Community Choice Energy declares victory in private utility power grab

In response to two proposed bills aimed at halting Community Choice Energy, the Center for Climate Protection put out an Action Alert (pictured below right). The bills have since been defeated, thanks in part to calls from our supporters. Thank you if you called! Read more about the private utility assault on Community Choice from […]

Another pipeline blocked for failure to consider climate emissions

by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News It might be getting harder to win approval for new fossil fuel projects without first examining their impacts on climate change. Last week, regulators in New York rejected key permits for a natural gas pipeline, saying a previous federal approval had failed to consider the resulting greenhouse gas emissions. The pipeline […]

Duke Energy to invest $6B for solar, batteries and EVs, scrap nuclear plant plans

by Jeff St. John, Greentech Media Florida is set to get a lot more solar power and grid batteries — in exchange for losing a future nuclear power plant. On Tuesday, Duke Energy Florida filed a revised settlement that lays out a four-year, nearly $6 billion investment into 700 megawatts of solar PV, 50 megawatts […]

Plyscrapers are on the rise, cutting carbon emissions in the process

by Jonny Tiernan, The Beam In building construction, there are a plethora of materials available that are more environmentally friendly than concrete. But when you think of what it takes to create a skyscraper, many of the alternatives just don’t fit the bill. You’d be forgiven for thinking that a highrise structure of any notable size […]

Harvard study finds Exxon misled public about climate change

by John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News A comprehensive, peer-reviewed academic study of ExxonMobil’s internal deliberations, scientific research and public rhetoric over the decades has confirmed empirically that the oil giant misled the public about what it knew about climate change and the risks posed by fossil fuel emissions, the authors said on Tuesday. The paper […]

Chinese Coal Power

China halts construction on 150 gigawatts of new coal power plants

by Joshua S. Hill, Clean Technica China’s state-run news agency Xinhua has revealed that China has currently halted construction on new coal-fired power plants in an effort to avoid building over-capacity while simultaneously hoping to promote a cleaner energy mix. The Chinese Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday that China had halted construction on a […]

Electric Drive

EVs (way) cheaper than gasmobiles thanks to imaginative California electricity provider

by Tiny Casey, Clean Technica Despite America’s obsession with gadgets, electricity sales have been flatlining. So, what’s a utility company to do? Sonoma Clean Power in California has hit upon one answer: get people to buy more EVs, with hefty discounts and a free home EV charger, to boot — and an extra break for […]

Oil Industry

Amid fading oil boom, Canada’s roughnecks seek green energy jobs

by Chris Arsenault, Reuters TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After nearly a decade of riding Canada’s oil boom, drilling contractor Jennifer Turner found herself low on work, like thousands of other employees in the fossil fuel business left jobless following a plunge in oil prices. Today, she helps unemployed oil workers find jobs in the burgeoning […]

Sunset at Riverside

Climate, clean energy policies create economic boon for California’s inland empire

by Joseph Bebon, Solar Industry  A new study on the economic effects of existing climate and clean energy policies in California’s Inland Empire estimates a net benefit of $9.1 billion in direct economic activity and 41,000 net direct jobs from 2010 to 2016. When accounting for the spillover effects of these benefits, the net value jumps […]

Stop the KXL

Keystone XL: low oil prices, tar sands pullout could kill pipeline plan

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News It will be close to three years, at least, before oil could possibly be moving through the controversial Keystone XL pipeline—if the pipeline is completed at all. Company officials now concede that after battling protests and regulatory hurdles for nearly a decade, market forces could scuttle the project. Canadian pipeline […]