Pam Kieley, the senior director of regulatory strategy at the Environmental Defense Fund said,“First and foremost is that we put big tools on the table and don’t take any tools off the table.” But there must be some regulatory limit on pollutants. “Without that, it will be very, very hard for the state to meet its goals.” Shutting down coal …

Takoma Park, Maryland Debates Ban of All New Sales of Gas-fired Stoves, Water heaters, Dryers, Lawn Mowers and Leaf Blowers – Replacement with Electric Versions Required by 2030

February 23rd, 2020 by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica Takoma Park, Maryland is a city of 17,000 just outside Washington, DC. Known for its liberal politics, it is sometimes referred to as the “Berkeley of the East.” Like many US cities, it is concerned the federal government is not doing enough to address the challenge of an overheating planet and so, all politics …

A Policy Pathway To Reach U.S. Net Zero Emissions By 2050: still requires no new gasmobiles by 2030

November 15, 2019 Energy Innovation and Forbes Presidential candidates, state governments, and utilities are promoting “net zero” emissions targets to preserve a safe climate future by helping to limit global warming to well below 2°C – but few of them have defined exactly how the United States could remake its energy economy. The Paris Agreement targets net zero emissions by 2050. More than 60 countries, including …

LEED Platinum City Denver and Paris’ transformation to a city where needs met within a 15-minute bike ride or 20 minute walk

Denver and Paris are leading cities in a climate and sustainability transformation. Paris needs to become a “15-minute city.” That’s the message from the manifesto of Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who is seeking re-election this March. Hidalgo has been leading a radical overhaul of the city’s mobility culture since taking office in 2014, and has already barred the most polluting vehicles from entry, …

47 peer reviewed research papers, from 13 independent groups and 91 authors agree that it is possible to power the world by nearly 100% renewable energy

With the world already approaching 1.5°C of heating, it says, seven million people killed by air pollution annually, and limited fossil fuel resources potentially sparking conflict, Stanford’s researchers wanted to compare business-as-usual with a 100% transition to wind-water-solar energy, efficiency and storage by 2050 – with at least 80% by 2030.   By grouping the countries of the world together into 24 regions …

Honolulu, NYC and Boulder lead clean energy resilience plans

Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky Jan. 31, 2020, Smart Cities Dive Honolulu and New York City are top-scoring U.S. cities for incorporating energy efficiency and renewable power policies into resilience plans, according to a study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). They ranked “exemplary,” while Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, DC followed close behind. The study concluded that many cities are taking steps toward …

Utah air pollution and carbon reduction roadmap

A red state template for 100% renewables? Utah bill unites Rocky Mountain Power, cities and activists HB 411’s Rocky Mountain Power-communities partnership delivers customer choice “the Utah way” Herman K. Trabish, Smart Cities Dive and Utility Dive, March 17, 2020 Utah has done what some thought impossible — getting approval from an 80% Republican legislature to move more than one-third of …

Renewable energy prices are now significantly below those for coal and gas generation. It is now cheaper to save the climate than to destroy it.

Over the last decade, wind energy prices have fallen 70% and solar photovoltaics have fallen 89% on average, according to Lazard’s 2019 report. Utility-scale renewable energy prices are now significantly below those for coal and gas generation, and they’re less than half the cost of nuclear. The latest numbers again confirm that building new clean energy generation is cheaper than running existing …

Cross-state air pollution from the electric power sector continues to kill Americans. Decade’s coal plant closures saved 26K lives in US: study. Fracking bills introduced.

Midwestern states are the biggest exporters of air pollution, while Northeastern states are the leading importers. BY REBECCA BEITSCH, The Hill, 01/06/20 The decline of coal could be saving thousands of lives as power plants reduce air pollution by switching to natural gas, according to a study published Monday. More than 26,000 lives in the U.S. were saved over the course of …

Energy system modeling: Public transparency, scientific reproducibility, and open development

Author links open overlay panel RobbieMorrison https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2017.12.010Get rights and contentUnder a Creative Commons license open access Highlights Growing calls for policy-based energy system models to be “opened up”. Energy system modeling projects are adopting open source development methods. Energy system database projects are co-evolving to serve datasets to open models. Source code distributed under standard copyright cannot be legally used, built, …