With solar gardens expanding, are solar parking lots on the horizon?

By Chris Mooney January 28, 2015 , excerpt cross-posted from The Washington Post.  See August 2016 Bloomberg article further down. With solar gardens expanding, are ready areas of paved spaces — PV-covered parking lots — on the horizon? One vast solar carport installation at Rutgers University is 28 acres in size and produces 8 megawatts of power, or about enough energy to power …

Ford announces plans for commercial operation AVs in 2021, specifically for ride hailing and ride sharing — No steering wheel. No gas pedals. No brake pedals. Driver not required.

https://shift.newco.co/fords-road-to-full-autonomy-36cb9cca330#.21rsd29pl We’re announcing our intent to have fully autonomous vehicles in commercial operation for a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service beginning in 2021. This is significant. Ford will be mass producing vehicles capable of driving fully autonomously within five years. No steering wheel. No gas pedals. No brake pedals. A driver will not be required. If someone had told you 10 …

Ft. Collins, CO grades buildings for energy efficiency, provides info to renters

Jacy Marmaduke, jmarmaduke@coloradoan.com, 9 Aug 2016, cross-posted from The Coloradan City staff hope a new Fort Collins program will give apartment- and house-hunters a better idea of what their utility bills will look like before they sign on the dotted line. The Building Energy Scoring and Disclosure program, much-anticipated by local energy efficiency advocates, received its first influx of funding this spring …

Living off the grid, in the city

By Joe Pinsker, 11 Aug 2016, cross-posted from The Atlantic If one’s kitchen hints at what one values in life, it’s pretty clear what Keya Chatterjee’s priorities are. The refrigerator she picked out is not the kind that would appear in most catalogs—her deep, extremely energy-efficient fridge is optimized for use on a boat, and is often used by doctors to …

A simple fix with a big benefit: California lawmakers consider closing loophole to curb gas leaks

On Breaking Energy, August 16, 2016  After passing the State Assembly Appropriations committee on Wednesday, a little known bill – SB 1441 – is headed for the assembly floor, which is slated to deliver big benefits for consumers and the environment. Not only will the bill create a strong market driver for utilities to operate tighter infrastructure and save California consumers tens …

Livable arterials help produce livable residential areas: low levels of design, high levels of traffic on arterials detract

Ed:  Quiet EVs and shared AVs may raise the desirability and residential property value of living on or very near arterials. When controlling for income, high levels of traffic as well as low levels of urban design on the arterial both detract from the livability of those living in the surrounding neighborhoods. Some results even suggest that residential streets with …

Needed: shared platforms for adaptation and cost-benefit analysis

By Marie Venner, 17 Aug 2016 Zillow recently estimated that $1.9 trillion in residential property is at risk with sea level rise in the US, in the next 80 years or so — the lifetimes of our kids and grandkids and much of our own lives.  This doesn’t count the infrastructure costs or the land costs underlying that infrastructure.  Nor …

Antarctica’s sea ice said to be vulnerable to sudden retreat

By Alistair Doyle| Tue Aug 16, 2016, Reuters   Melting ice shows through at a cliff face at Landsend, on the coast of Cape Denison, Antarctica January 2, 2010.   Winter sea ice around Antarctica shrank 65 percent in a natural warm period between Ice Ages about 128,000 years ago, when temperatures were slightly warmer than now, according to the report …