30% by 2030 protecting the natural world from development

Ed note, Indigenous people manage around 80% of the world’s biodiversity on 20% of the world’s lands. From Science Daily: In the past, when protected areas were established, Indigenous peoples were sometimes excluded from using land they had previously relied on for food and materials. This was harmful to many Indigenous communities and did not necessarily achieve the original goals …

Freedom from coal: Coal was the fuel for more than half of US electricity as recently as 2003, but was down to less than 25 percent last year and is some of most expensive to operate now

Excerpt from Inside Climate News We don’t need coal and it’s cheaper to get rid of it. Coal was the fuel for more than half of the country’s electricity as recently as 2003, but was down to less than 25 percent last year. And coal’s decline is accelerating, with many coal-fired power plants sitting idle during the coronavirus crisis because those plants are …

Your Home Battery Can Be Part Of A Virtual Power Plant In California (or your school bus can in Virginia)

June 21st, 2020 by Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica  Sunrun pulls in customers with a catchy truth about the unpredictability of life, and electricity. To be sure that your house stays alive with power, even if the grid goes down, Sunrun’s rechargeable solar battery systems are one solution. They can make sure your home’s power stays stable and reliable, which we mostly take …

Xcel and the PUC in Colorado

https://puc.colorado.gov/puccalendar. Also ben.fowke@xcelenergy.com, alice.k.jackson@xcelenergy.com and boardofdirectors@xcelenergy.com Interconnection & Transmission Planning (Colorado PUC docket 20M-0080E) Two main points: Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) should, and in fact must, be considered as alternatives to the proposed utility transmission projects, and their preferred alternative must be justified on a “best-cost” (best-value) basis, per Rules 3627(c)(VI) and 3627(b)(I). A 10-year transmission plan must be presented that …

Already cost-effective, no-regrets actions to get us to 90 percent zero carbon electricity while reducing wholesale electricity costs 10 percent

The technology-neutral policies laid out in this paper are no-regrets actions to get us to 90 percent zero carbon electricity while reducing wholesale electricity costs 10 percent. The United States could deliver 90% clean electricity nationwide by 2035, without the need for new fossil fuel plants, according to a study released today from the University of California, Berkeley — with the right …

Electricity prices to drop after reaching 100% renewable target. Publicly owned utilities have been moving faster and offering cheaper electricity.

Australia: ACT electricity prices to drop after reaching 100% renewable target, RenewEconomy, June 2020 (article further down) ** There is a “flexibility and nimbleness” to a small, city-owned utility. These characteristics will help the transition to clean energy — a fact made apparent by some of the cities that have already achieved their 100% renewable goals, like Burlington, Vt. and Georgetown, Texas. Both …

More than 1 in 3 rooftops in US are suitable for solar. By investing $450 billion in rooftop solar, the federal government could slash energy bills for Americans, cut air pollution, and create over 3.7 million jobs. The government could also get paid back.

John Farrell, ILSR, April 10, 2020 Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home or business rooftops in America is suitable for solar: sunny with sufficient space to host a few panels. By investing $450 billion in rooftop solar, the federal government could slash energy bills for …

Report: An Alternative to Electricity Monopolies Enables Communities to Center People and Planet

BY JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 19 FEB 2020 Download the Report Register for a webinar on the report, March 5th, 2020 at 12pm CT More communities than ever want to exercise control over their energy systems. In 2016, Americans collectively spent $360 billion buying electricity. Most of the revenue accrued to the benefit of increasingly-large, investor-owned utilities. Inspired by the individuals who put solar on their …

Strategic Demand Management with Performance Incentives

The sections below describe the trends emerging from our research and recommend best practices for structuring SDR PIMs. PIMS ARE AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR UNLOCKING SDR SDR potential remains largely untapped, reaching nowhere near the Brattle-estimated potential of 200 GW of cost-effective load flexibility and consumer benefits of $15 billion per year. Nonetheless, our review of several case studies demonstrates …

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, …