Energy Dept. Tackles Challenge Of Rooftop Solar & Income Inequality

Research released this past week on the racial dimension supplements last month’s report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, under the title, “Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate- Income Customers,” which found: Subscription models may need to be adjusted from the standard community solar offer. Programs may need to provide subsidies to LMI community solar subscribers to …

The 1.5C target is still physically possible and dependent on choices now. Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change. All new cars, energy etc. should use renewables and be emission free

Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change – study There is widespread coverage of a new study published in Nature Communications which concludes that “climate change could be kept in check if a phaseout of all fossil fuel infrastructure were to begin immediately”. The Guardian adds: “The study found that if all fossil fuel infrastructure – power plants, factories, vehicles, …

Carfree and ultra low emission zones, pros and cons

London’s ultra-low emission zone: good or bad idea? Campaigners say it will cut pollution, but opponents claim it will hit poor people hardest The Guardian, Sat 5 Jan 2019 The case for: ‘Children’s lungs can’t wait’  London’s Blackwall Tunnel approach is not currently part of the congestion charge zone, but will be part of the ULEZ. Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy “I’m …

The Hallmark of Capitalism is Poverty Amidst Plenty: How to Be an Anticapitalist Today

By ERIK OLIN WRIGHT, Dec 2015 in Jacobin Magazine, Capitalism is an inequality-enhancing machine as well as a growth machine. Not to mention that it is becoming clearer that capitalism, driven by the relentless search for profits, is destroying the environment.  The pivotal issue is not whether material conditions on average have improved in the long run within capitalist economies, but rather …

Zero-carbon grids are set to power the #FutureFaster

By Nigel Topping, CEO of the We Mean Business coalition “There is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy with a stable electric grid at low cost”. That’s the conclusion of Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, who led a recent study in the rollout of …

Interview with Robin Chase, Aug 2018

From The Beam and Clean Technica, 24 Aug 2018 An interview with ZipCar founder Robin Chase, by Anne-Sophie Garrigou Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur who became famous for co-founding Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world. The successful entrepreneur wasn’t about to stop there, going on to co-found Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); as …

With the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year.

The news was announced by the Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, Jürgen Stackmann, at an event held in Berlin today that with the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year. Stackmann said: “We are convinced that the car …

Three big energy changes that are a surprise to most people

Since, 2007, the price of electricity has gone down, along with the price of clothing and wireless phone service.  Unsurprisingly, health care, cable TV and many other services Americans use regularly have become more expensive over the last 10 years. But that is not true of electricity — an essential service. The average retail price of electricity in the United …

Largest virtual solar power plant in the world involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across Australian state

The virtual power plant involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across the state over the next four years. The setup would be installed at no charge to the households and financed through the sale of electricity. Participants would save an estimated 30 percent on their power bills. …