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The West Coast’s Epidemic Wildfires

By Roy L Hales

As British Columbia reels from the worst fire season in its recorded history, it is easy to look upon this as a local problem. Only much of Oregon is wrapped in smoke, there are reports of ash falling like snow in some Washington cities (photo at top of page) and two days ago a state of emergency was declared in Los Angeles. What is causing  the West Coast’s epidemic wildfires?

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Renewables Supply 56% of Denmark’s Domestic Electricity

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1The numbers fluctuate. At 10:19 AM Pacific Time, on December 13, wind turbines fed 434 MW into the grid.  There have been days when they produced 140% of the nation’s need. Then there is solar energy and biomass. According to the Danish Energy Agency, renewables supply 56% of Denmark’s Domestic electricity consumption.

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America’s First 100% Electric Municipal Bus System

By Roy L Hales

Porterville, California, is about to make transportation history. The little Californian city only receives an average of 13 inches of rain a year, which makes it particularly vulnerable to atmospheric inversion, which holds in the exhausts from vehicles, agriculture, and other sources. Thanks to a determined city hall, the number of Stage 1 smog alerts declined from over 100 per year, in the 1970s, to almost zero. On December 7, the California Air Resources Board awarded $9.5-million to replace its entire bus fleet. By January, 2018, Porterville should have America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system.

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What Happened To Energiewende?

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Germany led the world for the number of solar installations during 2012. This relatively small European nation added 7.60 GW of capacity to the grid. Then their numbers started going downward: 3.30 GW of new solar capacity in 2013; 1.56 GW in 2014; 1.4 GW in 2015. As of October 31, only 0.79 GW of new capacity has been added this year. Germany’s critics are once again hailing the imminent demise of this nation’s renewable revolution.  What happened to Energiewende?

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The United States’ New PACE Guidelines

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1The United States largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) providers do not anticipate any complications. Both Renovate America and Ygrene believe they are already inline with most of what the government is suggesting. After months of review, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the United States’ PACE Guidelines.

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