- Despite the lack of renewable-energy-friendly policies and the reluctance from Republican-led state legislatures to address climate change, states across the South and Appalachia are rapidly expanding their solar markets. Utilities are investing in solar projects, which are now cost-competitive with coal and gas. [InsideClimate News]
- Lazard has released its annual Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE 11.0), with analysis of power costs. It shows a continued decline in the cost of generating electricity from alternative energy technologies, especially utility-scale solar and wind, but energy storage is not yet cost competitive in most applications. [ThinkGeoEnergy]
- As Rick Perry makes one laughable statement after another, the Department of Energy goes about its renewable energy mission, full steam ahead. A new article appeared on the DOE’s website on November 3 under the title, “Concentrating Solar Power Could Provide the Flexibility and Reliability the US Electric Grid Needs.” [CleanTechnica]
- The New England grid will integrate more renewable resources and increase its reliance on natural gas-fired generation over the next decade, according to ISO-NE’s 2017 Regional System Plan. It highlights increasing wind and solar penetration, flat load growth, and fuel security concerns because of natural gas pipeline constraints. [RTO Insider]
- “Here’s How Far the World Is From Meeting Its Climate Goals” Two years after nearly all countries signed the climate agreement in Paris, the world remains far off course from preventing drastic global warming. The latest round of post-Paris international climate talks begin in Bonn, Germany, to discuss how to step up efforts. [New York Times]
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