Vehicle to Grid. Jobs to come

This is a great picture of Newark, Delaware employees laid off from an SUV plant. The workers have a better strategy for jobs: make EVs. And make them grid integrated. Check out Vehicle to Grid 101 from the nation’s leading thinkers/doers, the University of Delaware. They predict that EV owners can be paid $1,000 – $5,000 per year for providing V2G services. Read it.

Solar Jobs are increasing. Rapidly !

Solar jobs increased at a record pace over the last twelve months. Overall, there are now an estimated 100,237 people working in solar energy in the United States, an increase of 6.8 percent since 2010. By way of comparison, jobs in the overall economy grew at just 0.7 percent over that same time period, while jobs in fossil fuel electric generation subsector actually shrank by 2 percent.
So says the new jobs report out from the Solar Foundation.

Wind and solar continue to 27%

Global investments in wind and solar energy jumped to a record $41.8 billion in the third quarter, up 27% from the same period last year, according to a study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Financing rose despite slumping energy share prices and the eurozone’s economic turmoil, the study showed. “Over the past three years we have seen extraordinary falls in the prices of clean energy equipment. … However, there is still not enough demand to soak up significant over-supply, so prices and margins have remained under pressure and manufacturers’ share prices are being crushed,” said BNEF CEO Michael Liebreich in a statement. Reuters (10/13)

New Study – Coal costs more than it is worth.

American Economic Review, a middle of the road academic journal, says, in essence that coal damages our country $2 for every $1 in electricity.
Once you strip away the econ jargon, the paper finds that electricity from coal imposes more damages on the U.S. economy than the electricity is worth. That’s right: Coal-fired power is a net value-subtracting industry. A parasite, you might say. A gigantic, blood-sucking parasite that’s enriching a few executives and shareholders at the public’s expense. It is time to kick our addiction to coal, as well as oil.

Renewable energy provides more power than nuclear !

Renewable-energy production in the first half of 2011 was greater than nuclear-power generation and gained on domestic crude oil production, according to a report from the Energy Information Administration. Renewable sources accounted for 4.687 quadrillion BTUs of energy, 17.9% more than nuclear-energy sources, the report said. Renewable energy provided 12.25% of total U.S. energy output in the first half of 2011, up from 11.05% during the same period in 2010 and 10.5% in 2009, the EIA said.
Of course, this is not just solar and wind, but biomass,