Suncor, refining and storage of asphalt, Noxious Neighbors: The EPA Knows Tanks Holding Heavy Fuels Emit Harmful Chemicals. Why Are Americans Still at Risk?

An analysis of refining and storage of asphalt and No. 6 refining.   Suncor Refinery in Commerce City produces and stores asphalt.  No. 6 fuel oil is used in shipping and heating homes in New England but not much used in Colorado For decades EPA has allowed the use on an API-developed formula that concludes asphalt storage releases very little VOCs.  …

Architects and Households Declare: We need a just and fair transition to limiting our emissions in a way that doesn’t exclude households unable to pay or push even more people into fuel poverty. Demand is growing to see Net Zero carbon emissions delivered.

Households Declare Is a New Campaign to Fix Housing: This British campaign should be copied in North America. Households Declare! is demanding the housing stock in the United Kingdom be fixed. Its mission: “We need a just and fair transition to limiting our emissions in a way that doesn’t exclude households unable to pay or push even more people into …

VGI top 10 gaps – Aug 2021

The 10 gaps are: Submetering and separate EV service metering issues and constraints relevant to integration of VGI resources with other behind-the-meter DER resources like solar and energy management systems. Demand response programs suited for VGI participation and directly addressing the existing barriers to VGI participation in DR programs. Support for bidirectional (V2G and V2B) applications broadly that can create …

71 percent of voters support federal rebates for purchase and installation of zero emission and energy efficient appliances. Zero-Emission Homes Act would do it.

From Laura at Rewiring America, July 2021: Only 15 percent of respondents said that they believed their homes produced “a lot” of carbon emissions. And even those who do realize how important it is to replace their fossil fuel-burning machines with electric vehicles, heat pumps, induction stoves, and other appliances may not be able to afford them — not without …

DOE says new building codes to cut energy costs by $138B, but EV backers see failure to advance charging

July 28, 2021, Robert Walton, Utility Dive Updated building codes would save U.S. homes and businesses $138 billion in energy costs over the next three decades, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) concluded on July 21. However, electric vehicle advocates see a missed opportunity to advance charging infrastructure with the new rules. The International Code Council (ICC) finalized building codes in 2020, …

Limits with just electrifying everything

By Lloyd Alter, May 24, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast Saul Griffith describes himself as “an inventor and entrepreneur but was trained as an engineer.” He is co-founder and chief scientist of Rewiring America, an organization with the mission to do what it says in its name: to fight climate change by electrifying America’s households. In his book of the same name, …

Poorer households should get free heat pumps, say experts: Help is needed to replace gas boilers with low-carbon alternatives, warn builders, energy firms and charities

Fiona Harvey Guardian UK, Wed 16 Jun 2021 Households on low incomes should be supplied with free heat pumps in order to kickstart the market for low-carbon heating equipment and meet the UK’s climate targets, experts have told the government. Heat pumps can currently cost thousands of pounds to install, but the more that are installed, the faster that cost is likely …

Nature: A wasted decade of climate inaction shows us that incremental shifts that might have been sufficient at one time are no longer enough. A rapid shift with 4x the work or a third the time is necessary now. Some have stopped fossil fuel production and exploration, but not US

04 March 2020, Nature. Emissions: world has four times the work or one-third of the time: New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris. Nature 579, 25-28 (2020) doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00571-x, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00571-x The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dearly. It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds. …

New York’s Public Power Bill Could Be a Model for the Rest of the Country. NY State Build Public Renewables Act sets path for faster, cheaper, better decarbonization.

The New York State Build Public Renewables Act. “We could see, for instance, federal money going to states so that they could set one up themselves so that they can build out public renewable energy in their states, bring down the cost, make it accountable to the people, and bring down energy poverty at the same time.” Dharna Noor 5/13/21, Gizmodo …