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With just over three weeks to go until the September 21 People’s Climate March, we are receiving more and more questions from people about everything from logistical details to the message of the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent.

In some cases, we just don’t have answers yet–especially on some of the logistical issues, some of which are pretty important. The People’s Climate March didn’t exactly have everything planned when the organizers announced the event. From our perspective, it seems more like the event was announced with the hope that it would take off, and the planning would depend on the response.

Fortunately, the event has taken off and momentum clearly is building. About 200 buses to NYC are confirmed and more are being chartered from various areas of the country just about daily. There are special trains coming from the West Coast and from Washington DC. There are car caravans being set up. And, of course, with tens of millions of people living within commuting range of New York City, there is a huge local base to draw on who don’t need chartered buses or other special transportation.

In short, this is going to be big, and any logistical decisions that might have been made two months ago would have be thrown out the window now anyway.

The march route

What we do know: like the march time, the march route, the main assembly area, where to look for buses and other transportation–all that is posted on the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent website here.

That site is now being updated daily and will continue to be through September 21. What we don’t yet know: like the location of the nuclear-free, carbon-free activist meeting on Saturday afternoon, September 20; the exact assembly point for the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent; whether the police will allow us to have sound at the assembly point so we can have a mini-rally for the Contingent; and some other details, will be posted on that site as soon as we confirm that information.

Somewhat more ephemeral is what the March, and the Contingent, will look like, but we get a lot of questions about that too.

And while no one will know for sure until we all get there, we at least have some ideas.

The March itself will be spread out over many, many city blocks–that is a certainty. Like I said above–this is going to be big. Historic even.

The Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent most likely will be around the middle of the march, under the general heading of contingents fighting against various dirty energy sources. And the Contingent will be large.

nukenothanks2The Contingent will be led by a very large, bright blue “Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free” banner. But probably the most striking visual aspect will be 650 bright yellow Smiling Sun flags that say “Nuclear Power? No Thanks,” which in one graphic gets across both our opposition to nuclear power and our support for renewable energy. 400 of the flags will be in English, 150 in Spanish, and 100 in Japanese. It’s a universal message.

Besides the flags, which will be held high and very visible, NIRS also will be bringing 200 Don’t Nuke the Climate posters, also mounted to be held high and visibly. And we have a few other large banners we’ll be bringing.

Between the flags, signs, and banners, the nuclear-free aspect of our message will really get across, colorfully and vibrantly. So if you’re coming without your own signs, don’t worry at all–there will be plenty available to carry.

donnukeclimatecrowdMany groups and people in the Contingent will be bringing their own signs, banners and other materials, of course. And that’s great. That will add to the visual kaleidoscope and bring special attention to a lot of regional and local concerns.

For example, we expect a large group focused on shutting down New York’s Indian Point reactors–that group is also bringing along a giant King CONG (coal, oil, nuclear, gas) prop. Another group will be focused on the Pilgrim reactor. And others with other specific reactors and/or issues in mind.

We might also see–and we’ll certainly welcome–people and signs/banners and the like against coal; against fracking and other dirty energy; for clean, renewable energy.

Because that’s really what the Contingent is about: the nuclear-free, carbon-free solution to our climate crisis. There probably won’t be a lot of signs in the Contingent about climate change itself; there are plenty of other groups who will have those. This Contingent ultimately is about the clean energy solutions–which is what unifies all of us who fight different dirty energy sources.

And, over the next three weeks, we’ll be producing more materials that will be useful in articulating that message and the solutions–and hopefully will make for good reading on the buses to New York as well. We’ll be posting them on the Contingent website too.

statueoflibertywsolarpanelWe also hope, and expect, the Contingent will reverberate with sound. People have talked about bringing drums and acoustic instruments, and we encourage that; we’ll have songs and chants ready to go. No one wants to walk through the city in silence–this will be more of a celebration. Yes, the climate is in a state of crisis and that’s deadly serious. And yes, nuclear power is trying to rescue its failed technology on the back of that crisis, and that’s deadly serious too.

But we have the solutions–and that is definitely worth celebrating not only for ourselves but for everyone. Because remember: this event is growing to historic proportions. The largest climate march ever. The largest anti-nuclear statement in decades. The whole world will be watching. You’ll want to be there.

GreenWorld is going on vacation! Yes, even activists get a break now and then (fortunately). We will return on Monday, September 15.

Michael Mariotte

August 29, 2014

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UBS: the falling costs of solar power and battery storage combined with increasing use of electric vehicles means the end of large power plants--faster than you might think.

UBS: the falling costs of solar power and battery storage combined with increasing use of electric vehicles means the end of large power plants–faster than you might think.

Already this year we’ve reported on several major investment banks and analysts that argue the future is solar power. First there was Goldman Sachs (Goldman Sachs sees a solar future for the U.S.–and that has nuclear utilities running scared), then Barclay’s (Nuclear industry wins short-term victories, but losing long-term battle), then Bloomberg (Bloomberg sees a renewable-powered future), then Citigroup (Citigroup: The revolution will not be televised).

Now the giant multinational investment firm UBS has joined the march toward a clean energy future.

In a letter to its clients, UBS says flat out: “It’s time to join the revolution.”

Right now, the payback period for installation of rooftop solar plus battery storage is about 12 years. That means that after 12 years, the homeowner’s electricity is essentially free.

A graphic from Union of Concerned Scientists showing the falling costs of rooftop solar.

But by the end of this decade, UBS states, the payback period will be six to eight years. And by 2030 it will be a mere three years. At that point, it would be silly for anyone not to install rooftop solar.

Driving this trend is not just the falling costs of solar panels and installation. UBS says a huge factor is electric vehicles (EVs). According to UBS,

“The expected rapid decline in battery cost by (more than) 50 per cent by 2020 should not just spur EV sales, but also lead to exponential growth in demand for stationary batteries to store excess power. This is relevant for an electricity mix with a much higher share of (volatile) renewables.”

UBS asserts that the reason utilities are missing the trend–to their ultimate detriment–is that they’re not looking at the issue holistically.

“Our proprietary model shows it is the combination of the three that makes solar fully competitive and that has the potential to bring disruptive changes to the electricity sector.

“Here are the maths: One can leverage the EV purchase with an investment in a solar system and a stationary battery. By doing so, one can optimize the self-consumption of solar power and minimize the “excess waste” of solar electricity.

“And what also may matter to many EV buyers: The electricity used to drive the car is carbon-free. The combination of and EV + solar + battery should have a payback of 7-11 years, depending on the country-specific economics. In other words, based on a 20-year technical life of a solar system, a German buyer should receive 12 years of electricity for free (purchase in 2020).”

Although the UBS report is focused on Europe, this graphic from Union of Concerned Scientists shows that “grid parity”–when solar becomes as cheap as getting power from a utility–isn’t far away for most of the U.S. either.

The UBS letter to its clients is focused on Europe, where it says the payback period will drop fastest in countries with the highest electricity costs, including Germany, Spain and Italy. But there is no reason the same wouldn’t be true in the U.S. and just about anywhere else.

As for the future of large nuclear and fossil fuel power plants? “Large-scale power generation, however, will be the dinosaur of the future energy system: Too big, too inflexible, not even relevant for backup power in the long run,” UBS writes. “By 2025, everybody will be able to produce and store power. And it will be green and cost competitive, ie, not more expensive or even cheaper than buying power from utilities.”

Michael Mariotte

August 27, 2014

Permalink: http://safeenergy.org/2014/08/27/ubs-its-time-to-join-the-solar-revolution/

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U.S. Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Canisters being inserted into the concrete temporary holding structure.

In a nutshell all we are saying is that this process should be slowed down to ensure the best possible choice of dry cask canisters is made, spend the money wisely “once” to avert another steam generator type disaster and ensure the safety of California’s future. Gene Stone &  Donna Gilmore. Premature Failure of U.S.… Read More