One in four U.S. homes is all electric. Share of houses with heat pumps instead of gas heating rose from 8% to 12% between 2005-2015.

MAY 1, 2019 One in four U.S. homes is all electric USEIA Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration; 2005, 2009, and 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Surveys A growing number of homes in the United States are all electric, with 25% of homes nationwide using only electricity according to EIA’s 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). The share of all-electric homes has risen in each census …

9 priorities to decarbonize

Eliza Barclay and Umair Irfan  Updated Jun 5, 2019, Vox.com SHARE Climate scientists told us late last year in the National Climate Assessment that the United States is already experiencing severe and costly impacts of a changing climate. In a separate United Nations report released in October, scientists reported that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require a gargantuan global effort — and that we have roughly 12 …

Teen activists face US government in crucial hearing over climate trial, which accuses federal government of violating young people’s constitutional rights

Lee van der Voo in Oregon, in The Guardian, Tue 4 Jun 2019 Twenty-one youth activists faced off with the US government in an Oregon courthouse on Tuesday, where their attorneys petitioned a panel of judges to let their climate case go to trial. Until it does, their attorneys argued, fossil fuel development should be halted on public lands. The case of …

Glenwood Springs City Council in April approved a resolution to buy all of Glennwood Electric’s electricity from wind power supplied by Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN)

Colorado city to become one of the first in US to run completely on renewable energy The Hill | Justin Wise Glenwood Springs, Colo., is set to become the latest U.S. city to run entirely on renewable energy. “We are very excited to announce that Glenwood Springs will soon be operated on one hundred percent renewable electricity,” Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes …

Lobbying against key US climate regulation ‘cost society $60bn’, study finds

27 May 2019  by JOSH GABBATISS, Carbon Brief US POLICY  Political lobbying in the US that helped block the progress of proposed climate regulation a decade ago led to a social cost of $60bn, according to a new study. Environmental economists Dr Kyle Meng and Dr Ashwin Rode have produced what they believe is the first attempt to quantify the toll such anti-climate lobbying efforts take on …

Electrification of gas heating and cooking

Let’s learn from what’s working in California too! Require every home to allow for consumer choice, meaning all fixtures that have gas delivered must also have sufficient power and a dedicated circuit for future fuel switching. This approach was pioneered with the code requirements for pre-wiring for car chargers and solar panels. Target indoor air pollution from gas stoves–see the …

All these subnational jurisdictions, for all their differences, used the same simple trick to achieve policy success

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  May 15, 2019, SHARE Federal climate politics in the US remains as gridlocked as ever, but the past few years have seen a remarkable flourishing of climate and clean energy policy at the subnational level, in states and cities across the country. This has given rise to all sorts of deep analysis — about the potential and limitations of states …

Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Partnership releases report + ITF’s Decarbonising Transport (DT) initiative has a 30% GHG reduction by 2030 scenario

May 2019, OECD ITF The ITF’s Decarbonising Transport (DT) initiative is a global, data-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative with over 70 key stakeholders. It aims to support the transition to carbon neutral transport. It is the ITF’s major contribution to improving understanding of how to ensure a low-carbon future for transport. The initiative aims to build capacity to help close the gaps …

Hydropower “Not Necessary” To Meet Global Climate & Energy Goals, Says WWF & Nature Conservancy

By Joshua S Hill Clean Technica, Hydropower “Not Necessary” To Meet Global Climate & Energy Goals, Says WWF & Nature Conservancy, May 23rd, 2019  A report published by WWF and The Nature Conservancy earlier this month claims that hydropower is unnecessary for meeting global climate change and clean energy goals thanks to the dramatic cost decreases seen in the solar, wind, and storage sectors. …