79 percent of US coal fleet is uncompetitive compared with renewables and storage already. US could save $10 billion annually with the shift. Reinvestment needed in coal communities too.

How to Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseout Feasible and Just June 30, 2020  |  By Paul Bodnar, Tamara Grbusic, Sam Mardell, Caroline Ott, and Uday Varadarajan For over a century, growing presence of coal smokestacks worldwide signified economic development and progress. Coal supplied our homes with electricity and our factories with power. At the same time, this workhorse of the industrial …

Real-time pricing that integrates more solar power is proven to work in California

Industry participants noted the significance of a real-time pricing project on a single distribution circuit in California. State officials are evaluating real-time pricing as a means to help integrate more solar and wind power on the grid.JUNE 30, 2020  By WILLIAM DRISCOLL in PV Magazine Image: Creative Commons Share A California project team offering customers real-time pricing of electricity has …

George Floyd’s Autopsy and the Structural Gaslighting of America

George Floyd’s Autopsy and the Structural Gaslighting of America The weaponization of medical language emboldened white supremacy with the authority of the white coat. How will we stop it from happening again? By Ann Crawford-Roberts June 29, 2020 “Information Clearing House” –  The world was gaslit by misreporting about George Floyd’s initial autopsy report. As concerned physicians, we write to …

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

…Annita urged people to read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which declares the right to a family, to rest and leisure, to an adequate standard of living, to a cultural community. “These basic economic, social and cultural rights address the particular concerns of women,” she declared.  “They are as fundamental a right as free speech.”  Visiting communities in Africa …

4 ideas to replace traditional police officers

A world with far less policing is possible. Here’s what experts think that world could look like.By Roge Karma  Jun 24, 2020, Vox.com On the night of Friday, June 12, a police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, outside an Atlanta Wendy’s drive-through. Atlanta police officers were called to the scene after receiving a complaint that Brooks was sleeping …

A look at franchise agreements

By John Farrell, ILSR, June 29, 2020 Last week, we went digging for data on a little-known city-level climate tool, city franchise agreements and franchise fees. Thanks to intern Lilli Ambort, we now have a complete picture of how cities in every state can use these contract negotiations with utilities and fee levels to juice their local investments in clean energy. …

Putting energy storage to the ultimate test: how cheap would storage have to get for it to be the cheapest option?

September 2019, excerpt from David Roberts In a clever twist on the traditional modeling approach — which seeks the cost-optimal path to decarbonization, given a particular set of demand and technology-cost assumptions — Trancik’s team starts by constructing a scenario in which renewable energy and storage provide 100 percent of US energy and then asks: How cheap would storage have …

The Energy Justice Workbook

We designed this Workbook to address the question that frequently arises in the context of equity and energy policy: What is energy justice?  Download the Full Workbook Explore the Energy Justice Workbook – Table Of Contents Executive Summary Introduction Section 1 – Defining Energy Justice: Connections to Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, and the Just Transition Section 1.1 – Energy Justice in …

The Black Radical Tradition Can Help Us Imagine a More Just World + What Everyone Should Know About Reconstruction 150 Years After the 15th Amendment’s Ratification

Excerpt, June 28, 2020 – Truthout https://truthout.org/articles/the-black-radical-tradition-can-help-us-imagine-a-more-just-world/ (see below that for article on history and links regarding the Reconstruction) The educational theory of the enslaved cannot be detached from the origins of the Black radical tradition, one that was forged in resistance, providing the empirical basis for freedom struggle. As Cedric Robinson suggests, the Black radical tradition was birthed from the …

The Simple Dutch Cure for Stress: exercising in the wind

Alice Fleerackers Photo by John Loo / Flickr. Recently I was in San Francisco, a city known for its tech companies, steep hills, and fierce winds. Each day I’d run around the neighborhood and up through the park, ending with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Back in my AirBnB, I’d feel energized and refreshed, fingers tingling from …