FERC Unanimously Dismisses Effort to Undermine Solar Net Metering

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday unanimously rejected a plea to declare all state solar net-metering policies illegal, a victory for solar industry groups and state policymakers. All four FERC commissioners voted to dismiss the April petition from the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA), which argued that FERC, not states, should have jurisdiction over sales of electricity from customer-sited generators like rooftop solar. “We find that the petition does not identify a specific controversy or harm that the commission should address in a declaratory order,” FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said in Thursday’s FERC open meeting. NERA, a New Hampshire-based 501

FERC’s New PURPA Rule Undermines Clean Energy Projects, Advocates Say

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has changed the rules for a federal law that allows independent energy projects to secure utility contracts for their power. Utility groups say the changes will reduce costs for customers, but clean-energy groups and independent power developers say they’ll stifle open competition. FERC’s new rule for the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), which closely matches its proposal from last year, passed by a 3-1 vote Thursday over the objections of the commission’s sole Democrat, Richard Glick. In FERC’s Thursday meeting, Chairman Neil Chatterjee said the new rule represents a “wide-ranging and comprehensive set of reforms” to how the 1978 federal

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #28

Story of the Week… Toon of the Week… Climate Feedback Article Review… Coming Soon on SkS… Climate Feedback Claim Review… SkS Week in Review… Poster of the Week… Story of the Week… Global temperatures could exceed crucial 1.5 C target in the next five years In this aerial view melting ice forms a lake on free-floating ice jammed into the Ilulissat Icefjord during unseasonably warm weather on July 30, 2019 near Ilulissat, Greenland. In 2020, the Arctic is likely

Saharan dust cloud was most intense in decades, and more, though milder, are coming

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters The massive dust storm that formed over the Sahara Desert in mid-June invaded the southeastern U.S. June 25-28, bringing dangerous levels of air pollution, low visibility, and colorful sunsets. The air pollution event over parts of Texas and the Gulf Coast, composed of fine particulate pollution (PM2.5, particles less than 2.5 microns or 0.0001 inch in diameter) and PM10 (particles less than 10 microns in diameter) was one of the most widespread and intense observed in recent decades. According to FEMA meteorologist Michael Lowry, the intensity of the dust outbreak over the tropical Atlantic was by far the most extreme since the most detailed, continuous record of

The Best Backcountry Camping Gear for 2020

Original content owned & copyrighted by Green Global Travel. In this era of social distancing, quarantines, and travel restrictions even within the US, “getting away from it all” has never more vital for nature-lovers. But with national parks overcrowded by tourists and even some state and local parks being overwhelmed with visitors on weekends, it’s getting harder and harder to find personal space in the wilderness. But backcountry camping away from roads and developed areas offers an excellent opportunity to get away from the crowds of mass tourism. Backcountry hiking and camping gives you a chance to explore the most pristine parts of nature. It’s a rare chance to immerse yourself

Sunrun Buying Vivint: Unpacking the Biggest Distributed Solar Deal in History

Earlier this month, Sunrun, the largest residential solar company in the U.S., declared its intent to acquire Vivint Solar, the second largest installer. It’s an all-stock transaction that would value the combined entity at over $9 billion. It's a big deal — literally. The enterprise value attached to Vivint is $3.2 billion, which makes it the largest single transaction in the history of the distributed energy market. It’s also a big deal because of what it says about the state and future of distributed

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #27, 2020

79 Articles Observations & observational methods of global warming & effects Six hundred years of South American tree rings reveal an increase in severe hydroclimatic events since mid-20th century (open access) Late summer temperature variability for the Southern Rocky Mountains (USA) since 1735 CE: applying blue light intensity to low-latitude Picea engelmannii Parry ex Engelm Climate change impacts on the atmospheric circulation, ocean, and fisheries in the southwest South Atlantic Ocean: a review Occurrence and drivers of wintertime temperature extremes in Northern Europe during 1979–2016 (open access) Human influence on joint changes in temperature, rainfall and continental aridity

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28, 2020

121 Articles Physical science of global warming & effects Aerosols enhance cloud lifetime and brightness along the stratus-to-cumulus transition (open access) The nature of ice-nucleating particles affects the radiative properties of tropical convective cloud systems (open access) Importance of boundary processes for heat uptake in the Subpolar North Atlantic Observations & observational methods of global warming & effects NOAA: 2019 State of U.S. High Tide Flooding with a 2020 Outlook (PDF) Observational evidence for a stability Iris effect in the Tropics Warming trends increasingly dominate global

Sensitive but unclassified: Part II

The discussion and analysis of the latest round of climate models continues – but not always sensibly. In a previous post, I discussed the preliminary results from the ongoing CMIP6 exercise – an international, multi-institutional, coordinated and massive suite of climate model simulations – and noted that they exhibited a wider range of equilibrium climate

Shellenberger’s op-ad

Guest commentary by Michael Tobis This is a deep dive into the form and substance of Michael Shellenberger’s promotion for his new book “Apocalypse Never”. Shorter version? It should be read as a sales pitch to a certain demographic rather than a genuine apology. Michael Shellenberger appears to have a talent for self-promotion. His book, provocatively entitled “Apocalypse Never” appears to be garnering considerable attention. What does he mean by that title? Does it mean we should do whatever we can to avoid an apocalypse? Does it mean that no apocalypse is possible in the

Quick and Easy Recipes to Get Dinner on the Table in No Time 

  Are you short on time when your family is long on hunger? Today’s hectic schedules make dinner a hassle even when your meal-prep game is on point. What can you throw together with minimal fuss and maximum flavor? The 12 recipes below are ideal for busy weeknights — or lazy Saturdays when you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. Let’s dig in. 1. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Mac and cheese is a favorite of all ages, but if you or anyone in your family follows a low-carb diet, you probably deleted it from your menu. Bring back the creamy goodness with this keto-friendly version of the classic dish. You can whip this meal together

Understanding CBD Cooling Gel

A CBD cooling gel could be a great option for your needs. What does a CBD cooling gel actually do, and how could it be helpful for you? A cooling gel is a great option for many people who have exercise-induced inflammation concerns. If you’re dealing with any of these things and you’ve never tried a cooling gel, why not consider a CBD cooling gel? When you opt for a CBD cooling gel, you may be able to get a better experience than buying any old

Brand Review: Hungryroot Healthy Food Delivery

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Why It’s Important To Seek Treatment For Depression

According to the study in 2017, depression is a common illness worldwide, with more than 264 million people affected. Depression is different from normal mood changes and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in life. When depression lasts for a long duration and shows moderate to severe intensity of manifestation, then it may become a serious health condition. The affected person may poorly function at work, at school, and in their family. Sometimes, depression may lead to suicide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that about 800,000 people die due to suicide annually, and it’s the second leading cause of death of people ages 15 to 29. There are known effective treatments for

How to Limit Screen Time at Home

Is your family’s screen time out of control? For most families in today’s digital-oriented world, the majority of the day is spent in front of some sort of screen. Whether it’s your phone, computer, TV, or a video game, there’s no denying many people are preoccupied with their screens at all times. For some homeowners, all of that screen time has not only wreaked havoc on their family time, it’s increased their energy bills as well. Of course, you can look for cheap electricity to combat

Gogoro comes to USA with the 26 pound Eeyo e-bike

They promise “agility over utility.”

Will the coronavirus bring back the corner store?

With more people working from home, the little variety store may thrive again.

Oregon’s PacWave Aims to Jump-Start US Marine Energy Market

The open ocean is an unforgiving judge of engineering prowess. Salty seawater, gale-force winds and relentless, punishing waves resist entrepreneurs’ determination to install power-generating devices in the water. The scale of that challenge is reflected in the marine energy industry's poor track record to date. Offshore wind turbines operate in harsh conditions, but they do so largely above the waterline. Marine energy devices, on the other hand, are exposed to the full force of the ocean’s ferocity by floating atop or below the waves. At the end of 2019, there were just 531 megawatts of wave, tidal and other marine energy technologies installed globally, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Overcoming Forecast Uncertainties for Better DER Planning

Forecasting load growth and planning the utility investments necessary to handle changing electricity demand used to be a straightforward exercise. Utility planners knew that customers in their service territory more or less shared the same load pattern. The only real wrinkles planners had to navigate as they considered grid upgrades were entirely new loads — like from a new subdivision — or widespread embrace of technologies like LED lighting that reduce demand. The rapid influx of distributed energy resources

Coronavirus pandemic leads to profound cutbacks in fossil fuel use

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk A banner on the International Energy Agency website spells it out in bold font: “The global oil industry is experiencing a shock like no other in its history.” As the response to the coronavirus pandemic upends the lives of billions of people, the world’s thirst for oil is undergoing

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #22, 2020

74 Articles Physical science of global warming & effects Surface-Energy-Balance Closure over Land: A Review (open access) Observations & observational methods of global warming & effects Human influence has intensified extreme precipitation in North America (open access) Observation-derived ice growth curves show patterns and trends in maximum ice thickness and safe travel duration of Alaskan lakes and rivers Stronger Global Warming on Nonrainy Days in Observations From China Decreases in days with sudden day-to-day temperature change in the warming world Assessment of changes in climate extremes of temperature and precipitation over Iran Impact of frozen soil changes on vegetation phenology in the source region of the Yellow River from 2003 to 2015 Modeling & simulation of

My Favorite Avocado Smoothie – Keto Friendly

I am a big avocado lover. They are rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and fiber while being low in carbs. They are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, magnesium, potassium, lutein, and beta-carotene. They are a superfood for sure! While I do not object to their flavor when thrown in a good salad, paired with some sushi, or added liberally to my tacos…I am not the kinda gal that can just sprinkle some Everything But the Bagel