How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …

Energy footprints grow with expenditure: the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%

A study published in Nature Energy shows that energy footprints grow with expenditure, and, as a consequence, are unequally distributed. Among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Additionally, as income increases, people spend more of their money on energy-intensive goods, such as package holidays or …

The Risky Economics of New Natural Gas Infrastructure in the United States

September 9, 2019  |  By RMI, Mark Dyson DownloadThe Growing Market for Clean Energy Portfolios and Prospects for Gas Pipelines in the Era of Clean EnergyRegister for a webinar on September 19, 2019 where report authors will present the two studies and address questions about them. Over the past two decades, natural gas has dramatically reshaped the US electricity industry. Domestic shale gas production has …

Solar Minigrids Could Serve about Half of People in the World without Power: Report

July 2, 2020 By Ethan Howland, Microgrid Knowledge Minigrids can serve about half the people in the world — about 111 million households — who lack electricity by 2030 at a cost of $128 billion, although increased policy support is needed, according to a report. There are about 5,500 minigrids in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and small island nations, with some in Latin America, …

The Energy Justice Workbook

We designed this Workbook to address the question that frequently arises in the context of equity and energy policy: What is energy justice?  Download the Full Workbook Explore the Energy Justice Workbook – Table Of Contents Executive Summary Introduction Section 1 – Defining Energy Justice: Connections to Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, and the Just Transition Section 1.1 – Energy Justice in …

Yale360 articles on energy justice & democracy: Energy Justice Needed for Low-Income Households – Half of the third of households that struggle to pay utilities are black and 40 percent are Latinx

A series of Yale360 articles on energy justice and democracy Green Upgrade: How California Is Pioneering ‘Energy Justice’ JULY 30, 2018, by ​PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN Energy Equity: Bringing Solar Power to Low-Income Communities, APRIL 4, 2019, by MARIA GALLUCCI Bringing Energy Upgrades To the Nation’s Inner Cities, MAY 11, 2016, by DIANE TOOMEY Why Low-Income Households Need to Be Part of …

Black Lives and the Green New Deal

June 11, 2020 by Common Dreams by Jeremy Brecher Labor Network for Sustainability The Green New Deal is a vehicle for building the broad movement for structural change necessary to truly make Black lives matter. Racial inequality is part of the broader picture of inequality in America. The richest four hundred Americans own more of the country’s wealth than the …

Shifting the Paradigm toward Renewable Power and Local Ownership and Returns in Pueblo, Colo

BY MARIE DONAHUE AND JOHN FARRELL | 29 AUG 2018  Podcast (localenergyrules): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | RSS A growing number of U.S. cities have set goals to generate 100 percent of their electricity from renewable resources in the coming decades, each with its own unique circumstances and motivations. Pueblo, a small city of just over 100,000 residents located in southeastern Colorado, is one of these …

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 …

What percentage of income is average for residents to spend on housing, utilities and transportation in your city?

December 2019, https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/raising-the-living-standard-in-cities-requires-us-to-build-better/568086/ Utility costs are a very real concern in Atlanta, where residents spend on average 48% of their income on housing, utilities and transportation. And for the more than 336,000 households whose incomes are at or below the poverty line, that percentage can be even higher. No person should ever feel like basic necessities are leaving them financially burdened. No person should …