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New record low cost for solar in North America! 0 B. Ellard https://electrek.co/2017/11/16/cheapest-electricity-on-the-planet-mexican-solar-power/  
by B. Ellard
Friday, November 17, 2017
Paris climate agreement 0 B. Ellard The USA will now be leaving this agreement. This will take some time - maybe by 2020, so lets work on establishing similar agreements at the state level. Colorado would be a great state to start with. The initial impacts to our new energy economy will be small, as this agreement does not really kick in until 2019-2020 with $$ for de-carbonizing our economy. But longer term this holds back job creation in many USA industries such as Solar, Wind, energy efficiency, storage, demand side management, smart grid, etc... One thing that will not change is the movement away from coal as a source of electric generation. Utilities across the USA are managed at the state level - not the federal. Our coal plants are old and no new coal plants are being considered. Utilities are moving to natural gas + wind + solar for their future generation plans. http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2017/05/pseg_power_retires_njs_2_biggest_coal-burning_powe.html https://www.reuters.com/article/us-utilities-tva-natgas-idUSKBN18T06C   https://cleantechnica.com/2017/04/24/us-coal-plant-closures-likely-eliminate-30-million-tonnes-annual-coal-demand/   https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2017/05/10/surging-gas-fired-power-generation-in-pjm-region-will-force-more-coal-plant-closures-report-says/    
by B. Ellard
Friday, June 2, 2017
100 % (or very close) renewable economy 2 B. Ellard Thanks Larry;I will watch the video and provide feedback. I am currently writing an article about the duck curve - on how this is not a problem caused by solar, or on-site generation, but instead the duck curve is a business model/tariff problem. More specifically how if we reduce or eliminate C&I demand charges and replace with aggressive time of use rates - then the duck curve get flattened...As far as the value of solar issue - this may become a non-issue as far as net-metering fairly soon IMHO. With cheap DC storage, maybe even build into the inverter, net-metering will go away.....
by B. Ellard
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The solar wars presentation 0 B. Ellard This is my solar wars presentation at the University of Colorado. The solar wars will also be published in 3 articles for Solar Today.  
by B. Ellard
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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