In May when former Vice President–and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee–Joe Biden announced his climate task force it was a means to unite the flanks of his party. According to an exclusive story from the New York Times yesterday, that task force has come out with its first set of goals for Biden’s consideration As Lisa […]Continue Reading 532 words
New York state environmental regulators denied for a third time a permit for a pipeline that would transport fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania to New York City and Long Island for two reasons: water quality in the Long Island Sound and fidelity to the state’s new law that requires the New York to transition its power sector to net-zero emissions by 2040 and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050.
Why This Matters: This is how the stimulus funding from the federal government should work — it must be used to build cleaner and more efficient new infrastructure that decreases our dependence on fossil fuels.Continue Reading 488 words
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.Continue Reading 481 words
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The winds are shifting — literally and figuratively — in U.S. energy, as the oil industry is declared “officially broken” due to a historic glut in supply, while renewable energy output continues to grow as coal power shrinks.
Why This Matters: Happy Earth Day. We don’t mean this acclamation to denigrate the industry that gave our country affordable energy or to say the pandemic has been a good thing. Hardly. But it seems that the times are now changing.Continue Reading 506 words
Numerous progressive utilities such as Xcel, which have pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050, are struggling to get there without expanding the use of natural gas and this is fueling a broader and divisive debate around gas’s future, according to Inside Climate News. The plan drawn up by Xcel, which serves 3.6 million customers […]Continue Reading 435 words
Yesterday, former California Governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated a big milestone for their state: the installation of 1 million small-scale solar systems. As the LA Times reported, Schwarzenegger, in 2005 set a statewide target of 1 million solar installations and launched a program that would ultimately set aside more than $3 billion for […]Continue Reading 373 words
In the aftermath of the recent PG&E shutdowns, we wrote about the hardships that Californians faced–especially those who didn’t have solar and battery storage available to them.
Fighting climate change means helping ease upfront costs of distributed energy so that it becomes available to low-income households as well as wealthier ones.Continue Reading 314 words
The Energy Department put out its 2019 International Energy Outlook and two big headlines emerged — first that CO2 emissions worldwide will increase by 20% overall through 2050 because of emissions from developing countries, and second that renewable sources will provide half of all electricity globally by midcentury.
Why This Matters: CO2 emissions from developed nations decrease by -.2% annually for the next 30 years, while in developing countries CO2 emissions are expected to grow 1% a year. Countries outside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are growing in key respects — they collectively have more population, a larger gross domestic product, more energy consumption, and higher energy-related CO2 emissions.Continue Reading 536 words
National Public Radio (NPR) this week did a wonderful profile of Jason Carney, a solar panel installer in Nashville, who was startled to learn that, according to a 2015 survey of jobs in the solar industry, 0.0% of solar workers in the state of Tennessee were African American. Given that solar installations are booming across […]Continue Reading 282 words
This summer my (Miro’s) husband and I are planning a road trip from DC to the Finger Lakes and out of curiosity, I was looking at ways to make our trip more sustainable. I stumbled upon this helpful and practical guide of how to prepare your car, home, and even luggage to limit the impact […]Continue Reading 300 words
Bloomberg News reported yesterday that California’s largest utility, PG&E, has a plan to cut off power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season because it the main cause of wildfires last year was power lines that were knocked down by high winds and the sparks from the live wires. And most residents don’t know and/or are not ready for the debilitating impacts. Governor Newsome is so concerned about the impacts of the blackouts that he has created a fund to help communities prepare.Continue Reading 501 words
Yesterday, Starbucks, Cypress Creek Renewables, and U.S. Bank announced that they are teaming up on a portfolio of solar farms across Texas. As a part of the deal, two solar farms developed, built and now operated by Cypress Creek, one of the nation’s leading solar companies, are providing enough energy for the equivalent of 360 […]Continue Reading 308 words