US cities see blueprint for building electrification in Berkeley gas ban

by Tom DiChristopher, SP Global A city ordinance that aims to phase out new natural gas hookups in Berkeley, Calif., offers a blueprint for other cities pursuing building electrification as part of their efforts to combat climate change. But experts cautioned that the Berkeley gas ban cannot simply be carbon-copied in other jurisdictions. Municipal lawmakers […]

One of America’s oldest power companies is going carbon-free

by Matt Egan, CNN Business PSEG has relied on fossil fuels to keep the lights on for the past 116 years. Now, New Jersey’s largest and oldest power company is pledging to deliver carbon-free electricity to fight climate change. The $30 billion utility provider announced Thursday that it’s on track to slash carbon emissions by […]

Clean Power Alliance Executive Director Ted Bardacke talks with LA Times reporter Sammy Roth about the latest in Community Choice developments at the Center for Climate Protection's annual Business of Local Energy Symposium.

In an extraordinary day, the Center shared a vision for safe, reliable, resilient, and carbon-free power

In late June, 325 Community Choice operators and advocates, clean energy businesses, and elected officials from around the state converged on the Business of Local Energy Symposium hosted by the Center for Climate Protection (CCP) and our partners in Southern California to discuss best practices and what leadership in a dynamic environment of local clean […]

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Berkeley first city in California to ban natural gas in new buildings

By Emilie Raguso, The city of Berkeley will no longer allow natural gas pipes in many new buildings starting Jan. 1, 2020. It’s the first city in California to pass such a law, officials said. The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of the legislation, put forward by downtown Councilwoman Kate Harrison’s office and council […]

Los Angeles is finally ditching coal — and replacing it with another polluting fuel

by Sammie Roth, LA Times The smokestack at Intermountain Power Plant looms mightily over rural Utah, belching steam and pollution across a landscape of alfalfa fields and desert shrub near the banks of the Sevier River. Five hundred miles away, Los Angeles is trying to lead the world in fighting climate change. But when Angelenos […]

Chubb insurance company pulls back from coal industry

by Jeff Brady, NPR It’s been a tough week for coal. One of the nation’s largest coal companies has declared bankruptcy. More about that in a moment. First, we’ll hear about the industry’s other major hit – the announcement from the big insurance company Chubb that it’s pulling back from the coal business because of […]

How Meaningful Are States’ 100% Clean Energy Commitments?

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News When California passed its commitment to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045 last September, I didn’t think it would be trendsetting, at least not right away. After all, there was a multiyear gap between when Hawaii became the first state to adopt this kind of law in 2015 and when […]

US solar-plus-storage prices plunge in utility contracting surge

by Stephanie Tsao and Garrett Hering, SP Global U.S. utilities seeking new sources of peak power are turning to solar farms integrated with battery storage systems that save energy for later use, offsetting their reliance on conventional fossil fuel-fired generators, often at lower prices. This trend is most apparent in Hawaii and the western U.S., […]

Solar plus storage is already here: A Vermont utility wants batteries for every customer

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg A climate-conscious Vermont utility is partnering with Tesla Inc. as it aspires to install battery systems in every home it serves. Green Mountain Power, which aims to use all renewable energy by 2030, is launching a pilot program allowing 250 customers to get two Tesla Powerwall batteries for $30 a month, […]

Berlin’s largest bus fleet gets first of 225 fully-electric buses

by Bridie Schmidt, The Driven Berlin is now on the way to cleaner public transport, with the delivery of the first of 15 all-electric eCitaro buses from Mercedes-Benz for Berlin’s largest bus fleet, BVG. The 15 electric buses from Mercedes-Benz will be joined in 2020 by 15 Urbino 12 articulated electric buses made by Poland’s […]