Energy Costs Disproportionately High for Minority and Low-Income Families click button

Energy Costs Disproportionately High for Minority and Low-Income Families

Grist reported last week that a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), found that minority households spend much more of their income on energy bills than non-Hispanic white households on average — Blacks spend 43 percent more, Hispanics spend 20 percent more, and Native Americans spend 45 percent more.

Why This Matters:  At the end of September, as utilities begin to get shut off, minority and poor families will be hurt the most.

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More Than 40 Colleges and Universities Earn Top Scores On Renewable Energy

More Than 40 Colleges and Universities Earn Top Scores On Renewable Energy

It’s back to school time, and this year there are dozens of American colleges and universities that are powered 100% or more by renewable energy, according to a recent study published by Environment America and the Frontier Group.  In addition, schools are moving rapidly to taking reduce their energy consumption, deploy renewable energy technologies, and switch to electric vehicles (EVs).

Why This Matters:  Colleges are setting a great example for other large institutions on reducing their energy consumption and switching to renewables.

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It’s the Nature Economy, Stupid

It’s the Nature Economy, Stupid

by Monica Medina and Miro Korenha President Trump is the Climate Denier- in-Chief. He says wind turbines cause cancer (they don’t), that energy-efficient light bulbs make him look bad (what doesn’t?), we need more water to wash our dishes (that’s expensive and wasteful), and that energy-efficient building have no windows (wrong again). He promised to […]

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Renewable Energy Passes Coal, Treasury Dept. Extends Renewable Tax Credits

Renewable Energy Passes Coal, Treasury Dept. Extends Renewable Tax Credits

The Energy Department (DOE) reported yesterday that for the first time since basically the industrial revolution began in the late nineteenth century, in 2019 renewable energy consumption surpassed the consumption of energy generated by coal.  Coal power generation declined by 15% last year, while renewables increased by 1%.

Why This Matters:  Ten years ago coal dominated the power sector, but the trend toward wind and solar is unlikely to reverse — coal is now on its way out completely here.

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Interview of the Week: Dr. Leah Stokes

Interview of the Week: Dr. Leah Stokes

Dr. Leah Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (go Gauchos!). Her new book Short Circuiting Policy examines clean energy policies to understand why US states are not on track to meet the climate crisis. Since her in-person book tour had to be delayed […]

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Solar Power Shined Bright in 2019

Solar Power Shined Bright in 2019

Even with the Trump administration’s policy challenges and continued tariffs on solar tile imports, 40%of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. was solar, its highest share ever and more than any other source of electricity, according to a new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie.

Why This Matters:  Solar power is on its way now.  The total amount of solar power operating in the U.S. now exceeds 76 GW, up from just 1 GW at the end of 2009

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