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Energy Transition update: 2016

My readers will forgive that a rather lengthy absence from this blog has meant that I have not updated my global renewable energy statistics yet with numbers for the full year 2015, most of which have been out for a few months. The numbers which are available maintain earlier trends, namely a stagnation in Western […]

Why I am not covering the Clean Power Plan lawsuit

If you follow mainstream climate and energy reporting, you would think that as a renewable energy reporter, I would be all over the arguments being made this week in the legal challenge to the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) by the criminally deluded leaders of 27 states and whatever assorted coal industry super villains […]

Things I was wrong about

The delay in my posting is sufficient enough that there isn’t even much to say about it. However, this period of time has further established certain trends which to observers more savvy than I were obvious years ago, and an update to the perspectives in my previous posts is sorely needed. We who observe and […]

Very high levels of renewable electricity: Geography and diversity in cat-skinning methods

The last three posts on this blog have all dealt with the feasibility of reaching very high levels (80% or more) renewable energy in our electricity grids. Specifically, these posts were responses to articles dismissing the possibility doing this quickly, whose arguments I did not feel were well supported by facts and existing research. I […]

The Jacobson Plan: 100% renewable energy in the United States

This week a team led by Stanford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Mark Jacobson presented the latest results of its work on the technical and economic feasibility of moving the United States to 100% renewable energy by 2050. This includes state-by-state assessments and covers all forms of energy: Electricity, transit, heat and industry. Their […]

Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there: A response to “The awful truth about Climate Change”

My readers will pardon that it has taken me a full week to respond fully to David Roberts’ post in Vox, “The Awful Truth in Climate Change”. I’ve been busy as usual with other matters this last week, and frankly it took me a little while to fully articulate what I have to say here. […]

Energy Transition in the UK

This morning I was shocked to read a report by the UK’s Renewable Energy Association which finds that the UK met 19.2% of its electricity demand with renewable energy in 2014. This is the result of a 20% increase in renewable energy output over the previous year, and evidence that the UK is joining the […]