Judge: Atlantic Coast pipeline failed to assess the health impacts the project would have on minorities, as required under federal law.

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, May 18, 2018 A federal court has invalidated a key permit for the Atlantic Coast pipeline project that would carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Now civil rights advocates are working to build their environmental justice case in hopes of further stymying the project. Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images A federal court has invalidated a …

The Public Has Been Ignored for Too Long on Pipelines: The government’s own watchdogs agree: Regulators have been ignoring local communities and siding with industry way too often.

By Todd Larsen, June 29, 2018 In school, we’re taught that the U.S. is a nation of laws, and no one is above the law. But for communities nationwide fighting natural gas pipelines, they quickly find that the law is stacked against them. Imagine receiving notice one day that a pipeline is going to cut through your property — maybe just …

11% of Colorado residents spend 10 to 15 percent of their income on energy, but energy retrofits and PV panels could help a lot

By Dan Gearino, InsideClimateNews The state’s energy assistance programs are solving two challenges at once: help people save money on electricity bills while expanding renewable energy. JUL 2, 2018 Low-income households in Colorado are getting a new question during visits from energy assistance agencies: Have you considered solar panels?  It’s an innovative approach to solving two challenges at once: reducing greenhouse gas …

Energy Transition Index (ETI) allows the assessment of 114 countries’ energy systems. Particle emission levels deteriorated in more than 50% of countries and carbon intensity stayed flat

McKinsey and the World Resources Institute. http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Fostering_Effective_Energy_Transition_report_2018.pdf The newly developed Energy Transition Index (ETI) allows the assessment of 114 countries’ energy systems within this framework, by providing benchmarks across: System performance: This measures current performance, based on the delivery of the energy system on the imperatives of the energy triangle, namely promoting an energy system that supports inclusive economic development and growth, secure and reliable access to energy, and …

Trump says fund infrastructure from a new mileage tax

Supporters say a vehicle miles traveled tax is more fair than increasing the gasoline tax because it would apply to electric and hybrid vehicles. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) The Trump administration suggested Wednesday it could support a tax on drivers for the amount of miles they drive, as a revenue source to pay for its $200 billion infrastructure investment plan. …

Promoting a federal jobs guarantee program and more: ask about impacts instead of budgets and deficits. Policymakers must learn that the deficit is not an excuse to ignore inequality

By Stephanie Kelton, 5 Jan 2018 Budget deficits can be a very powerful weapon in the battle against poverty, inequality, economic environmental and social justice. I worry very much about the vilifying of budget deficits and the use and reliance and dependence on questions of how social spending will impact budget deficits, to the complete disregard for the impact of programs …

Weather is now a primary consideration when designing and implementing cities’ technologies.

  Smart Cities Dive, Feb 2018 When temperatures dip, tech advisers frequently offer users tips for keeping devices functioning properly — not to mention Apple’s suggestion that iPhones are meant to operate at temperatures above 32 degrees. Cold weather can weaken the integrity of device materials and cause them to shatter more easily, but more commonly addressed problems are unresponsiveness, shortened battery life …

“Providing a core network of low-stress bikeways that connect various neighborhoods will encourage success, as comfort and safety is a large factor in people’s willingness to try bike share.”

Excerpt from Motherboard, Feb 2018 It takes some planning to get a bike-share system right. The city of Rochester, New York put together an extensive report in 2015 studying the feasibility of a bike-share system, which made recommendations about how to make the city more bike friendly. “Providing a core network of low-stress bikeways that connect various neighborhoods will encourage success, as comfort …

Illinois announces master contracts for smart street lighting initiative

On SmartCity Dive Illinois leaders announced that they have chosen vendors for the statewide smart street light program. The contract was awarded to Johnson Controls, Globetrotters Engineering and TEN Connected Solutions, according to Government Technology and others. Local governments throughout Illinois can upgrade their street lights to LED fixtures through the state’s joint purchasing program. The streetlights also can be equipped with Wi-Fi and sensors for …

Making broadband affordable: Advantages of co-location

April 7, 2016, This is note is part of the Connections series. You can download the PDF version of this note through this link. Synchronizing Installation with Other Public Works to Reach Underserved Areas By Arthur Foch The high cost of extending Internet service beyond urban areas and the relatively low number of potential subscribers has combined to stall the expansion of this enabling …