Volvo’s coming all-electric semi will compete with Tesla’s

by Megan Guess, Arstechnica On Wednesday, Volvo Trucks North America announced that in 2019 it will demonstrate an all-electric Volvo semi truck, which it expects to go into production in 2020. The semi will be an all-electric VNR, similar to Volvo’s current diesel VNR model, and it will be used for regional-haul operations as well […]

Norway’s Energy-Positive Building Spree Is Here

by Tracey Lindeman, City Lab The European Union has a target of making all new buildings zero-energy by 2020, but in Norway, carbon neutrality isn’t enough. A consortium in Oslo made up of architects, engineers, environmentalists, and designers is creating energy-positive buildings in a country with some of the coldest and darkest winters on Earth. […]

Australia in midst of $20 billion wind and solar investment boom

by Giles Parkinson, Renew economy The Coalition government tried to prevent it and failed, and haven’t stopped complaining about it ever since. And now we can see why: Australia is in the midst of an extraordinary investment boom in large scale wind and solar projects, and battery storage, far beyond what even the industry’s most […]

Electric heat pumps can slash heating emissions by more than half in California homes

by Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media California aims to be carbon-neutral by 2045. Any path to get there will require decarbonizing the state’s buildings. According to a new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study, published in the Electricity Journal, electric heat pumps should be part of any long-term building decarbonization strategy in California. “If you purchase […]

Energy priorities shift as a new administration takes hold

by Tux Turkel, Press Herald Efforts to expand natural gas capacity. Hopes of luring discounted Canadian electricity. Measures to stunt the growth of solar power and discourage wind farms on land and sea. These actions championed for eight years by Gov. Paul LePage and Republican allies will end on Jan. 2, as a new Democratic […]

To the State: Don’t break PG&E up. Take it over

by Johanna Bozuwa, Common Dreams There is strong evidence that the wildfires raging through California right now—killing at least 80 people, with at least an additional 1,000 missing as of November 18—have been sparked at least in part by the large investor-owned monopoly utility, PG&E. Further, PG&E’s apparent negligence and its consequences aren’t new. Cal […]

Wind is cheapest, followed by solar

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News There was a time when utility companies could say coal plants were a bargain. Many of the same companies viewed wind and solar as too expensive to do on a large scale. I’m not talking about ancient history. This was 2008, when I started covering energy. Since then, the costs […]

Santa Rosa City Council moves toward innovative “electric-ready” building ordinance

by Mike Turgeon, Center for Climate Protection Climate Action Fellow In a marathon study session on Tuesday, October 23rd, the Santa Rosa City Council, at the urging of the Friends of the Climate Action Plan (FoCAP), received a long-overdue update on the progress of the 2012 Municipal and Community Climate Action Plans.  The Climate Action Plan […]

Spain plans switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2050

by Arthur Neslen, The Guardian Spain has launched an ambitious plan to switch its electricity system entirely to renewable sources by 2050 and completely decarbonise its economy soon after. By mid-century greenhouse gas emissions would be slashed by 90% from 1990 levels under Spain’s draft climate change and energy transition law. To do this, the […]

10% Of New Vehicles Purchased in California Are EVs

by Loren McDonald, Clean Technica Trends in the US often start in California, expand to other Western states and/or Northeastern states, and then fill in eventually in the Midwest and South. This same pattern is also occurring with sales of EVs in the US and is creating in essence green versus brown states, similar to […]