‘Sweet spot’ where modules produced the most energy and provided optimal growth conditions for the crop

Adaptive solar shade system means horticulturalists can smell the roses DECEMBER 8, 2020 MARIAN WILLUHN, PV Mag Researchers have modelled the effects of various PV module arrangements on a greenhouse used for rose growing in Iran’s Shiraz region. The team determined a ‘sweet spot’ where modules produced the most energy and provided optimal growth conditions for the crop. Researchers claim to …

Can companies like SpaceX finally bring broadband to thousands of rural Coloradans?

Unserved rural homes and businesses may finally get broadband thanks to $250 million in federal spending. But after looking at the maps, some have their doubts the money will reach its goal Tamara Chuang4:03 AM MST on Dec 10, 2020 Credibility: Original Reporting Sources Cited Elon Musk’s SpaceX is coming to Colorado. Sort of. The California aerospace firm was among …

Vibrant Clean Energy study argues for energy imbalance markets and regional transmission to lower costs

November 2, 2020 by Allen Best Lowering electricity bills in Colorado: Study makes the case to Colorado legislators and others about the benefits to consumers of advanced energy markets https://www.vibrantcleanenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/CO-EIM-Options-Report.pdf Powerpoint: https://www.vibrantcleanenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/CO-EIM-Options-Presentation.pdf by Allen Best A new study commissioned by two electrical cooperatives in Colorado makes the case again for developed markets and coordinated transmission of electricity both through energy imbalance markets …

CT and Rhode Island’s path to 100% renewables targets the next decade

Connecticut plan lays out options for reaching zero-carbon power by 2040 Written by Lisa Prevost January 13, 2021 Connecticut’s draft integrated resources plan emphasizes that the Millstone nuclear facility, seen here, plays an “outsized role” in pathways to decarbonization. State energy officials conclude that eliminating emissions in two decades is feasible and affordable, but it will require changes from grid …

41 CA cities have adopted gas connection prohibitions or strong discouragements, expanded electric vehicle charging, and even cement reduction mandates

It is key to California’s regulatory compliance and good governance that CalGreen includes at least one Decarbonized Tier.  With 41 cities having adopted gas connection prohibitions and/or strong discouragements, expanded electric vehicle charging, and even cement reduction mandates to address cement’s contribution of 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is time for DGS to standardize one or more Decarbonized …

How to Stop Giving Parking Developers A Free Ride: Parking facilities are the dark matter of the urban universe

https://www.planetizen.com/blogs/111790-housing-first-cars-last“Parking facilities are the dark matter of the urban universe; they represent a major portion of total urban land and affect virtually every aspect of urban life including development patterns, housing costs, travel activity, walkability, environmental quality, and aesthetics. Yet, to most people, parking is virtually invisible, a huge and costly resource that they only notice when they have trouble …

Colorado’s Final GHG Roadmap Falls Far Short

Colorado unveils climate plan to cut heat-trapping air pollution by 90%: Two years after lawmakers ordered action, “roadmap” sets path away from fossil fuels toward clean energy. Key steps include: shifting more off coal in favor of renewable wind and solar electricity, reducing methane pollution by the oil and gas industry, faster shifting to electric cars, buses and trucks, encouraging …

The Obama Reunion Isn’t Nearly Enough to Stave Off Catastrophe

Kate Aronoff/November 23, 2020 WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY IMAGESJoe Biden and John Kerry Joe Biden’s picks for top national security appointments, reported by multiple outlets Sunday and Monday, are about what you’d expect: Longtime allies to the president-elect are getting another crack at the White House, many taking a pay cut after having spent years in the private sector. Former Undersecretary of State Antony Blinken …

To End Impunity for ‘Deliberate Destruction’ of Planet, International Lawyers Drafting Plan to Criminalize Ecocide

The effort aims to hold governments and corporations accountable for the “mass, systematic, or widespread destruction” of the world’s ecosystems by Kenny Stancil, November 30, 2020 by Common Dreams Aerial photograph taken on August 7,2020 of a deforested area in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. (Photo: Florian Plaucheur/AFP via Getty Images) An expert panel of top international and environmental …