7/23/22 Good News about Moss Landing Battery Plant
6/12/22 Details of Ithaca’s Green Plan
6/10/22 Analysis of Net Energy Metering (NEM) link
6/10/22 Home Electrification help from 3CE
Link includes significant rebates and finding local contractors
6/1/22 10 great Ideas
Link from Clean Technica includes a 40 in video about the F-150 Lightning
Great Video from LA25x25 – enjoy! Click link in title!
New Video 4/22/22
Message is that EV’s are better than gasoline cars but trains are MUCH better
3CE April News letter
Lots of information about grants for e bikes, e cars, e school buses and affordable housing
Heat pumps 101: heat and cool your home while saving energy and reducing emissions!. presented 4/14/22
4/14/22 Article – 12 best ways to get cars out of Cities
Well researched article based on research in European cities
2/17/22 Ca Solar Panels on canals
News from Ecowatch about a plan.
2/16/22 Electrification of old buses
2/11/22 Detailed webinar on Home Electrification
Part of a series by the City of Sunnyvale, Ca
- Resources discussed
- Sustainability Speaker Series webpage for our upcoming Speaker Series events:
- Sunnyvale’s Scoreboard for more information on our greenhouse gas inventory:
- Sustainability Speaker Series: The Emissions that You Purchase: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint:
- Sunnyvale Drive Electric:
- Register for our upcoming Drive Electric Webinar:
- The next EV Financial Incentives Clinic:
1/20/22 Electric Bus Built in Kenya
Great result of Swedish/Kenyan cooperation – example for US companies
1/14/22 Action for a Healthy planet
Great web site and host for “Code Red” events. Focussing on what cities can do. Also great video “How to Electrify America” by one of the speakers from the 1/14 event.
12/16/21 Great info for people on Home Electrification options
12/3/21 Ecology action article with EBike Rebate Info
12/2/21 Great article on EVs with good graphics
Includes info on the best times to charge your vehicle
11/1/21 Understanding electric vehicles and their safety ratings
New detailed guide to many aspects of EV ownership. Well worth reading.
10/22/21 Community Power Innovations
great recordings about distributed energy resources and other local power innovations here
10/22/21 Coast Futura Street Car Demo Rides
More at the Coast Futura site
9/6/21 Just transition from Coal in Spain
Great article with details and comparison to Australia
8/26/21 Microgrid Webinar
8/24/21 Guide to Global Internet Energy Usage
8/17/21 Updates On Personal Rapid Transport aka PRT
First, Glydways and its proposed 28-mile system for East Contra Costa County. The feasibility study has been approved by the local bus agency, Tri Delta Transit, plus four city councils, and it looks like the system is actually going to be built. Glydways is interested in doing a Watsonville-to-UCSC system, and they know how to get the financing done.
- Video: 29-minute presentation (plus Q&A) describing how Glydways works
- Video: Glydways presentation for Pittsburg City Council
- Feasibility study for Glydways Contra Costa County
Alternatively, here’s a “short and sweet” video of Ultra system which is similar technology and has been in service for over ten years at Heathrow Airport.
Meanwhile, Ron Swenson is working with SJSU students (and other entities worldwide) to design the Spartan Superway, a solar-powered suspended PRT system. This is more advanced technology than Glydways, so it might take longer to implement, but Ron says he can get it done if the political pieces fall into place. He has his own solar business (which installed the solar panels at Santa Cruz City Hall and police station) in addition to family connection to Swenson Builders .
2021: Fight for CCAs and EQuity in the Energy revolution
CCA means Community Choice Aggregation. Our local one is called Central Coast Community Energy (3CE), and it’s responsible for the sources of our energy, which still comes through lines operated by PG&E. Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) such as PG&E are fighting community choice energy groups. Part of their effort is CA bill AB1139 which uses a sham equity argument for actions to discourage roof top solar. You can learn about this issue by reading the book “Revolutionary Power” by Shalanda Baker. Here is an inspiring ten minute excerpt from a recent interview with Shalanda.
2020: Watt a Year for Building Electrification!
Webinar from Sep 28, 2020
1) This is a link to a recording of a webinar that took place Sept 28 presented by the reliable source, Clean Energy States Alliance, CESA, who represent federal Department of Energy, Sandia Labs, National Renewable Energy Labs and others.
Introduction to Virtual Power Plants for Potential Local Distributed Energy Resources
New California mandate for Clean Trucks. June 2020
The California Air Resources Board ordered manufacturers of medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks to begin selling zero-emission versions in 2024, with 100,000 sold in California by 2030 and 300,000 by 2035.
New 2020 information on Electric Vehicles including HUGE rebates
Our friends at Campaign for Sustainable transportation have prepared a letter to the RTC, prior to the Thu Dec 5 , 2019 meeting.
NOTE – transportation is the #1 source of green house gases in our county
Electric Vehicle – Incentive Program see 2020 updates at this page
EV Garbage truck now available
Good news on the EV front, battery cost is falling so fast EVs will be cheaper to buy than gas vehicles by 2022. So says this article
At the City Council budget meeting on Weds, May 8, lots of us expressed opposition to the plans to lease new gasoline powered vehicles. We’d like to see a plan to electrify the entire city fleet within 15 years of so.
Here’s a list of links about new electric trucks
added May 10, 2019
Oct 11, 2018 – Great TEDX on the right new way to plan and change cities 15 mins well worth watching
4/13/18 METRO staff has developed a one-year pilot to issue bus passes to all workers in Downtown Santa Cruz, paid for by parking revenue. The free bus pass would be part of a set of Transportation Demand Management incentives for commuters to travel by means other than single-occupant autos, including reform of garage pricing, credit for taxis/ride services, discount parking for carpools, etc.
Speak in favor of the plan at the City Council Study Session on May 1 at 7pm and sign this new online petition
More info at Campaign for Sustainable Transportation.
Posted 3/8/18 Podcast “Planning the Autonomous Future” 26 mins
An excellent 3 min simulation of a transit system in Santa Cruz by Gray Jameson, created created using a 3D sandbox game called Cities: Skylines.
Ecology Action has s Transportation Services program which offers programs that encourage member employees to use other ways than driving alone to commute to and from work.
- Emergency Ride Home: Free cab ride home when you have an emergency during regular work hours, and rode the bus, bicycled, carpooled, vanpooled, or walked to work that day.
- 0% Interest Bicycle Loan: Borrow up to $750 interest-free for one year to purchase a bicycle and related equipment.
Employers may chose to offer their employees one or all of these services. Please refer to the Member Service & Fees section.
Local transportation issues are handled by our friends at Campaign for Sustainable Transportation. Several of our active members belong to both groups.
They also have an active Facebook page and frequent local meetings.
Since auto traffic produces 60% of local Greenhouse Gases this is a very important issue.
Link to a detailed PDF presented by Stanley Sokolow Nov 2nd, 2-17. Includes various “Rail/Trail” options and other material.