The mere act of electrification has a powerful effect on efficiency: electrifying the US economy from carbon free sources will reduce the amount of energy needed by more than half

The Green New Deal: The enormous opportunity in shooting for the moon.  Decarbonizing with massive electrification will bring about a new American abundance. Saul Griffith, Feb 20, 2019 The conversation about a Green New Deal is bold, timely, and necessary. The most important component of the Green New Deal as currently drafted is its commitment to complete decarbonization. That is the destination, the …

We CAN afford the Green New Deal and the technology and expertise is available

The Good News About a Green New Deal, The New Yorker, March 2019 Last month’s rollout of the Green New Deal, a fourteen-page legislative resolution, sponsored by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, that called for “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” through a ten-year “national mobilization,” has sparked a good deal of controversy. The resolution was larded with goals not directly tied …

Could Walmart Be a Model for a Socialist Future? Do megacorporations—although odious—demonstrate the massive central planning we need

BY PETER FRASE  If Walmart is already more or less a planned economy…why not just nationalize it so everyone can save money and live better? Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski want you to know that their new book, The People’s Republic of Walmart, is not a socialist defense of Walmart, a company they call “execrable.” Rather, they use the megacorporation as a …

Day care for all

CreditCredit Illustration by Tyler Comrie; Photographs by Chloe Gudy/EyeEm, and Jamie Grill, via Getty Images Day Care for All The progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea. By Katha Pollitt Feb. 9, 2019 When Bernie Sanders ran for president, he promised to fight for free public college, universal health insurance and a $15 minimum wage. He drew huge crowds, but many …

Progressive tax policies Democrats need

ANNIE LOWREY, The Atlantic, Feb 5, 2018 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/here-are-progressive-tax-policies-democrats-need/581830/ Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to raise the top marginal income-tax rate to 70 percent; for every dollar a person earns over $10 million, Ocasio-Cortez suggests, he should be left with 30 cents. Senator Bernie Sanders, a likely 2020 candidate, wants to expand the estate tax. And Senator Elizabeth Warren, a definite 2020 candidate, …

Integrating Higher Levels of Renewables: Hawaii’s Interoperable Grid Communications and Next-Gen Grid Planning

DistribuTech Spotlight: Hawaii’s Interoperable Grid Communications and Next-Gen Grid Planning, JEFF ST. JOHN GTM FEBRUARY 08, 2019 HECO picks Landis+Gyr for world’s first Wi-SUN-certified smart grid network and startup Opus One for novel “integrated distribution planning” software. This is a very different kind of advanced metering infrastructure. Distributed energy integration is the watchword for this year’s DistribuTech conference in New Orleans, even if the …

Electric Heating Accelerates the Push for Deep Decarbonization

Electric Heating Accelerates the Push for Deep Decarbonization, but Cost Remains an Issue: An economic analysis of heat pumps versus natural gas and oil shows the least carbon-intensive option may not be the cheapest. EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT, GTM JUNE 18, 2018 Heat pump systems reduce carbon emissions for buildings, but may cost more than traditional heating and cooling. Photo Credit: Shutterstock 39 …

4 Ways to Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy

4 Ways to Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy, by Jan Corfee-Morlot, Michael Westphal and Rachel Spiegel. WRI, January 15, 2019  The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This groundbreaking research, produced by the …

Energy efficiency is becoming a more dynamic grid resource

What is energy efficiency? That sounds like a pretty simple question. But it’s not.  Defining efficiency used to be pretty straightforward: weatherize, upgrade equipment and lighting, use a bit of social science to cut consumption. But now efficiency is becoming just as much about shaping demand in real-time to support distributed energy. And that’s shaping how it gets defined, implemented and …

Energy Efficiency Is Going Through Another Transformation: how energy efficiency is evolving into a real-time grid resource

STEPHEN LACEY, GTM,JANUARY 24, 2019 Efficiency is becoming a more dynamic grid resource. What is energy efficiency? That sounds like a pretty simple question. But it’s not. Defining efficiency used to be pretty straightforward: weatherize, upgrade equipment and lighting, use a bit of social science to cut consumption. But now efficiency is becoming just as much about shaping demand in real-time …