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Utility Adds 2.5 MW Of Demand Response Capabilities With Very Unusual “Batteries”

November 2nd, 2019 | by Scott Cooney

Hawaiian Electric (HECO) recently added 2.5MW of grid services to its grid, allowing it to store energy during peak solar and wind production periods, and did so without any traditional batteries, flywheels, or pumped hydro. Even better, the hardware required is very minimal, and in fact, most of it already exists in every residential grid in the world


How Can We Help Those Affected By The California Wildfires?

October 31st, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Every year it seems that California has these insane wildfires that are making people and animals homeless. This year is no different, except it seems worse. Every day, there seems to have been a new fire reported. CNN just reported that 26,000 people have been evacuated due to the Easy Fire. This wildfire has burned at least 1,300 acres and could jump Highway 23. Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayoub told CNN at a news conference that there were intense firefighting conditions. They actually had to ground fixed-wing aircraft because of the high winds, with gusts up to 65 miles an hour. For those who are unaware, that's almost the wind speed of a Category 1 hurricane


Automakers Show Us Their True Colors (Petition Inside)

October 31st, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

(tl;dr: Donald Trump and a number of automakers are against higher voluntary emissions standards, and are pushing for policy that is not only bad for the environment, but completely betrays even conservative values. Our petition against this can be found here.)


Elon Musk Is Now “Treelon”

October 30th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Team Trees is an initiative by YouTuber MrBeast. The goal: plant 20 million trees around the world by January 1, 2020. So far, as of this writing, more than 10 million trees have been pledged at $1 each. Elon Musk donated funds to plant 1 million trees. YouTube is matching the next million-dollar donation to Team Trees, and even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey made a donation


Heat (The Elephant In The Room)

October 30th, 2019 | by Gerard Reid

I came across a very interesting statistic the other day from the IEA's Renewables 2018 report. The statistic is that 50% of total energy consumption globally is used for the production of heat for our homes, industry, and other applications


Why Thorium Nuclear Isn’t Featured on CleanTechnica Redux

October 30th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard

Seven years ago, CleanTechnica published its policy position to not cover thorium nuclear reactors. Today, the United States has a Democratic Presidential candidate in the top 10 who loves thorium, yet CleanTechnica still ignores it. Why is that


It’s About More Than The Tesla [TSLA] Short Burn

October 27th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

The LA Times has published an article talking about how Elon Musk kept his promise regarding the Tesla short burn of the century and I just wanted to remind people that it's more than just burning shorts. Of course, we are speaking in metaphors here, and not literally setting people on fire. A "short burn" is practically a technical term in the investment world


Anatomy Of A Watershed Event

October 27th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

For background, please see this previous article: "Will A Watershed Event Turn The Tide Against Fossil Fuels?" A watershed event is defined as: An event or period that is important because it represents a big change and the start of new developments


Can Tesla Save The Earth?

October 27th, 2019 | by Andy Miles

That question “can Tesla save the Earth?” is a condensed way of asking, what impact can Tesla cars and electric vehicles in general have in our war against climate change? War it is, because we either win and survive, or we lose and perish, and losing is unthinkable, so certainly we have to do everything we can to live more responsibly and more sustainably. We either change voluntarily with the possibility of a favorable outcome, or change will be forced upon us in the most drastic, cataclysmic, and unpleasant way possible. The choice is ours


A Guide To Disaster Preparedness – Part One

October 25th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

We are still not at a mitigation level to avoid 1.5ºC or even 2ºC temperature rise, but of course we hope to get there before runaway climate change destroys us. Part of what we can do is to be prepared for extreme climate events. They can happen to anyone, and there is no way to know who that will be and when



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