Energy

Black Mesa, Navajo Nation

Federal Regulators Reject Energy Projects on Navajo Land

The decision signals a new policy that respects tribal sovereignty and requires collaboration with local tribes.

February 22, 2024 - The Land Desk

"It's The Climate" sign over street in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Oregon Town Seeks Funding for Ambitious Resilience Plan

Like other rural communities, Grants Pass is eager to access federal funding aimed at sustainability initiatives, but faces challenges when it comes to meeting grant requirements.

February 18, 2024 - The Daily Yonder

Traffic on a busy city street.

Calculating Vehicle Travel Reduction Benefits

The Rocky Mountain Institute's new Smarter MODES Calculator quantifies economic, social and environmental benefits provided by shifts from automobile travel to more resource-efficient modes. This includes benefits that are often overlooked or undervalued in conventional planning.

February 15, 2024 - Smarter MODES Calculator

CLose-up of pothole in asphalt road filled with water reflecting grey cloudy sky.

Poor Road Quality Leading to Higher Gas Use

Commuters in Massachusetts communities with worse roads use more gas, with the costs disproportionately impacting low-income households.

February 15, 2024 - University of Massachusetts Amherst

Close-up of line of cars at electric vehicle charging station

Chicago Readies Region for EV Charging

Chicago-area municipalities can take advantage of a new grant program to prepare their infrastructure for electric vehicles.

February 14, 2024 - Energy News Network

Google street view of brick three-story public housing buildings in Dorchester, MA.

Geothermal Network Project To Benefit Boston Public Housing

A pilot program seeks to be a model for electrifying groups of buildings or entire neighborhoods.

February 13, 2024 - Utility Dive

San Francisco, California

Climate Change Concerns Rising Among Americans

More Americans than ever agree climate change is happening—but fewer agree on what to do about it.

January 30, 2024 - NBC News

Solar panels in a green field

What Happens to Defunct Solar Plants?

In most states, solar companies are required to provide an end-to-end plan for solar power installations.

January 29, 2024 - Inside Climate News

Vacant Tesla charging station in asphalt parking lot next to Interstate 10 in Arizona.

Arizona Building Out its EV Charging Network

The state will add 21 new fast-charging stations in the next two years along interstate highways.

January 23, 2024 - Arizona Daily Star

Close-up of rooftop solar panel on sandy peach with tall palm trees.

Puerto Rico Pilot Program Harnesses Household Renewables

The experiment could become the largest renewable energy grid of its kind.

January 22, 2024 - Next City

White wind turbine sitting on ground at wind farm construction site.

States Preempt Local Control on Renewable Energy Projects

To meet ambitious climate and decarbonization goals, some states are barring local governments from restricting wind and solar development.

January 21, 2024 - U.S. News & World Report

Rows of photovoltaic solar panels in the Nevada desert with mountains in background.

Federal Plan Identifies Millions of Acres for Solar Production

The proposal targets areas near transmission lines in 11 western and southwestern states.

January 19, 2024 - Reuters

Photovoltainc solar panels in green grass field.

The Climate Outlook for 2024

This year could mark a turning point for climate policy and energy systems.

January 18, 2024 - Yale Climate Connections

Power lines with dense icicles hanging from them against blue sky.

Texas Grid Holds Up to Freezing Temperatures

Efforts made to prepare the state’s infrastructure for winter storms after 2021’s disastrous freeze are paying off.

January 18, 2024 - The New York Times

Yellow Hertz rental car log above sign "Returns ENTER HERE" and arrow above urban garage entrance.

Hertz Sells off Tesla Fleet

The rental giant is replacing the electric vehicles with gas-powered cars, signaling a setback for the EV industry.

January 17, 2024 - Reuters

Aerial view of oil refinery near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

EPA: Louisiana Can Approve Carbon Capture Projects

Environmental groups worry carbon sequestration could impact water supplies and pollute the same communities already impacted by oil and gas extraction.

January 14, 2024 - Fox 8

Close-up of electric car charging port with blurred dark colored car in background.

Federal Government Awards $623 in EV Charging Grants

The grants will fund roughly 7,500 new chargers in neighborhoods and along key freeway corridors.

January 14, 2024 - Wired

Bird's eye view of green roof.

How To Reduce Energy Use in Buildings

The cheapest energy is energy not used.

January 12, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

Amtrak train passing over bridge on Alviso Marsh near San Jose, California.

Planning Year in Review 2023: Zoning Reform, a Rail Revolution, and Climate Realities

Last year’s most talked-about planning issues and news.

January 8, 2024 - Diana Ionescu

View of power towers at electric distribution substation against colorful sunset sky.

How to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

Eliminating fossil fuels means shifting how electricity is produced and distributed from the source.

January 7, 2024 - High Country News

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