State ramps up detection of abandoned oil, gas wells

https://poststar.com/content/tncms/live/, Dec 2020 ALBANY — A partnered state effort announced earlier this month is leveraging new drone technology and magnetic surveillance to spot abandoned oil and gas wells statewide. To date, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has located more than 2,000 orphan wells that can continue to release methane into the atmosphere. Those well assessments have been based on …

Hawaii, Oregon, Washington Virginia are banning coal

E&E News Miranda Willson / Energywire July 21, 2020 The coal-fired AES Hawaii Power Plant near Kalaeloa, Oahu, Hawaii. Following in the footsteps of several other states with clean energy goals, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill this month banning utilities from using coal in a bid to curb carbon emissions, reduce electricity costs and promote environmental justice in the island …

Rethinking how we build so people can drive less: LOS to play more limited role in planning, to reduce VMT

SB 743 Implementation SB 743 Overview fact sheet (PDF) SB 743 Technical fact sheet (PDF) SB 743 Video: Rethinking How We Build So Californians Can Drive Less (10 minutes) Caltrans Guidance Document Question & Answer (PDF) General SB 743 Implementation Question & Answer (PDF) Current mitigation resources are highlighted in SB 743: Mitigation and VMT Reduction (PDF). Caltrans October 6, 2020 TAF/TAC …

State GHG reduction efforts update: Illinois (carbon-free power-sector by 2030), Vermont + Wisconsin proposes to avoid new fossil fuel infrastructure and divest from fossil fuel interests

Illinois Eric Jjemba, Dec 2020 – The Clean Energy Jobs Act can be characterized as the most ambitious state-level climate policy in the Midwest, and possibly in the nation. The bill’s lead House sponsor, Representative Ann Williams (D-Chicago) has described the bill as focusing on four key pillars:  Promoting jobs and economic opportunity; Putting Illinois on a path to 100% renewable …

Massachusetts energy regulators launch an investigation into the state’s reliance on natural gas: how to best achieve deep emissions reductions

This deadline actually pushes off the work that should be happening right now,” said Deb Pasternak, director of Sierra Club Massachusetts. “The obvious first step is to stop building new buildings powered by gas … and also to start doing cost-benefit analyses for all gas pipeline repair versus electrification. These two policies could be put in place today, and in …

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 …

Criminal charges, FBI probe roil $3B Pa. pipeline

Colorado – State Clean Energy Wage 2019: $23.12. This is 8.5% above the Colorado Median Wage. Clean Energy Jobs Pay 25% More Than National Median First-of-its-kind report shows clean energy jobs more likely to include health care, retirement benefits Median wages in solar, wind, grid modernization higher than jobs in coal, natural gas and petroleum fuels Findings support calls to …

It’s Time for States to Invest in Infrastructure

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, It’s Time for States to Invest in Infrastructure, updated March 19, 2019 by ELIZABETH MCNICHOL State investment in transportation, public buildings, water treatment systems, and other forms of vital infrastructure is key to creating good jobs and promoting full economic recovery. States should reject the flawed economic growth strategy of cutting taxes and offering …

Rhode Island has embarked on its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030

July 27, 2020, EVwind.es Rhode Island has embarked on its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. Getting there is a work in progress, but the target will likely be reached without doing much outside of existing renewable-energy initiatives and hoping that offshore wind development reaches critical mass. Based on an Office of Energy Resources PowerPoint presentation given at a …