Puerto Rico electricity crisis sparks interest in renewable energy

September 29, 2017 by  
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Hurricane Maria has left swaths of Puerto Rico without power – and millions of people could have to go without electricity for months . The storm’s devastation has stirred new interest in obtaining more energy from clean sources like solar or wind . Energy experts say increasing renewables and transitioning from centralized grids to microgrids could boost resilience as Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands weather storms. CARICOM, a Caribbean nation consortium, already hoped to hit 47 percent renewable energy by 2027. The recent hurricanes could act as a motivation to work for that goal. Caribbean countries in the past have relied mostly on imported fossil fuels , which are expensive both for the islands and for the environment . And storms can cripple power lines. Related: Puerto Rico could be without electricity for months due to Hurricane Maria There is an alternative, according to The Washington Post. Renewable sources, coupled with battery storage , powering small grids could offer more resiliency. Fossil fuels would offer backup—at least initially until battery storage becomes more affordable. The microgrids could be connected to a main grid but could also be isolated. With this new setup, the Caribbean could benefit from trade winds and solar panels. According to renewable energy expert Tom Rogers, who works at Britain’s Coventry University, solar systems in the tropics can “generate over one and a half times more than exactly the same PV system” installed in a location with a higher latitude like Europe. Rogers told The Washington Post, “You look at islands like Dominica, Anguilla, and other islands affected by the recent hurricanes, I’ve spoken to a couple of the utilities, and they say they would prefer to rebuild using distributed generation with storage, and just trying to reduce the amount of transmission lines. Because that’s where their energy systems fail. It’s having these overhead cables.” Via The Washington Post Images via Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos/Puerto Rico National Guard and NOAA Satellites Twitter

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A microgrid grows in Brooklyn — is this the future of energy?

July 11, 2017 by  
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A closely watched prototype from startup L03 Energy has transformed a local neighborhood into a test hub for trading power locally.

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A closely watched prototype from startup L03 Energy has transformed a local neighborhood into a test hub for trading power locally.

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Turning dirt into climate goals via carbon farming

July 11, 2017 by  
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Hawaii’s commitments to a low-carbon future include a task force that will identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health, increase climate resiliency, and improve carbon sequestration.

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Microgrids could whet the big appetite for clean energy in Texas

May 2, 2017 by  
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With the state aggressively lowering its reliance on oil production thanks to advances in renewables, more growth from wind and solar power will require modern power grid infrastructure.

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Five signs that Nigeria is leading sub-Saharan Africa in climate action

May 2, 2017 by  
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The continent’s most populated nation is motivated to think differently in light of a significant economic slowdown.

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Why ‘ocean is the new climate,’ and what it means for business

May 2, 2017 by  
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It’s time to take our life-giving oceans more seriously, including tuning into the emerging “blue economy.”

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Diving into the solar microgrid revolution

April 1, 2017 by  
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How local, clustered electricity microgrids can usher in the age of “electricity 2.0” — and even change the way we access the Web.

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How local, clustered electricity microgrids can usher in the age of “electricity 2.0” — and even change the way we access the Web.

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