The Struggle to Keep Justice Central within Extinction Rebellion US

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG. March 9, 2020 | PODCAST The Extinction Rebellion is a nonviolent direct action campaign that started in the United Kingdom in the Fall of 2018 to push governments to declare a climate crisis and to take action to rapidly cut net carbon emissions. It quickly spread to more than 50 countries including the …

The $640 billion investment in coal power capacity worldwide is at risk because it is less expensive to generate electricity from wind and solar power

March 2020 – A new report shows that investments in coal plants may be a waste of money as renewables are cheaper than new coal plants, according to new research from the financial think tank Carbon Tracker Initiative. The new research, released today, shows that nearly $640 billion of investment in coal power capacity worldwide is at risk because it is less expensive to generate …

Virginia Clean Economy Act to retire most of Virginia’s coal-fired facilities by Dec. 31, 2024

Va.’s 100% clean energy shift: Part of a ‘bigger wave’?E&E News | David Iaconangelo A landmark legislative session for energy came to an end in Virginia last week, after the Democratic-controlled General Assembly mounted a late push to pass numerous new regulations on fossil fuels and promote zero-carbon sources of electricity. One of the measures, which Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam …

Report: An Alternative to Electricity Monopolies Enables Communities to Center People and Planet

BY JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 19 FEB 2020 Download the Report Register for a webinar on the report, March 5th, 2020 at 12pm CT More communities than ever want to exercise control over their energy systems. In 2016, Americans collectively spent $360 billion buying electricity. Most of the revenue accrued to the benefit of increasingly-large, investor-owned utilities. Inspired by the individuals who put solar on their …

Defense tapped the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to apply a standardized, scalable microgrid planning tool to its facilities

Rural electric coops cover 60% of the US land mass, control 42% of distribution lines, and serve about 42 million customers. They do what other utilities do, but they are tax exempt, consumer-owned organizations set up by an Act of Congress in 1936. NRECA already has a good head start on the DoD work through its Open Modeling Framework project, which aims at enabling …

Decarbonization, change in energy consumption and energy intensity

Costa Rica, Denmark and the UK have all set economy-wide net-zero emissions targets for 2050. These commitments to full decarbonization build upon the decades of efforts that these countries have already made toward energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development. More countries should follow their lead in setting explicit decarbonization targets. Getting Onto a Pathway for Decarbonization Some countries are positioned particularly …

With strategic demand reductions, states lead the way on utility regulation that can cut costs and emissions

Forbes, Feb 5, 2020, Amanda Myers, Energy Policy Analyst at Energy Innovations States are committing to bolder clean electricity standards, driving increased adoption of cost-competitive renewables but also requiring additional system flexibility to support variable wind and solar generation while maintaining reliable service. Customer demand itself can be a zero-carbon source of grid flexibility – but it is still barely being tapped. Demand …

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 …

Candidates Debate Climate in Sixth Democratic Debate, The Short Word on Nuclear

By Olivia Rosane Dec. 20, 2019, POLITICS The climate crisis had its strongest showing to date in the sixth Democratic primary debate hosted by Politico and PBS in Los Angeles Thursday. For the first time, a climate question was asked during the first 30 minutes of the debate, HuffPost reported. The issue got 13 minutes total of discussion time, according to Grist, and those …