Rocky Mountain Institute Report: The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios

Written by Ryan Pollin, ERS for Zondits, June 11, 2018 A new Rocky Mountain Institute report, “The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios,” considers four proposed gas plants in different areas of the United States, comparing the cost of their construction and operation to a locale-appropriate mix of clean energy resources – solar, wind, storage, and … Read more

Brewing Company Runs With $4 Million Solar and Natural Gas Powered Unit

Beer Maker Sierra Nevada Lauded for Energy Efficiency Energy Manager Today, January 19, 2018 Beer giant Sierra Nevada runs its massive brewing operations with energy from a $4 million unit that delivers solar energy and natural gas, with a slight draw from utility reserves. According to chicoer.com, the Chico, California-based company made its mark when it installed … Read more

New England Faces Risk of Rollings Blackouts Without New Pipelines

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New England grid operator warns of rolling blackouts without new pipelines Telegram, Janurary 19, 2018 THE ISSUE: While New England has become increasingly reliant on natural gas to produce electricity, some say pipeline capacity hasn’t kept pace with demand. THE IMPACT: Grid operator ISO New England warns that fuel insecurity could lead to rolling blackouts … Read more

Amsterdam to Reduce Natural Gas Usage

Gita Subramony, ERS, for Zondits Currently, 90% of the homes in Amsterdam use natural gas to provide heat. City Lab takes a look at how the Netherlands’ capital is planning on moving away from natural gas as a heat source. The city is planning on switching buildings over to a district heating system, starting with … Read more

Natural Gas and the Power Generation Mix

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U.S. Natural Gas Electricity Efficiency is Always Improving Forbes, April 10, 2016. Image credit: anita_starzycka For electricity, the lifeblood of our modern world, efficiency has been installed as the 1st choice to reduce energy usage and related GHG emissions. Although renewables are ranked 2nd in this critical “loading order,” 3rd ranked natural gas often gets deployed 1st because … Read more

Where Does Your Electricity Come From?

Gita Subramony for Zondits, September 22, 2015. Image credit: TBIT NPR has produced a nifty graphic showing changes in electric generation sources state-by-state from 2004 to 2014. On a national level, the use of coal to generate electricity has dropped from 51% to 40%, while the use of natural gas and renewables has increased on the … Read more

Palo Alto Officially Declares Its Electric Portfolio “Carbon Neutral”

Palo Alto looks to get people to switch off natural gas Palo Alto Online, July 30, 2015. Image credit: PublicDomainPictures Now comes the next challenge: How to get residents to switch off natural gas and plug into clean electricity? The effort, commonly known as “fuel switching,” was sparked by both the city’s switch to a “carbon-neutral” … Read more

5 Ways Electricity Generation Will Be Transformed by 2040

5 Seismic Shifts Shaking Up World’s Energy Use, According to Bloomberg’s NEO EcoWatch, June 25, 2015. Image credit: epSos .de Renewable energy is set to blow past fossil fuels in the next 25 years, attracting nearly two-thirds of the spending on new power plants, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). With … Read more

Massachusetts Governor Trying to Improve the Energy Grid

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Massachusetts Governor Hopes to Upgrade Natural Gas Pipelines While Leaving Room for Solar and Wind Energy Gita Subramony for Zondits Charlie Baker, the newly inaugurated governor of Massachusetts, has recognized that his state pays high rates for energy. In an effort to reduce prices the administration has made natural gas infrastructure a priority. Despite the … Read more

Alaska Has Great Potential for Efficiency and Renewables

Energy efficiency is something we’re all going to be hearing a lot more about over the next decade and beyond. It represents yet another opportunity to strengthen American energy self-sufficiency. Viewing energy efficiency as an energy source can be especially beneficial to Alaskans in diversifying our energy portfolio.