Weekend reads: - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Energy Procurement, Sourcing Renewables  -  March 3, 2018

Weekend reads: Private investigators target solar company; 100+ global cities powered by RE & more

It's the weekend! Kick-back with these must-read energy stories from around the web:

Public agency paid private investigators for 'opposition research' on local solar company  (Desert Sun)  A public utility in Southern California paid private investigators to conduct what the agency's general manager called "opposition research" into one of its loudest critics — a local solar company that has accused the agency of possibly illegal activity. 

Over 100 global cities get majority of electricity from renewables (CDP)  Cities are increasingly reporting that they are powered by renewable electricity, according to data published today by CDP. The global environmental impact non-profit CDP, holds information from over 570 of the world's cities and names over 100 (see list below) now getting at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind.

The beginning of new solar, the end of old plastic? (The Guardian) Hundreds of you have written in asking for stories about environmental innovation and experimentation. So this week, we set Guardian journalists to work, looking at the future of both solar power and plastic packaging. Adam Vaughan reported on the global race to create the next generation of solar panels. Solar has had a very good run for its money over the past 25 years, but there is some evidence that first-generation solar, based on cheap silicon panels, might have plateaued.

Study finds U.S. could meet 80% of its electricity demand using wind & solar (Windpower Engineering)  The U.S. could reliably meet about 80% of its electricity demand with solar and wind power generation, according to scientists at the University of California, Irvine; the California Institute of Technology; and the Carnegie Institution for Science. The team of scientists analyzed 36 years of hourly U.S. weather data (1980 to 2015) to understand the fundamental geophysical barriers to supplying electricity with only wind and solar energy.

Students rally for renewable energy (CT Post)  Wearing neon hats and carrying signs, three dozen University of Connecticut students and Connecticut Sierra Club members gathered Tuesday outside the Capitol to bring their message to lawmakers and agency heads. “Hey hey! Ho ho! Natural gas had got to go!” they chanted. Speakers at the rally said the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is not doing enough to support renewable energy projects, like wind and solar, in the state and criticized DEEP’s recent Comprehensive Energy Strategy.

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