First peer-to-peer solar network forms in Brooklyn, NY

Cross-posted from SustainableBusiness.com  Have you ever thought of this possibility? You have too much shade on your roof for solar panels, but your neighbors have plenty of sun, producing more than they need.  Why not buy electricity from their solar arrays instead of from the grid? A new microgrid network in Brooklyn, New York is doing exactly that, developing a …

Paris Process on Mobility and Climate says sustainable transport community needs to work to understand what it means to have a 1.5 C scenario

On March 10th, the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB) organized a stakeholder meeting for the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC).  The meeting took place in Paris, France and brought together more than 50 participants representing all modes of transport, as well as different actors in the sector including transport operators, …

Moving from 95% fossil fuel to pollutant free truck traffic from the ports with 40% of US imports – Siemens LA pilot

The growing demand for transport will increase road freight emissions from 1.1 Gigatons (Gt) of CO2 in 2010 to 4.5 Gt by 2050, according to the International Transport Forum (ITF). The ITF predicts emissions from surface freight transport to overtake those from surface passenger transport in the period up to 2050. See References. It is therefore imperative to curb emissions …

Eliminating truck emissions with more efficient, electric transportation

Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway. The road would eliminate truck emissions, and is being tested in a corridor that connects the port to downtown.  Cross-posted from http://www.citylab.com/tech/2014/09/los-angeles-is-building-an-e-highway/380914/   The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring in roughly 40 percent of the goods shipped to the United States. Once there, the first leg of their journey to warehouses and …

Auto sector creating a new future, but Exxon, Chevron, BP and other oil majors yet to plug in – stretching out their old profit model as long as they can

Originally published on Energy Post. By Andreas de Vries and Salman Ghouri The major oil companies greatly underestimate the impact electric vehicles will have on their market, write independent energy advisors Salman Ghouri and Andreas de Vries. According to Ghouri and De Vries, the trends currently underway in the auto industry are likely to have a substantial impact on oil …

Coal plants in India being shut down due to lack of water, and the crisis could get far, far worse – 40% of plants are in water-stressed areas

Drought hits Indian coal plants and expansion plans, by Bob Burton and Ashish Fernandes on 24 March 2016 Shuttershock Despite the Indian Government’s determination to double or even triple domestic coal production, the power sector is now being hit by water scarcity – with a new report warning the crisis could get far, far worse. A little over a week …

China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam – seen as big growth areas by the coal industry – are likely to build far less than half of their planned coal plants

Investment in 1,500 new coal plants around the world  — around $1 trillion could be wasted if building proceeds, according to recent intelligence and industry reports About 1,500 new coal plants are in construction or planning stages around the world but electricity generation from the fossil fuel has fallen in recent years, a new report on the Final Boom and Bust, from the …

Making solar available in low-income areas provides lasting financial relief from high electric bills, expanded employment opportunities and improved health, says new report

Making solar energy available in low-income areas can provide lasting financial relief from high electric bills, as well as expanded employment opportunities and improved environmental health, says a new report released this week. The Low-Income Solar Policy Guide for strategies to achieve that goal comes from three national nonprofit groups: GRID Alternatives, Vote Solar and the Center for Social Inclusion. …

Nation leaking methane in massive quantities, according to geophysical research

“An explosive paper” published last month in Geophysical Research Letters,”concluded that the nation as a whole is leaking methane in massive quantities.”  Bill McKibben comments, below: Global warming is, in the end, not about the noisy political battles here on the planet’s surface. It actually happens in constant, silent interactions in the atmosphere, where the molecular structure of certain gases traps …

TPP and TTIP would more than double the number of fossil fuel corporations with the power to challenge U.S policies in unaccountable ISDS tribunals

A new report, “Climate Roadblocks: Looming Trade Deals Threaten Efforts to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground,” explains that the recent free trade deals, TTIP and TPP “would more than double the number of fossil fuel corporations with the power to challenge U.S policies in unaccountable ISDS tribunals,” bestowing them to “100 foreign fossil fuel corporations that own more than …