Offsetting cannot be a crutch for wanting to extend business as usual or slow-walking the transition to carbon neutrality

 The United Nations reported last month that emissions are on track to be just 0.5 percent below 2010 levels by 2030, compared with the 45 percent needed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, which would give the world the best chance of avoiding the worst projected consequences of global warming.AD Fudging a net zero commitment doesn’t reduce emissions, exacerbates the climate …

The Book That Should Change How Progressives Talk About Race

Heather McGhee writes that racism increases economic inequality for everyone. By Michelle Goldberg, Feb. 19, 2021 When Heather McGhee was a 25-year-old staffer at Demos, the progressive think tank she would eventually lead, she went to Congress to present findings on shocking increases in individual and family debt. “Few politicians in Washington knew what it was like to have bill collectors …

Vehicle-integrated PV reduces EV charging time in sunny regions by 40%

Dutch scientist Bonna Newmann spoke with pv magazine about the present and future of vehicle-integrated PV from a technological and economic perspective. Solar panels installed on cars could have a payback time of only three or four years and ensure 10,000 km of pure PV-generated road travel per year, she said. Furthermore, if you live in a sunny place, you can drive …

How renewable energy jobs can uplift fossil fuel communities and remake climate politics

Adie Tomer, Joseph W. Kane, and Caroline George February 23, 2021, Bloomberg MetroMediaRelations@brookings.edu202.238.3139 DOWNLOAD Appendix: Methodology Introduction Where are fossil fuel jobs concentrated? Many fossil fuel hubs could be wind and solar hubs Republican-leaning states and counties could benefit most in the transition from fossil fuel to renewables jobs Policies to retrain fossil fuel workers could break our climate stalemate Next steps in …

Dominion proposes ending its South Carolina coal generation by 2030

Iulia Gheorghiu, Feb. 24, 2021 Dominion Energy South Carolina filed its modified integrated resource plan (IRP) on Friday, including a “preferred” scenario that would retire its coal generation fleet by 2030, and convert its Cope Station coal plant to natural gas.  The majority of Dominion’s scenarios included large blocks of solar and solar-plus-battery-storage added between 2030 and 2048, with the potential to …

Solar’s flexibility can be agriculture’s gain

Both solar and the farming industry are beginning to see potential in the combined use of land for food production and energy generation. And as innovators begin to experiment with different forms, it’s becoming clear that in most cases it is solar that will have to bend to the needs of agriculture, and not the other way around, to ensure …

Investor-owned nursing homes have more deaths and deficiencies than nonprofit homes both before and after acquisition

New data echoes a Government Accountability Office report from a decade ago, which found that investor-owned nursing homes “had more total deficiencies than nonprofit homes both before and after acquisition.” Feb 22, 2021 How Wall Street Kills Grandma 20,000 nursing home residents died from 2004 to 2016 because they lived in nursing homes run by private equity firms, according to …

Biggest Electric Bus Deal in U.S. Approved in Maryland

By Keith Laing, Bloomberg, February 23, 2021  Washington suburb agrees to pay $169 million over 16 years  Move comes as Biden plans to electrify the federal fleet A school system outside Washington is poised to become the nation’s biggest operator of electric school buses. The Board of Education in Maryland’s Montgomery County voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to approve a 16-year, …

Chris Hansen on RTO

By CHRIS HANSEN and DON CORAM | February 21, 2021 The wide scale power outages in Texas have reminded all of us how fragile our energy system can be and the dangers created when we lose something we typically take for granted. When you turn on your lights or plug your phone in to charge, do you know where that electricity is coming from …