Energy

NYC to Require Uber, Lyft Vehicles to Be Zero-Emissions by 2030

NYC to Require Uber, Lyft Vehicles to Be Zero-Emissions by 2030

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced in his State of the City address on Thursday that for-hire vehicles, including Uber and Lyft vehicles, need to reach zero emissions by 2030. The move is meant to match the city’s target of electrifying its vehicle fleet. According to the address, there are over 100,000 for-hire vehicles. […]

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    How California’s Ambitious New Climate Plan Could Help Speed Energy Transformation Around the World

    How California’s Ambitious New Climate Plan Could Help Speed Energy Transformation Around the World

    By Daniel Sperling California is embarking on an audacious new climate plan that aims to eliminate the state’s greenhouse gas footprint by 2045, and in the process, slash emissions far beyond its borders. The blueprint calls for massive transformations in industry, energy and transportation, as well as changes in institutions and human behaviors. These transformations […]

    Record Renewable Energy Generation in Australia Led to Record Low Demand and Emissions in Fourth Quarter of 2022

    Record Renewable Energy Generation in Australia Led to Record Low Demand and Emissions in Fourth Quarter of 2022

    Australia’s national electricity market (NEM) had a good fourth quarter for the climate. During the last three months of 2022, the country broke records for high renewable activity, low energy demand and low greenhouse gas emissions, according to an Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report published Wednesday. New utility-scale wind and solar development meant the […]

    <strong>‘China’s North Pole’ City of Mohe Just Saw Its Lowest Recorded Temperature at 63.4 Degrees Below Zero</strong>

    ‘China’s North Pole’ City of Mohe Just Saw Its Lowest Recorded Temperature at 63.4 Degrees Below Zero

    When the temperature fell to minus 63.4 degrees Fahrenheit in Mohe — China’s northernmost city — on Sunday, it was the coldest the city had seen in modern times, according to the local weather bureau, reported The Washington Post. Known as “China’s North Pole,” Mohe is located just below Russian Siberia in northeastern Heilongjiang province […]

    Florida’s Three Major Utilities Propose 10% to 20% Rate Hikes, Citing Hurricane Damage, Natural Gas Prices

    Florida’s Three Major Utilities Propose 10% to 20% Rate Hikes, Citing Hurricane Damage, Natural Gas Prices

    A combination of climate-fueled extreme weather events and a reliance on fossil fuels could raise the electricity bills of many Floridians this spring. Three of the state’s largest utilities — Florida Power & Light (FPL), Duke Energy and Tampa Electric Company (TECO) — have asked the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve rate hikes […]

    Distributed Renewables Are Cheaper, More Reliable for Puerto Rico, Study Finds

    Distributed Renewables Are Cheaper, More Reliable for Puerto Rico, Study Finds

    Dramatically expanding rooftop solar and battery storage is necessary for Puerto Rico to meet its renewable energy goals and doing so would make the territory’s grid more reliable, resilient, and affordable, a new DOE and FEMA report says. Despite the island’s obvious solar and wind energy potential, 97% of its power generation comes from fossil fuels. […]

    U.S. Gas Use Peaked Before Pandemic, Study Finds

    U.S. Gas Use Peaked Before Pandemic, Study Finds

    U.S. gasoline demand is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic highs, an important climate milestone since transportation is the leading contributor to the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.  In 2018, U.S. drivers consumed a record high of nearly 392 million gallons of gas per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (IEA). Now, that number is […]

    ‘Wood Banks’ Provide Critical Heat as Gas Prices Spike

    ‘Wood Banks’ Provide Critical Heat as Gas Prices Spike

    With methane gas heating bills projected to be 28% higher than last winter, “wood banks” have become increasingly critical sources of heating fuel for people living on low- and fixed-incomes, The Guardian reports. About half of U.S. homes burn methane gas for heat, making those families especially vulnerable to price shocks driven by gas exports […]