Her ‘small but mighty’ solar rover powers events around Seattle

May 23, 2019 at 6:00 am Updated May 28, 2019 at 9:46 am Jennifer Brandon’s Northwest Solar Rover powers a show by The Not-Its! at a Phinney Ridge festival. (Courtesy of Jennifer Brandon) By Michelle Archer  Seattle Times Explore Meet Jennifer Brandon, a former real estate agent turned solar-energy designer and installer whose Northwest Solar Rover is a portable, off-grid source of power. What do …

Equitable Beneficial Electrification for Rural Electric Cooperatives: A Report on Electrifying Residential Space and Water Heating

Equitable Beneficial Electrification for Rural Electric Cooperatives: A Report on Electrifying Residential Space and Water Heating Home, Electrification  EESI Rural electric cooperatives are increasingly enthusiastic about a process that will increase their sales while saving their members money and reduce carbon emissions: beneficial electrification. Beneficial electrification refers to the replacement of fossil-fuel powered systems with electrical ones in a way that reduces …

Growth in Renewables has Stalled. Investment is Falling. But Why? We don’t need “more ambition” but a radically different system.  By now, the message should be clear: The insistence on private-sector-led investment in renewables is a failure

We don’t need “more ambition” but a radically different system.  By now, the message should be clear: The insistence on private-sector-led investment in renewables, which we are told needs to be “unlocked” through various incentives – subsidies, feed-in-tariffs, guaranteed returns through PPAs, etc. – has proven to be a disastrous failure. This is the reason why renewables are “underperforming.” This …

Why Black Credit Unions Matter for Financial Empowerment

OSCAR PERRY ABELLO, Next City, MAY 21, 2019 Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, where Concord Federal Credit Union is based. (Photo by Oscar Perry Abello) Chancellor Gregg needed to move, and quickly. He was on a month-to-month lease for his New York City apartment, which his landlord suddenly decided to terminate last winter. Moving is hard in any city, let …

What makes a bike-friendly town? Let’s get serious

Katherine Martinko May 27, 2019, Treehugger.com © K Martinko – Me and my friends on our annual Bike Around The World / ‘take back the streets’ tour of town In which I argue that bike-friendliness should be measured by how well a town caters to its most practical, regular, and vulnerable of users, not tourists. My small rural town recently received …

Glenwood Springs City Council in April approved a resolution to buy all of Glennwood Electric’s electricity from wind power supplied by Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN)

Colorado city to become one of the first in US to run completely on renewable energy The Hill | Justin Wise Glenwood Springs, Colo., is set to become the latest U.S. city to run entirely on renewable energy. “We are very excited to announce that Glenwood Springs will soon be operated on one hundred percent renewable electricity,” Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes …

How to Get Every Email Returned. Or at least how to try.

By Trish Hall, author of “Writing to Persuade: How to Bring People Over to Your Side”, NYTimes May 25, 2019   We’re all writers now. We fling words out into the universe through text, email, Facebook and more. Even people who hate writing have to do it, because you need to text your husband back, write your boss a condolence note and …

Reparations – May 2019

By Patricia Cohen, NYTimes, May 23, 2019 If you’re surprised that the issue of reparations for black Americans has taken so long to resolve, blame the president. President Andrew Johnson. As the Civil War wound down in 1865, Gen. William T. Sherman made the promise that would come to be known as “40 acres and a mule” — redistributing a huge tract of …

Why Public Transportation is Better Outside of the US

Why Public Transportation is Better Outside of the US excerpt from Jonathan English Even when the United States built expensive rail systems, it never took care of the basics. Cities rarely provided good, frequent local connections that allowed people to actually get to rail stations without walking or driving. To this day, in most parts of American cities, it is all but …