ENERGY

ENERGY

ENERGY

Harnessing fossil fuels to generate energy –for electricity, transportation, heating and cooling– has enabled America’s huge growth over the past 250 years. Simultaneously, burning those fossil fuels has released, and continues to release, the CO2 that is the major cause of global warming and all its consequences, which are increasingly dire.

It seems clear, that within our communities, it is our task to shift our energy usage away from fossil fuels and towards clean sources of energy: nuclear, hydropower, wind and solar. Perhaps the most compelling way to do that is to eliminate bringing fossil fuels into our buildings (residential, commercial and municipal) for our heating and cooling needs as well as into our cars, trucks, and buses. Electrify everything is becoming an increasingly powerful mandate, which would allow our energy grid the possibility of being fueled by clean instead of dirty fuel. In this scenario, we shift to electric cars (not only reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the source of fuel but also eliminating the emissions which otherwise pollute the air). And we need to shift to heat pumps for the heating and cooling of our buildings – whether air source or geothermal.

For much more detailed information about energy, go here. You will learn the way energy works (explaining the sources and the role of utilities and transmission as it moves towards its ultimate destinations, such as transportation, electricity, cooling and heating).

There are also various emerging “drawdown” techniques, which promise to reduce the CO2 load, but also involve capturing and storing carbon. Many of these NEW TECHNOLOGIES are covered here.

CREDIT: TREEHUGGER

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KEY RESOURCES

We Already Have the Key to a Clean Energy Economy. We’re Just Not Using It

01/27/21
Over the past 20 years, the increasing recognition that climate change poses a grave threat to our society has given rise to an entirely new clean energy economy. Almost every ambitious clean energy plan recognizes…

Rewiring America

08/07/20
A handbook for winning the climate fight. The COVID-19 pandemic showed the world the dire consequences of ignoring science and its predictions of global crises. But the pandemic was just a rehearsal for the climate…

Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

06/10/20
Our updated step-by-step Local Action Framework will help you plan, implement, and evaluate your energy and environmental work.

LIPA board OKs allowing municipalities to procure own energy

06/09/20
LIPA trustees on Wednesday approved a rule change that will bring a level of competition to electricity supply on Long Island by allowing local towns and villages to make wholesale energy purchases through contracts with…

The key to tackling climate change: electrify everything

03/27/20
Tackling climate change is a complicated undertaking, to say the least. But here’s a good rule of thumb for how to get started: Electrify everything.

MORE NEWS

Southampton Seeks Support for Renewable Power Program

By Beth Young   05/11/20  
Southampton Town is seeking support from its residents for a new program called Choice Community Power, which would allow the town to issue a competitive bid to choose renewable energy for its residents, at what…

Climate movement moves online during coronavirus pandemic

By Dino Grandoni  Photo: Etienne Laurent/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock   03/25/20  
With the covid-19 pandemic forcing Americans to stay indoors, the climate movement is moving online.

California Solar

03/24/20  
California has the largest solar market in the U.S. and has been a longtime champion of solar because of the many economic and environmental benefits it provides, including $57 billion in investment in the state.…

Should Gasoline Come With A Climate Change Warning Label? These Cities Think So.

By Jillian Mock   03/19/20  
Proponents hope the simple stickers will make consumers question their own use of fossil fuels.

Florida signs off on FPL’s 1.5 GW community solar program, despite lack of competition

By Lulia Gheorghiu  Photo by Novo Nordisk   03/04/20  
Renewable advocates praised the development, but some groups were disappointed to see the entire 1,490 MW project would be built by the utility. In the U.S., a few green tariff programs have included solar capacity…

Tesla, PG&E to Build Massive Clean Energy Facility in Monterey County

By Stephen Ellison   02/27/20  
Officials in Monterey County on Wednesday gave the green light on a massive clean-energy battery farm project in Moss Landing spearheaded by Tesla and PG&E that officials say would be the largest of its kind…

PG&E is betting heavily on microgrids. But can it move away from fossil fuels?

By Kavya Balaraman   01/28/20  
In December, the utility launched a request for offers for distributed generation during public safety power shut-offs.

The Energy 202: Arizona’s biggest utility, which fought renewables in 2018, now wants to go carbon-free

By Dino Grandoni   01/22/20  
Arizona’s biggest electric utility spent millions of dollars in 2018 to defeat a renewable energy ballot initiative. Just two years later, it now says it wants to get all of its power from carbon-free sources.

Revolutionary Solar Energy Breakthrough Could Replace Industrial Fossil Fuels

By CitizenTruth Staff  Photo by YouTube   11/22/19  
A Bill Gates’ backed renewable energy project has made a solar energy breakthrough that could lead to replacing the use of fossil fuels in industrial settings.

How 12 Communities Are Fighting Climate Change and What’s Standing in Their Way

Photo by David Hasemyer   12/26/18  
They’re using renewable energy, urban planning, their voices and the law to try to rein in climate change that’s already in their front yards.