Getting from Here to the Utility of the Future — An Industry View

October 3, 2017 by  
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Senior executives from three very different U.S. utilities discuss their respective visions for the future of utilities — specifically, the energy transition issues they are dealing with locally and nationally, and what it will take for corporations and local governments to work collaboratively with utilities to advance a clean energy economy. The conversation will also include a focus on how innovations within the power sector — including technologies and business models — are spurring significant opportunities for all industry stakeholders.

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VERGE Accelerate Pitch: Autocase, Nicholas Austin

October 3, 2017 by  
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A pitch competition that provides entrepreneurs in energy, buildings, transportation, supply chains, water, food, and cities the opportunity to present to the diverse VERGE community: executives from the world’s largest companies, public officials from progressive cities, venture capitalists, and others.

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The Role of Art in Solving Climate Change ft. DJ Spooky

October 3, 2017 by  
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Art and science intrinsically intersect as DJ Spooky discusses his journeys to Antartica, climate change and demonstrates his “remix” of data and sound taken from the continent.

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A postcard from Hawaii to the nation’s capital

June 30, 2017 by  
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The mood at the second annual VERGE conference in Honolulu last week was upbeat about the future of clean energy, despite pushback on the U.S. mainland. Apparently, those committed to a clean energy agenda, including the private sector, are more motivated than ever to push forward with aggressive programs to bring renewables resources online.

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Episode 57: Bill Gates bankrolls clean energy; Racial diversity in sustainability

December 16, 2016 by  
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On this week’s podcast: The sustainability perks of city living. Also, the shifting ground of jobs in the transition to a clean energy economy.

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How millions of Africans could lose access to electricity under Trump

November 11, 2016 by  
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As climate change denier Donald Trump prepares to enter the White House, many wonder what repercussions his climate change policies will have for Africans. Although the continent contributes only 3.8 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions , its inhabitants could be among those people hit hardest by climate change. President Barack Obama tackled the challenge in Africa through a variety of projects, but many people think Trump’s insular comments about climate change and energy might lead to policies that could undo his hard work. Obama has attempted to mitigate the effects of climate change through a series of initiatives across Africa: he launched the $7 billion Power Africa project that aims to provide electricity from renewable energy to six nations , which would bring electricity to 230 million people who currently go without. He also launched the $34 million Climate Services for Resilient Development project to help African communities analyze climate data and plan for climate change risks. He also set aside millions of dollars for the U.S. Agency for International Development to help Africans prepare for climate change through funding agricultural systems, urban planning, and water and health services. Related: Africa Renewable Energy Initiative works towards 10,000 MW of clean power by 2020 Meanwhile Donald Trump has tweeted global warming is an “expensive hoax” and appears to have turned his focus inward to America, saying he’ll promote energy from coal and fracking to create jobs in the United States. Experts warn if he reverses Obama’s policies programs, Trump could leave millions of people in Africa without power and generally more vulnerable to climate change. In 2015 remarks to African leaders, President Obama said, “I believe Africa’s rise is not just important for Africa, it’s important to the entire world. We will not be able to meet the challenges of our time – from ensuring a strong global economy to facing down violent extremism, to combating climate change, to ending hunger and extreme poverty – without the voices and contributions of one billion Africans.” Let’s hope Donald Trump considers the rest of the world and not just America when he sets climate policies. Via Quartz Africa Images via M-KOPA Solar and DFID – UK Department for International Development on Flickr

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How to support clean energy, cosmetics reform and food labeling

March 30, 2016 by  
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103 members of Congress co-sponsored a clean energy bill that would boost non-carbon sources of power. The American Sustainable Business Council wants businesses to back it.

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Citibank: Clean energy will save $1.8 trillion

October 8, 2015 by  
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A new report released by the banking behemoth gives us the hard numbers to prove that transitioning to a clean energy economy is a financial boon.

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Is Bernie Sanders our best defense against climate change?

July 29, 2015 by  
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Could Bernie Sanders be our best hope to save the planet from catastrophic climate change by leading a clean energy revolution in the United States? The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, whose populist message has been drawing big crowds across the country, is gaining on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. On Sunday, the Clinton campaign announced her plan to combat climate change. The following day, in an email to supporters, Sanders laid out the problem and solution. Sanders put the climate crisis in stark terms: “The scientific community is virtually unanimous in telling us that climate change is real, is caused by human activity, and is already bringing catastrophic damage to our planet. Yet, the Republican Party is prepared to reject science in order to gain campaign contributions from the Koch brothers , Big Energy companies and others who make billions on fossil fuels. If we do not act boldly on climate change, the planet we leave to our grandchildren may be uninhabitable.” Read the rest of Is Bernie Sanders our best defense against climate change?

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China increases wind power by 23 percent in pursuit of clean energy goals

February 17, 2015 by  
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Of all the nations on the planet, China is not the first place that comes to mind when the subject of green energy is on the table. Yet, China is trying. In 2014, wind farms created 23 percent more power than the previous year. Although China still relies heavily on coal for energy, the increase in clean energy gives some hope that the world’s most populated nation might someday be able to cap their contribution to global warming . Read the rest of China increases wind power by 23 percent in pursuit of clean energy goals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , china carbon emissions , china clean energy , china green energy , china wind power , China wind power capacity , global warming , wind power increases 2014

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