Posts Tagged ‘Mark Jacobson’

23 May

Updating Feed-In Tariffs & Renewable Energy Policy


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Since our last post of the May 16, 2014 on In-Depth Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy with Toby D. Couture, there’s been much updates worldwide with regard to Feed-In Tariffs. Once again, our Wind Friend Paul Gipe has contributed much, below:

News on Feed-in Tariffs

May 20, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Governor John de Jongh, Jr. of the Virgin Islands signed a bill enacting feed-in tariffs in the US territory on May 16, 2004. Act 7586 is a greatly watered down version of the original proposal by Senator Craig W Barshinger. The act directs the territory’s utility to set the tariffs and otherwise administer the program. The tariffs must be approved by the Public Service Commission. Unlike many recent feed-in tariff proposals in North America, the Virgin Islands act includes other renewables an[more]

May 20, 2014, by Conor Ryan

Facing pressure due in large part to a pipeline of proposed PV installations and increasing electricity demand, the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) is organizing plans to raise its feed-in tariff (FiT) cap to 10 times more than the current rate.

May 19, 2014,   by Stuart Elmes

Since the domestic RHI launched in April 2014, I’ve been hearing people saying that the domestic RHI ‘isn’t such a good return as the feed-in tariff (FiT).

May 18, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Here is yet another reason why the reductions German energy intensive industry gets when paying surcharges are not subsidies, and therefore none of the EU Commission’s business.

May 14, 2014,   by Erik Kwam

REACH’s wrapup summary of renewable legislation that was considered by Hawaii’s state legislature during its 2014 session, including 100% RE, storage, grid modernization, net-metering, and various renewable energy tax credits.

May 13, 2014,   by John Parnell

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) could develop a new feed-in tariff (FiT) rate under plans putout for consultation on Tuesday.


News on Nuclear & Renewable Energy Policy


May 21, 2014,

The Fukui District Court ruled Wednesday that it will not allow the restart of two reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear plant, now under safety examination by Japan’s top nuclear watchdog. . . It is the first time since the Fukushima nuclear crisis erupted in March 2011 that a Japanese court has ordered a power supplier not to bring a nuclear plant online.

May 20, 2014,   by Ture Falbe-Hansen

The Danish Energy Agency has published an energy-scenario report and five sub-analyses on the energy system of the future and the challenges that need managing up to 2050 as fossil fuels are phased out and replaced with renewable energy.

May 19, 2014,   by Mitch Potter

A Canadian has discovered that radioactive trees aren’t decomposing, suggesting that fallout may be even more dangerous than we realize.

May 15, 2014,   by Allie Kosela

Environmentalists are applauding a landmark Federal Court ruling that puts the brakes on building expensive and risky new nuclear reactors in Ontario.


News on Wind Energy


May 16, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Windpower Ownership in Sweden: Business models and motives, the new book by Tore Wizelius helps English-speakers understand how Swedes have taken a sizable ownership of wind energy in spite of their government. In this, his book can serve as an inspiration to community wind advocates worldwide who face many of the same challenges faced in Sweden.[more]


News on Solar Energy


May 10, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

In comparison, the German Chancellor’s office (Bundeskanzleramt) has a 150 kW installation. That’s at least by a factor 10 more than what Obama has installed.


News on Household-Size (Small) Wind Turbines


May 16, 2014,

Evance have an innovative new windmill design 90% of the way through development and nearing the production stage, following the manufacture and supply of almost 2,000 of smaller windmills –between 10-20m tall – to Britain and locations across the globe from the USA and Madagascar over the past decade.

May 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Quiet Revolution, the one-time manufacturer of an architecturally dramatic helical wind turbine, filed for bankruptcy on 15 April in London.


News on Geothermal Energy


May 15, 2014,   by Ari Phillips

However, developers say a lot of the uncertainty around geothermal in the U.S., and part of the reason it hasn’t grown much in recent years, is due to the unreliable nature of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

This feed-in tariff news update is made in cooperation with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The views expressed are those of Paul Gipe and are not necessarily those of ILSR.

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3 March

Let’s Move Our 50 States Toward Clean Energy! The Clean, Renewable Energy Movement Is Here!


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Have you heard about the 50-state roadmap developed by Stanford University scientist/professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues ? It is transforming the United States from dependence on fossil fuels, replacing coal, oil, and natural gas to 100% renewable energy by 2050, using solar, wind, and water. The plan for this roadmap was unveiled at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago. This 50-state plan is posted at The Solutions Project website, a nonprofit outreach effort led by Professor Jacobson, Actor Mark Ruffalo (co-star of The Avengers), movie Director Josh Fox, etc., to raise public awareness about the necessity of our transition from fossil fuels to clean/renewable energy (solar, wind, and water). This transition would help to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming and spare the lives of the estimated 59,000 Americans who die from exposure to air pollution annually. Let’s hear what Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson has to say about this, below:

Similar talks with Dr./Prof. Jacobson available at links below:

Economics of Climate Change: Mark Z. Jacobson, uploaded by The New School

Wind, Water, and Sunlight, uploaded by StanfordUniversity

QnA after Mark Z. Jacobson’s Presentation in Toronto on Oct. 15, 2012

According to Professor/Dr. Jacobson, the motivation for this 50-state plan is to address the negative impacts on climate and human health from widespread use of coal, oil, and natural gas. “Drastic problems require drastic and immediate solutions….Global warming, air pollution, and energy security are three of the most significant problems facing the world today,” commented Dr. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, “Our new roadmap is designed to provide each state a first step toward a renewable future.” Conversion of energy infrastructures of New York, California, and Washington states to 100% clean energy (composed of solar-wind-water power) by 2050 have been developed by Jacobson and his colleagues, with an online interactive map tailored to maximize the renewable resource potential of each of the 50 states. For example, as one hovers a cursor over region of CA on the map, one sees that CA can meet almost all of its power demands (transportation, electricity, heating, etc.) in 2050 by a clean energy portfolio composed of 55% solar, 35.5% wind (on-and offshore), 5% geothermal, and 4% hydroelectric, and 0.5% wave power. Florida, on the other hand, will be meeting its power demands by 77.9% solar, 21% wind, 1% wave device, and 0.1% hydroelectric power by 2050. Nuclear power, ethanol, and other biofuels are not included in the energy mix of any of the 50 states by 2050.

Professor Jacobson added, “The new map provides all of the basic information, such as how many wind turbines and solar panels would be needed to power each state, how much land area would be required, what would be the cost and cost savings, how many jobs would be created, and how much pollution-related mortality and global-warming emissions would be avoided.”

The goal of The Solutions Project is in combining science, business, policy,  outreaching through social media and artists and entertainers who can facilitate in circulating the information among general public, and in researching for solutions to these global challenges.

The goal of The Solutions Project  is definitely in sync with that of Sun Is The Future…spreading the information about solar energy (, helping entrepreneurs to establish small businesses in solar energy/renewable energy/energy efficiency/recycling (,  and operating online store ( Let’s join The Solutions Project and sign up to support the movement of your/our respective states’ Transition Toward Clean Energy!

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Related posts below:

Fellow Earthlings, We Need To Go Renewables (Solar-Wind-Water) Quickly!

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (3)

Bold, Visionary Thinking On Pathways To 100% Renewable Energy

Do You Want Energy Independence or Our Democracy to Return To Us?

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20 June

Fellow Earthlings, We Need To Go Renewables (Solar-Wind-Water) Quickly!


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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 165 signatures strong. We need more! Please help us to spread more sunshine by signing this petition and sharing it with others. It is our shared responsibility to move toward the renewable energy age and Sunshine is the cleanest, healthiest, and least war-prone way to go!

I’ve been asked by quite a few people, since starting Sun Is The Future, why I would  bother spending so much time working on this project. My response: there are many of us on this planet, who are concerned about the impact of climate change issue, who are worried about the stability and safety of our future generations. Case in point,  I would like to bring you an interview of a nature photographer, James Balog, on a long-term project, documenting the visual impact of climate change even more effectively than scientists’ data or graphs. This amazing body of work is also known as the “Chasing Ice” that I highly recommend

“Chasing Ice” (some call it The Inconvenient Truth) (directed by Jeff Orlowski, photographed by James Balog), capturing melting glaciers

.  Below is the interview with the photographer James Balog and Jeff Orlowski (  and multiple links that will help to demonstrate the impact of global warming and why we need to GO RENWABLES and GO SOLAR  QUICKLY:

We need to realize that this is not a partisan issue and needs to be addressed quickly before more coastal cities would disappear or extreme climate conditions appear.

Due to my applied math and engineering background, my natural inclination is always to look for solutions when a problem arises. As indicated in several previous posts where talks were given by Professor Mark Jacobson (you can find it by typing his name in the search box in upper right hand), the need to transition into renewable (Solar-Wind-Water) quickly is the solution. This is the purpose of existence for Sun Is The Future, for it brings not only the sharing of information on solar energy at,  interviews and visual information at sunisthefuture Youtube Channel at , assistance for entrepreneurs throughout the planet to establish and maintain small businesses in solar energy/renewable energy/energy efficiency/recycling via micro-finance at ,  a petition for Solar-FIT For Sunshine State at to help encourage more solar installations in state of Florida. And most recently, because some of the meetup groups would not permit me to talk/spread the idea of solar energy use unless I am selling a product, I’ve started  online Sunisthefuture stores (aka Sunshine Online Store & Sunisthefuture Logosportswear).

The exciting thing about being alive now is the fact that existence of all the projects at Sun Is The Future would not have been possible few decades ago. Through collaborations of various internet organizations and social networks, readers/visitors/viewers have come from more than 160 countries. That is why, despite the rate at which our global warming has increased, I am still hopeful that we can reach out to every corner of the planet earth to speed up the transition into renewable/solar energy. But we do need to hurry, for we have been warned by the IEA (International Energy Agency), that our world is headed for irreversible climate change in five years, the world will lose forever the chance to avoid dangerous climate change. What does that mean? Explained below in italicized 2 paragraphs taken from Nov. 2011 post of Guardian :

Anything built from now on that produces carbon will do so for decades, and this “lock-in” effect will be the single factor most likely to produce irreversible climate change, the world’s foremost authority on energy economics has found. If this is not rapidly changed within the next five years, the results are likely to be disastrous.

“The door is closing,” Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, said. “I am very worried – if we don’t change direction now on how we use energy, we will end up beyond what scientists tell us is the minimum [for safety]. The door will be closed forever.”

Let’s all try to do what we can to transition into the renewable and solar energy age!

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8 June

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (3)


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As we continue on with our coverage of the first #International Conference on “Pathways To 100% Renewable Energy” in #San Francisco on April 16, 2013, I’d like to share with you the talk by Stanford Professor  Mark Z. Jacobson during this historical event.  #Professor Jacobson presents what our problem is:

  1. #Air pollution kills 2.5-3 million people prematurely worldwide each year.
  2. #Arctic sea ice may disappear in 10-20 years. Global temperatures are rising at a faster rate than any time in history.
  3. #Increasing energy demand is increasing pollution, #global warming, and #energy prices.
  4. #Higher energy prices lead to economic, social, and #political instability.

These drastic problems require drastic solutions. According to Professor Jacobson’s research analysis, the recommended solution would lie in WWS (Wind, Water, Solar) and not in nuclear, coal, or natural gas, biomass. Here are his explanations, below:

For a different and longer (about an hour length) version of Professor Jacobson’s presentation, recall one of our previous posts in July 31, 2011, with Professor Jacobson.

For more information on various research articles pertaining to this talk, please visit: More Info

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Professor/Director Jacobson has sat on the #U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy #(EERE) Federal Advisory Committee (ERAC) to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.  He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering with distinction, an A.B. in Economics with distinction, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, in 1988, an M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences in 1991 and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1994 from UCLA and has been on the faculty at Stanford since 1994.  His work relates to the development and application of numerical models to understand better the effects of energy systems and vehicles on climate and air pollution and the analysis of renewable energy resources. He has published two textbooks and 110 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. His 2000 finding that black carbon, the main component of soot particles, may be the second-leading cause of global warming after carbon dioxide provided the original scientific basis for five recent U.S. proposed laws on black carbon. He received the 2005 American Meteorological Society Henry G. Houghton Award for “significant contributions to modeling aerosol chemistry and to understanding the role of soot and other carbon particles on climate.” In 2005, his group developed the first wind map of the world from data at the height of modern turbines. He recently co-authored a cover article in Scientific American with Dr. Mark DeLucchi of U.C. Davis and two more detailed analyses in Energy Policy on how to power the world with renewable energy.


Personally, in my humble opinion,  #solar energy will one day be recognized as the best and cheapest source of renewable energy, in terms of cleanliness, health, cost, and security. Until solar energy will become the leader of the pack, I will continue  to bring forward evidences to convince you all of this future truth/fact.  Until then, it’s time for all of us earthlings  to find our individual spots in the #renewable energy age.  Remain hopeful and optimistic! The future will be bright!

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