Renewables to capture three-fourths of the $10 trillion the world will invest in new generation through 2040.

By Joe Romm, Clean Technica, 15 June 2017  Last year, solar in Chile saw lowest global price for unsubsidized electricity by any technology. CREDIT: ACERA. The staggering drop in the cost of clean energy has already upended the global power market over the past two decades — and that trend will only continue for the next two decades, according to new analysis from …

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 …

Lyft aims for 100% renewable energy & self-driving Bolt fleet

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica June 16th, 2017. Originally published on Gas2. General Motors makes the Chevy Bolt, a fully electric car. General Motors also has a half billion dollar investment in Lyft, the on-demand taxi service that competes head to head with Uber. In the future, the Chevy Bolt may be the backbone of Lyft’s fleet of autonomous …

Renewable record: wind and solar supplied 10% of US electricity in March

By Julian Spector, Greentech Media, June 14, 2017 Wind and solar together crossed the 10 percent mark of total U.S. electricity production in March, reports the Energy Information Administration. That’s the first time they’ve reached double-digit market share for a month, marking an important milestone in the growth of renewables nationwide. Wind supplied 8 percent of U.S. electricity and solar produced 2 percent. …

India’s renewable energy revolution is racing ahead, announces it will build no more coal plants for at least the next decade

 By Adam Wernick, Living on Earth, 14 June 2017 In 2015, at the climate talks in Paris, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi spearheaded the launch of an international solar alliance to raise $1 trillion to light up the developing world. Eighteen months later, Modi has turned promise into action. India, a country of 1.3 billion people, is becoming perhaps the world’s …

US utilities planning for deep decarbonization

Excerpt from The Utility Sector’s Business Case for Deep Decarbonization, by Gavin Bade, Utility Dive, June 13, 2017 A lot can happen in two years. At the Edison Electric Institute’s 2015 annual summit, executives from the nation’s largest investor-owned utility companies were skeptical of decarbonization. A board of CEOs told reporters that President Obama’s Clean Power Plan would raise costs and …

Making a just transition: provisions to incorporate when implementing energy projects or programs in your area

Require labor standards on construction projects that government funds, incentivizes, or mandates to save energy or meet GHG reduction targets.  Require a community workforce agreement (CWA), or similar arrangements that include labor standards and targeted/local hire provisions, on fully subsidized public and ratepayer investments in low-carbon sectors.  Labor standards—including prevailing wage, benefit, and apprenticeship standards—are crucial mechanisms for ensuring that …