Vancouver proceeds toward 100% renewable energy – including transport and heating – by 2050. Here’s how they are doing it!

Cross-posted from the redoubtable David Roberts at Vox.com and highlighting thoughts from Vancouver’s City Manager (and Chicago’s former environmental director) Sadhu Johnston. Last year, Vancouver, British Columbia, officially adopted the goal of powering itself entirely with clean energy by 2050.  That’s a bigger deal than it might sound. Plenty of North American cities have committed to getting all their electricity from …

Nation’s largest container port by volume & value, the Port of Los Angeles is building the world’s first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewables

The Port of Los Angeles—the nation’s largest port by container volume and cargo value—is building the world’s first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewables. Once development is complete, the 40-acre Pasha Green Omni Terminal will be able to run completely off-grid during power outages thanks to an onsite, 1.03-megawatt solar micro-grid that also features …

Four models of solar-powered vehicles in the works at Hanergy thin-film solar; sales planned before the decade is out

 China’s Hanergy Holding Group (Hanergy) has unveiled four solar-powered electric concept cars, set for production within three years. Hanergy is a large clean-energy company and one of the largest thin-film solar cell manufacturers in the world. Hanergy is also the owner of U.S. based Alta Devices, which it bought in 2014. Hanergy Solar 0. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Much of the …

Federal EV developments – July 2016

Over the past 8 years: The number of plug-in electric vehicle models increased from 1 to more than 20. EV battery costs decreased 70%. The # of EV charging stations grew 40x over — from <500 in 2008 to >16,000 today. Yesterday (July 21, 2016) the Obama administration and a White House press release highlighted what the administration intends to do to sustain or increase that growth, including: $4.5 billion …

Changing the trajectory, reining in emissions from planes and ships

By Fred Pearce the global effort to reduce carbon emissions, the aviation and shipping industries have been the most conspicuous outliers. Although these two sectors currently contribute 6 percent of all manmade CO2 emissions, they have managed to remain outside international control. But in the wake of the historic United Nations climate agreement reached in Paris in December, the pressure is …

Ongoing diesel damage: NY, MA, and MD sue Volkswagen and execs who lied and destroyed evidence

July 20th, 2016 by Steve Hanley.  The story continues to get uglier for Volkswagen and top executives as three US states open new lawsuits against Volkswagen, naming specific Volkswagen staff, for lying, deceiving regulators and the public, and even destroying evidence. Here’s more in a Gas2 repost. New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland have filed lawsuits in their respective state courts seeking millions of …

New York State poised to REV up its electric vehicles (EV) market

By Miles Farmer Luke Tonachel, July 14, 2016 Through its much-discussed Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) effort to modernize our electric system for the 21st century—we’ve blogged about it here and here—the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) is well positioned to put the pedal to the metal on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the Empire State. The …

Vox highlights that transportation is now contributing more CO2 than power plants do

Updated by Brad Plumer on June 13, 2016, cross-posted from Vox.com Here’s an important energy milestone: For the first time since 1979, America’s cars, trucks, and airplanes emit more carbon dioxide than its power plants do. The chart below comes from Sam Ori, executive director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago: (Sam Ori) You can see the …

Why the future of cars is electric, by Zach Shahan

Technology changes at a fast pace these days, but even so, we typically think that today’s technology norms will remain for a long time, just with incremental improvements. That hasn’t been how the story goes, though. When I was in high school, a few people had beepers, and basically no one had a cell phone. If you were away from home …

US cities consider ways to transform transportation

San Francisco The pilot would try to lure people from their own cars to shared, clean-running electric vehicles, either with drivers or without (if robot cars prove cheap and trusty enough). The carrot? Ease and relative speed. Those in shared rides can use new dedicated carpool lanes (either marked on the pavement or drawn virtually using navigation apps such as …