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Elon Musk, Please Invent the EV motorboat! — I recently had first-hand experience of the vomit-inducing horrors of the fossil-fueled lifestyle of "boaties." On a boat trip to an isolated house on Great Barrier Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, I realized for the first time that boat culture is very heavily fossil fueled.

Thought Solar Was Hard to Permit? Try Pumped Storage! — Pumped Hydro Storage When you consider the environmental benefits of solar power for providing electricity, it has always seemed unfair that it takes so much bureaucracy to overcome to get it built, even in the nation's leader, California.

Have Saudis Left it Too Late to Go Solar? — The Gulf States' biggest greenhouse gas emitter and the world's largest oil exporter has yet to make any discernible movement on the ambitious solar plan it announced in 2012 to spend $109 billion to build 41 GW of solar to generate a third of the nation's solar by 2032.
Dec 08, 2015

Saudi Kingdom's $109 billion #solar investment on hold as oil price drop creates first-ever government deficit…

One Weird Trick Prevents Bird Deaths At Solar Towers — Clean Power Sorry about the clickbaity title, but as it turns out, the solution to a serious problem discovered last year at Ivanpah - the first solar power tower in the US - actually has turned out to be "one weird trick." Below is the exact problem, and how the problem was solved.
Nov 09, 2015

@nycplayer @jenny8lee It was killing birds (115 during a standby test), but it turns out they found a solution:…

Novel Energy Storage Leverages Free Gravity — When there is excess energy on the grid that no one wants - like wind at 3 AM - the wind power is used to pump water up a hill to a reservoir. Then when the electricity is needed, the floodgates are opened and the force of the falling water drives huge turbines, which are connected to large generators sending electricity to the grid.

Faster Rising Seas if Antarctica Melts — New simulations of the future impact of climate change have revealed a much speeded up rate of sea level rise - by about ten-fold. New information about the rate at which Antarctica is melting has caused scientists to revise their estimates.

CA Pension Funds Must Divest from Coal — Drought-ravaged California is actively addressing climate change in two pieces of landmark climate legislation. The 7th largest economy in the world is leading the way to a clean energy future. California has just passed legislation forbidding its two state pension funds from investing in coal.

Breaking! Ivanpah Generation Is On Track — Clean Power In a successful launch of the world's power tower technology in the US, the 377 MW Ivanpah tower project is gradually ramping up year on year, as predicted by its developer, BrightSource.
Sep 07, 2015

Breaking! Ivanpah Generation Is On Track to Meet Targeted Generation… via @CleanTechnica

Sep 08, 2015

RT @JustinGerdes: Ivanpah is on track to hit its 2018 generation target. Nice reporting by @dotcommodity to fact check recent coverage

Solar Opponents Win: Palen To Be Trough, Not Tower — Clean Power According to a filing with the California Energy Commission (CEC) this week, Abengoa has apparently given up on attempting to permit what would have been California's second concentrated solar power (CSP) project after Ivanpah to use tower technology. In its latest iteration, this was to have been a 250 MW tower with storage.
Aug 29, 2015

#Solar Opponents Win: 250 MW Palen To Be Trough, Not Tower… via @CleanTechnica

Aug 29, 2015

RT @energienieuws: Solar Opponents Win: Palen to be Trough not Tower: According to a filing with the California Energy Commission...

Sep 01, 2015

RT @cowtowncoder: Lies, misinformation about Ivanpah's (actually) miniscule bird deaths leads to downgrade of Palen CSP project --… :(

Cheap Baseload Solar At Copiapó Gets OK In Chile (Exclusive Info) — Clean Power SolarReserve's baseload solar 260 MW Copiapó project bids into the grid in April, having just cleared Chile's permitting with a Resolución de Calificación Ambiental. With a price expected to be well under 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, the pioneering 24-hour solar project in Chile's Atacama desert can compete on price against other baseload generation.
Aug 25, 2015

Cheap Baseload Solar At Copiapó Gets OK In Chile (Exclusive Info)… via @CleanTechnica

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Feb 10, 2016

RT @SpruceFinance: 61 U.S. Congressional districts now have 1,000 solar workers; California leading the pack!! #SolarJobs #solar |

Feb 10, 2016

@gregpinelo I believe the entire Democratic side of the aisle; in both the Senate and the House, has long supported Clinton, per a NYT graph

Feb 10, 2016

@NobleIdeas @GovMarkDayton @Scotus He's been a good governor. When is his term up and what's the chances a D will win in MN?

Feb 10, 2016

@Sammy_Roth that's how someone might talk to a two year old...

Feb 10, 2016

RT @TPM: David Brooks: "Obama radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss"

Feb 09, 2016

RT @business: 150 oil and gas companies are "at risk of going bust" as prices fall

Feb 09, 2016

@DavidCornDC Sanders IS really a de facto D though. Other than guns, he supports D policy, never R.

Feb 09, 2016

@ghoberg Not clear from @nytimes what next steps are to get it done? Maybe GOP court just hoping to delay in case GOP holds WH+EPA in 2017?

Feb 08, 2016

RT @renew_economy: This graph offers a stunning reminder of #solar's stunning journey over the past decade

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