Children Of The Sun Solar Initiative Rises Out Of Devastating Fire

Tribal councils are developing and have the responsibility to develop long-term energy plans to adequately address climate change issues in and near their communities. The TSAF aims to provide resources to tribes who do not have an existing energy plan/sustainability plan. The TSAF encourages all tribes to research and assess their energy needs so that they can effectively utilize TSAF …

On bill financing expands in Hawaii – Green Energy Money Saver (GEMS)

On April 8, Hawaii Governor David Ige formally announced the Green Energy Money $aver (GEM$) on-bill financing program, a statewide initiative to make clean energy more affordable for homes and small businesses. The culmination of more than seven years of work by Hawaiian authorities, the program provides easy-access financing for cost-effective rooftop solar panels and other renewable distributed energy systems, …

Every dollar spent on energy transition would pay off up to seven times: Global economy would save up to $160 trillion by shifting to renewables, electric cars

Imagine a world where 85% of all electricity comes from renewable sources, there are over one billion electric vehicles on the road, and we are on track to preserve a livable climate for our children and future generations. We already know that every dollar spent on energy transition would pay off up to seven times: Global economy would save up to …

New tools to see energy from space, analyze best options

WRI, May 2019 Seeing Energy from Space Being able to see energy infrastructure from space allows researchers to not only identify the location of key infrastructure, but to determine key characteristics, such as a power plants’ fuel type, cooling technology, and emission plumes.  In the past, when electricity data was not reported, there were no alternative sources. Today we can use …

Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate change

New research shows that resources that would be spent on developing and installing carbon capture technologies would be better invested in creating more solar panels and wind turbines and focusing on developing energy storage options to support these instead. April 8, 2019, Science Daily Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate …

Vancouver aims for 6 big moves by 2030 to decarbonize, a five-fold increase on the current pace

Vancouver Sun, April 2019 Vancouver city staff are recommending city council respond to the world’s “climate emergency” by dramatically stepping up its green initiatives to ensure the city becomes carbon neutral before 2050. The city’s general managers of planning and engineering are recommending the city adopt six “big moves” by 2030 that would include: Aim to have 90 per cent …

Adding nuclear increases support for renewables by 10 percent of Republicans, losing only 5 percent of Dems

Overall, renewables are hugely popular. But an all-renewables majority will be a fairly partisan majority.  Allowing for non-renewable, non-emitting sources of energy like nuclear seems to peel off quite a few squishy Republicans, without losing many Democrats or independents. That might mean a broader majority. And a more potent legislative force: This strategy of uniting pro-renewables and pro-nuclear camps has worked to …

Polisometer from the Colorado Sun – in 2016 Colorado utilities generated just over 20% of electricity from renewable sources, mainly wind. Jared Polis set a goal for 100×40

Evaluation of new Gov. Jared Polis’ progress on campaign promises, by the Colorado Sun, April 17 2019 The Promise: Reach 100% renewable energy by 2040 Progress: In Progress The Quote: “We can reach 100% renewable energy by 2040 or sooner.” The Context: When Polis talks about 100% renewable energy, he is referring to the state’s electric grid. As of 2016, the last year …

Clean Tech Jobs Lead Employment Statistics In Many US States

April 21st, 2019 by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica  Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and projections from the Projections Managing Partnership, Yahoo Finance has charted which jobs are in high demand in all 50 US states. It says solar panel installer is the fastest growing job in eight different states — California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, and New …