By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News
The economy is growing as carbon dioxide emissions fall and renewable energy rises. A new report examines the carbon footprint of the top electricity generators.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- EEI 2017: The utility sector’s business case for deep carbonization, Utility Dive
- Trump lawyers try ‘extraordinary trick’ to quash youth climate case, Climate Change News.
- Recently passed legislation to open up PACE financing in Illinois, Midwest Energy News.
- Madison Area Technical College rooftop solar energy system would be largest in the state, Wisconsin State Journal
- Does Wisconsin employ more jobs in fossil fuel or alternative energy generation? Wisconsin State Journal
- Akron Mayor Horrigan signs executive order backing Paris climate agreement goals, Akron Beacon Journal
- Solar array land lease charges ahead, Goshen News
- FirstEnergy to offer residential customers Energy Conservation Kits, Cleveland Plain Dealer
- Net-zero energy building a natural resources teaching tool for students, Michigan Live
- Bringing economic development to those who need it most, Into the Wind, American Wind Energy Association Blog
- Goldman Sachs to Power Up With 100% Renewables, Environment News Service
By Kerry Hoffschneider, York News-Times Editorial
About a decade ago, Graham Christensen decided to join the Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) team, in part because he felt that farmers and ranchers had a great opportunity before them to help in the mitigation of climate change by reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs). Recently, Christensen’s passion for battling climate change as farmers and ranchers led him to Paris, France where he attended a conference entitled, “Sequestering Carbon and Soil: Addressing the Climate Threat.” Continue reading.
Photo: Graham Christensen, owner of GC Resolve, installed the 25-kilowatt solar system at the Richards Farm in Oakland, Nebraska. See Solar Examples for more Nebraska farmers and ranchers who use energy from the sun to power their operations.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Yale Climate Opinion Maps: Find out the percentage of adults in your county who believe global warming is happening. In Douglas County it’s 69%. Lancaster: 72%.
- 72% of Americans want ‘aggressive’ action on climate change: Reuters/Ipsos poll, Reuters
- Illinois utility’s microgrid first to ‘island’ nearby residential customers, Midwest Energy News
- Public power signs agreement with Berkeley Lab on reliability metrics, Public Power Daily, American Public Power Association Blog
- Minnesota public power utility launches community solar project, Public Power Daily American Public Power Association Blog
- Wisconsin’s T.B. Scott Free Library celebrates flipping the solar switch, Merrill Foto News
- Wine country a bright spot for solar, Portland Tribune. About 50 Oregon wineries use solar energy to help power their operation–and the movement is growing.
- After Coal, a Small Kentucky Town Builds a Healthier, More Creative Economy Yes! Magazine
- IRENA expands effort to drive corporate renewable energy use, Renewable Energy Magazine
- Solar Firms Plan To Return To Nevada After New Law Restores Incentives, NET Nebraska
- Nevada Just Became The Most Exciting State For Energy Storage Policy, Greentech Media. Under new legislation, storage dispatched at peak times will count double for the RPS.
- Duke files for grid modernization rider in Ohio, proposes 10MW storage pilot, Utility Dive
- US Energy Storage Market Experiences Largest Quarter Ever, Greentech Media
- KC metro leads the nation in EV adoption, Kansas City Business Journal
- DTE Biomass turns a “nasty” greenhouse gas into something better, Michigan Radio
- In Beijing, Perry promotes US-China clean energy cooperation, WXOW
- California, China strike collaboration on clean energy technology, Utility Dive
- China ramps up renewables push, Innovators Magazine
Today’s Actions include the Designation of 48 National Electric Vehicle
Charging Corridors on our Highways
The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to combat climate change, increase access to clean energy technologies, and reduce our dependence on oil. Already, in the past eight years the number of plug-in electric vehicle models has increased from one to more than 20, battery costs have decreased 70 percent, and we have increased the number of electric vehicle charging stations from less than 500 in 2008 to more than 16,000 today – a 40 fold increase. But there is more work to do. That is why, today, the Administration is announcing key steps forward to accelerate the utilization of electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure needed to support them.
Read the entire release here.
By Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News
Officials in a Minneapolis suburb adopted an aggressive greenhouse-gas-reduction policy last month that was brought forth by a group of local high schoolers who are part of a national climate change movement. Drafted by iMatter, a national youth-led group, the resolution aims for net-zero emissions by 2040 in St. Louis Park, a suburb immediately west of Minneapolis with a population of roughly 47,000. The resolution also commits the city to working with youth activists on its future goals and planning . . . The students were the first in the country to have a resolution passed that was prepared by iMatter, which is training high school students across the nation to lobby their communities to pass a “Climate Inheritance Resolution.” The group’s website says similar efforts are underway in cities in New York, Iowa, Illinois, California and Canada. Click to read more.
Photo by iMatter