Cost of solar still coming down

US utility-scale solar, storage prices drop over 12% in past year, but supply chain worries loom: NREL, 12/2/21, By Jason Plautz, Utility Dive The installed cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage systems continued to drop between 2020 and 2021 in the U.S., with utility-scale solar systems seeing a 12.3% price decline, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy …

New DOT processes for project selection

Modern Project Prioritization for Transportation Investments https://ctedd.uta.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Noyce_ProjectPrioritization_Report_CTEDD.pdf SSTI Project prioritization among transportation agencies has always been an evolving practice. At its core, it means setting goals and aligning decision-making processes to meet those goals. This study is aimed at making that process easier. For this study, the team reviewed project prioritization programs at 21 transportation agencies, including 14 state departments …

People thought they’d prefer hybrid work from home and going into the office, but 80% are finding it exhausting

Emerging data is beginning to back up such anecdotal evidence: many workers report that hybrid is emotionally draining. In a recent global study by employee engagement platform Tinypulse, more than 80% of people leaders reported that such a set-up was exhausting for employees. Workers, too, reported hybrid was more emotionally taxing than fully remote arrangements – and, concerningly, even full-time office-based work.  …

Solving Climate Change Requires A New Social Contract

By CHRISTIANA FIGUERES, Time Magazine, JANUARY 20, 2022 Figueres was executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016, is the co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the podcast “Outrage & Optimism” and is the co-author of the recently published book, “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis.” The devastating threat of climate change is on …

25 states enacted 54 laws by last summer making it easier to vote

The States Making Voting Easier: While Georgia moves to restrict voting rights, Virginia and California offer models for legislation that expands ballot accessibility. Also see https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-13/how-activists-are-challenge-new-voter-laws and https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-09/nyc-moves-to-allow-noncitizens-green-card-holders-to-vote New York City has approved a measure that allows noncitizens to participate in local elections, expanding rights for about 800,000 residents at a time when other parts of the country are making it harder …

Community building and direct democracy

Excerpted and adapted from: https://www.cgdev.org/blog/8-principles-direct-democracy Basically, two main types of direct democratic tools prevail: the popular initiative and the referendum (we do not discuss the recall election here, which leads to the removal of an elected official). Both come in different designs and may be applied to revisions of the constitution or simple acts. They are generally legally binding, but can be of political …

A powerful oligarchy profits from business as usual is thwarting societal mobilization to make the deep changes necessary to maintain a livable planet. We need organizing for System Change Not Climate Change

System Change Not Climate Change is a network of North American ecosocialists united in the belief that capitalism is driving climate change and that a radical international grassroots movement can stop it. The organization was founded in 2013 by U.S. and Canadian climate activists who understood that the fossil-fueled capitalist system which caused the climate crisis was not going to …

The highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental human right

In countries like the United States, Brazil, and India we are seeing a major human rights violations… Each of these countries is a member of the WHO, whose Constitution, written in 1946, envisages ‘the highest attainable standard of health [as] one of the fundamental rights of every human being’. Two years later, the International Declaration of Human Rights (1948), Article 25, asserted that ‘everyone …

Transcending the “Regulatory Compact:” Parsing the Legal Facts and Fictions of Stranded Assets and Cost Recovery

Jan 18, 2021 Written By Conor J. May https://www.cleanenergyaction.org/blog/regulatorycompact-xh24b Parsing the Legal Facts and Fictions of Stranded Assets and Cost Recovery Xcel Energy’s largest, newest, and most expensive coal plant in Colorado opened in Pueblo in 2010. Xcel’s local subsidiary, Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), projected that they would be able to profitably operate Pueblo Unit 3 until 2070. However, as the …