Madison, Wisconsin’s resolution to power the entire city with 100 percent renewable energy is wider-ranging than most because it covers not only electricity but also heating and transportation.
Large buildings throughout Chicago are getting more efficient, trimming energy costs and reducing emissions, according to recently released data from the city. However, the early data also suggest several major properties are still struggling to improve their energy performance as measured by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program.
Changes to state energy law nine years ago have “allowed more ways for utilities to propose rate increases for customers to pay,” Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Bruce Weston told state lawmakers on Tuesday.
Last month a handful of students convinced the Grand Marais city council to adopt a “climate inheritance resolution” that could lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the tiny North Shore hamlet, becoming the second Minnesota community to do so.
With Ohio’s energy and energy efficiency standards again under attack, a new policy paper from Ohio State University attributes the lion’s share of electricity cost increases since 2008 to utilities and provisions that insulate them from full competition.
Critics say a report predicting dire consequences for continuing Ohio’s renewable energy standards is flawed because it relies on improper and outdated assumptions.
Owners of large commercial and residential buildings will have access in June to a new resource center in Kansas City that is aimed at helping property owners launch energy efficiency projects.
With the Trump administration expected to roll back federal climate policy, advocates are hoping states and cities will pick up the slack on reducing carbon emissions. Chicago is often touted as a leader on this front thanks to its solar, energy efficiency and other programs, along with the 2012 closure of two urban power plants and city officials’ action against petroleum coke storage. Now a majority of City Council members and the Chicago chapter of 350.org want the city to make a statement against the fossil fuel industry by pledging to divest the city’s pension funds and stocks and bonds. A divestment resolution was introduced in December, and backers are hoping it will be heard by the full council this spring. The measure would be largely symbolic, since a resolution is non-binding and the state government is in charge of pension investments.
Ohio lawmakers may be relying upon an industrial energy lobbying group more than they should, a watchdog group suggests after reviewing emails between lobbyists and legislators.
Consumers have seen flat or declining energy costs as renewable energy becomes a greater part of the energy mix of Minnesota and the nation.
At least 10 municipal utilities in Nebraska have chosen to stop or cut back on buying their power from the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), in search of lower prices and greater access to renewable energy.