On the menu: Turkey, potatoes, energy efficiency

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“Did you know your Thanksgiving dinner is fairly carbon friendly (link is external)? While holiday travel and some parts of the cooking process consume a lot of energy, the ingredients in a traditional Thanksgiving feast have a light carbon footprint. First of all, poultry, a.k.a. your Thanksgiving bird, makes it to your table using eight…

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…

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…

Can newcomer energy vault break the curse of mechanical grid storage?

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“The energy storage industry is all about incremental improvements, so it’s rare to see a product come to market that does something radically different. That happened last week when the stealthy Swiss/Southern Californian startup Energy Vault went public with an unusually creative grid storage concept. It devised a six-armed crane that stacks concrete blocks with…

America’s wind farms are ready to go it alone

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“For a quarter-century, the industry has been supported by federal tax credits that helped it attract $250 billion in investments and create 100,000 jobs, according to the American Wind Energy Association. That support ends next year, but analysts and executives say the credits have done what they were supposed to do: make the industry competitive.”…

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,…

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…
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