Tri-State attempts to evade PUC oversight for facility planning and state law requiring reduction of GHGs by 90% by 2050

Colorado Sun, August 2019 excerpt The FERC bid also came as Colorado adopted laws giving the PUC more oversight of Tri-State’s facility planning and also requiring utilities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 90% from 2005 levels by 2050. Tri-State gets almost half its electricity by burning coal. “The PUC wants to make sure that Tri-State isn’t trying to go around …

IPCC visuals are largely on threats, framed as distant in time and space, with minimal attention to who was impacted or needed to take adaption actions or adopt responsibility, rather than rather than goals to be achieved

with minimal attention to who was impacted or needed to take adaption actions or adopt responsibility The visual framing of climate change impacts and adaptation in the IPCC assessment reports Climatic Change Figures and graphics in reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “(still) focus primarily on showing that climate change is real and a problem, with little …

Seattle City Council passes resolution advancing Green New Deal

Katie Pyzyk 14 Aug 2019 in Utility Dive The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for the passage of a federal Green New Deal, which has generated vigorous debate in Congress, and the council committed to developing a local version. The resolution sets the standards for drawing up Seattle’s Green New Deal. It includes eliminating greenhouse gases by 2030; prioritizing low-income communities and communities …

What U.S. Cities Are Learning from Copenhagen’s Evolution

By Kathleen McCormick, Urban Land, August 8, 2019 Spanning a busy arterial road that separates the historic center from the harborfront, BLOX (center), designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, the Dutch architecture firm founded by Rem Koolhaas, opened in 2018 as the new home of the Danish Architecture Center. The 89,000-square foot (27,000 sq m) BLOX also features 22 rental …

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has adopted an ambitious climate and sustainability plan that sets the county to go carbon neutral by 2050. The OurCounty plan also calls for eliminating fossil fuel production in the county and transitioning the sector’s workers to the clean energy industry.  The plan includes more than 150 strategies focused on health, including initiatives around food …

We can’t afford not to decarbonize. Invest 1% of world GDP, the total value of all goods and services in the world = about $85 trillion per year in 2019. 1% of that is $850 billion/yr

From Dr. Scott Denning, Colorado State University, Aug 2019 Economists estimate the total cost of decarbonizing the world economy to be about 1% of global GDP. Academic economists estimate the total cost of saving our descendants from millennia of hellish struggle at 1% of GDP (plus or minus 1% — could actually cost anywhere from nothing to 2%). And yes …

Burning the Gas ‘Bridge Fuel’ Myth: Why Gas Is Not Clean, Cheap, or Necessary

MAY 30, 2019BY OCI TEAMREPORTS, STOPPING CARBON LOCK-IN Published by Oil Change International. Endorsed by 350.org, Center for Biological Diversity, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Clean Virginia, Earthworks, Food & Water Europe, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth Europe, Friends of the Earth U.S., Greenpeace USA, NC WARN, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, New York Communities for Change, Rainforest Action Network, and …

New research finds energy storage in 2-hour, 4-hour and 6-hour durations can efficiently provide the same capacity value as power plants that run 24 hours a day

Taking Aim at PJM’s 10-Hour Duration Capacity Rule for Energy Storage in the Nation’s Biggest Capacity Market: The storage industry brings new numbers to the table in its challenge against the least-liked proposal from FERC Order 841. By Jeff St. John, GreenTechMedia, 22 July 2019 12 Over the past year and a half, the U.S. energy storage industry has been getting …

NextEra Energy Predicts 50% Renewable Energy In US By 2030

By Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, 7/22/19 At its June meeting with investors, NextEra Energy presented the audience with 235 colorful slides concerning the financial health of the company. Many of them were identical to the slides presented at the last such meeting in May. One was substantially different, however. In May, the company presented a slide based on data supplied …