February 03, 2015
Here is some important data about dumping renewables from Scientific American--
In California, where renewable energy makes up 20 percent of retail electricity sales, an overproduction of solar and wind during the middle of the day forced the state to dump 19 gigawatt-hours of prepurchased renewable energy last year. Electrolyzers could effectively serve as energy storage by using that excess generation to make renewable hydrogen.
Full article is here.
December 14, 2014
Catholic Bishops explain climate change--
Following the evangelical option for the poor, we work closely with the most vulnerable communities and the excluded and as such are closely attuned to how the problem of climate change is affecting them. Our message to political leaders and all people of good will is rooted in the experience and suffering of these poor communities. . . .
We recognize that much good has happened on Earth through the rightful and responsible intelligence, technology and industry of humankind under God's loving care. And yet in recent decades many grave adversities such as climate change, with its devastating impact on Nature itself, on food security, health and migration, led to a great number of suffering people worldwide.
We express an answer to what is considered God's appeal to take action on the urgent and damaging situation of global climate warming. The main responsibility for this situation lies with the dominant global economic system, which is a human creation. . . .
We as Bishops call on all parties . . . to build new models of development and lifestyles that are both climate compatible and bring people out of poverty. Central to this is to put an end to the fossil fuel era, phasing out fossil fuel emissions and phasing in 100% renewables with sustainable energy access for all.
See full statement here.
November 29, 2014
Commission Picker has issued a proposed order that will direct major California utilities to prepare plans to integrate renewable energy resources into their distribution grids. Picker has cast a balance between far reaching goals for localized energy production and the real-world challenges of moving utilities forward. Comments due December 12. Picker's Draft Order