Advice from Warsaw, on its way to becoming a Clean City

Every few years I visit Warsaw, where I grew up and lived until moving to Vancouver 24 years ago. Warsaw and its surrounding communities comprise roughly the same size and population as Greater Vancouver. Both cities underwent rapid population growth in the last couple of decades. Both invested heavily in infrastructure and public transit with mixed results. The average car …

World nearing peak fossil fuels for electricity: Coal and gas will begin their terminal decline in less than a decade, according to a new BNEF analysis.

The way we get electricity is about to change dramatically, as the era of ever-expanding demand for fossil fuels comes to an end—in less than a decade. That’s according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that plots out global power markets for the next 25 years. Call it peak fossil fuels, a turnabout that’s happening not because we’re running out …

Pursuing grid modernization in a monopoly model

June 13th, 2016 by John Farrell  Originally published on ilsr.org How can a state modernize its electric system when it’s in the hands of vertically integrated monopolies? We offer some thoughts via recent comments on a grid modernization docket being reviewed by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Background: the grid modernization docket is a relatively new requirement, asking the state’s largest investor-owned …

“The cost savings for the electric trucks are staggering = stemming mostly from fuel costs and maintenance costs” say fleet operators

It is quickly becoming a common notion that the future of utility trucks will be zero-emission, battery-electric [1]. It is hard to dispute, especially when considering fixed-route urban services such as waste management trucks and street sweepers. Even low mileage utility trucks such as cement mixers and yard trucks are all presently integrated with truck chassis that have horrible fuel …

Indigenomics: building sustainability and long-term ecological alignment with our values, bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development

Carol Anne Hilton wants Canadians to add a new word to their dictionary: Indigenomics.  Definition: The practice of bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development.  Hilton, who is of Nuu-chah-nulth heritage, launched the word four years ago as a Twitter hashtag: #Indigenomics. Canada, says Hilton, needs a new language to move toward reconciliation. It’s a language she speaks …

Super-charging real-time status and availability updates desirable to EV users on long trips

Supercharging status being added to the in-car display will alleviate some of these communication issue and provide a much-needed channel for real-time status and availability updates directly to customers. Kyle Field shares his story about Living Through A Tesla Supercharger System Failure, on Clean Technica: One of the strengths of Tesla that we share over and over again is the Supercharging …

Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade, says new study

The worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels to create energy could be phased out in a decade, according to an article published by a major energy think tank in the UK. Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, believes that the next great energy revolution could take place in a fraction of the …