Crab fishers sue fossil fuel industry over climate change damage

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“The lawsuit by the largest West Coast commercial fishing association seeks to hold 30 companies accountable for harming shellfish and livelihoods as the ocean warms. It describes losses caused by the closing of crab fishing waters over the past four years because of algae blooms in the warming Pacific waters, and warns that these closures…

All-electric homes are becoming the default for new residential construction in Sacramento

“DR Horton plans to build 104 homes complete with heat pump space heating and cooling, heat pump water heating, induction stoves, and no natural gas infrastructure in the new “Independence” and “Juniper” communities. Six model homes have been completed and construction is expected to continue throughout 2019. Under its All-Electric Smart Home program, the Sacramento…

Electrify America unveils e-car sharing initiative under Sac-to-Zero

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“Electrify America has partnered with Envoy Technologies to deploy hundreds of electric car-sharing vehicles in Sacramento. The partnership is part of a $44 million investment made by Electrify America in Sacramento. By early 2019, Envoy Technologies will be offering 142 Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars at 71 locations and “Level 2” charging stations.” Click here to…

Santa Rosa council considers requirement for new homes to be independent of natural gas

“Santa Rosa may soon require that new homes be equipped to operate without natural gas, a shift city leaders hope could cut carbon emissions and lend momentum to green-building designs gaining favor after last year’s destructive wildfires. The City Council late last month directed staff members to research and draft an “all-electric-ready” ordinance that would…

A solar cell that does double duty for renewable energy

“In the quest for abundant, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists have sought to harvest the sun’s energy through “water splitting,” an artificial photosynthesis technique that uses sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel from water. But water-splitting devices have yet to live up to their potential because there still isn’t a design for materials with the…

Consumer reports survey finds most Americans want more renewable energy

“The Trump maladministration wants to choke us all with more emissions from coal-fired generating plants, but a survey of 1200 Americans conducted by GfK for Consumer Reports finds the vast majority of Americans want more renewable energy and less power plant pollution. The survey also reveals that plenty of utilities seem to have a credibility…

Skills gap holding back global decentralised renewable energy sector

“The distributed renewable energy (DRE) sector, necessary in a world with millions of people without power, is being held back by a chronic shortage of skilled workers. Indeed, Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) has just 16,000 people working in renewable energy in a region with 600 million un-electrified people, according to the founders of a…

Renewables account for 18% of U.S. electrical generation in first eight months of 2018

“Renewable energy sources (biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for over 18.0% of net domestic electrical generation during the first two-thirds of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of just-released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In addition, the latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through August 31,…
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