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Is Energy Still a “Natural Monopoly”? — Episode 109 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, we feature host John Farrell’s interview with Scott Hempling for ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast. Scott Hempling is an author, expert witness, lawyer, and law professor specializing in utility regulatory issues. Their discussion covers the changing ideas around natural monopolies, the consolidation of such monopolies in recent years, […]

August 6th

Yes we can! Reducing carbon emissions without hurting growth

Between 2005 and 2017, 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia reduced their energy-related carbon dioxide emissions while increasing real gross domestic product, debunking the myth that economic growth can only occur by compromising the health of the planet. By Devashree Saha and Joel Jaeger World Resources Institute In a new report, America’s New Climate Economy, we […]

August 5th

Congressional GOP demands free market solutions for solar innovation, then complains about the free market

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was a Republican bill, passed by a Republican-controlled Congress, and signed by Republican President George W. Bush. It created a program in the Department of Energy to give loans to “help support innovative energy projects to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution.” By Climate Denier Roundup It’s an example of a conservative […]

With misleading “Renewable” moniker, gas industry greenwashes its way into the future

In recent months, campaigns to electrify buildings have really hit their stride, with just over thirty cities so far having committed to banning gas in buildings, and requiring all new buildings to use electricity for things like heat and cooking instead. Meanwhile, the ongoing pandemic and global price war means that “oil and gas companies in the […]

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change Earth’s trajectory

The numbers of people cycling and walking in public spaces during COVID-19 has skyrocketed. Cities from Bogota to Berlin and Vancouver have expanded bike lanes and public paths to accommodate the extra cycling traffic. In Australia, the New South Wales government is encouraging councils to follow suit. By Pep Canadell, CSIRO; Corinne Le Quéré, University […]

Renewable Roundup: Green finance

Rule One of Green Finance: Fossil Foolishness has become vastly more expensive than wind, solar, storage, and so on, and increasingly unprofitable. Rule Two: When you talk about Real Money, even the most hidebound practitioners have to take notice. Not those who are paid to deny reality, of course. But those profits are looking increasingly […]

June 11th

China’s power sector could be 10% cheaper in 2030 with more renewable wind and solar energy

The costs for solar, wind and battery storage have dropped markedly since 2010 and are expected to decline further in the near future. This rapid fall in costs could have a large effect on energy system investment and policies, but has not been fully captured in energy modelling. This is particularly relevant for China, which is now debating […]

Renewable Roundup: The lowdown on Project Drawdown

In April 2017, Project Drawdown released its inaugural body of work on climate solutions with the publication of the best-selling book Drawdown and a suite of open-source resources on Drawdown.org. By Mokurai The idea was to collect and explain the 100 best ideas for Healing the World (what Jews call Tikkun Olam) from Global Warming via a massive […]

May 18th

Renewable Roundup: Solar and wind dominate new energy installations (even after the Coronavirus)

Yet another tipping point passed in new renewable electricity installations. We have to finish off finishing off coal, then the gas Ponzi scheme, and ramp up EV usage, helped by covid-19, fracking bankruptcies, the global oil and gas price wars, increasing divestment…and of course the fact that renewables are cheaper than destroying the planet—I mean, […]

May 9th