Ways cities are implementing clean energy

City rules Relatively easy places to start Adopt a resolution to get your community to 100% renewable energy by 2050 (or sooner). Sample ordinance: Pueblo, CO; Traverse City, MI; East Hampton, NY Minimize zoning and permitting costs for renewable energy systems. Sample ordinance: Lancaster, CA Replace all public lighting with LEDs.  Sample ordinance: New York, NY.  Examples: Oahu, Sioux Falls, New York …

Harnessing energy from glass walls: Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells have been developed that could be great candidates for solar windows

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Science Daily, 29 May 2017  A Korean research team has developed semi-transparent perovskite solar cells that could be great candidates for solar windows. Scientists are exploring ways to develop transparent or semi-transparent solar cells as a substitute for glass walls in modern buildings with the aim of harnessing solar energy. But this has …

California reaching for 50% renewable by 2026 and 100% by 2045

California will receive all of its power from renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, by 2045 under legislation that passed the state Senate on Wednesday. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) touted his bill, Senate Bill 100, as the most ambitious program in the world. “Clean energy is the future,” De León said. “SB 100 ensures …

Community choice aggregation: How far can it push energy sector transformation?

By Rachel Henderson, Utility Dive, 8 June 2017  A recent Energy Gang podcast explored some of the challenges facing California’s grid and the kinds of market reforms that could provide potential solutions. One of the ideas that dominated the first 20 minutes was customer engagement and community choice aggregators (CCAs) — topics of particular interest for me, as I have …

Power for All identifies most important national energy policies needed to kick-start ending electricity poverty for 1.1 billion people plus a government framework for implementing those policies effectively

It is now well understood that universal electricity access by 2030 (a core part of U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 7 -SDG 7) can only be achieved if decentralized renewable energy (DRE)  — green micro-grids and rooftop solar paired with storage and ultra-efficiency appliances  —  gets adequate finance to reach scale quickly. And that can only happen if leaders overseeing international …

Little time left to make a rapid shift; Alex Steffan on “The Last Decade and You”

By Alex Steffen, The Last Decade and You, 5 June 2017 We all know that at the very center of that crisis is growing climate chaos. Most people living on Earth know this now. What fewer of us know — and even fewer have deeply explored — is the spring driving the mechanism of our greenhouse disaster.  That tight-wound spring is time; specifically, how little of …

Alternative batteries/storage techniques being tested

By Diane Cardwell and Andrew Roberts (illustrations), NYTimes, 3 June 2017 It’s a question that inventors have been tackling for decades. No one wants the fridge, or the hospital, going on the blink when demand surges or the power plant needs repairs.It turns out to be a surprisingly tricky question to answer. Today, with the rise of green energy sources …

2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard reveals top cities, best practices and strategies

D. Ribeiro, V. Hewitt, E. Mackres, R. Cluett, L. Ross, S. Vaidyanathan, and S. Zerbonne, The 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard  (Washington,  DC:  ACEEE,  2015). aceee.org/research-report/u1502. The 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard compares cities across five policy areas: Local government operations Community-wide initiatives Buildings policies Energy and water utilities Transportation policies Boston earned the top spot for the third City …

Renewable energy is ‘unstoppable’, declares Financial Times:  ‘Fossil fuels have lost. The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.’

At least 14 battery gigafactories are being built or planned, nine in China.  Joe Romm shares some highlights from a new, must-read, 4000-word article in the Financial Times, “The Big Green Bang: how renewable energy became unstoppable.” Traditional energy companies and mainstream financial publications are finally waking up to the new reality: The shift to renewable energy, electric cars, and …

Paul Hawken and 70-person international team outline the top 100 solutions to climate change (emissions drawdown) based on the data

By David Roberts & Paul Hawken, Vox.com, 10 May 2017 A new book ranks the top 100 solutions to climate change. The results are surprising. A chat with Paul Hawken about his ambitious new effort to “map, measure, and model” global warming solutions. Family planning. Who knew?(Drawdown) By now, the looming dangers of climate change are clear to anyone who’s been …