Energy resilient communities through distributed, clean, smart and local microgrids (Advanced Community Energy or ACE)

by Kurt Johnson, The Climate Center (read full article on our website here) As climate-related disruptions grow more frequent and severe, we urgently need effective local strategies to achieve decarbonization, resilience, social equity and security. The common basis for all these goals is to create local electric systems — carbon-free, safe, resilient and accessible to […]

Trump’s rollback of auto pollution rules shows signs of disarray

by Coral Davenport and Hiroko Tabuchi, NY Times The White House, blindsided by a pact between California and four automakers to oppose President Trump’s auto emissions rollbacks, has mounted an effort to prevent any more companies from joining California. Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors were all summoned by a senior Trump adviser to a […]

Michigan cities taking charge on climate

by Emma Winowiecki & Rebecca Williams, Michigan Radio When President Donald Trump announced in 2017 that the United States would pull out of the Paris Agreement, cities across the country declared that they would uphold the goals of the accord on their own. Two years later, a handful of Michigan cities have plans in place […]

How ‘green’ concrete can help cities fight climate change

by Cailin Crowe, Smart Cities Dive As cities look to cut carbon emissions in their construction sector, the use of low-carbon concrete over other alternatives could help them do just that. “Green” or carbon dioxide (CO2) mineralized concrete has received support from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and private companies for its use in […]

In Germany, a call for a green tax revolution

by Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Germany’s center-right Christian Democrats, called for a sweeping overhaul of the country’s tax system in order to better align Europe’s largest economy with its environmental goals. Combatting climate change needs to be at the center of the government’s agenda, Kramp-Karrenbuauer, Germany’s defense minister and a leading […]

One of America’s oldest power companies is going carbon-free

by Matt Egan, CNN Business PSEG has relied on fossil fuels to keep the lights on for the past 116 years. Now, New Jersey’s largest and oldest power company is pledging to deliver carbon-free electricity to fight climate change. The $30 billion utility provider announced Thursday that it’s on track to slash carbon emissions by […]

California EV rebate could go from $2500 To $7500 — CleanTechnica interview with bill author Phil Ting

by Jake Richardson, Clean Technica California Assemblymember Phil Ting (D — San Francisco, District 19) recently introduced AB 1046, which if passed would triple the EV rebate in California from $2500 to $7500. It would also change how the incentive is funded. (Ting has also worked on AB 1424 a billrelated to EV charging station […]

German Greens want trains to replace domestic flights in 15 years

by Freja Eriksen, Clean Engery Wire The German Green party is calling for higher taxes on domestic flights and lower taxes on train tickets and an eventual end of domestic flights. A paper by five green parliamentarians, says it’s “high time” short-haul flights were made superfluous. The party proposes doubling funds to expand German railways […]

Following Berkeley’s natural gas ban, more California cities look to all-electric future

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News Berkeley has become the first city in the United States to ban the use of natural gas in new low-rise buildings, and it isn’t the only California community looking for ways to shift its buildings away from burning fossil fuels. Cities and towns across the state are considering measures to […]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Gage Skidmore

House Democrats offer an alternative to the Green New Deal

by Lisa Friedman, NY Times An influential group of Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday set an ambitious target for United States greenhouse gas emissions, calling for a reduction to net-zero by 2050. The goal, intended to slow the pace of global warming, does not include either a legislative or regulatory plan. It […]