Report on California’s 100% Clean Energy Act of 2018

Senate Bill 100 Officially titled “The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018,” Senate Bill 100 (SB 100, De León): Sets a 2045 goal of powering all retail electricity sold in California and state agency electricity needs with renewable and zero-carbon resources — those such as solar and wind energy that do not emit climate-altering greenhouse gases. Updates the state’s …

LA Times: New homes need to be fossil fuel-free

By THE LA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD MARCH 2, 2021  In September, while touring the charred wreckage left by yet another devastating wildfire, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared: “This a climate damn emergency.” The state’s ambitious strategies to curtail greenhouse gas emissions were not enough to counter the effects of a warming planet, Newsom warned, and he pledged to “accelerate all of them, across …

The case for a national clean electricity standard that phases fossil fuels out of electricity by 2035

This popular and proven climate policy should be at the top of Congress’s to-do list. By Leah Stokes and Sam Ricketts  Feb 4, 2021, Vox.com https://www.vox.com/22265119/biden-climate-change-renewable-energy-clean-electricity-standard-congress https://www.fox5ny.com/news/congestion-pricing-back-in-play-for-new-york-city Last year, presidential candidate Joe Biden campaigned on a bold climate plan that included cleaning up America’s electricity system by 2035 with a federal Clean Electricity Standard (CES). A national CES, which would require utilities increase their share of …

A primary justification for fuel-dependent generation is its theoretical ability to generate regardless of the weather but over 40% of the coal, gas, & nuclear fleet are offline due to the cold in TX

Excerpt, RMI, 2/18/21… Wind turbine icing is the “least significant factor” in driving the outages, according to an ERCOT spokesperson. Additionally, it is notable that this is a relatively straightforward problem to solve. For example, in Canada “cold weather packages” allow wind turbines to operate in very low temperatures. Moreover, grid planners know and expect that wind power is often unavailable during system …

EVs are already greener than cars running on gasoline even with our current electricity grid. Electrifying U.S. vehicles wipes out the equivalent of our entire current power demand.

Bloomberg, Feb 1, 2021 https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-opinion-renewables-will-power-future-of-us-energy/ EVs are already greener than cars running on gasoline even with our current electricity grid. Electrifying U.S. vehicles wipes out the equivalent of our entire current power demand. The U.S. consumes a lot of energy; last year, about 100 quadrillion BTUs (equivalent to 17 billion barrels of oil; which, we’ll admit, is only marginally less abstract). But …

Grid map requirements to ease solar integration

California regulators modify grid map requirements to ease solar integration By David Wagman on Feb 1 2021 The California Public Utilities Commission ordered several key improvements to the Integration Capacity Analysis, a grid transparency tool. The motion requesting the changes that the CPUC responded to was filed last October by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, the California Solar & Storage …

Nevada climate strategy outlines framework to phase out natural gas, electrify transportation

17 core policies analyzed in the report, the state established a framework that looked at each recommendation using four metrics: a policy’s potential for decreasing emissions, climate justice considerations, economic implications and the legal feasibility of implementing a policy. For the first time, it points policymakers beyond electricity, calling on them to phase out natural gas in buildings.  The climate strategy …

Colorado Won’t Meet Climate Goals without Swift Action on Buildings

RMI October 6, 2020  |  By Mike Henchen and Courtney Fieldman Colorado officials recently released their long-awaited draft Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, laying out a path toward achieving the state’s goals of a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050. The roadmap takes stock of Colorado’s emissions across sectors, such as transportation, electricity, and buildings. It …

Stop burning things: time to choose alternatives to combustion

Bill McKibben, New Yorker, Jan 22, 2021 If one wanted a basic rule of thumb for dealing with the climate crisis, it would be: stop burning things. Human beings have made use of combustion for a very long time, ever since the first campfires cooked the first animals for dinner, allowing our brains to get larger. Now those large brains …