Saturday, December 30, 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Economists, Businesses and Markets weigh in on the tax bill

Trump Orders Boost In Production Of Critical Minerals

UN General Assembly votes to condemn Trump's Jerusalem decision - CNNPolitics

A totally Trump threat followed by a totally Trump reaction when anyone stands up to his threats.
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076

Boeing Delivers Reversible Fuel Cell-based Energy Storage System to Southern California Edison and U.S. Navy

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Flow battery growth

North American Clean Energy - EDF Renewable Energy Closes Series A Investment in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Start-up

North American Clean Energy - Younicos Recommissions Duke Energy Renewables’ 36 MW Battery Storage System in Texas

Virgin Hyperloop One Just Broke Its Speed Record

Long-Term Clean Energy Optimism, Short-Term Caution | Bloomberg New Energy Finance

A Sweeping Tax Plan Whose Promises Face Widespread Doubts

Zinke: US Reliance On Foreign Minerals A Security Risk - a direct outcome of a protectionist policy is that you cant rely on global trading partners you have pissed off.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Trump Ratchets up Tensions with China

The Fundamental Architecture of Energy Networks is Evolving

As you have all heard me say (probably to excess) utility networks are going to a redundant ring architecture on the long haul and metro rings and mesh in the local, mirroring advanced telecom networks and distributed generation and storage nodes will look just like an Internet for electrons instead of digital bits.


I was very happy to see that this guy agrees:


“We have a system which is energy-inefficient because it was never designed to be efficient,” said Richard L. Kauffman, the state’s so-called energy czar, who is leading its plans to reimagine the power grid. ”It’s like a

mainframe computer in the age of cloud computing”, he added, “and with climate change, the state has to “rethink that basic architecture.”


SOURCE, 2017 New York Times: Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York (Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo),

Chair of the NYSERDA Board in 2017 New York Times.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

New York Times on Tax Bill Impacts on RE

South Dakota Wind Blade Manufacturing Plant Announces Closure

More fallout from the fossil heads attack on the PTC? If we can't manufacture something as big and difficult to transport from afar as turbine blades, what makes anyone think we can level the playing field with Asia on solar panels by making them more expensive via tariffs?

Direct Renewable PPAs in Telecom and IT Sectors by Year - 2008 to Feb 2017

PPAs are becoming the primary mechanism corporations use to procure large amounts of clean power and add new renewable energy to the grid. Looking at aggregate renewable PPA deals signed by commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) organizations, it is clear that Tech and Telecom sectors have been major players; in 2015, 2/3 of non-utility renewable energy PPAs were executed by IT companies.



Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy



GE Cuts 12K Power Jobs As Demand, Renewables Skew Market

The Mindshift Needed for Utility-integrated Energy Storage

Good article captures the opportunity, some core remaining architecture and economic model challenges and why the control and management software space is hot with acquistions.

Emailing 3015.0817 Trident OP Data Sheet.pdf

Re: Hydrogen-Powered Trains To Run On German Rails In 2021

Hi Monty, very interesting, We have not heard from Hydrogenics??

On Dec 6, 2017, at 5:30 PM, Monty Bannerman <> wrote:

Train corridors in and out of NY are already powered by electricity. Adding fuel cell generation along the ROWs could accomplish same without having to carry and refuel pressurized  fuel tanks on board the rolling stock.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Big boy contingent strategies driving accelerating equity investments in storage

Biggest U.S. Nuclear Owner Exelon Invests in Storage Startup

Enel Signs 85 MW of Energy Storage Supply Agreements with PG&E - Renewable Energy World

Hydrogen-Powered Trains To Run On German Rails In 2021

Train corridors in and out of NY are already powered by electricity. Adding fuel cell generation along the ROWs could accomplish same without having to carry and refuel pressurized  fuel tanks on board the rolling stock.

US Records Strongest US Worker Productivity In 3 Years

Solar operators turn to new forecasting tools to boost market flexibility | New Energy Update

SEIA: »America First Plan for Solar Energy« |

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How Trump Did the Impossible: Getting Solar and Oil Lobbyists to Unite

Michigan Emerging

US Trade Deficit Rises To $48.7 Billion On Record Imports

Nissan Undaunted By Republican Tax Bill Provisions To Stop Electric Vehicle Tax Credits

Fwd: Tax bill will slow solar progress. SPEAK OUT NOW!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Adam Browning -- Vote Solar" <>
Date: Dec 5, 2017 9:49 AM
Subject: Tax bill will slow solar progress. ACT NOW!
To: "Monty Bannerman" <>

call Congress today!


The tax bill that the Senate passed late Friday night will have huge ramifications for America's future, and renewables are no exception. 
The tax bill was passed with a provision that would undermine renewable investments (link), significantly harming America's ability to keep repowering the country with clean, low-cost solar. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of solar and wind workers whose livelihoods are at stake.
House members and senators are now reconciling differences between the two versions of the bill. There is a lot at stake, including America's solar and wind job-creating industries.
Call your lawmakers to say NO to a tax plan that is bad for solar energy, bad for the local jobs it's creating, and bad for the healthier future it's building.
Dial 202-224-3121 to be patched through to your representative. Once you tell them that you oppose the tax plan and its impact on renewables, hang up and dial again to send both of your senators the same message. 
Your elected officials work for you, the American people - and the vast majority of Americans support clean energy progress. Don't let Congress take that away.
Adam + the Vote Solar team
P.S. Already make the called? Forward this action alert to friends, family, and colleagues. Every voice counts. 


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