Dallas jumps Houston as top green power government

The City of Dallas has yanked the title of top green power user from Houston, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA on Monday said the City of Dallas is now the largest local government user of green power in the nation, taking the top spot away from the City of Houston, which still ranks second above the District …

African Development Bank’s new president wants to bring electricity to the poorest parts of the continent within a decade and says he can mobilize $55 billion a year to make it happen.  “That money is there,” Adesina said in a phone interview. “Today Africa generates $540 billion in tax revenue per year. If you take 10 percent of that and devote …

Tanzania to bring solar electricity to 1 million homes by 2017

A funding round of $25 million was recently raised by Off-Grid Electric to grow its African micro-solar leasing efforts. The majority of the funds came from DBL Partners, though other investors included SolarCity, Western Technology Investment, Omidyar Network, Serious Change LP, and Vulcan Capital. Off-Grid’s new funding will be used in Rwanda and Tanzania to bring clean light sources to areas where there are …

Will Washington be the first US state to have a carbon tax?

Re-posted from the Christian Science Monitor Yoram Bauman is the world’s only “stand-up economist.” He makes his living poking fun at his own profession. But he’s dead serious about fighting climate change, and he’s the intellectual force behind a climate-related initiative that seems likely to appear on Washington state’s November 2016 ballot, an initiative that would implement the first carbon tax in …

Creating a Practical Sequence of Climate Policies

Re-posting most of David Roberts’ brilliance from his recent article on Vox. Debates over policy often proceed in a kind of vacuum, ignoring the political forces that shape the trajectory and character of policymaking. A new analysis in Science tries to counter this tendency in the area of climate policy, urging analysts to strategically consider the political effects of various policy …

86% of cities see an economic opportunity in climate change, many switching to 100% renewables

While countries have dragged their feet for years on meaningful climate action, many cities around the world have forged ahead with sustainability efforts. In July, about 60 mayors pledged to fight climate change at a two-day conference hosted by Pope Francis. Several cities have even made impressive strides to ditch fossil fuels in favor of renewables. Two recent reports have confirmed that …

Massachusetts Thinks They Can Copy Denmark’s Progress

Massachusetts legislators are talking about learning from Denmark’s progress. Denmark has set a target of becoming independent from fossil fuels by 2050, and is on track to generate one-third of its power from clean energy – such as wind and biomass – by 2020. According to the Danish government, the use of renewable energy rose from 3 percent in 1980 …

Corporate Power and Disregard for People and the Future Evident in Ongoing Government Support of Fossil Fuels

According to a new report released on Monday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)—a global forum on economic policy—the world’s richest nations spend roughly $160-200 billion each year supporting fossil fuel consumption and production. “We’re totally schizophrenic,” said Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the Paris-based organization. “We’re trying to reduce emissions, and we subsidize the consumption of fossil …