By Julia Pyper, Greentech Media
According to a new report from the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, 13 states, districts and territories, as well as more than 200 cities and counties, have committed to a 100 percent clean electricity target — and dozens of cities have already hit it. This means that one of every three Americans, or roughly 111 million U.S. residents representing 34 percent of the population, live in a community that has committed to or has already achieved 100 percent clean electricity. Read more here.
- Sprint commits to 100% renewables across all operations by 2025, Solar Power World
- Big-Box Retail and Shopping Mall Solar: From the Possible to the Probable to the Inevitable, Solar Magazine. A growing, international host of big-box retail, shopping mall owners, architects and building-integrated solar (BIPV) and energy management specialists are joining forces so as to capitalize on the benefits.
- Corporate Green Energy Adoption Flourishes, CleanTechnica
- A whole new way to love McDonald’s: its climate goals, GreenBiz
- U.S. readies first wind-powered steel plant, E&E News
A $250 million Nucor Corp. “micro” mill is taking shape in Sedalia, Mo., that will be the first U.S. steel production plant that will run on wind energy. The Sedalia mill’s significance stretches beyond the state and represents the potential for greening the steel industry, which globally is a major source of carbon emissions, environmental advocates say.
MORE 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS
100% Wind & Solar Energy At Research Lab In Antarctica, CleanTechnica
United Power and La Plata Electric explore ways to leave Tri-State, ask PUC for help, Craig Daily Press
United, based in Brighton, is the largest co-op in the association serving 92,000 homes and businesses in Front Range communities, while La Plata is the third largest co-op, with about 37,000 members. Together they account for about 20% of Tri-State’s sales. Tri-State alone serves 43 rural electric cooperatives in four states — Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. Colorado alone accounts for 65% of all Tri-State electricity sales.
NEW ILLINOIS LAW
New state law could allow more aggressive climate action, The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University and Evanston News Source
LAWSUIT TO WATCH
A 24-Year-Old Is Suing Pension Fund for Not Being Green Enough, Fortune
The Federal Court battle is shaping up to be a unique test case. Are pension funds in breach of their fiduciary duties by failing to mitigate the financial ravages of a warmer planet?
FEATURED ARTICLE & REPORT
How to assess candidates’ decarbonization and climate resilience plans, contributed article by Robert Lampert, Senior Scientist at RAND Corporation. Published by GreenBiz. Offering ambitious future targets for decarbonization and climate resilience is a good start. But unless a climate plan is comprehensive, includes contingency plans and opens the floodgates for change, it can’t and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
In his article, Lampert references the Center For Climate And Energy Solutions (C2ES)
In a year-long collaboration with companies – and with the RAND Corporation, and the Joint Global Change Research Institute – C2ES produced and modeled three scenarios for reducing U.S. emissions 80 percent by 2050. The resulting report, Pathways to 2050: Scenarios for Decarbonizing the U.S. Economy, presents the scenarios and modeling results, as well as key takeaways. These include the importance of policy in driving technology deployment and the need for all-in effort that includes policymakers at all levels, companies, investors and the public. Stories on the report have appeared in major media, including Axios, Bloomberg News, Forbes, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Politico, and Utility Dive.
Factsheet: Near-Term Federal Actions to Address Climate Change outlines an array of federal actions that represent opportunities for bipartisan progress on climate change.
Institutional investors warm to residential solar securitizations, PV Magazine
Solar Mosaic’s recent $208 million securitization of residential solar loans is the latest sign that institutional investors are getting more comfortable with this class of asset-backed securities.
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The Wind Wildlife Research Fund: Producing results through innovation and collaboration
OFFSHORE WIND OUTLOOK
Offshore wind will be a $1T industry by 2040, but our oceans and economy need it now, Utility Dive Contributed article by Stephanie McClellan, director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, a U.S. offshore wind energy policy and communications program based at the University of Delaware.
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EVS & GREEN CARGO TRANSPORT NEWS
- The great EV infrastructure challenge, GreenBiz
This article has been adapted from GreenBiz’s weekly newsletter, Transport Weekly, running Tuesdays. Subscribe here.
- U.S. Electric Bus Demand Outpaces Production as Cities Add to Their Fleets, Inside Climate News
Cities are still working through early challenges, but they see health and climate benefits ahead. In Chicago, two buses save the city $24,000 a year in fuel costs.
- U.S. auto showrooms need more electric cars, environmental group says, Reuters
- Hybrid Shipping: New Trends In Green Cargo Transport, CleanTechnica