Category Archives: Energy

Sacramento’s Biggest Corporate Lobby

THE ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed: the Western States Petroleum Association’s grip on California,  Sacramento’s Biggest Corporate Lobby

by Dan Bacher

This is a revised transcript of a short speech that I gave at the end of the “Changefest rally” held on the north steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento on January 21. I will post a report on the rally later.

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Two Areas Where Silicon Joule Lead Batteries Outperform Lithium

The ECOreport interviews an advanced lead-based battery developer, two areas where Silicon Joule lead batteries outperform lithium.

By Roy L Hales

Gridtential raised another $6M in investments.  These funds will be used to target what CEO Chris Beekhuis described as the inevitable shift from 12V to 48V high-voltage systems in hybrid electric vehicles. Gridtential’s Silicon Joule battery uses an advanced lead-acid design with a silicon substrate for higher energy density, longer cycle life and deeper depth-of-discharge. He described two areas where Silicon Joule lead batteries outperform lithium.

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Oregon Introduced Legislation Protecting Communities Against Oil-By-Rail Spills

The ECOreport looks into Oregon Introduced Legislation Protecting Communities Against Oil-By-Rail Spills

By Roy L Hales

Though both Washington and California call for rail companies to submit oil spill contingency plans, this is not yet a requirement in Oregon. Legislation was introduced in 2015, but the railway industry successfully lobbied against it. This could be changing. On Tuesday January 3, 2016,  Oregon introduced legislation protecting communities against oil-by-rail spills.

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US Shale Industry Cash Flow Neutral For First Time

The ECOreport reposts from the natural gas sector, US shale industry cash flow neutral for the first time

Originally Published on Oilprice.com

By Nick Cunnigham

Oil prices are probably already high enough to spark a rebound in shale production.

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Advanced Battery Storage Technology Offers solar Equipped Home Owners A Better Way

The ECOreport publishes a white paper: Advanced Battery Storage Technology Offers solar Equipped Home Owners A Better Way

By Jim Petersen

The New Year is upon us and so are residential batteries. By combining solar and advanced battery technology such as lithium ion with smart software, a residential energy management system can analyze and optimize a homeowner’s energy usage by balancing consumption of stored and renewable energy required to power a home while also reducing energy demand.

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Bringing Solar Energy To Unreached Parts Of Mexico

The ECOreport looks at a one year-old startup company that is bringing solar energy to unreached parts of Mexico

“Can you imagine spending an entire day without electricity? Can you imagine the desperation you would feel? Can you imagine not being able to use the Internet, your cell phone, your appliances, or your lights? Now imagine living without electricity every day of your life and relying on candles for light. In Mexico there are millions of people for whom this is not an imaginary situation, it is the reality of their daily life.” – Vitaluz

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Yusef Jacobs discovered the need during his fourth semester at university. People in the poor communities he visited either did not have electricity, or were paying more than he did for his house. This seemed like a great social injustice. He designed the prototype  of what has become the Vitaluz battery/control system from a box of cookies. Now, with the help of David Perlo from Gifted Citizen  and former law student Eduardo Calderón he is bringing solar energy to unreached parts of Mexico.

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Little Guys Can Prevail Over Big Corporations

The ECOreport looks at an update about Michigan’s new 15% Renewable Target , Little Guys Can Prevail Over Big Corporations

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Anti-wind activist Kevon Martis just sent an update about SB 438,  the bill that requiring Michigan to obtain 15% of its’ electricity from renewable sources. Martis’ initial response was discouragement. Then someone drew his attention to a clause in the final draft of that legislation that allows townships and counties to retain control over zoning for wind energy. Martis was reminded  that little guys can prevail over big corporations – but it takes a lot of work.

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US Shale Faces A Reality Check

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED from the fossil fuel sector, US Shale Faces A Reality Check

Originally Posted on Oilprice.com

By Nick Cunningham

The collapse of oil prices has forced the U.S. shale industry to slash production costs. In order to improve the “breakeven” costs for the average shale well, the industry has deployed three general strategies: improving techniques and technology, such as drilling longer laterals or using more frac sand; focusing drilling on the sweet spots; and demanding lower prices from oilfield service companies. All three of those strategies led to a decline in the breakeven price for a shale wells.

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UK May Increase Taxes On Solar X8

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about government interference with renewables, UK May Increase Taxes On Solar X8

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

By Zachary Davies Boren

It was all going so well for solar in the UK.By the summer of 2015, PV deployment and penetration were both way up, costs were way down, and storage was becoming ever-more viable.In fact, the boom years helped set up a record-breaking 2016, in which solar power surpassed coal power for the first time — and then kept on doing it. But now the industry is mired in a battle for its future as a change to tax rules threatens to increase the charge on solar panels for non-domestic use – including schools – by up to 8 times.

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One Of The World’s Largest Battery Storage Systems

The ECOreport looks at Younicos’ new English contract, designing one of the world’s largest battery storage systems

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Britain’s largest domestic supplier of natural gas and electricity has its’ eyes on the low carbon future. Nuclear plants and wind farms produced 54% of the power Centrica sold in the domestic market during 2015.1 Last week the company announced it will be building one of the world’s largest battery storage systems in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK.

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  1. Climate Change, Centrica, p 7