All cars in Germany must be emissions free by 2030, official says

By BRIAN PARKIN, Bloomberg News, published Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2016 10:18AM EDT, cross-posted from The Globe & Mail Germany need to be emissions free by 2030 at the latest to help meet pollution reduction goals, a senior government official said. Germany’s pledge to cut carbon dioxide output by 80 per cent to 95 per cent by 2050 will be in …

India aims to build 1 terrawatt of global solar power – four times the current worldwide total – and become a 100% electric vehicle nation by 2030, but still needs to rid itself of coal

Cross-posted from Clean Technica 23 Nov 2016.  Originally published on Energy Post. By Dénes Csala India aims to build 1 terrawatt of global solar power – four times the current worldwide total – and become a 100% electric vehicle nation by 2030. Those are great ambitions, but they still far short from what is needed for a true energy transformation …

Canada aims for 90% non-emitting energy sources by 2030

Cross-posted from Clean Technica The Canadian Government announced on Monday its intention to accelerate investments in clean electricity to speed up the transition from traditional coal power to clean energy by 2030, promising to phase out traditional coal-fired electricity. Additionally, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, also announced an agreement between the Governments of Canada and Nova …

USAID Announces $4 Million For African Off-Grid Solar Startups

November 22nd, 2016 by Joshua S Hill  At the UN Climate conference held in Marrakech earlier this month, America’s foreign aid agency USAID announced the recipients of $4 million in new funding for African off-grid solar energy startups.  The seed funding was provided to eight companies through the Scaling Off-Grid Energy: Grand Challenge for Development competition in a competitive process, and is expected …

Here’s how renewable energy contracts work to protect ratepayers, utilities, and renewable energy developers through the power purchase agreement (PPA)

Here’s how renewable energy contracts work to protect ratepayers, utilities, and renewable energy developers through the power purchase agreement (PPA): How Utilities Actually Buy Renewables Utilities put together their portfolio of renewable energy contracts so that they will be able to deliver the capacity needed for each time of day, combining wind and solar and some baseload renewables: geothermal, hydro, …

Gerrymander Voting Maps In Wisconsin Struck Down By Federal Court

November 22nd, 2016 by Steve Hanley.  Published in Think Progress.  Just when you think the world has gone dark and there is no hope that actual adults may be in charge of things in America, a tiny ray of sunshine appears to reassure us that all is not lost. A federal court has struck down the voting gerrymander voting maps …

Sweden Will Offer 60% Subsidy For Residential Battery Storage Costs

November 22nd, 2016 by Steve Hanley.  Source: Renewable Energy World Sweden says it wants to stop burning fossil fuels to make electricity by the year 2040. Policies and goals are wonderful things, but taking action to implement those policies and goals is where the hard work comes into play. Now Sweden is putting its money where its mouth is. It …

Morgan Stanley triples estimate for pace of the EV revolution

Cross-posted from Forbes – 22 November 2016 Morgan Stanley has released a new report estimating that electric car sales will increase become 10 to 15% of the global new car market by 2025. That is three time the rate the investment banking house has projected in the past. Why the sudden shift in its thinking? While the US is conveniently …

Wind and solar can save 20% when deployed together

By Ben Jervey, Originally published on Nexus Media. What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is seasonally variable, and is not always blowing when the energy is needed. But what if solar and wind work together? “Wind resource tends to complement solar resource,” …

Reconnecting – an interview with John Thackara

The following is an interview with John Thackara about his last book “How to Thrive in the Next Economy”, conducted by Jonny Gordon-Farleigh: Jonny Gordon-Farleigh: Your new book, How to Thrive in the Next Economy, explores practical innovations in sustainability across the world. What stories would you pick out as the most instructive for the scale of change we need …