Denver’s 80×50 plan

Wind turbine blades heading for Eastern Colorado wind farms. Behind are empty coal cars. “It was an interesting picture of the future and the past,” said Tom Herrod, who snapped it while on his bike. DENVER — A group of people representing a variety of interests—including utilities, non-profits, the energy efficiency industry, conservationists and business representatives—reports that Denver’s efforts to reduce …

City framework for deep decarbonization. How much do citizens, businesses and municipal government spend on fossil fuels every year, where it goes and what it could otherwise fund if it were instead invested in the city’s clean energy future

USDN and Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Framework for Long-Term Deep Carbon Reduction Planning A core function of CNCA is to facilitate other cities’ understanding of how leading-edge cities are planning for long-term deep carbon reductions, and enable cities to take a more robust, consistent, equitable and comprehensive approach to carbon neutral planning and implementation. In 2015, we developed a streamlined Deep Carbon …

Rep Tulsi Gabbard’s OFF Act is a Game Changer – Here’s Why

The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act could not be more needed or timely — it details how we ethically get to 100% renewable energy by 2035. By Mark Schlosberg In September, Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act). This visionary bill comes as the nation bears witness to the …

100% Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum – sessions, outcomes, final report

Leaders in the 100% renewable energy in cities movement along with vanguard city officials, implementers, researchers, and other organizations that are advancing urban energy solutions around the world came together in over three dozen workshops, plenary sessions, site visits, and other activities.  Below please find links to the outcomes of Global Learning Forum 2017.  The Final Report synthesizes ideas and themes heard during …

World’s First Technology To Measure Electricity Grid Stability Announced

October 4th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica Reactive Technology and the UK’s grid operator National Grid have this week announced the completion of the world’s first technology which is able to continuously measure and monitor an electricity grid’s stability, or system inertia. UK-based environmental engineering company Reactive Technology partnered with the national grid operator for the UK, National Grid, to …

What if you could get every home and business in your entire county to switch to renewables, all at once? Begins with a single citizen…(Joe Galliani in 2014, now you!)

This is essentially what’s happening in my state, California: a quiet revolution awkwardly named community choice aggregation. Nine years ago, I moved with my family to Altadena, an unincorporated community in Los Angeles County nestled against the San Gabriel mountains. My only option for electricity was a for-profit, investor-owned utility, a monopoly whose profits came from higher rates, and which offered …

How Benchmarking Data Can Help Cities Meet Climate Goals

By Amy Egerter, RMI September 12, 2017   Cities have set aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets over the past few years. One of the most aggressive is Fort Collins, Colorado, which is targeting up to an 80 percent reduction by 2030, with interim benchmarks along the way. As deadlines draw nearer and the climate risks to urban centers grow, city leaders are …

Finnish modelling of a 100% renewable energy world on an hourly basis

As prices for renewables keep falling, global energy transition will happen faster than many think. To accelerate the process, we need innovative political measures.   “The time is ripe. We need a strong political and social movement to accelerate a global transition to 100% renewable energy.” — Hans-Josef Fell, President of Energy Watch Group and Former member of the German Parliament “More for less” was …

Cities aspiring to 100-percent renewables share this in common

By Heather Clancy, GreenBiz, 4 Sep 2017 Shutterstockgrop San Diego is the largest U.S. metropolis to set a 100 percent renewable energy target. The mission is ambitious, the motivations are myriad and the methods are many. What’s more, the progress is notoriously difficult to measure. But that hasn’t discouraged dozens of cities, towns (and even islands) across the United States from …