A Checkup On California’s Efforts To Combat Climate Change

March 14, 2020, NPR Download, Embed, Transcript California has some of the most aggressive climate policies in the country. The state has had both successes and challenges in meeting its ambitious climate goals. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: A checkup now on attempts to address climate change. California is the fifth-largest economy in the world. And it has some of the most …

Health and climate benefits from California’s cap-and-trade are over 5 times greater than the program’s costs, with many benefits unaccounted

Cap and trade in California: health and climate benefits greatly outweigh costs. The report, authored by Dr. Marc Breslow and Ruby Wincele, looks at California’s cap-and-trade program and its investments – it finds that health and climate benefits from California’s cap-and-trade are 5 times greater than the program’s costs. We hope that it can give us valuable data, and leverage in the …

Oregon’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Oregon climate change: Governor’s new plan leans on supersizing the Clean Fuels Program

Mar 15, by Ted Sickinger| The Oregonian/OregonLive One of the most definitive pieces of the executive order that Gov. Kate Brown signed Tuesday to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions was her direction to extend and strengthen Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. It’s a program most Oregonians don’t even know exists. And it’s one that Republicans, and fossil fuels industry, have loved to hate. When it …

State Carbon Tax (and Regional Cap and Trade) Update

Coalition calls for carbon cap-and-trade program across Northeast, Mid-AtlanticNJ Spotlight | Tom Johnson It is time across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic for the region’s governors to adopt a cap-and-trade program to reduce global warming pollution from vehicles, according to a coalition of investors, trade groups and nonprofit organizations. In a letter to 12 governors, the more than 100 signatories called …

New models for the transition to electric vehicles

ICCT research and models + a model bill on combustion vehicle phase-out at the bottom… In China, ICCT research shows that cities have often leveraged their vehicle registration policies to encourage EVs and have used electrification programs focused on the local fleet, but Liuzhou’s success does not rely on that. There is no vehicle registration quota policy in Liuzhou and the majority …

Montana Gov-appointed Council Makes Recommendations for State to Address Climate Change

By Associated Press, Feb. 11, 2020 HELENA, MONT. (AP) — A council appointed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has released a list of draft recommendations for the state to address climate change, reduce greenhouse gases and take advantage of new technology and innovations that will come from the effort. The public has until March 31 to comment on the proposals announced Tuesday by the …

Utah air pollution and carbon reduction roadmap

A red state template for 100% renewables? Utah bill unites Rocky Mountain Power, cities and activists HB 411’s Rocky Mountain Power-communities partnership delivers customer choice “the Utah way” Herman K. Trabish, Smart Cities Dive and Utility Dive, March 17, 2020 Utah has done what some thought impossible — getting approval from an 80% Republican legislature to move more than one-third of …

While Xcel claims it will get to 80% renewable by 2030, it is asking the Colorado PUC to charge ratepayers for hundreds of millions of dollars on coal and gas plants–and to earn 10.35% return on the equity portion of those expenditures

This testimony submitted in Xcel’s current request to increase its rates in Colorado (Docket 19AL-0268E) provides important background information on Xcel with numerous references to source documents.  While Xcel has stated its intention to reduce its carbon, what it is actually doing is asking the Colorado PUC to charge its customers for hundreds of millions of dollars of expenditures on coal and …