Inside Oakland’s clean energy economy strategy

By Daniel Hamilton, Sustainability Manager, City of Oakland, GreenBiz

In my city of Oakland, California, climate change policies and programs are a core approach to creating jobs, raising wages, addressing historical inequities for women and minorities, improving the health of residents and improving the quality of life for all. In the battle for the soul of a nation, cities such as Oakland are showing that the clean energy economy is America’s best strategy for creating a prosperous and better tomorrow.

Restoring prosperity under such conditions will be a generational challenge, but offers enormous potential. The best place to start is the clean energy economy. Multiple federal, state, non-profit and research organizations have documented the impact that the transition to low carbon energy has had on jobs creation, health and lowering costs of energy. Read more here.

Referenced Initiatives

  • Building Decarbonization Coalition
    More than 50 cities in California are expected to bring forth limitations or complete elimination of natural gas systems in newly constructed buildings by early 2020.
  • CURB Analysis: Oakland became the first city in North America to use the CURB tool as a key, in-depth input to its climate planning and will share its experience as a pilot with other interested cities.

Also Posted Today on GreenBiz

With the clean economy, it’s (still) a sink-or-swim moment, by Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

This week, as we prepare to welcome 3,000 professionals to the ninth annual VERGE conference in Oakland, California, we are both stirred and sanguine by what we see. The clean economy is taking shape, in some cases faster than anyone predicted, in other cases plodding and frustratingly slow.

Who’d have predicted back in 2011 the rapid rise of circularity among the world’s largest brands, for example, or the realization of markets to draw down greenhouse gases, profitably, from the atmosphere? That electric vehicles would become, or soon will be, the norm instead of the exception? That the built environment increasingly would rely on electricity rather than natural gas for heating, cooling and other things? That agriculture would be seen as a key to solving climate change? Or that the electrification of aviation would be in the wings?

All of these are now part of the VERGE agenda. Individually and collectively, they are emblematic of a moment as filled with potential as it is fraught with challenges. That’s what this week is about: seizing the potential, busting through barriers, upending entrenched systems, improving lives and adapting to the new normal — all in the name of creating a clean economy that works for all.

If you are unable to be with us in person, I invite you to tune in to the free VERGE Virtual livestream. See here for details. Read the entire article here.

Previously Posted Podcast

‘This May Be The Single Biggest Business Opportunity In Human History’, contributed article by Devin Thorpe, bestselling author, educator and speaker. Published by Forbes.

IEA Report

Renewable capacity set for 50% growth over next few years, IEA says, CNBC
Renewable power capacity is forecast to increase by 50% between 2019 and 2024, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Monday. According to its “Renewables 2019” market report, the increase will amount to 1,200 gigawatts (GW) and be driven by drops in cost and what the IEA described as “concerted government policy efforts.” Overall, renewables’ share in worldwide power generation is seen growing from 26% now to 30% in 2024.