ALEC and gas companies have passed prohibitions against gas bans across 20 states: 31% of US building gas use

Only Washington has passed statewide all-electric construction requirements. New York policymakers are considering statewide mandates for both new and existing buildings. Meanwhile, local air monitoring systems (Purple Air, monitoring particulate matter and VOCs) in highly fracked areas of Ohio and found that the U.S. EPA’s regional air quality monitors often miss variations in pollution at the local level. (Energy News …

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 …

San Diego’s Climate Action Plan – Mobility and Land Use Measures and Actions

The Climate Action Plan draft is now out: Climate Action Plan Draft The City of San Diego’s new Climate Action Plan establishes a community-wide goal of net zero by 2035, committing San Diego to an accelerated trajectory for greenhouse gas reductions. PDF: https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/climate_action_plan_draft.pdf or read and comment online at: https://sdclimateaction.konveio.com/strategies-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions https://sdclimateaction.konveio.com/plan-overview Related to building electrification it has:  Strategy 1: Decarbonization …

Understanding the New Massachusetts Climate Law

April 8, 2021 After a year-long legislative push, a sweeping update to Massachusetts climate policy is now law. In short, the new law sets higher statewide goals to cut emissions, while creating opportunities for the state to better prioritize environmental justice, nudge utilities towards renewable energy, and make it easier for consumers to be more energy efficient, among other things.  …

A Hotter Future Is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us.

Some devastating impacts of global warming are now unavoidable, a major new scientific report finds. But there is still a short window to stop things from getting even worse. By Brad Plumer and Henry Fountain, Aug. 9, 2021 Nations have delayed curbing their fossil-fuel emissions for so long that they can no longer stop global warming from intensifying over the next 30 years, …

71 percent of voters support federal rebates for purchase and installation of zero emission and energy efficient appliances. Zero-Emission Homes Act would do it.

From Laura at Rewiring America, July 2021: Only 15 percent of respondents said that they believed their homes produced “a lot” of carbon emissions. And even those who do realize how important it is to replace their fossil fuel-burning machines with electric vehicles, heat pumps, induction stoves, and other appliances may not be able to afford them — not without …

Quantifying national responsibility for climate breakdown: an equality-based attribution approach for carbon dioxide emissions in excess of the planetary boundary, based on equal per capita access to the atmospheric commons. The US is responsible for 40 percent of excess emissions as of 2015.

By Jason Hickel, The Lancet | VOLUME 4, ISSUE 9, E399-E404, SEPTEMBER 01, 2020 PDF [372 KB] jasonhickel@gmail.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(20)30196-0PlumX Metrics Summary: This analysis proposes a novel method for quantifying national responsibility for damages related to climate change by looking at national contributions to cumulative CO2 emissions in excess of the planetary boundary of 350 ppm atmospheric CO2 concentration. This approach is rooted in the …

Biden’s Climate Pledge and EV plan: Details, drama and doubts

By David Iaconangelo | 08/06/2021 E&E News President Biden delivering remarks at the White House yesterday on the administration’s efforts to boost electric cars and trucks. Win McNamee/Getty Images President Biden presented his vision yesterday for putting electric vehicles at the heart of the U.S. car industry, but some policy experts said that the target would do little to transform the industry (hybrid …

Clean electricity standard carries $1.8T upside — study

Miranda Willson, E&E News, July 12, 2021 Health and climate benefits from an 80% clean energy standard would exceed costs. Pixabay/Pexels. Smallman12q/Wikipedia. ulleo/Pexels. A national clean electricity standard would save thousands of lives and yield other health and climate benefits that would outweigh the policy’s costs, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Establishing a standard to reach 80% carbon-free power by 2030 …

Oregon Governor Signs Clean Energy Bill Banning the Expansion or New Construction of Power Plants Burning Fossil Fuels, Supports Community-Based Energy Projects

By Associated Press | July 27, 2021 US News & World Report, by Sara Cline PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon‘s clean energy bill signed by Gov. Kate Brown on July 27, 2021 lays out a timetable for the state’s two major power companies — Portland General Electric and Pacific Power — to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity sold to Oregon …