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At Global Climate Action Summit ChargePoint Makes Commitment to Deploy 2.5 Million Charging Ports by 2025

ChargePoint News Release: Electric Vehicles Drive a Sustainable Future

“Our commitment to deploy 2.5 million charging spots by 2025 comes as the company embarks on the most significant period of growth in our history and in the midst of a revolution in transportation.” – Pasquale Romano, President and CEO of ChargePoint

Read more here.

Learn about ChargePoint and other EV chargers from the owners of electric vehicles, as well as experts in the field, this Sunday at the following event: National Drive Electric Week – Lincoln


Pace and Scale: Investor leadership at the Global Climate Action Summit and beyond

Written by Mindy Lubber, Forbes

Mindy Lubber is CEO and president of Ceres. Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy.

This week at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, we, along with our partners across the globe, are showcasing one of the largest-ever displays of investor action, with nearly 400 investors with $32 trillion in collective assets under management taking action in line with what we call the The Investor Agenda. Read more here. 

SEE ALSO: Climate Action 100+

Declining Costs and Technology Are Powering Renewable Energy Demand According to New Deloitte Report, PR Newswire

Global Climate Action Summit Kicks Off in San Francisco

By Seth Borenstein, NBC Bay Area

Business leaders, mayors, governors and activists from around the world gather this week in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit, where participants will trumpet what they’ve done and announce new efforts to slow a warming world. In addition, a smattering of celebrities such as musician Dave Matthews and actor Alec Baldwin will add a touch of red carpet feel to the summit, which starts Wednesday. It will involve trillions of dollars of pledges for spending on cleaner energy and getting out of investments in heat-trapping fossil fuels, according to officials involved. Continue reading here.


How far can California push the nation — and the world? Jerry Brown’s climate summit may provide the answer, Los Angeles Times. [Roughly] half of Americans live in states that are racing to meet goals in the Paris agreement. Half of America’s largest cities have made commitments to go beyond state action. And according to a Quinnipiac poll last month, 64% of U.S. voters believe the nation should do more to combat global warming.

Nebraska’s huge role in climate change

By Karla James, Nebraska Radio Network

State and local governments, businesses and citizens from around the world are gathering this week for the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Lou Leonard is the Senior Vice President for the Climate & Energy Program through the World Wildlife Federation and says Nebraska and other parts of the Midwest are game changers when it comes to global warming, energy conservation and generation. Leonard says, “The role of wind in Nebraska and Iowa is a huge part of the local economy and you will see a lot of the wind industry represented here.”
Read more here.


  • Wind, solar gaining ground as energy sources, Midland Reporter-Telegram
    A decade ago Texas was just one of seven states that relied on wind power as the biggest source for renewable energy. Today, Texas isn’t such an outlier. Sixteen states report that wind energy is now their biggest source of renewable energy, according to the Energy Department. Additional states with wind power as their dominant source of renewable energy include Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. Solar power has also taken hold across the nation.
  • Sierra Club Profiles 10 Cities Switching To 100% Renewables, North American Windpower
    The Sierra Club has released a new report showcasing 10 U.S. cities that have made ambitious commitments to be powered with 100% clean, renewable energy. The cities profiled in this year’s report are Columbia, S.C.; Concord, N.H.; Denton, Texas; Denver; Fayetteville, Ark.; Minneapolis; Norman, Okla.; Orlando, Fla.; Santa Barbara, Calif.; and St. Louis. Download the full report here.
  • Xcel Resource Planning Executive: We Can Buy New Renewables Cheaper Than Existing Fossil Fuels, Greentech Media. Jonathan Adelman discusses how the utility is setting an example in decarbonization ahead of his participation at the Power & Renewables Summit 2018.
  • Sunrun commits to 100 MW of solar power on affordable housing, PV Magazine
    California’s Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program has a 2030 goal of installing 300 MW of solar power, and Sunrun’s 100 MW commitment aims to satisfy one-third of that by 2028.

How to stop data centres from gobbling up the world’s electricity: The energy-efficiency drive at the information factories that serve us: Facebook, Google and Bitcoin, by Nicola Jones, Nature
As demand for Internet and mobile-phone traffic skyrockets, the information industry could lead to an explosion in energy use. See infographic, below: 

Governor Brown Signs 100 Percent Clean Electricity Bill, Issues Order Setting New Carbon Neutrality Goal

News Release, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

SACRAMENTO – Reaffirming California’s global climate leadership, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed Senate Bill 100, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León, setting a 100 percent clean electricity goal for the state, and issued an executive order establishing a new target to achieve carbon neutrality – both by 2045. “This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond. It will not be easy. It will not be immediate. But it must be done,” said Governor Brown. Read more here.


  • SEIA News Release Excerpt: Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association: 
    “California has taken a monumental step in enacting one of the world’s most ambitious clean energy policies. As the largest solar market in the U.S., California has already proven that investing in renewable energy brings jobs and massive economic and environmental benefits to the state — benefits that will grow exponentially with the enactment of SB 100.”
  • Vote Solar News Release: Statement from Adam Browning, Vote Solar’s Executive Director, celebrating SB 100’s passage:
    “Today, California made history. This is the biggest and most important climate action to date in the United States.  Big because California is big. Important because it sets a new bar for what’s possible, and because it is replicable. This year New Jersey committed to 50% renewables, and in November voters in both Arizona and Nevada will decide whether their own state should do the same. This is a revolution of evolution, and it’s happening across the country.”
  • How Do Ambitious Climate Pledges Impact Economic Growth? For Insight, Compare Texas And California, Forbes
    Compared to other places, like Texas – known for its oil and gas production – California’s economy is performing better on most measures, showing that it is entirely possible to pair steep emission reductions with vibrant growth. California has established some of the world’s most ambitious carbon emission reduction targets, and is achieving them faster and at lower cost than expected. The state hit its 2020 target four years early, while its economy grew much faster any other state and the U.S. economy as a whole – California’s economy climbed from 10th largest in the world in 2012 to 5th largest today.


Heavy hitters on climate change will converge on San Francisco next week, with Gov. Jerry Brown as host

By Julie Cart, CALMatters

Brown’s extensive networking will come into play, as will two organizations he helped found. One is the Under2 Coalition, a group of more than 200 governments vowing to prevent global temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius. A second grew out of his partnership with Bloomberg: America’s Pledge, a mix of states, cities and businesses that vow to adhere to the emission reductions set out in the Paris climate accord. Perhaps most intriguing is the inclusion of business in the proceedings. Large industries are sometimes shunned as the root of the climate-change problem and not seen as entities offering solutions. Brown’s idea is to invite companies to the table, take advantage of whatever solutions they offer, then ask them to commit to specific goals for reducing greenhouse gases. Read more here.

Global Climate Action Summit




The Parents’ Guide To Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep


Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming 



California Greenin’: How The Golden State Became An Environmental Leader

Colorado co-op vote sets table for defection from coal power wholesaler

By Mark Olaide, Energy News Network

A Colorado electric cooperative could strike the latest blow against a regional power wholesaler facing complaints that it has moved too slowly in its transition to renewable energy. The Delta-Montrose Electric Association will vote in October on rule changes that would allow another power supplier to help finance its exit from a contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission. The association is among Tri-State’s largest customers, and its defection could heighten the risk of a mass exodus as others are forced to cover a larger share of costs for operating the wholesaler’s infrastructure, including its coal-fired power plants. Read more here.

Map: Tri-State’s 43 co-op members include 6 in Nebraska.

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report:
A Low-Cost Energy Future for Western Cooperatives, which concluded that transitioning to new solar and wind generation could save Tri-State members $600 million by 2030. In 2017 coal accounted for about half of Tri-State’s generation, according to the report.

Q&A: Report outlines cost of continued reliance on coal, by Allen Best




Better realtime loss analysis tells utilities where solar, storage DER make sense, by Dan Garvey,
Contributor, Electric Power & Light

Consumers who flip on lights and power up the ever-growing number of devices in their living rooms are receiving electricity from a grid that has to generate two Watts of electricity for every one Watt delivered.  Put another way, the Department of Energy estimates that more than 60 percent of the electricity generated is lost before it is consumed in our homes. Other estimates claim even larger losses.

According to the EIA, distribution system losses alone account for over $19 billion in the U.S. annually, in real physical losses and Unaccounted for Energy (UFE), the costs of which are passed on to all customers. In addition to the economic cost of such inefficiency, the negative environmental impact is substantial. We must do better. And with new tools available, now we can.