Hydroelectric dams affect the temperature of river water

Hydroelectric dams affect the temperature of river water

Recently, a team of researchers at the University of Washington has published their study on how several hydroelectric dams affected the temperature of Southeast Asia’s three major rivers.

Opinion | When Historic Preservation Hurts Cities

Opinion | When Historic Preservation Hurts Cities

And I realize that we are in crisis, politically as well as sustainably,” Chris Landis, an architect who sat on one of the boards that pass judgment on proposed changes to Washington homes, told a homeowner in October who had the temerity to request permission to install 12 front-facing solar panels on his own roof.

Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, VERGE Combine Forces to Supercharge Clean Energy Adoption

Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, VERGE Combine Forces to Supercharge Clean Energy Adoption

OAKLAND/WASHINGTON, DC (February 4, 2020) — The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) has announced that it will partner with GreenBiz Group’s VERGE conference and expo in Fall 2020 to create a single event designed to accelerate the transition to clean energy.

Opinion | Preserving Historic Buildings

Opinion | Preserving Historic Buildings

Credit...Damon Winter/The New York TimesTo the Editor: Re “Historic Preservation Is Hurting Cities ,” by Binyamin Appelbaum (Editorial Observer, Jan. 27):Historic preservationists around the country were dismayed that The Times would publish a broadside against preservation based on the complaints of one resident in one Washington historic district who was (initially) denied the right to place solar panels on his rooftop.

Local Solar Installers Embrace Big New Opportunity: Home Battery Add-Ons

Local Solar Installers Embrace Big New Opportunity: Home Battery Add-Ons

“The fires in California and the the national news cycle,” said Stephen Irvin, president and CEO at Amicus Solar, a member-owned cooperative of 55 independent, local solar companies installing in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada.

USDA Helps Rural Businesses Make Energy Efficiency Improvements, Adopt Renewable Energy Systems

USDA Helps Rural Businesses Make Energy Efficiency Improvements, Adopt Renewable Energy Systems

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2019 – Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $237 million to help farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses lower energy costs (PDF, 229 KB).

World’s Second-Largest Ferry Operator Switching From Diesel to Batteries

World’s Second-Largest Ferry Operator Switching From Diesel to Batteries

Ian Sterling, public information officer for Washington State Ferries, said the move would cut the cost and pollution caused by the current annual consumption of almost 20 million gallons of diesel across a fleet of 22 vessels ferrying 25 million people a year.

Rep. Paul Tonko Talks Landmark 100% Clean Economy Bill and Tax Extenders

Rep. Paul Tonko Talks Landmark 100% Clean Economy Bill and Tax Extenders

Recommended reading: McEachin, Haaland, Dingell, Blumenauer, Tonko and Pingree Introduce 100% Clean Legislation Washington Examiner: House Democrats Plan 100% Clean Economy Bill Thursday to Unite Party GTM : Renewable Tax Credits Get Another Shot in Congress NYT: Obama Says Average American Doesn’t Want to ‘Tear Down System’ Political Climate is produced in partnership with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, and thanks to invaluable support from producer Victoria Simon.

Which US metro areas have the most solar panels on homes?

Which US metro areas have the most solar panels on homes?

Here are the rankings of the 21 metropolitan areas Cape Analytics examined when it comes to homes with solar panels per 100,000 homes: San Diego: 10,195 San Francisco: 6,031 Riverside: 5,863 San Jose: 5,415 Los Angeles: 3,981 Phoenix: 3,644 Tampa Bay: 2,591 Denver: 1,776 Miami: 1,352 New York City: 1,190 Philadelphia: 913 Boston: 849 Washington, DC: 769 Seattle: 657 Dallas: 202 St Louis: 140 Minneapolis: 117 Houston: 110 Chicago: 75 Atlanta: 64 Detroit: 59 Electrek’s Take.

Don’t tell us how inspiring we are, take action on climate change: Greta Thunberg tells U.S. Congress

Don’t tell us how inspiring we are, take action on climate change: Greta Thunberg tells U.S. Congress

Swedish teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday called for action, not praise, from U.S. lawmakers as she joined other youth leaders in kicking off two days of meetings and speeches on Washington's Capitol Hill.

National Grid Acquires Renewables Developer Geronimo Energy

National Grid Acquires Renewables Developer Geronimo Energy

National Grid completed its $100 million acquisition of renewables developer Geronimo Energy, launching another deep-pocketed European utility into the business of building wind and solar projects in the U.S. Separately, National Grid entered a joint venture to acquire 379 megawatts of operating wind and solar capacity from Geronimo alongside the Washington State Investment Board, which manages pensions for public employees in the Pacific Northwest state.

Four states updated their renewable portfolio standards in the first half of 2019

Four states updated their renewable portfolio standards in the first half of 2019

New Mexico increased its overall RPS target in March 2019 to 100% of electricity sales from carbon-free generation by 2045, up from the previous target of 20% renewable generation by 2020. Tags: RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standards) , Washington , states , Nevada , New Mexico , electricity , renewables.

Are 100% Zero-Emission Vehicle Targets the Hot New Energy Policy Trend?

Are 100% Zero-Emission Vehicle Targets the Hot New Energy Policy Trend?

But while the ink has barely dried on Washington state’s clean electricity bill , recent headlines suggest there is a new trend on the horizon: 100 percent zero-emission vehicle, or ZEV, targets.

Inslee Releases Clean Energy Jobs Plan with ‘G.I. Bill’ for Fossil Fuel Workers

Inslee Releases Clean Energy Jobs Plan with ‘G.I. Bill’ for Fossil Fuel Workers

Washington Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee released a lengthy plan to boost the U.S. economy with clean energy jobs, expanding on his recent policy proposal to decarbonize the nation’s electricity, buildings and vehicles .

Jay Inslee: First 2020 Presidential Candidate to Endorse a Federal Green Bank

Jay Inslee: First 2020 Presidential Candidate to Endorse a Federal Green Bank

Today Washington Governor and 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee presented his $9 trillion “ Evergreen Economy Plan .” The plan includes the creation of a $90 billion federal Green Bank called the Clean Energy Deployment Authority (CEDA).

The case for Jay Inslee

The case for Jay Inslee

Climate change isn’t a concern Inslee picked up just in time for the 2020 presidential race. Inslee is a two-term governor of Washington state — he took office in 2013 and is term-limited out in 2020 — and the Republican attack line on him has been that the only thing he cares about is climate change.

Washington becomes fifth state in the US to aim for 100 percent clean energy

Washington becomes fifth state in the US to aim for 100 percent clean energy

The law phases out coal from Washington’s grid by 2025 and requires 80 percent clean electricity by2030, curbing the build out of new fracked gas infrastructure.

Inslee Launches National Climate Plan, Inspired by Recent Success in Washington State

Inslee Launches National Climate Plan, Inspired by Recent Success in Washington State

Inslee's national proposal calls for eliminating coal power and achieving 100 percent carbon-neutral power by 2030, before moving to "all-clean, renewable and zero-emission energy in electricity generation by 2035."

Tesla warns of upcoming shortages of battery minerals, like nickel, copper, & lithium

Tesla warns of upcoming shortages of battery minerals, like nickel, copper, & lithium

At a Benchmark Minerals Intelligence conference today in Washington, Sarah Maryssael, Tesla’s global supply manager for battery metals, said that the automaker is concerned about some of those minerals, according to sources at the event via Reuters:.

New US wind projects set records

New US wind projects set records

The Washington-based trade group American Wind Energy Association reported that developers announced plans to build new wind farms with a total capacity of nearly 6,150 megawatts during the first three months of the year, more than the total current capacity of wind generation in California.

Washington passes ‘strongest clean energy policy’ in nation with carbon neutrality mandate by 2030

Washington passes ‘strongest clean energy policy’ in nation with carbon neutrality mandate by 2030

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants his state to become the green standard in the fight against climate change, and he just secured a big victory in pursuit of that goal.

A Wave Of Clean Energy Policies Are Killing Coal

A Wave Of Clean Energy Policies Are Killing Coal

The Trump administration has done its best to promote coal, oil and gas at the federal level, but individual U.S. states continue to step up their ambition on renewable energy. Washington State just passed a bill requiring 100 percent clean and renewable electricity by 2045, while also completely eliminating coal-fired power by 2025.

Washington becomes sixth US state to commit to 100% renewables

Washington becomes sixth US state to commit to 100% renewables

In 2017, Maryland’s Calvert Cliffs nuclear power station generated 44% of the state’s net electricity generation, while renewables only accounted for 10%.“Late last night, Maryland state lawmakers passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), a historic bill that puts the state on track to 50% renewable energy by 2030, including a 14.5% carve-out for solar energy,” said the SEIA’s Sean Gallagher, speaking earlier this month.“The bill also requires state officials to examine pathways to 100% clean energy by 2040.

Washington latest state committed to 100% clean energy

Washington latest state committed to 100% clean energy

RENEWABLES: A bill requiring 100% clean energy in Washington by 2045 gains final approval in the state Senate and now heads to the governor to sign. • New Jersey activists and officials rally in support of a stalled bill to encourage electric vehicle use and building a statewide charging station network.

Washington State Passes Law Requiring 100% Clean Energy by 2045

Washington State Passes Law Requiring 100% Clean Energy by 2045

Washington state’s Senate on Monday gave the final vote of approval to a law requiring 100 percent clean energy by 2045, joining three other states — New Mexico, California and Hawaii — with similar legislation on the books.

Know your NEM: How to replace a $3.5 trillion industry

Know your NEM: How to replace a $3.5 trillion industry

Source: SporThis Washington Post article suggests betting markets may not even be as good as opinion polls, at least in the US.For what it’s worth I think the change was due to Morrison being a good campaigner and keeping the ugly (to me) largely unpopular, as shown in Victoria, hard right of the Coalition well away from the news in the hope that voters will have forgotten or forgiven them by May 18.Politics are important to decarbonization and electricity policy.

A closer look at Washington’s superb new 100% clean electricity bill

A closer look at Washington’s superb new 100% clean electricity bill

ETPs are “projects that provide energy-related goods and services other than electricity generation and result in a reduction of fossil fuel consumption and a reduction of GHG emissions, while providing benefits to the customers of a utility.” They include such things as electric car infrastructure, weatherization, or renewable natural gas (RNG — natural gas drawn from, for example, landfill or agricultural waste) projects.

Washington state’s 100% renewables bill passes both Houses

Washington state’s 100% renewables bill passes both Houses

State governor and Democrat presidential candidate Jay Inslee is unlikely to hold up the passage of SB 5116.From pv magazine USA .The progress of state-level renewable energy legislation in the U.S. resembles a house of mirrors.

Jay Inslee’s CNN town hall showed he wants to lead on climate. Voters have other priorities too.

Jay Inslee’s CNN town hall showed he wants to lead on climate. Voters have other priorities too.

Inslee, the second-term governor of Washington, began the town hall by saying that global warming would be his top priority as president.

Trump’s EPA is fighting California over a fuel economy rule the auto industry doesn’t even want

Trump’s EPA is fighting California over a fuel economy rule the auto industry doesn’t even want

At the Washington Auto Show on Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said he’s going forward with a controversial plan to freeze vehicle fuel economy regulations that even some automakers say they don’t want.