New York City sets ambitious climate rules for its biggest emitters: buildings

by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News New York City set an ambitious new standard for combating greenhouse gas emissions on Thursday, approving a package of climate policies designed to slash energy use in big buildings—the top polluters in the nation’s biggest city. Supporters say the bills represent one of the largest emissions cutsadopted by any city […]

Trump signs executive orders fast-tracking the pipeline approval process

by Zoya Teirstein, Grist When Donald Trump was campaigning to become president in 2016, he promised to speed up the government review process for “private sector energy infrastructure projects.” On Wednesday, he made good on that pledge by signing two executive orders that would put pipelines on the fast track to success. In addition to […]

These countries have prices on carbon. Are they working?

by Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich, NY Times The idea of putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions to help tackle climate change has been slowly spreading around the globe over the past two decades. This week, Canada’s federal government took the latest step when it extended its carbon-pricing program nationwide by imposing a tax […]

New Mexico’s 100% clean energy law praised for worker retraining, but community concerns remain

by Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media Last year, New Mexico got nearly 48 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power. According to the Energy Information Administration, 33 percent came from natural gas. That’s about to change. Last Friday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a law that mandates 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045, with at […]

Google, GM and other corporate giants form alliance to create a boom in US clean energy

by Tom DiChristopher, CNBC Some of the nation’s top tech firms, manufacturers and consumer companies are banding together to create a boom in renewable energy purchases throughout corporate America. The corporate giants and their nonprofit partners on Thursday launched the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, a trade organization that will help companies take advantage of new […]

Puerto Rico Passes 100% Clean Energy Bill. Will Natural Gas Imports Get in the Way?

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News When Hurricane Maria shattered Puerto Rico’s power grid in 2017, it set off the longest major blackout in U.S. history. The island territory’s political leaders faced a choice: rebuild the long-troubled centralized electric grid, which had been powered largely by imported diesel fuel and coal, or ditch the costly fuel […]

Global ‘collapse’ in number of new coal-fired power plants

by Damian Carrington, The Guardian The number of coal-fired power plants being developed around the world has collapsed in the last three years, according to a report. The number of plants on which construction has begun each year has fallen by 84% since 2015, and 39% in 2018 alone, while the number of completed plants […]

Oil giants spend more than $200 million lobbying against climate legislation

by Niall McCarthy, Forbes Every year, the world’s five largest publicly owned oil and gas companies spend approximately $200 million on lobbying designed to control, delay or block binding climate-motivated policy. This has caused problems for governments seeking to implement policies in the wake of the Paris Agreement which are vital in meeting climate change […]

It is time to revisit Community Choice Energy for the Central Valley

by Al Galvéz, The Fresno Bee In the early 2000s the Central Valley was a pioneer in evaluating a then obscure California policy known as Community Choice Aggregation, more commonly known as Community Choice Energy. The San Joaquin Valley Power Authority weathered technical, legal, and marketing efforts from PG&E, and was ultimately overcome by the […]

U.S. judge blocks drilling over climate change, casting doubt on Trump agenda

by Nichola Groom, Reuters A U.S. judge has blocked oil drilling planned in Wyoming because the government failed to adequately consider its impact on global warming – a decision that could complicate President Donald Trump’s broader efforts to expand oil, gas and coal output on America’s public lands. The ruling, by Judge Rudolph Contreras of […]