A Fight Over Rooftop Solar Threatens California’s Climate Goals

Utility regulators have proposed slashing the incentives homeowners receive to install solar panels, a long-sought goal of utilities and labor unions.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #california, #california-public-utilities-commission, #california-solar-and-storage-assn, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #international-brotherhood-of-electrical-workers, #labor-and-jobs, #newsom-gavin, #organized-labor, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roofs, #solar-energy, #southern-california-edison-sce, #sunrun-inc, #utility-reform-network-the-turn, #wages-and-salaries

Pay Your Power Bill, Myanmar Soldiers Say, or Pay With Your Life

Facing a huge loss of revenue amid economic turmoil, the military has sent soldiers to act as debt collectors.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #electric-light-and-power, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #recession-and-depression

A Widening Web of Undersea Cables Connects Britain to Green Energy

Linking one nation’s power grid with another’s is considered essential as more electricity is generated from solar and wind.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #hydroelectric-power, #norway, #wind-power

Texas After the Storm: An Update

A look at the aftermath of the storm through the eyes of three women.

#audio-negative-tragedy, #electric-light-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas

N.Y.C.’s Gas Ban Takes Fight Against Climate Change to the Kitchen

New York is set to become the nation’s largest city to enact a ban on gas heat and stoves in new buildings. It’s a major step away from fossil fuels that is expected to influence wider markets.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #city-council-nyc, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #heating, #natural-gas, #new-york-city

Europe Looks to Nuclear Power to Meet Climate Goals

While wind and solar ramp up, several countries, including France and Britain, are looking to expand their nuclear energy programs. Germany and others aren’t so enthusiastic.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #electricite-de-france-edf, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-2011, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-wastes, #rolls-royce-plc

India’s Toxic Air Pollution Prompts Supreme Court to Act

Schools and factories close. India’s Supreme Court blasts the government’s do-nothing response. But Delhi residents continue to suffer from the bad air.

#agriculture-and-farming, #air-pollution, #coal, #delhi-india, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #india, #new-delhi-india, #shutdowns-institutional

The Developing World Is Falling Short on Emissions Reductions

Plans for new power generation won’t meet global climate goals.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #china, #coal, #corporations, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-energy-agency, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #mexico, #pakistan, #south-africa, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vietnam

Winter Heating Bills Loom as the Next Inflation Threat

After plunging during the pandemic as the economy slowed, energy prices have roared upward. Washington is already moving to offer homeowners relief.

#cold-and-cold-spells, #commodities, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #heating, #inflation-economics, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #propane, #united-states-economy, #winter-season

With COP26, China’s Climate Policy Merits a Closer Look

President Biden was among those expressing disappointment over China’s lack of commitment to climate change.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #china, #coal, #electric-light-and-power, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #shortages, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #xi-jinping

Greece Pushes Green Energy Transformation to Fight Climate Change

As climate change bears down, Greece is upending its sources of energy and trying to reshape its economic destiny.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #electric-light-and-power, #greece, #labor-and-jobs, #mitsotakis-kyriakos, #solar-energy, #wind-power

China Digs More Coal for Power Needs, Despite Climate Change

Faced with electricity shortages, the country is racing to expand mining despite risks to the environment, miner safety and the economy.

#accidents-and-safety, #china, #coal, #deaths-fatalities, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mines-and-mining, #shanxi-province-china, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Old Power Gear Is Slowing Use of Clean Energy and Electric Cars

Some people and businesses seeking to use solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles find they can’t because utility equipment needs an upgrade.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #batteries, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #solar-energy

What’s Next for Biden’s Climate Plan?

The centerpiece of the president’s environmental agenda has fallen apart because of the objections of a single senator.

#audio-neutral-informative, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Power Outages Plague Puerto Rico Despite LUMA Takeover

Transferring the power grid to a private company was supposed to help. But thousands protested last week over more blackouts.

#electric-light-and-power, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #hurricane-maria-2017, #luma-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #puerto-rico, #puerto-rico-electric-power-authority

What’s Behind the Energy Crunch in Britain and Europe

Natural gas prices have skyrocketed, pressuring manufacturers and households with high energy bills.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #natural-gas, #pipelines, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced that her agency will formally begin the process of identifying federal waters to lease to wind developers by 2025.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #east-coast-us, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #wind-power

Electricity Is Restored in Lebanon, as Army Supplies Emergency Fuel

It was a temporary reprieve for a grid that has been supplying only a few hours of electricity per day, as Lebanon’s collapsing economy struggles to import fuel.

#beirut-lebanon, #electric-light-and-power, #lebanon, #politics-and-government

Global Natural Gas Crunch Roils Consumers and Industry

Rising demand for the fuel is sending electricity bills soaring and forcing factories to shut down.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #brazil, #china, #coal, #electric-light-and-power, #fertilizer, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #natural-gas, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #south-korea

China Power Outages Close Factories and Threaten Growth

High demand and soaring energy prices have forced some factories to shut down, adding further problems for already snarled global supply chains.

#china, #coal, #conservation-of-resources, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #electric-light-and-power, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional

PG&E Faces Criminal Charges Over California Wildfire

Charges including manslaughter arise from a blaze that killed four last year. A state inquiry said the utility’s power lines were involved.

#bankruptcies, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #fines-penalties, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #shasta-county-calif, #wildfires

Europe’s Energy Prices Soar Amid Switch to Renewable Resources

Britain and the rest of Europe are watching natural gas prices and utility bills soar, and Russia is coming under pressure to provide more gas.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #europe, #gazprom, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-energy-agency, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-ag, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russia, #wind, #wind-power

3 Weeks After Hurricane Ida, Parts of Louisiana Remain Dark

As businesses and schools have reopened in New Orleans, ongoing power outages in communities just beyond the city put recovery out of reach.

#electric-light-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #floods, #grand-isle-la, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricane-zeta-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #restoration-and-renovation, #roads-and-traffic, #union-of-concerned-scientists, #weather

Why Louisiana’s Electric Grid Failed in Hurricane Ida

Much of the state, including New Orleans, lost power for days because many of Entergy’s electrical poles and towers were not built to withstand a major hurricane, energy experts said.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #disasters-and-emergencies, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #global-warming, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #solar-energy, #weather, #wind

Climate Change Calls for Backup Power, and One Company Cashes In

Generac, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer that dominates the market for standby home generators, is an unlikely Wall Street darling.

#electric-light-and-power, #generac-power-systems-inc, #global-warming, #home-appliances, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states, #weather

Biden Offers Ambitious Blueprint for Solar Energy

The Energy Department analysis provides only a broad outline, and many of the details will be decided by congressional lawmakers.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #solar-energy, #united-states-politics-and-government

From 4% to 45%: Biden Sets an Ambitious Plan for Solar Energy

The administration has offered only a broad outline of its plan, and many of the details will be decided by congressional lawmakers.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #disasters-and-emergencies, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-department, #global-warming, #granholm-jennifer-m, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #solar-energy, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

High Natural Gas Prices Strain Europeans, Weighing on Recovery

Crimped supplies and increased demand have pushed energy prices to their highest in years, raising concerns about the winter.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #europe, #gazprom, #international-trade-and-world-market, #natural-gas, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

Biden’s Electric Car Plans Hinge on Having Enough Chargers

The United States has about 100,000 public chargers, far fewer than Europe and China. It needs 10 times as many, auto experts say, to complete the switch from combustion engine vehicles.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #automobiles, #batteries, #chargepoint-inc, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #electrify-america-llc, #evbox-bv, #evgo-services-llc, #infrastructure-public-works, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #private-equity, #special-purpose-acquisition-companies-spac, #stocks-and-bonds, #tesla-motors-inc, #tpg-capital, #venture-capital, #volkswagen-ag, #volta-industries-inc

Nearly a Week Without Power, New Orleans Is Facing a ‘Race With the Clock’

Forecasters are warning of dangerously high temperatures this weekend as 70 percent of the city remains without power after Hurricane Ida.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #electric-light-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #heat-and-heat-waves, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts

The Hunt Is on to Fix the Power Grid

Empowering consumers to control their electric consumption would free up power to meet demand elsewhere.

#air-conditioning, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #home-appliances, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #new-orleans-la, #north-carolina, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portland-ore, #portland-general-electric-company, #power-failures-and-blackouts

Hurricane Ida Exposes Grid Weaknesses as New Orleans Goes Dark

A new natural gas power plant, meant to power the city in an emergency, did not come to the rescue when the storm disabled eight transmission lines.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #disasters-and-emergencies, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #global-warming, #hurricane-ida-2021, #louisiana, #natural-gas, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #solar-energy, #weather

California’s Plan to Make New Buildings Greener Will Also Raise Costs

A recent building code change for new construction could reduce emissions by requiring use of solar panels and batteries, raising prices in an already expensive state.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #building-construction, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #finances, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #international-code-council-inc, #los-angeles-calif, #natural-gas, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #san-bernardino-calif, #solar-energy

More Power Lines or Rooftop Solar Panels: The Fight Over Energy’s Future

The president and energy companies want new transmission lines to carry electricity from large solar and wind farms. Some environmentalists and homeowners are pushing for smaller, more local systems.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-light-and-power, #environment, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #solar-energy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power

Why Are Californians Being Asked to Turn Up the Heat?

Wednesday: An energy expert explains the stress on California’s energy grid and what’s likely to be ahead.

#california, #california-public-utilities-commission, #electric-light-and-power, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co

Shell Gets Greener, Even as Climate Advocates Say, ‘Go Faster’

Royal Dutch Shell, though still reliant on profits from fossil fuels, is investing more in renewable energy. Critics say the changes have to come quicker.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #limejump-ltd, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #solar-energy, #sonnen-gmbh, #ubitricity-gmbh, #wind-power

Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.

#agriculture-and-farming, #arizona, #california, #colorado, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #hoover-dam, #lake-mead, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #temperature, #water

How Climate Change Has Battered the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.

#agriculture-and-farming, #arizona, #california, #colorado, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #hoover-dam, #lake-mead, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #temperature, #water

Texas Power Grid, Strained Last Winter, Now Faces an Early Heat Wave

Regulators have asked residents to start conserving energy after demand hit a June record just one week into the month.

#electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas, #weather

To Fight Climate Change, Replace Fossil Fuels at Home and Work

To slow global warming, we need to electrify vast parts of our economy and power it with clean energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #home-appliances, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-economy

Rolling Blackouts Hit Taiwan After Accident at Power Plant

Several cities, including the capital, Taipei, were affected by power outages after a grid failure in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

#electric-light-and-power, #kaohsiung-china, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #taiwan

How Hospitals Can Help Patients and the Planet

Health care systems are trying to answer the central question of how to care for patients when climate change threatens their ability to remain open.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hospitals, #hurricane-sandy-2012

Tesla’s Latest Solar Stumble: Big Price Increases

The company is charging tens of thousands of dollars more to cover roofs with its much-anticipated solar shingles, angering some customers.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #musk-elon, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #reicher-dan-w, #roofs, #solar-energy, #solarcity-inc, #sunrun-inc, #tesla-motors-inc

The Wind and Solar Boom Is Here

The world is adopting renewable sources of power much faster than experts thought possible.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #griffith-saul-1974, #international-energy-agency, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #saudi-arabia, #solar-energy, #wind-power

The Exxon of Green Power: A Spanish Company and Its Boss Set Sky-High Goals

Iberdrola is a leader in wind and solar power, thanks largely to a bet its C.E.O. made 20 years ago.

#electric-light-and-power, #europe, #galan-jose-ignacio-sanchez, #iberdrola-sa, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #solar-energy, #spain, #wind-power

Coal Is Set to Roar Back, and So Are Its Climate Risks

To slow down climate change, new coal projects need to end. A global forecast this week shows demand rising sharply.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #china, #coal, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #india, #international-energy-agency, #mines-and-mining, #natural-gas, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. Are They Also Fueling Climate Change?

Making the digital artworks requires colossal amounts of computing power, and that means greenhouse gases.

#art, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #electric-light-and-power, #ethereum-foundation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

Indian Point Is Shutting Down. That Means More Fossil Fuel.

When the Indian Point nuclear power plant shuts, its lost output will be filled primarily by generators that burn fuels that contribute to climate change.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #buchanan-ny, #cuomo-andrew-m, #electric-light-and-power, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indian-point-nuclear-power-plant-ny, #new-york-city, #new-york-independent-system-operator-nyiso, #nuclear-energy, #shutdowns-institutional, #solar-energy, #wind-power

Your Daylight Saving Time Questions Answered

A group of U.S. senators has joined the ranks of those who want to abolish daylight saving time, which has roots in cost-cutting strategies of the late 19th century.

#arizona, #daylight-saving-time, #electric-light-and-power, #florida, #hawaii, #railroads, #states-us, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce

ERCOT Fires Chief Executive Bill Magness After Texas Storm

Seven board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas had resigned in the wake of widespread outages. Those who remained decided to fire the agency’s chief executive.

#electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #magness-bill, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas