New Mexico Senate Passes 100% Carbon-Free Electricity Target

New Mexico Senate Passes 100% Carbon-Free Electricity Target It still needs to pass the House, but the governor has already endorsed it. The state’s largest utility has too. By JULIAN SPECTOR GTM, 7 Mar 2019 If it passes, the bill’s long-term popularity will hinge on how much consumers have to pay for it. PSCO of New Mexico New Mexico has joined the drumbeat of …

Beyond Carbon: a grassroots effort to begin moving America as quickly as possible away from oil and gas and toward a 100% clean energy economy + Closing remaining coal plants by 2030

The Beyond Coal effort helped close more than half the nation’s plants — 285 out of 530 — and replace them with cleaner and cheaper energy, cutting deaths from coal power plants from 13,000 to 3,000 and reducing US GHG emissions by 11%.  Now, Bloomberg is expending his support for the effort so we can retire every single coal-fired power plant …

Coal Ash Contaminates Groundwater at 91% of U.S. Coal Plants, Tests Show: An analysis of water monitoring reports found unsafe levels of toxic substances near hundreds of coal ash sites, many of them in the Midwest and Southeast

“It’s everything we could get our hands on,” said the report’s lead author, Abel Russ, a senior attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project, which worked with Earthjustice on the report. The contamination is “widespread,” Russ said, and in many places, “groundwater may be unusable for decades or hundreds of years.” Almost every coal-fired power plant in the US is contaminating …

Even Clack’s research shows that closing Colorado’s coal plants by 2025 is economical and close to least cost pathway

Colorado could save $2.5 billion by rapidly shutting down its coal power plants: In the Centennial State, greener and cheaper are one and the same. By David Roberts,  vox.com Jan 8, 2019 Shutterstock California may get the bulk of the media attention, but when it comes to clean energy, it’s worth keeping an eye on Colorado. There’s an argument to be made that …

Colorado co-ops want to have more local and renewable electricity, Tri-State exit

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s coal-fired Nucla Station, at the west end of Montrose County, will close by the end of 2022. The massive generation cooperative also plans to retire a coal-fired electric generation unit at Craig Station by the end of 2025. But some of the co-op’s members feel Tri-State isn’t moving to renewable power sources quickly enough. (William …

German Climate Act plans 55% GHG decrease across energy, transport, ag, industry, housing by 2030. Germany achieves coal phase-out with commitment to the equivalent of €40 billion ($46 billion) over 20 years into coal-dependent regions

Climate-related parts of the proposal are due to go into a climate act that the government has promised for later this year. The wide-ranging act is due to cover not only energy but also transport, agriculture, industry and housing.  It will set out how these sectors need to be restructured to meet a 2030 target of 55 percent lower carbon emissions …

RMI: Managing the Coal Capital Transition

global carbon emissions continue to rise, rather than the steep decline that the science shows is urgently needed. o      Managing the Coal Capital Transition o      Non-Wires Solutions Implementation Playbook released o      Applications to eLab Accelerator due on January 18! o      Examples of eLab Accelerator’s impact on the energy transition o      Amplifying the Accelerator bootcamp model o      RMI and NREL host …

4 Ways to Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy

4 Ways to Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy, by Jan Corfee-Morlot, Michael Westphal and Rachel Spiegel. WRI, January 15, 2019  The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This groundbreaking research, produced by the …

Removing coal from the global energy mix is taking too long

Removing coal from the global energy mix is taking too long, too many forests are still being destroyed, and fossil fuel subsidies are ongoing despite their distorting effect on the market, a study has found. There has also been insufficient progress in agriculture to stop harmful practices that increase carbon dioxide production, and heavy industry is not doing enough to use energy more …

Coal ash damage to groundwater: 70 coal-fired power plants in 22 states met the threshold that would require them to prepare groundwater cleanup plans

70 coal-fired power plants in 22 states met the threshold that would require them to prepare groundwater cleanup plans. Some of the other power plants where pollution has been detected in the groundwater, including those in Texas, have yet to acknowledge if they have exceeded the standards.    Coal Ash Is Contaminating Groundwater in at least 22 States, Utility Reports Show: So …