Entergy, RTA to install solar panels on roof of Willow Street streetcar barn

by Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger In another move to harness the power of the sun where empty commercial rooftops once stood, Entergy New Orleans and the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority have reached agreement to install solar panels on the roof of the agency’s Carrollton Streetcar Barn. The 300-kilowatt system will feed directly onto the […]

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 […]

New York awards offshore wind contracts in bid to reduce emissions

by Ivan Penn, NY Times New York State, which last month passed an ambitious law to reduce the emissions that cause climate change, said Thursday that it had reached an agreement for two large offshore wind projects. The wind projects, to be built off the coast of Long Island, represent a big step forward for […]

South Australia has 10GW wind and solar in pipeline as it heads to 100% renewables

by Giles Parkinson & Sophie Vorrath, Renew Economy South Australia’s conservative Liberal government has boasted that it has 10GW of large scale wind and solar projects now in the development pipeline, propelling the state towards its anticipated milestone of “net” 100 per cent renewables by 2030. The accumulated total was revealed by state energy minister […]

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 […]

Berkeley downtown

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

By Emilie Raguso, Berkeleyside.com 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 […]

Solar plants cheaper than natural gas ‘just about everywhere’ by 2023

by Karl-erik Stromsta, Greentech Media Solar will soon be able to out-compete gas-fired plants around the world on a levelized cost basis*. That doesn’t mean it will be any easier to make a living in the solar business. “By 2023, we think solar’s going to be cheaper than gas almost everywhere around the world,” Tom […]

Labor to link 4,000 solar schools in 364MW national virtual power plant

by Sophie Vorrath, One Step Off The Grid Federal Labor has unveiled plans to create a virtual power plant of solar schools across Australia, through $1 billion government loans scheme that would help schools to invest in rooftop panels and/or battery storage. The Solar Schools program, announced on Tuesday, would allocate up to $1 billion […]

Gov. Steve Sisolak

Nevada became the 4th state to commit to 100% carbon-free energy

by James DeHaven, Reno Gazette Journal Conservationists and clean energy advocates celebrated Monday as Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill to more than double the amount of renewable energy currently provided by Nevada’s electric companies. Senate Bill 358 was fast-tracked through the Democrat-dominated Legislature on Friday as an “emergency measure,” allowing Sisolak to sign it […]

Cheap renewables shave $10 trillion off cost to curb warming

by Brian Parkin, Bloomberg The cost of reaching global climate goals is falling rapidly as wind and solar prices plummet and policy makers push electrification as the main tool to cut pollution, the International Renewable Energy Agency said. The group known as Irena revised down its estimates for global investments needed by 2050 in clean […]