Power failures have increased by more than 60 percent since 2015 and at least two-thirds of residents in those cities would be exposed to heat-related illness

A Growing Summertime Risk for Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves The growing risk of overlapping heat waves and power failures poses a severe threat that major American cities are not prepared for, according to a new study. Power failures have increased by more than 60 percent since 2015 in three large U.S. cities, the research found. As climate change …

Pragmatists for Clean Air and Building without Gas

CASE STUDY: DIAMOND RAIL – ALL-ELECTRIC VS. TYPICAL Diamond Rail (v.4)  Diamond Rail is Giv Group’s fourth (v.4) all-electric multifamily design. Site: 535 West 300 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Status: Ground broke February 2020 Units: 80 (Studio – Three Bedroom) Affordability:  68% Affordable (25-50% AMI), 32% Market HVAC System: Cold-weather mini-split Water Heating: Centralized hybrid electric tank w/ unit meters  Project Savings (before rebates): $133,434.32 …

Hail, America’s most under-rated climate risk has expanded footprint across the country + ‘staggering increase in heat deaths’. Fossil fuel and coal downturn

Hail! It’s America’s most underrated climate risk, Atlantic, February 9, 2021. (See bottom of this post) Wisconsin researchers in a new study find that over the last 40 years hail has expanded its footprint across the country and has become more frequent in the so-called Hail Alley stretching from Wyoming to Texas. Study: Warmer weather will increase flooding in the Columbia River Basin this …

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 …

Extreme Heat: The Likely Scenario Soon from The Ministry of the Future

By Bill McKibben – Nov 2020 – The prolific science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, who is at heart an optimist, opens his newest novel, The Ministry for the Future, with a long set piece as bleak as it is plausible. Somewhere in a small city on the Gangetic Plain in Uttar Pradesh during the summer of 2025, Frank, a young American working …

Heating May Be Triggering Era Worse Than Any in Recorded History: NASA warned 5 years ago and it continues to be ignored. Now megadrought happening already in the West

Climate-Driven Megadrought Is Emerging in Western U.S., Says Study: Warming May Be Triggering Era Worse Than Any in Recorded History The current drought is already outdoing the three earliest ones, with extreme aridity lasting decades in the late 800s, mid-1100s, the 1200s as measured from tree ring data in thousands of trees. Furthermore, the current drought is affecting wider areas more consistently …

A recent poll found that almost half the state’s Latino voters say they were personally affected by climate change in the last year.

Many Latino voters in Nevada are worried about climate change. By Molly Matthews Multedo | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 In Nevada, about 20% of voters are Latino, and a growing number are deeply concerned about climate change. A recent poll found that almost half the state’s Latino voters say they were personally affected by climate change in the last year. “We look at it …

Low-Income Households Pay More for Energy, but Efficiency Can Help

With bans on utility shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic expiring, action is needed to ease the energy burdens of at-risk communities. By Ariel Drehobl, US News, Sept 30, 2020 How Energy Efficiency Can Help Those With Lower IncomesMore Energy efficiency and weatherization can help ease the burdens of millions of struggling families. PAY THE ELECTRIC BILL or the mortgage? Run the air …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …