What Will It Take For America To Go 100 Percent Renewable?

Cross-posted from Think Progress In 2013, Greensburg, KS — a town of less than 800 residents about 100 miles from Wichita — became the first city in the United States to go 100 percent renewable, powering their homes, businesses, and municipal buildings via wind power. In 2014, Burlington, VT joined Greensburg, becoming the largest city in the United States to …

Cities showing the way

Cape Town – Water Conservation and Demand Management Program CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK Despite its location on the southern coast of Africa, Cape Town was built in a semi-arid area where water is a precious resource. At the same time, the city is experiencing rapid population growth, with its population expanding 30 percent between 2001 and 2011. In 2007, Cape town instituted …

Staple crops suffer with extreme weather events – damages greater in developed countries – wheat, corn & Rise provide more than 50% of global calories

A new study, published Wednesday in Nature, argues that the American Midwest isn’t the only place to see staple crops like corn suffer in the face of extreme weather events. The paper, written by a team of geographers from the University of British Columbia, analyzed the effects that extreme temperatures, floods, and droughts have had on the last five decades …

How beneficial are solar panels? Ultimately the goal is to get electricity providers to go 100% renewable and shut coal plants, a separate matter, but you can be part of the effort to move us away from fossil fuels

The biggest buyers of RECs (renewable energy credits) are power companies looking to satisfy state-mandated clean-energy requirements, known as renewable portfolio standards. In effect, the power company pays for the right to claim the climate benefits of the panels on your roof. It sounds like an esoteric distinction, but it matters: By selling the RECs instead of keeping them for …

AllGrid – an indigenous-owned battery company is selling their GridWatt for 30% less than Tesla Powerwall

AlGrid Energy, an Indigenous-owned company has emerged as a hopeful minnow beside corporate giants poised to drive the expansion of Australia’s fledgling home solar battery industry.   The GridWatt is 30% cheaper than the Tesla Powerwall because it features older tubular lead acid gel batteries in an aluminium cabinet that must be installed outside a home, as opposed to Tesla’s …

Neighborhood by neighborhood GHG consumption map identifies that massive scale up electrification of vehicles and heating are biggest opportunities

Cities need data on current carbon emissions, and a new map of neighborhood-by-neighborhood carbon consumption provides it. The inventory is based on a full life-cycle analysis of the emissions generated in the production, use and disposal of each type of product or service. In the case of motor vehicles, the inventory considers the greenhouse gases emitted in the production of …

Winning bids to California’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism include one involving EVs

The first round of winners is in from the opening of bids for California’s electricity Demand Response Auction Mechanism, or DRAM — the state’s first big attempt to bring distributed energy resources into service for the grid, from smart thermostats and EV chargers to behind-the-meter batteries and commercial-industrial load control.  Included is one that will involve smart electric vehicle chargers. …