Transportation, Buildings Hold Key to Calif. Climate Goals

California has adopted a new climate target that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, partly by expanding the use of renewables. But the expansion of clean energy in California isn’t meaningful without an emphasis on the energy efficiency of buildings, electrifying vehicles across the transportation system, and optimizing the power grid to handle renewables.

California Is Cutting Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 40%; Here’s How The State Can Get There

Gov. Jerry Brown’s new target for curbing California’s greenhouse gas emissions is the most aggressive mandate in the country. But achieving that standard will be difficult unless other states also ramp up their efforts regarding renewable energy, clean transportation, and energy efficiency.

BREAKING: California Issues Unprecedented North American Climate Goal

California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order to reduce California GHGs by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The state’s two-year-old cap-and-trade program and other climate-friendly policies have already set California GHG emissions on a downward course.

New Balance of Power

The United States is overtaking the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries as the vital global swing producer that determines prices. That remarkable change has been building since 2008, as American shale fields accounted for roughly half of the world’s oil production growth while American petroleum output nearly doubled. And shale production methods have proven highly adaptable to market conditions.

WaterSmart Software Raises $7M to Help Utilities Save Water, Predict Demand

With record drought and snowfall across the country, WaterSmart Software Inc. has raised $7 million in Series B funding, with a $21 million pre-money valuation, to help water utilities manage every last drop.

Swap trades fuel California carbon market activity

U.S. and China Experience Different Sources of Air Pollution

Energy Innovation’s Chris Busch spoke with Voice of America about how pollution sources differ between modern day Beijing and 1960’s Los Angeles. He points out that Beijing’s pollution mostly comes from coal production around Beijing, whereas Los Angeles’ pollution came from vehicle emissions due to the lack of exhaust emissions standards at the time.

Emissions by Makers of Energy Level Off

Carbon dioxide emissions from the world’s energy producers stalled in 2014, the first time in 40 years of measurement that the level did not increase during a period of economic expansion, according to preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency. The research suggests that efforts to counteract climate change by reducing carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency could be working.

“Planning Cities for People” in China

Eye on China: walkable cities (interview; pt 2)

Energy Innovation’s Policy Analyst CC Huang speaks with Natalie Tso from TRI’s Eye on China series about how walkability and other features improve quality-of-life in cities.