Repsol is first oil major to pledge zero emissions by 2050

by James Herron, Bloomberg Repsol SA embarked on the most ambitious attempt yet by an oil major to align itself with the Paris climate goals, saying it will eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations and its customers by 2050. The Spanish giant’s exploration and production unit will focus on value instead of […]

The numbers keep getting more frightening

by Bill Mckibben, E360 Climate change is many things — a moral issue, a question of intergenerational justice, an economic threat, and now a daily and terrifying reality. But it’s also a math problem, a point I’ve been trying to make for awhile now. Let’s run some new numbers. First: 11,000, as in the number […]

Debut of the Rivian R1T pickup at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, November 27, 2018

By 2021, all-electric trucks from eight manufacturers will hit the U.S. market

by Paul Lienert, Reuters Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his spacy Cybertruck have ignited a frenzy over electric pickups, and at least seven other U.S. automakers expect to build new battery-powered trucks by 2021. The question is who will buy them. Companies ranging from General Motors Co (GM.N) to startup Lordstown Motors Corp have said […]

DHL to debut electric delivery vans in US cities

by Lisa Baertlein, Reuters DHL will debut StreetScooter’s zero-emission Work L delivery van in two urban U.S. markets, one on each coast, starting in Spring 2020, the companies said. They did not specify which markets would be the first. Full deployment could come in 2022 and 2023, said Ulrich Stuhec, StreetScooter’s chief technology officer, who […]

Jessie Denver, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources Program for East Bay Community Energy with colleagues at The Climate Center's annual Community Choice Energy conference in 2019.

An inside look at a groundbreaking solar-storage procurement in California

by Jeff St. John, Greentech Media Early this month, three community-choice aggregators and one municipal utility serving much of California’s San Francisco Bay Area launched a 30-megawatt distributed energy storage-plus-solar solicitation. It breaks ground on multiple fronts. First, it’s one of the largest-ever efforts to aggregate distributed energy resources (DERs) at a scale that can […]

California won’t buy cars from GM, Toyota, and others siding with Trump

by Rachel Becker, Cal Matters Starting immediately, California state agencies will no longer buy gas-powered sedans, officials said Friday. And starting in January, the state will stop purchasing vehicles from carmakers that haven’t agreed to follow California’s clean car rules. The decision affects General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and multiple other automakers that sided with […]

Community Choice agencies are leading on renewables

by Press Release, CAL CCA The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced today that Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) in the state have in one year added another 1,000 Megawatts (MW) in long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with new renewable energy projects, bringing the grand total of new-build contracts signed to 3,195 MW. The achievement reflects […]

These three circular economy principles can help combat the climate crisis

45% of global emissions come from making things, everyday products like cars and clothes, and managing land Only a systems-level approach will enable us to achieve the 1.5 ̊C target by 2050 while building greater resilience to climate change. Energy lies at the core of efforts to address climate change. Worldwide, the electricity, heat and […]

Amazon Inc. commits to net zero carbon by 2040 and 100 percent renewables by 2030

by Jonathan Shieber, TechCrunch In Washington today, Amazon announced a series of initiatives and issued a call for companies to reduce their carbon emissions 10 years ahead of the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement as part of a sweeping effort to reduce its own environmental footprint. “We’re done being in the middle of […]

Most U.S. grids are getting cleaner – except the largest one

by Brian Eckhouse and Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg Every major U.S. electricity grid is getting significantly greener. Except for the massive one serving 65 million Americans. That’s just as problematic as it sounds for the policymakers, power providers and climate activists looking to wean Americans off fossil fuels. While members of other systems move quickly […]