First fully dispatchable PV electricity plant with storage comes online, on the way to Hawaii’s 100% renewables mandate

In Hawaii, where leaders are planning to meet a 100% renewable energy mandate by 2045, the state’s largest utility recently began a pilot program to better understand how to integrate solar generation onto its grid, but some equally valuable lessons might be learned from the state’s smallest electricity provider. The Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) was recently awarded a $2.4 million grant …

Vancouver moving toward 100% renewable energy

Vancouver adopted its Greenest City Action Plan in 2011 with the aim of becoming the world’s “greenest” city by 2020. This original plan laid out the aspiration to eliminate Vancouver’s on fossil fuels. In March, 2015 Vancouver City Council took the City’s ambitions a step further and unanimously adopted the goal of shifting to 100% renewable energy. In June and July of …

Scientists alarmed at pace of rising temperatures and the “extraordinary margin” by which records are being broken

The average global surface temperature for February was 1.35°C warmer than the global average for the month between 1951-1980—a margin that shattered the previous record of 1.14°C, which was set just one month earlier—and exceeded preliminary figures released earlier this month. “NASA dropped a bombshell of a climate report,” wrote meteorologists Bob Henson and Dr. Jeff Masters, founder of the …

Life-giving corporations to support community: what’s possible?

By Michael Meegan and Michael Prince “Most of the great political struggles of the past 5,000 years can be reduced to the simple question: who will own land, water and the other essentials for living — and to what end?” From David Korten’s Foreword to Owning Our Future by Marjorie Kelly 1. Introduction Aboriginal people are increasingly involved in setting up corporations resulting …

Some of the latest corporate highlights (or nadirs), from the US

It’s not just the campaign finance system but a rigged economy.  Congress and the media may not talk about it much, but it is unacceptable that 58% of all new income generated goes to the top 1%.  This has produced a situation where the top. 0.1% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%.  The 20 wealthiest people …

Oregon passes legislation to get it off coal by 2030 and to 90% renewables by 2040

Cross-posted from David Roberts on Vox.com  Last week, Oregon became the first US state to legislate its way free of coal for good.  After well over a year of heated political controversy, including some high drama in the final days of the legislative session, the Oregon legislature passed, and Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed, the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition …

Peabody Coal, workers, and executives – what’s up? Plus, a narrow escape in Montana

Cross-posted from David Roberts on Vox.com Peabody Energy, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is the world’s largest private sector coal company, with operations across the world from China to Germany, and the largest producer of US coal.  It has also paid climate skeptics for research and funded climate skeptic organizations. (CEO Greg Boyce, before retiring in 2015, dismissed “climate theory” and …