Report on California’s 100% Clean Energy Act of 2018

Senate Bill 100 Officially titled “The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018,” Senate Bill 100 (SB 100, De León): Sets a 2045 goal of powering all retail electricity sold in California and state agency electricity needs with renewable and zero-carbon resources — those such as solar and wind energy that do not emit climate-altering greenhouse gases. Updates the state’s …

Cities of the future: denser, green, with more ag and white roofs

By Kim Stanley Robinson Getting through the 21st century without a mass-extinction event means making ourselves far more scarce. At least over large parts of the planet. The idea is to leave a hefty portion of the planet’s land surface empty of our presence, in a relative sense. Both the European Union and the U.S. under the Biden administration are …

The case for a national clean electricity standard that phases fossil fuels out of electricity by 2035

This popular and proven climate policy should be at the top of Congress’s to-do list. By Leah Stokes and Sam Ricketts  Feb 4, 2021, Vox.com https://www.vox.com/22265119/biden-climate-change-renewable-energy-clean-electricity-standard-congress https://www.fox5ny.com/news/congestion-pricing-back-in-play-for-new-york-city Last year, presidential candidate Joe Biden campaigned on a bold climate plan that included cleaning up America’s electricity system by 2035 with a federal Clean Electricity Standard (CES). A national CES, which would require utilities increase their share of …

CLEAN bill

The CLEAN bill, while having the excellent things below, has “gas plants generating clean energy credits for the 2020s, then in the 2030s declining slightly from every single natural gas plants to a quarter to a third of the gas fleet.  While biomass and nuclear are baked into something like this, gas needn’t be…” Progressives Warn House Climate Bill Falls Short …

Batteries double CO2 savings of households with PV systems: PV reduces electricity CO2 emissions by 45% and by up to 85% with batteries

FEBRUARY 26, 2021 PETRA HANNEN from pv magazine Germany Photovoltaic systems for single-family homes reduce electricity-related CO2 emissions of the households by 45%, according to EUPD Research. When a battery is added the CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 85%. RESIDENTIAL PV GERMANY https://www.pv-magazine.com/2021/02/26/batteries-double-co2-savings-of-households-with-pv-systems/ Good for the climate: a photovoltaic system. Even better for the climate: a photovoltaic system linked …

Oppose False Solutions to the Climate Crisis: CCS, Biogas, Offsets Generally, any nuclear building for the foreseeable future

The expansion of fossil fuels threatens our climate, public health and economic prosperity.  It necessitates an end to new fossil fuel infrastructure and production, along with a managed decline of the industry. To stay alive, the fossil fuel industry is pushing a number of policies that further investment in fossil fuels, under the guise of addressing the climate crisis. Chief …

Grid map requirements to ease solar integration

California regulators modify grid map requirements to ease solar integration By David Wagman on Feb 1 2021 The California Public Utilities Commission ordered several key improvements to the Integration Capacity Analysis, a grid transparency tool. The motion requesting the changes that the CPUC responded to was filed last October by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, the California Solar & Storage …

PV costs just 11% of what it did a decade ago. Installing solar utility generation has been cheaper than wind or natural gas-fired plants, and far cheaper than new coal generation

Plummeting prices for solar panels in the past decade mean the cost of generating by the sun is now only 11% of what it was 10 years ago, and with various tax credits, significantly cheaper than building fossil fuel plants.  By 2018, installing solar utility generation was cheaper than wind or natural gas-fired plants, and far cheaper than new coal generation.  …

CU Boulder’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) Dec 2020 report outlines solutions for curbing U.S. carbon emissions

Published: Dec. 16, 2020 • By Julie Poppen Researchers at CU Boulder’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) on Thursday released a report outlining key steps the U.S. can take to drive carbon dioxide emissions to zero.  Download the full report The report, Accelerating the U.S. Clean Energy Transformation: Challenges and Solutions by Sector, explains why urgent and comprehensive action is needed to avoid the worst impacts …