Building-sector emissions, on the other hand as more than half a million new customers are added to the US gas system each year. Why states need to ban gas hookups in new construction (5 charts)

The building sector’s climate impact does not receive enough scrutiny. That will change in 2020, the author writes. MIKE HENCHEN, RMI, in GreenTechMedia, Feb 17, 2020 A growing number of American cities are enacting electrification measures to limit gas use. 24 Fossil fuels, primarily gas, are a fixture in millions of American homes and businesses, but the building sector’s climate …

47 peer reviewed research papers, from 13 independent groups and 91 authors agree that it is possible to power the world by nearly 100% renewable energy

With the world already approaching 1.5°C of heating, it says, seven million people killed by air pollution annually, and limited fossil fuel resources potentially sparking conflict, Stanford’s researchers wanted to compare business-as-usual with a 100% transition to wind-water-solar energy, efficiency and storage by 2050 – with at least 80% by 2030.   By grouping the countries of the world together into 24 regions …

UK Could Ban Gas and Diesel Car Sales in 12 Years

Jordan Davidson Feb. 12, 2020 Britain announced that it will ban sales of new diesel and gasoline powered cars in 15 years last week. That was five years earlier than expected, but necessary for the UK to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office, as CNN reported. The UK’s Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps, …

Why some cities are targeting gas stoves to fight climate change

Why building electrification, and removing gas from new and retrofitted homes, has become a movement By Patrick Sisson  Feb 4, 2020 Ever since the Green New Deal became a key talking point and policy goal of progressive politicians last year, there’s been a renewed push to make American homes and buildings better for the environment. For a growing number of municipalities and local leaders, …

With strategic demand reductions, states lead the way on utility regulation that can cut costs and emissions

Forbes, Feb 5, 2020, Amanda Myers, Energy Policy Analyst at Energy Innovations States are committing to bolder clean electricity standards, driving increased adoption of cost-competitive renewables but also requiring additional system flexibility to support variable wind and solar generation while maintaining reliable service. Customer demand itself can be a zero-carbon source of grid flexibility – but it is still barely being tapped. Demand …

California Moves to Tackle Another Big Emissions Source: Fossil Fuel Use in Buildings

States are incentivizing the swapping out of natural-gas water heaters for those using cleaner electricity.JUSTIN GERDES FEBRUARY 04, 2020, GreenTechMedia Onsite use of fossil fuels in buildings accounts for 15 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions. 15 California regulators have allocated $45 million to incentives for heat pump water heaters through 2025, in another step on the path toward the state’s 2045 carbon neutrality goal. …

Massive Investment is Accelerating the Era of Clean Electrification

October 29, 2019  |  By  Charlie Bloch James Newcomb Samhita Shiledar Madeline Tyson The age of affordable battery technology is coming faster than experts previously thought possible. Thanks to massive investment, rapid performance improvements, and falling prices, breakthrough battery technologies are poised to revolutionize the way we power our lives and organize energy systems as early as 2030. In the first …

EV charging promises a demand response bonanza for utilities, if they can handle it

Aggregated flexible load of high EV penetrations will be lucrative in demand response markets, but for now smaller EV demand gives utilities management practice. Herman K. Trabish, Oct. 18, 2019, Utility/Smart Cities Dive Electric vehicle (EV) charging may eventually offer power systems great load flexibility opportunities, but today’s modest EV penetrations may be more of a challenge than a benefit for …

Electricity is set to become a cheaper energy carrier than combustible fuels

Dr Gunnar Luderer from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, who said the role of electrification in the future is underestimated. “Electricity is set to become a cheaper energy carrier than combustible fuels,” he noted. His team’s analysis has found that under 1.5C-consistent pathways, renewable power will be cheaper than energy from oil and gas from 2030, and they set out to find to …