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Energy Efficiency, Regulation, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  October 10, 2020

Weekend reads: The U.K.'s pursuit of wind power; How to pass a climate bill

It's the weekend! Kick back and catch up with these must-read articles from around the web.

Scorecard: Leading U.S. Cities Grow Clean Energy Efforts but Many More Lag Far Behind (ACEEE) Leading U.S. cities are expanding their clean energy efforts to tackle climate change, yet many more lag far behind, and only one-fifth have community-wide greenhouse gas reductions goals and are on track to meet them, according to the 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard released Tuesday. New York City leaped to first place in the ranking—spurred in part by a new law ensuring upgrades to many inefficient buildings—followed by Boston and Seattle (tied for second place) and Minneapolis and San Francisco (tied for fourth place).

So California’s Going 100% Electric by 2035 – Just What EVs Need to Take Off (Advanced Energy Economy) California’s love affair with the automobile is a long and well documented tale stretching from the freeways of Los Angeles up to where the redwoods tower over both Route 101 and the Pacific Ocean. Over the years, the state has endeavored to make this relationship more sustainable in the truest sense of the word. California pioneered the push for new low emission vehicles (LEVs) in the early 1990s. Then came the push for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). Following Gov. Newsom's September 23 Executive Order (E.O.), the Golden State has signaled that it is ready for the next step as it aims to become the first U.S. state to ensure that all vehicles on its roadways are zero emission.

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Siemens and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group Launch Distributed Energy Venture Calibrant Energy (Siemens) Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG), Siemens’ Smart Infrastructure (SI) and Financial Services (SFS) groups today announced the formation of Calibrant Energy (Calibrant), a joint venture that offers comprehensive onsite Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) solutions at no up-front cost for its customers, which include corporate and industrial clients, as well as municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals.

Boris Johnson: Wind farms could power every home by 2030 (BBC News) Offshore wind farms will generate enough electricity to power every home in the UK within a decade, Boris Johnson has pledged. Speaking to the Conservative party conference, the PM announced £160m to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines to help the country "build back greener". The plan aims to create 2,000 jobs in construction and support 60,000 more. He said the UK would become "the world leader in clean wind energy". "Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle - the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands," he said.

How a climate bill becomes a reality (Vox) In campaign season, candidates make extravagant promises about all the bills they will pass. The implicit promise is the passage of those bills will solve the problems they’re meant to address. But that’s often not how it works. Between passage and reality lies what Leah Stokes calls “the fog of enactment”: a long, quiet process in which the language of bills is converted into the specificity of laws, and where interest groups and other actors can organize to gut even the strongest legislation. This is where wins can become losses; where historic legislative achievements can be turned into desultory, embarrassing failures.

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