States point to the economic advantages of cleaning up their electric grids

by Justin Gillis, The NY Times The morning two years ago that Jared Polis announced his run for governor of Colorado, he went to a coffee roaster operating on solar power and promised more renewable energy for the state. Campaigning on that alongside education and health care reform, Mr. Polis, a Democrat, blew away his […]

British Columbia passes emissions law banning sale of gas-powered cars by 2040

by Nick Statt, The Verge British Columbia yesterday passed an emissions law aimed at curbing the production and sale of fuel-burning cars in the Canadian province, marking North America’s most aggressive legislation to date, according to the CBC. The law mandates that 10 percent of all vehicles sold by 2025 be zero emission ones, while […]

Polis signs Colorado climate action plan, other key energy bills

by Chase Woodruff, Westword For more than thirty years, even as scientists issued increasingly dire warnings about the urgent need to tackle climate change, Colorado, like many states, has not only failed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but those emissions continued to rise to ever more dangerous levels. A slate of climate and energy […]

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

United Nations says 80 countries may ramp up climate pledges

by Somini Sengupta, NY Times About 80 countries want to increase their climate pledges ahead of schedule under the Paris climate accord, the United Nations said Tuesday, signaling that some of them would do so at a summit of world leaders in September. Luis Alfonso de Alba, a Mexican diplomat who is currently the United […]

BP investors back climate-change proposal amid activist pressure

by Kelly Gilblom, Bloomberg BP Plc investors voted overwhelmingly in favor of the oil major reporting in detail about how its investments are compatible with the Paris climate accord. The mandate is a clear signal for both the company and the industry to come up with stronger green strategies as they’re put under increasing pressure […]

Deep decarbonization plans for Michigan’s utilities, but different paths

by Tracy Samilton, Michigan Radio In 2016, Michigan got an important new tool in the growing effort to limit global heating. The state’s new energy law requires regulated utilities, for the first time, to submit long-term strategic plans that include reducing carbon emissions. The plans are called Integrated Resource Plans, or IRPs. Consumers Energy and […]

Global investment in coal tumbles by 75% in three years, as lenders lose appetite for fossil fuel

by Harry Cockburn, Independent Since it powered us into the industrial revolution, coal-fired energy has become the single biggest driver of man-made climate change and its use across the world is still increasing. But while dependence on coal remains high, with coal-fired power plants currently fuelling around 38 per cent of global electricity, a new […]

Power plant securitization: coming to a state capitol near you

by John Farrell, ILSR As clean energy advocates urge retirement of fossil fuel power plants, securitization has become a billion-dollar word with huge implications for who will pay for and who will own the clean energy future. Already, securitization has shown up in several state clean energy laws. Colorado legislators have been refining a power […]

U.S. Supreme Court dismisses oil industry lawsuit challenging Oregon’s clean fuels standard

by Elise Herron, Willamette Week The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a 2015 lawsuit filed by oil industry leaders, which challenged Oregon’s authority to enforce the Clean Fuel Standard, a policy aimed at decreasing transportation emissions. The Clean Fuel Standard was passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2015 and went into effect 2016. […]

Inslee signs mandate for carbon-free electricity by 2045

by Rachel La Corte, Katu Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who is seeking a path to the White House on the message of climate change, signed a measure Tuesday that makes his state the fourth in the nation that has established a mandate to provide carbon-free electricity by a targeted date. The measure was among several […]