sonnen & Wasatch Group Launch Largest Residential Virtual Power Plant At 12.6 MWh August 27th, 2019 by Kyle Field, Clean Technica  A new community of apartments in Herriman, Utah is being built from the ground up with a next generation energy storage system thanks to 12.6 megawatt-hours of sonnen’s ecoLinx battery systems. The new system will aggregate the energy storage and power …

What sort of effects do those plastic bag bans have?

Vox, Aug 2019, excerpt California’s ban, which also places a 10-cent tax on paper or reusable bags, is one of the most extensive in the nation, while all of Hawaii’s counties have passed laws that ban single-use bags, with some also tacking on a tax as high as 15 cents on other bags. This has led to some backlash, including lawsuits from the plastics …

EV Coalitions and the Clean Cars Campaign

The Clean Cars Campaign is an informal alliance of dozens of state, local and national health and environmental organizations working together to promote cleaner motor vehicles, including vehicles that emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Each member organization has its own governing board and sets its own policies. Member groups do not pay to participate in the campaign. Learn more about …

Nearly Two Thirds of the World’s New Oil and Gas to Come From the US

jabrobeck@globalwitness.org, Aug 2019 A staggering 61% of the world’s new oil and gas production over the next decade is set to come from one country alone: the US, according to a new analysis by Global Witness. WASHINGTON – New US oil and gas production over the next decade is expected to dwarf that of every other country, with Texas becoming …

The immense mobility needs in black and brown neighborhoods are the result of systematic, significant and sustained disinvestment. Here’s what the mayor can do to reverse the damage.

August 14, 2019, Scooters in an unjust city: There’s a war in our streets, and we don’t even know it, Equiticity, PRINT Olatunji Oboi Reed “Man, what the fuck is y’all in the streets for, man? Don’t y’all know it’s a fucking war going on, man? Get the fuck in the truck, man.”  —Snoop, “The Wire,” Season 03, Episode 10  Congratulations, Mayor Lori Lightfoot: …

Hurricanes hit the poor the hardest

Eleanor Krause and Richard V. Reeves. Brookings Institute, Sept 18, 2017 Hurricane Harvey displaced more than 30,000 people, was responsible for at least 70 deaths, and is expected to cost between $70 and $108 billion. The economic damages from Hurricane Irma might be even higher.  As hurricanes and other extreme weather events become more commonplace (and as coastal population density grows), so too do the costs associated with …

Rooftop solar energy brings a wide variety of benefits to the grid and to society

Frontier Group, Aug 2019, excerpt Many value-of-solar studies, however – especially those conducted by electric utilities – have left out key benefits of solar energy. Policymakers and members of the public who consult these studies may be left with a false impression of solar energy’s value to the grid and society, with damaging results for public policy. To make decisions …

Cooling goo sidewalks and other strange new weapons in the war on urban heat

“Originally, we thought this was about reducing air conditioning usage and the associated carbon emissions. But it’s really becoming more about public health,” said Spotts. Sweltering cities: Los Angeles faces a doubling of its extreme heat days but has fresh ideas to keep residents cool – and tackle the inequality of who suffers Susie Cagle in Los Angeles, Aug 21, 2019 …

Developers Reduce Parking via Car Sharing

By Will Macht, Urban Land, August 19, 2019 Lincoln Ventures’ 2204 San Antonio is an 18-story student housing project one block from the University of Texas at Austin. University neighborhoods are prime locations for car sharing because of their density, limited parking, and younger demographic groups who seek a less car-centric lifestyle. (Lincoln Ventures) Increasingly, cities are using parking policies to …