Finally no nukes in California: Too expensive and dangerous, as “Diablo Songbird” revealed

On January 11, the California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to close down the Diablo Canyon nuclear generating station in San Luis Obispo by 2025. Diablo is the last operational commercial nuclear power plant in California, so when it closes, California will have closed its chapter of nuclear power as an energy source. California is […]

Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Facility

24-hour solar energy: molten salt makes it possible, and prices are falling fast

by Robert Dieterich, InsideClimate News The first thing you see of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Facility, and you can be miles away, is a light so bright you can’t look directly at it. This sits atop a 640-foot cement tower, rising from the flat, empty Nevada desert around the halfway point on the highway […]

Clean energy soared in the U.S. in 2017 due to economics, policy and technology

by Erica Gies, Insideclimate News As President Donald Trump moved to roll back environmental protections and foster a boom in fossil fuel energy production, his administration effectively abandoned the race for global leadership in slowing global warming. But in many ways, the transformation of the energy economy in a new, green direction continued apace in […]

Singapore Launches Electric Carsharing — 1,000 Electric Cars Eventually

by James Ayre, Clean Technica The city-state of Singapore just launched its first mass-scale electric carsharing program — a service intended to comprise a fleet of around 1,000 cars and 2,000 charging points by 2020. The service is being run for at least the next decade by France’s BlueSG (a unit of the Bollore Group) […]

Exxon agrees to disclose climate risks under pressure from investors

by John H. Cushman Jr. and David Hasemyer, Insideclimate News Under pressure from investors, prosecutors and global regulators, ExxonMobil Corp. agreed on Monday to strengthen its analysis and disclosure of the risks its core oil business faces from climate change and from government efforts to rein in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. That will […]

Can car-sharing culture help fuel an electric vehicle revolution?

by Lyndsey Gilpin, Insideclimate News Twenty Nissan Leafs are scattered at electric charging stations across Chattanooga, Tennessee. At first glance, the compact electric cars may seem like they’re already owned, but they’re actually for public use—and as easy to access as a bike share. Users just have to download the city’s electric car-sharing service Green […]

US energy storage increases 46% in 3rd quarter, according to gtm

by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica New figures from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association published this week show that energy storage deployments in the United States were up 46% year-over-year in the third quarter, and up 10% over the previous quarter. GTM Research published its latest US Energy Storage Monitor in conjunction with […]

Community choice is key to meeting climate plan’s ambitious goals

by Barbara Bry, Rayman Khan and Hilary Nemchik, Voice of San Diego San Diego is a leader in innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability. The city’s Climate Action Plan harnesses those qualities and places us at the forefront of combating climate change. Community choice energy, also known as community choice aggregation, would allow the city to establish […]

Americans oppose drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

by Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, Seth Rosenthal and Connie Roser-Renouf, Climate Communication The tax bills that were recently approved by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives each contain a provision allowing drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The bill now heads for reconciliation by the two chambers, an up […]

South Dakota warns it could revoke Keystone Pipeline permit over oil spill

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News South Dakota regulators said they could revoke TransCanada’s permit for the 7-year-old Keystone Pipeline if an investigation into a large oil spill discovered last week concludes the company violated its terms. If that happens, the company would have to correct any issues—in the worst case, even replace part of the […]