Despite the Trump administration’s ongoing attempts to prop up coal and undermine renewables—at FERC, EPA and through tariffs and the budget process—2018 should instead be remembered for the surge in momentum toward a clean energy economy. Here are nine storylines that caught my attention this past year and help illustrate the unstoppable advancement of renewable energy and other modern grid technologies. California Goes All-In for Carbon-Free Electricity; Several States Strengthen Their RES Requirements; Clean Energy Champions Win Gubernatorial Races; Record Low Prices for Renewables; Major Utilities Commit to Low-Carbon Portfolios; Corporate Renewable Energy Purchases Keep Growing; Offshore Wind Moves Forward; Storage Steps Into the Spotlight; PG&E Turns Down the Gas With Storage and Renewables.
Ecowatch 27th Dec 2018 read more »
In his year-end letter, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says his to-do list for 2019 includes persuading U.S. leaders to regain America’s leading role in nuclear energy research and embrace advanced nuclear technologies such as the concept being advanced by his own TerraPower venture. “The world needs to be working on lots of solutions to stop climate change,” Gates wrote in the wide-ranging letter, released Saturday night. “Advanced nuclear is one, and I hope to persuade U.S. leaders to get into the game.” Gates acknowledged that tighter U.S. export restrictions, put in place by the Trump administration, have virtually ruled out TerraPower’s grand plan to test its traveling-wave nuclear technology in China. “We had hoped to build a pilot project in China, but recent policy changes here in the U.S. have made that unlikely,” Gates wrote. He said “we may be able to build it in the United States” if regulations are updated and the investment climate for nuclear power improves.
Geek Wire 29th Dec 2018 read more »