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Our weekly update of news and analysis about the clean energy economy.
NEC Weekly Wrap-August 3, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-August 3, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Aug 05, 2013

Highlights this week: Rapid ice loss in Greenland and Antarctica may occur sooner than expected, causing higher sea level rise in the 21st century. . . Three Republican EPA administrators make powerful call for climate action. . . Huge potential climate cost of our tablets and smart phones. . . Brain-eating parasites, really?!. . . Disclosure of building energy information in Philly and DC. . . EVs are hot, and ride-sharing is in hot water. . . Boston and Portland among the least car-reliant American cities. . . A leapfrog future for microgrids in developing countries? . . . Commercial PACE rocks out. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 27, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 27, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Jul 27, 2013

Highlights this week: Deadly heat pervades much of US, NYC has longest heat wave in over a decade, and DC swelters through a record-setting 138 hot hours in a row. . . Coal to increase by 50 percent globally without policies to cut fossil fuel use. . . Arctic melt to cost more than $60 trillion globally. . . It’s lobster-eat-lobster in the Gulf of Maine. . . Minneapolis City Council considers whether to break ties with Xcel Energy and create a municipal electric utility. . . Solar-skinned buildings on the rise thanks to an EU directive. . . Sao Paulo intends to go big on renewable energy. . . Saudi Arabia to invest $109 billion to generate one-third of its power from renewable energy by 2032. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 20, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 20, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Jul 20, 2013

Highlights this week: Two studies link fracking to seismic activity. . . The World Bank will (mostly) stop financing coal plants. . . Second warmest June on record for the planet. . . State renewable portfolio standards are surviving (and even thriving!). . . California high speed rail will go a long way toward carbon neutrality. . . New BMW electric car to hit US markets in 2014. . . Seattle light rail ridership exceeding expectations. . . A glowing review for GM’s relatively affordable Spark EV. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 13, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 13, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Jul 13, 2013

Highlights this week: Study reveals devastating health impacts of air pollution in China. . .Google holds a fundraiser for major climate denier US Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). . .Great Barrier Reef health has declined by 50 percent since 1985. . . People of color more likely to live in high-risk heat-island conditions. . .Britain officially opened the largest offshore wind array in the world. . .SolarWorld to lay off 100 workers in Hillsboro, OR. . .Barry Goldwater, Jr. is fighting for solar power in AZ. . .Price of EV batteries down 40% since 2010. . .CT's Green Bank created new $50 million capital investment fund for solar leasing. . .RMI says distributed power generation is a good hedge against zombie apocalypse, really. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-June 29, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-June 29, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Jun 30, 2013

Highlights this week: President announces climate plan with GHG standards for existing power plants and investments in efficiency, renewables, and climate adaptation. . . IEA says renewable generation will exceed natural gas and nuclear by 2016. . . Massachusetts enviros plan to call for a carbon tax. . . DOE announces a totally cool new lab for renewable grid integration. . .Volkswagen Passat TDI gets 78 MPG. . .Salt Lake City and Asheville win 2013 Mayors' Climate Protection Awards. . .Boulder County to continue its EnergySmart program after federal funding expired. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-June 22, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-June 22, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Jun 23, 2013

Highlights this week: Obama expected to take action on climate. . . Two noted conservatives call for support of a “government-shrinking carbon tax”. . . Nearly 50 mayors commit to action on climate preparedness, energy security, and infrastructure renewal. . . Bullitt Center and Seattle City Light get national attention for their purchase agreement. . . Biggest solar thermal plant in the world in the Mojave Desert. . . Houston will become the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the country. . . Seattle taxi drivers protest lack of regulation of ride-sharing services. . . Vancouver, BC looks at regional road pricing. . .Significant support for addressing climate change among Latinos. . .Estimating the social cost of carbon. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-June 15, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-June 15, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Jun 15, 2013

Highlights this week: US and China to phase down production and use of HFCs. . .Atlantic hurricane season getting longer. . .Permafrost soils warming faster than Arctic air temperatures. . .Four no-cost measures that will avoid two degrees of global warming. . .Sea level rise the focus for coastal cities. . .Nation's first commercial agreement to quantify energy savings to be used to purchase energy. . .Massachusetts stepping in to stabilize the solar credit market. . .Pay-as-you-drive insurance gaining popularity throughout the country. . .A satirical video of Martians who "discover" cars as the dominant species on Earth. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-June 8, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-June 8, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Jun 08, 2013

Highlights this week: US methane emissions higher than previously thought. . .Study finds that US has three times as much responsibility as China for mitigating climate change . . . Weather Channel meteorologist has change of heart on climate because the atmosphere doesn't lie. . .Wildfires are way worse in U.S., but we are funding fewer firefighters?. . . Redmond, WA has highest business-day population in US among cities its size. . . Minnesota makes a strong solar policy play. . . First-ever US offshore wind auction to transpire in July. . .Seven thrilling facts about carbon pricing. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-June 1, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-June 1, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Jun 01, 2013

Highlights this week: Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank expect Chinese coal demand to drop. . . China announces carbon cap details. . . Puget Sound Energy gets more public pressure to divest from coal holdings. . . Sharing companies under threat. . . Energy efficiency could generate hundreds of billions in investment. . . New York City launches huge bike-share system. . . Washington road traffic at decade low. . . Congressional Budget Office stays focused on carbon tax. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-May 17, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-May 17, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | May 18, 2013

Highlights this week include: Growing rift among Republicans over the denial of climate change science. . . Why insurance companies may not be as worried about climate change impacts as you would think. . . U.S. to become net oil exporter in next five years. . . Pipelines win in British Columbia's 5/14 elections. . .Lobster populations to benefit potentially from protected offshore wind installations. . .Declining solar prices and rising energy costs could spell trouble for huge national utility. . .Morocco is going big on solar. . .Kids eschewing cars appears not to be a passing trend. . .Evidence emerging of how poor an investment fossil fuel companies are. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-May 10, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-May 10, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | May 14, 2013

NASA says some regions may have no rainfall in the future. . . Seattle aims for carbon neutrality by 2050. . . Boston buildings must report on annual energy and water use. . . Sebastopol, CA requires new homes and commercial buildings to install solar panels. . . Republican-leaning states use more energy and emit more CO2. . . Washington is again the most bike-friendly state in the U.S. . . . Nissan LEAF sales at a record high. . . More solar planned in Massachusetts, California, and Hawai’i. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-May 4, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-May 4, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | May 04, 2013

Highlights this week include: The Earth approaches 400 parts per million. . . U.S. imports of Canadian crude oil on the rise. . . Debates over how CA will distribute $500m in clean energy funds. . .Continued calls for a carbon tax from news outlets around the country. . .Study finds that economic benefits of EPA regulations far outweigh the costs. . .The fate of the OR solar industry. . .Huge energy and economic savings from upgrading municipal water systems. . .Verizon to spend $100m on solar and fuel cells. . .Buying groceries online and having them delivered to your home saves carbon emissions. . .Next-gen Volts will cost $7-10,000 less. . . 10 U.S. cities are acting to remove fossil fuels from their investment portfolios. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-April 26, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-April 26, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Apr 27, 2013

Highlights this week include: The greenest office building in the world opens in Seattle. . .California plans how to invest its carbon auction revenue. . .Republican Senator Murkowski says climate change is real and we must fight it. . .San Diego County is told to strengthen its climate action plan. . .India investing in energy efficiency and microgrids to meet its energy needs. . .70% of new global power generation from now until 2030 is likely to be renewable. . .BMW to offer solar-powered charging systems to EV customers that will help reduce power bills as well as charge cars. . .Hawai’i PUC recommending on-bill program for clean energy projects. . .DOE’s $2.96 billion smart grid programs created national economic value of $6.8 billion. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-April 19, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-April 19, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Apr 20, 2013

Highlights this week include: U.S. and China create a climate change working group. . . Former Irish President Mary Robinson inspires us on climate justice. . . Inside Climate News wins a Pulitzer for pipeline accountability. . . Calls for the Australian government to recognize climate refugees formally. . . Global energy as dirty as it was 20 years ago. . . Wal-Mart aims for a 600 percent increase in renewable energy by end of decade. . . Congress considers how to expand clean energy finance. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-April 12, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-April 12, 2013

Posted by New Energy Cities Team | Apr 13, 2013

Highlights this week include: Ocean acidification is causing oyster herpes and could supersize blue crabs. . . Climate change will worsen allergies and flight turbulence. . . California and Quebec carbon markets link up. . . U.S. House Safe Climate Caucus calls to end the “conspiracy of silence” on climate change. .. Obama’s 2014 budget proposal would end $39 million in oil tax breaks. . . Ceres mobilizes Starbucks, Intel, Nike to call for U.S. policy to curb climate pollution. . . MidAmerican Renewables has emerged as a significant solar player. .. Commercial PACE and crowd-funding are all the rage. . . Private utilities worry about rooftop solar and other game-changing trends. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-April 5, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-April 5, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Apr 06, 2013

Highlights this week include: A majority of Republicans think that climate change is happening. . . Percentage of Americans who call climate change “very serious” has declined six points since October. . . World Resources Institute study on methane leaks from fracking. . . U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) issues call to action on climate change. . . Duke Energy moves into rooftop solar. . . Solar power makes EVs more attractive to car buyers. . . Concentrated solar power installation will enable 24/7 power supply. . . Texas shows strong renewable energy leadership. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-March 29, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-March 29, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Mar 30, 2013

Highlights this week include: A few tenacious Congressional climate hawks hang in there. . . Lancaster, CA’s Republican mayor takes bold action on climate change. . . Over 80 percent of Americans believe global temperature is rising. . . IMF calls to get rid of $1.9 trillion in fossil fuel subsidies. . . Federal PACE decision upheld. . . Apple stepping up on renewable energy and green building. . . California will lead the microgrid market. . . CA Lt. Governor Newsom promotes green bank from carbon revenue. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-March 22, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-March 22, 2013

Posted by New Energy Cities | Mar 23, 2013

Highlights this week include: Obama says fed agencies should consider climate impact of major construction projects. . .Climate movement on verge of surprising victory. . .U.S. using less energy relative to economic growth. . .LED technology achieving "revolution" status. . .LA's city-run utility to get off of coal completely, while Boulder, CO is trying to establish city utility to get off of coal. . .Australia may reach saturation of renewable energy in four years. . .London mayor to invest $1.4 billion in bicycle infrastructure. . .All rural areas in world to be served by microgrids in 10 years. . .City governments partnering in the Ygrene Energy Fund. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-March 15, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-March 15, 2013

Posted by New Energy Cities | Mar 16, 2013

Highlights this week include: Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere experienced the second highest annual rise since records began in 1959. . . Top Pacific military official calls climate change the biggest security threat to Pacific region. . . Pew Charitable Trust: U.S. has a $1.63 billion clean energy trade surplus with China. . . Representative Waxman releases a new carbon pricing proposal, as does PSU’s Northwest Economic Research Center in OR. . . Density is great, but walkability is key. . . OR considering legislation that would require behavioral energy reporting. . .CA’s residential solar program is nearly fully subscribed. . .Study finds that 100% of New York State’s energy infrastructure could be powered by renewable energy. . .McKinsey survey of Japanese EV owners found less than satisfied customers. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-March 8, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-March 8, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Mar 09, 2013

Highlights this week include: More coal-fired power plants are closing. . .Lots that President Obama can do to address climate without ever talking to Congress. . .Gov. Jerry Brown asking his fellow state leaders to join him in instituting aggressive climate policies. . .OR Senator Wyden and BNSF looking at natural gas. . .China’s energy intensity is down. . .George Schultz trying to convince fellow Republicans to do something about climate. . .Hillsboro, OR in the running for major award for its sustainability work. . .New website launched to help local governments adopt solar energy. . .Military showing the way with using electric vehicles to supply power to the grid. . .OR aims to stay among the top 10 EV states in the country. Read More »

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