California aims for clean mobility

Clean Technica January 20th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart   Love the state or hate it, California is a green electric mobility bastion of projects, programs, and innovations. And the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just approved no less than 15 utility pilot programs to accelerate the widespread electrification of mobility. California Continues On Its Electric Mobility Roadmap We pay a lot of taxes in California. But some …

Natural gas is 30% of US energy consumption. Home heating, commercial usage, and industry natural gas usage is greater than power plants

Single-cycle gas turbines generally convert the heat energy from combustion into electricity at efficiencies of 35 to 40 percent. Higher efficiencies of 50 percent or more are possible in natural gas “combined-cycle” (NGCC) plants. NGCC plants first use the combustion gases to drive a gas turbine, after which the hot exhaust from the gas turbine is used to boil water into …

What Is a City Street? And What Will It Become?

THE CITY NY Mag, Daily Intelligencer, 18 Jan 2018, by Justin Davidson http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/what-is-a-city-street-and-what-will-it-become.html Hey, that’s my block! In 2030 or so. Maybe. Photo-Illustration: Street Plans Collaborative/Carly Clark, via Streetopia The most essential designed component of New York is not a skyscraper or a station, but the street. That basic workhorse of public space carries people, freight, and vehicles on its surface; water, sewage, power, …

Bruce Schaller’s excellent research on growth and impacts of new mobility, app-based ride services

App-Based Ride Services: Present and FutureApp-based ride services such as Uber and Lyft have been widely welcomed by users for offering readily-available, reliable and comfortable service at an affordable price. Customer surveys have shown four in five users to be extremely or very satisfied, enviable satisfaction levels for any transportation service. App-based services are prospectively good for cities as a …

Congestion Pricing Will Help Stop Climate Change, but the direct tailpipe emissions impact of congestion pricing is outweighed by its force multiplier effect

By Charles Komanoff, StreetsBlog, Jan 12, 2018 With congestion pricing, New York will function better, enabling many more people to live and do business in low-carbon NYC instead of Anytown, USA. Photo: TransitCenter Will congestion pricing deter climate change? I ponder that a lot, both as an ordinary citizen and as founder-director of the Carbon Tax Center, which promotes robust carbon taxes as …

Why bikes and e-bikes will eat cars: Cities should prepare for, and encourage, an electric bike revolution

By Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) on Treehugger.com Transportation / Bikes January 12, 2018 CC BY 2.0 Lloyd Alter/ e-bikes in Copenhagen It seems that all the news coming out of CES is about self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles (AVs), how everybody is working on them, and how they will make the world safe for them. But we have other options and other choices, and perhaps people should step …

Transit successes: Toronto Cleared Cars Off Its Biggest Transit Street, and Ridership Soared Almost Overnight

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Jan 12, 2018 article 5 Using low-cost materials like this concrete divider, Toronto set up new streetcar stops on the far side of intersections on King Street, enabling safer boarding and cutting down on time stopped at red lights. Photo: Human Transit It’s been just a few short months since Toronto cleared most of the car traffic off King Street, giving the …

Scorching Heat Melts Highway in Australia

By Lorraine Chow, January 2018  Extreme weather is blasting opposite ends of the globe. As the northeastern U.S. faces freezing winds and record snowfall, a “catastrophic” heat wave in Australia has prompted warnings of dangerous bushfire and has literally melted part of a busy highway. According to the New York Times, triple-digit temperatures reached “life-threatening levels” over the weekend in many parts of the …

Who Will Own The Infrastructure In The Smart City? Libertarians, Cato, Competitive Enterprise Institute consider public ownership of roads or airspace to be “unwise”, “legacy”, and “prehistoric” and instead are advocating private control, ownership or divestible licensing

Libertarians, Cato, Competitive Enterprise Institute consider public ownership of roads or airspace to be “unwise”, “legacy”, and “prehistoric” and instead are advocating private control, ownership or divestible licensing JAN 11, 2018 Forbes, Who Will Own The Infrastructure In The Smart City? By Wayne Crews, VP for policy & director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute & a Cato Institute …

Planning for adaptation rather than mitigation of the amount of climate change in store on the current track is a fantasy

January 14th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica Zachary Shahan is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill Planning Dept.  He is the editor of Clean Technica and the Director of Important Media publications  We had an article last week about the threat to the Florida real estate market that is coming our way from continued heating of the globe, rising sea levels, increased flooding, and …