Little-Known Accounting Policy Could Fuel Green Infrastructure Surge

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Most water agencies don’t think of local water projects like green roofs or efficiency rebates as assets, but now they can. And that means agencies can now access capital markets for funding, which could help dramatically grow these projects. IN THE YEARS to come, we’re likely to see a lot more “green” and distributed infrastructure projects from water utilities, like permeable pavement, …

Florida’s Newspaper Editorial Boards Collaborate to Raise Awareness of Sea Level Rise

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Across South Florida, people are joining hands to address the threat they face from sea-level rise. To that list, add the editorial boards of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, along with WLRN Public Media. The media outlets have created an unprecedented collaborative, “The Invading Sea,” because the threat of sea level rise becomes more …

Hydro, wind and solar: Undeniable synergies

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“There is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy with a stable electric grid at low cost,” said Mark Z. Jacobson with Stanford University. This is the key finding of research completed and published in early 2018. At the heart of this study is the need to match energy supplied by …

Degrees and Concentrations in Renewable Energy Programs Grow at US Universities.

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  The Wall Street journal reports that American universities are increasingly offering college degree programs in renewable energy technologies to meet growing industry demand for renewable energy skills. Across the U.S., universities that have long offered degrees related to the fossil-fuels industry are starting to offer degrees and concentrations in wind and solar technologies. Companies such as Tesla Inc. are …

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Energy efficiency now employs 2.25 million Americans

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Looking for a job or smart investment? The energy efficiency field is an increasingly good bet for workers and financiers. Here’s why: new data show it employed 2.25 million Americans last year — more than the combined total of jobs to produce coal, oil, gas, and electricity (including renewables). These data are contained in the 2018 U.S. Energy & Employment …

US Wholesale Energy Prices Could Fall 25% or More If Solar and Wind Hit 50% of Generation

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  In a world where wind and solar resources make up 40 to 50 percent of generation, wholesale energy prices will drop by as much as $16 per megawatt-hour, according to a study released Wednesday from a group of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Modeling 2030 scenarios in which CAISO, NYISO, SPP and ERCOT reach combined wind and solar …

HUD Expands the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program

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HUD’s fiscal year 2018 appropriation made significant positive changes to RAD, which include: 1. More than doubling the cap of public housing units that can convert under RAD to 455,000 units, an increase of 240,000 units over the previous cap, and extending the application date to September 30, 2024. The unit cap increase will allow HUD to offer awards to …

Pentagon Continues Decade-Long Effort to Prepare for Consequences of Climate Change

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Nearly 50% of U.S. military installations across the globe face increased risk of numerous climate change-related threats including extreme temperature, flooding and drought, according to a Pentagon report. The report continues the Pentagon’s decades-long effort to prepare for the inevitable threat and comes as the Trump Administration has sought to discredit the science of climate change including by removing the …