that produce the … [Read more...] about We can fix this: Don’t be dispirited by Big Oil’s power in the age of Trump — real climate change solutions are in reach
CAYEY, Puerto Rico — Norma Ramos and Helga Marrero stood outside, chatting, as a Thursday afternoon dusk diluted the last bits of blue sky and sunshine in La Merced.Nearly every cement-block house along their meandering mountain road flickered to life as indoor lighting flashed on. A girl ran through the barrio and yelled, “Luz!” Power had returned. But the electrification only went as far as the bakery on the corner, where the linemen piled into bucket trucks and called it a day.For Ramos and Marrero, one more long-suffering day. Who knew how much longer it would be until they, too, could rejoice at flipping a switch?“Sunday,” Ramos said, reaching for a flashlight. “They promised we’d have electricity by Sunday. I guess I can wait. I’ve waited this long.”The neighbors belong to a community along Puerto Rico’s “last mile,” the cluster of communities marking Hurricane Maria’s destructive path across … [Read more...] about In Puerto Rico’s ‘last mile,’ power is still elusive as next hurricane season looms