Nine states and DC agree to create cap-and-trade program for transportation

Nine Northeastern states and Washington, D.C., announced Tuesday that they will attempt to create a regional cap-and-trade program to limit emissions from transportation, the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution. The partners agreed to create a system within a year that caps the region’s transportation emissions and sets up a market of pollution permits so entities can trade in auctions for the right to emit carbon. The agreement contains little detail, such as which types of entities would be regulated and have to trade in pollution permits. The revenue from putting a price on transportation fuels would go to investments in “low-carbon and more resilient transportation infrastructure

NYSERDA and Central New York Planning and Development Board Announce Central New York Communities Co

Designated Clean Energy Communities and participating communities in CNY Community Actions Represent Commitment to Reduce Energy Consumption, Cut Costs and Drive Clean Energy in its Communities Announcement Complements “Central NY Rising” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Central New York Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB) today announced that Central New York communities have completed 242 high impact clean energy actions as part of NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program. This announcement complements Central NY Rising, the regional economic blueprin

Solar required on new commercial buildings in Massachusetts town

Commercial Solar Guy, Brewster, MA 692 kW-DC Watertown, Massachusetts now requires solar power with all new commercial construction and retrofits of structures greater than 10,000 sq feet – as well all structures that include ten or more residential units. Solar power as a required part of new construction is starting to catch hold. Last year, we saw South Miami mandate 2.75 kW of solar for every 1000 square feet on new homes. Prior to that it’d been a few cities within California (Lancaster led the way in 2013, with Sebastopol, Santa Monica, and San Francisco) requiring solar with new construction. Now, of course, we live in a time where the whole of the State of California has set a requir

Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo, plumes of smoke rise from Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide surged in 2018 with the largest jump in seven years, discouraged scientists announced Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) WASHINGTON (AP) — After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists. World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies released Wednesday from the Global Carbon

NYSERDA Announces $19 Million Available to Accelerate the Use of Clean Energy Technologies On Farms

Proposals Sought to Expand Anaerobic Digesters and Other Clean Energy Technologies to Make Farm Operations More Efficient Supports Governor Cuomo’s Ambitious Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030 The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that $19 million is available to accelerate the use of anaerobic digester gas-to-electricity projects and clean energy technologies to make farm operations more energy efficient. The use of clean energy technologies and practices represent major cost savings opportunities for farms and supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 per

U.S. coal consumption in 2018 expected to be the lowest in 39 years

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review October 2018 and Short-Term Energy Outlook November 2018 EIA expects total U.S. coal consumption in 2018 to fall to 691 million short tons (MMst), a 4% decline from 2017 and the lowest level since 1979. U.S. coal consumption has been falling since its peak in 2007, and EIA forecasts that 2018 coal consumption will be 437 MMst (44%) lower than 2007 levels, mainly driven by declines in coal use in the electric power sector. The electric power sector is the nation’s largest consumer of coal, accounting for 93% of total U.S. coal consumption between 2007 and 2018. The decline in coal consumption since 2007 is the result of bot


Reduces the Energy Burden for Approximately 7,000 Low Income Households and Ensures Their Participation in New York’s Clean Energy Economy Community Solar Projects Support Governor Cuomo’s Commitment to Lowering Solar Costs and Building 3 Gigawatts of Solar Projects by 2023 Supports Governor Cuomo’s Goal of 50 Percent of New York’s Electricity to Come from Renewable Sources by 2030 to Combat Climate Change The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that nine community solar projects throughout New York have been awarded contracts through the “Solar For All” program. This is the first in a series of awards under the program to provide access to no-c

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