Battery boosters pushing Congress to give industry a tax credit

by Brian Eckhouse and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg Renewable-energy advocates are pushing Congress to create a tax credit for power-storage systems, a move that may help unlock new opportunities for wind and solar nationwide. A storage tax credit would boost the grid’s resiliency and reliability, they say, key buzzwords in the Trump administration’s campaign to […]

A carbon tax wave? 7 states considering carbon pricing to fight climate change

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News At least seven state governments are poised at the brink of putting a price on climate-warming carbon emissions within the next year. Some are considering new carbon taxes or fees. Others are making plans to join regional carbon markets. The situation runs counter to the instant analysis of the November […]

Sustainable holiday gift idea: Hobo Wine Co. uses carbon-free energy, conserves water, and more. See the deal.

Kenny Likitprakong and Lynn Wheeler are the founders, winemakers and combined creative force behind BCE member The Hobo Wine Company of Santa Rosa, CA. Through a partnership with 1% For the Planet, Hobo Wine Company is a substantial 2018 supporter of the Center for Climate Protection. Kenny and Lynn have also implemented several sustainability and […]

California CCAs double renewable energy commitment, adding 1 GW capacity, in one year

by Renewable Energy World Editors The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced this week that community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2,000 MW (2 GW), reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic development in California and help […]

Big Oil v the planet is the fight of our lives. Democrats must choose a side

by David Sirota, The Guardian The world’s leading scientists issued a report warning of total planetary dystopia unless we take immediate steps to seriously reduce carbon emissions. Then, oil and gas corporations dumped millions of dollars into the 2018 elections to defeat the major initiatives that could have slightly reduced fossil fuel use. Though you […]

5 election winners to watch on climate as environment crusaders head to Congress

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News Capitol Hill is about to get an injection of environmental and climate activism. The freshman class of the 116th Congress—in addition to including an historic number of women and being one of the most ethnically and racially diverse—will have a striking number of members who have been environmental crusaders. With […]

How did Basin Street Properties get solar without financing?

Have you ever been flying out of a major urban area and looked down at the vast swath of commercial and industrial rooftops and wondered: “Why aren’t all of these covered with solar panels?” There are various reasons why some roofs don’t have solar; for example, some aren’t designed to hold an additional load, or […]

Supreme Court refuses to block landmark youth climate lawsuit

by Andrew Freedman, Axios The Supreme Court late Friday denied the Trump administration’s attempt to halt a novel climate change lawsuit brought by 21 young Americans against the federal government. The suit alleges the government, through its longstanding energy policies, deprived the plaintiffs of the right to “a climate system capable of sustaining human life,” […]

Why I’m turning from law-maker to law-breaker to try to save the planet

by Molly Scott Cato, The Guardian On Wednesday I will join hundreds of others in Parliament Square to assert that we will not stand idly by in the face of climate breakdown and ecological crisis. We will affirm a commitment to engage in non-violent but illegal activities to try and force urgent action. Collectively we […]

Hope for California’s waiver? The Trump Administration flunked its math homework

by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic One of the White House’s most consequential environmental rollbacks may be in self-inflicted legal danger. In trying to freeze gas-mileage rules for new cars and trucks, Trump officials have hit an unusually damaging snag: They seem to have messed up their math homework. The Trump administration’s official case for repealing […]