07. July 2017 · Comments Off on Renewable energy at a ‘tipping point’ · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Should the world promote economic growth or fight climate change? That model of “either/or” thinking may be losing its validity faster than even some experts have imagined. While fossil fuels – coal, oil, gas – still generate roughly 85 percent of the world’s energy supply, it’s clearer than ever that the future belongs to renewable sources such as wind and solar. The move to renewables is picking up momentum around the world: They now account for more than half of new power sources going on line.

Source: Renewable energy at a ‘tipping point’ – CSMonitor.com

06. July 2017 · Comments Off on Philly commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Weeks after Mayor Jim Kenney joined hundreds of other mayors across the country denouncing the White House’s move to reject the Paris climate accord, Philadelphia announced today that it has committed to transitioning to 100 percent clean energy. Currently, energy used by buildings and industry in Philadelphia accounts for 79 percent of carbon pollution in the city. “In Philadelphia we’re not afraid of hard work and will do everything in our power to fight climate change,” Kenney said. In reference to Pres

Source: Philly commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 – Curbed Philly

05. July 2017 · Comments Off on Siemens kicks off renewables-plus-storage smart grid pilot in Rotterdam · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Siemens has helped start a smart grid pilot project in Rotterdam that will connect 20,000 homes with renewables and storage facilities. The project will see Siemens collaborate with Dutch grid operator Stedin and utility Lyv Smart Lyving to connect 20,000 ‘smart home solutions’ with local distributed energy generators including solar and onshore wind.

Source: Siemens kicks off renewables-plus-storage smart grid pilot in Rotterdam | Energy Storage News

05. July 2017 · Comments Off on The pros and cons of smart light bulbs · Categories: News · Tags:

Home automation, “the internet of things” or IoT, has been a popular subject for the past couple of years. Unfortunately, that subject isn’t always good — some things have proven infinitely hackable, making it a bit on the worrisome side. One of the first items to make the mainstream was light bulbs, and we’ve played around with a few and here is what we have found.

Source: The pros and cons of smart light bulbs

04. July 2017 · Comments Off on Utilities need to plan for a 100% renewable energy future, even if it never happens · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Utilities are not like most businesses. They place 30-year wagers on the way we will generate and consume electricity to ensure there’s a reliable supply far into the future. Multibillion-dollar investments build long-lived things like transmission lines, coal boilers, and nuclear reactors.

Source: Utilities need to plan for a 100% renewable energy future, even if it never happens — Quartz