Limits with just electrifying everything

By Lloyd Alter, May 24, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast Saul Griffith describes himself as “an inventor and entrepreneur but was trained as an engineer.” He is co-founder and chief scientist of Rewiring America, an organization with the mission to do what it says in its name: to fight climate change by electrifying America’s households. In his book of the same name, …

Poorer households should get free heat pumps, say experts: Help is needed to replace gas boilers with low-carbon alternatives, warn builders, energy firms and charities

Fiona Harvey Guardian UK, Wed 16 Jun 2021 Households on low incomes should be supplied with free heat pumps in order to kickstart the market for low-carbon heating equipment and meet the UK’s climate targets, experts have told the government. Heat pumps can currently cost thousands of pounds to install, but the more that are installed, the faster that cost is likely …

Nature: A wasted decade of climate inaction shows us that incremental shifts that might have been sufficient at one time are no longer enough. A rapid shift with 4x the work or a third the time is necessary now. Some have stopped fossil fuel production and exploration, but not US

04 March 2020, Nature. Emissions: world has four times the work or one-third of the time: New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris. Nature 579, 25-28 (2020) doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00571-x, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00571-x The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dearly. It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds. …

New York’s Public Power Bill Could Be a Model for the Rest of the Country. NY State Build Public Renewables Act sets path for faster, cheaper, better decarbonization.

The New York State Build Public Renewables Act. “We could see, for instance, federal money going to states so that they could set one up themselves so that they can build out public renewable energy in their states, bring down the cost, make it accountable to the people, and bring down energy poverty at the same time.” Dharna Noor 5/13/21, Gizmodo …

Building retrofits can duplicate the success of wind and solar power

Smart government policies have spurred rapid acceleration in renewable energy. They can do the same for building efficiency upgrades. Richard Roberts, 09 June 2021, Canary Media Richard Roberts is inquiry lead at Volans, a research and advisory firm focused on sustainability, innovation and market transformation. This contributed content represents the views of the author, not those of Canary Media. The renewables …

Vermont’s home batteries take on gas power plants

Canary Media, 24 May 2021 Grid futurists anticipate a world where small-scale energy equipment scattered across homes and businesses usurps the fossil-fueled, capital-intensive plants that currently run the grid. To make this happen, all those devices need to operate as reliably as today’s centralized, utility-run infrastructure. That’s not easy, and not guaranteed. But Vermont utility Green Mountain Power just proved …

Electrify! by Saul Griffith

$24.95 TISBN: 9780262046237272 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 47 b&w illus. October 2021 An optimistic—but realistic and feasible—action plan for fighting climate change while creating new jobs and a healthier environment: electrify everything. Climate change is a planetary emergency. We have to do something now—but what? Saul Griffith has a plan. In Electrify, Griffith lays out a detailed blueprint—optimistic but feasible—for fighting climate …