The race to build the world’s largest solar-storage plant is on

by Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg Last year, a company won a contract to build a 65-megawatt solar and battery farm in Arizona. A month later, the Saudis came out with a $200 billion plan to build the world’s biggest battery-backed solar farm by 2030. Then a firm proposed a nearly 500-megawatt solar-storage site in Texas’s […]

Unexpected expansion of youth movement takes off

By V.V. Young Young climate activists have been making news recently, and the trend does not seem to be abating. In fact, it appears to be picking up steam. The emergence of Greta Thunberg with her speech at the 2018 Climate Summit in Poland last fall, along with her weekly school walk-out strike, has sparked […]

How utilities are putting ‘smart’ thermostats to work

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News Imagine a hot day. So hot the New England power grid can’t keep up with electricity demand. In a control room somewhere, a worker presses a few buttons that send a signal to thousands of wi-fi enabled thermostats to reduce air conditioning and allow the heat to rise a few […]

Community Choice agencies say PG&E should become a “wires only” company

by CalCCA In a new filing with the California Public Utilities Commission, community choice aggregators (CCAs) from Northern California urged state regulators to take action to restructure PG&E as a “wires-only” company—moving the utility out of the retail energy business so PG&E management can focus on safely managing the company’s transmission and distribution system, which […]

How SDG&E plans to quit the electricity procurement business

by Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media California officials grappling with the fallout from devastating wildfires and the fate of embattled utility Pacific Gas & Electric will soon have to answer another weighty question: Should the state’s utilities get out of the business of buying and selling electricity? And, if so, what should be the default electricity […]

Oregon clean energy jobs bill: An economic engine and a decarbonization catalyst

by Silvio Marcacci, Forbes 2018’s “Green Wave” election has set the stage for Oregon to lead the United States on climate action in 2019 by enacting statewide cap-and-trade legislation and accelerating complementary policy in its biggest energy-consuming sectors. Governor Kate Brown focused on climate action in her re-election campaign, and legislative leaders have added momentum […]

We broke down what climate change will do, region by region

by Grist staff Look, at this point, even the most stubborn among us know that climate change is coming for our asses. We really don’t have much time until the climate plagues we’re already getting previews of — mega-wildfires, rising sea-levels, superstorm after superstorm — start increasing in frequency. The 4th National Climate Assessment says […]

The US could mitigate a fifth of its carbon emissions through wildlands

by The Nature Conservancy When it comes to the impact and potential of land management on global warming, everything really is bigger in Texas. Unless you’re talking about agricultural lands—then everything is bigger in Iowa. Or if you’re talking about the impact of urban trees, that’s biggest in Florida—though it’s also pretty big in Texas. […]

Albertsons orders 10 all-electric Tesla semi-trucks for fleet

by Alyssa Danigelis, Environmental Leader Albertsons plans to add 10 Tesla Semi all-electric trucks to its Southern California fleet, the company says. The grocery store chain expects the trucks to use less than 2 kilowatt hours of energy per mile, and travel more than 300 miles on a single charge with a fully loaded trailer. […]

Exit fee: Hot topic at 3rd annual Community Choice Association meeting

Read on to see how you can help Last week I attended the 3rd annual meeting of the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA). With nineteen operational agencies now serving California, well over 200 people were in attendance. There were two major themes this year: The first was the rapid acceleration of Community Choice Energy in […]