2019 Session dispatches: week 6 with climate as a top priority
For the first time in memory—and maybe ever—climate change is a top priority for the Washington Legislature. There are multiple landmark climate policies moving forward; The momentum is strong, and the stakes are high. Here’s an update on our top climate priorities.
Smart grid
ClimateCast logo over wind turbine undergoing maintenance

Planet sets heat record as Trump takes up the reins

New approvals for wind in Wyoming and off North Carolina; thinking about “base cost” renewables instead of “base load” power; saving climate info in the Data Refuge, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.

ClimateCast logo over "It's the Climate" sign in Grants Pass, OR

Trump appointments signal hard line on climate denial

Samoan island to be 100% solar powered, sea level rise starting to affect coastal Florida real estate prices, clean energy gets small-town support, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.

ClimateCast logo over windpower kite

Germany: ban new gas & diesel autos in EU by 2030

Climate pollution from international flights to be capped, two oil terminals halted in WA and CA, home air-conditioner makes ice while the sun shines on your rooftop PVs, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.

ClimateCast logo over powerlines at sunset

Solar marks new low price, US gets first offshore wind

US finalizes fuel economy standards for big trucks, Louisiana floods made more likely by global warming, Washington rolls out smart grid pilot projects, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.

ClimateCast log over EVs charging

Hawaii nixes power merger, rejecting BC’s LNG exports

World nears pact to phase out climate- destabilizing refrigerants, US offers $4.5 billion in loan guarantees for EV charging, 18 GW of pumped hydro storage in pipeline, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.

ClimateCast logo above sunset clouds and PV panels

Montana coal plant Colstrip will close two units by 2022

Canada to enact national carbon price this year, Pacific island nations draft treaty to end fossil fuel extraction, Nevadans will vote whether to restore net metering, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy. 

ClimateCast logo over charcoal stove cooking

Brexit rattles climate plans, CA to close its last reactors

Union Pacific track maintenance blamed for oil-train derailment, VW will pay nearly $15 billion to settle US claims in emissions deceit scandal, rooftop solar spreads in Africa, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.

ClimateCast logo above Break Free protestors on beach

EPA issues methane rules, global heat spirals upward

Oil companies give up Arctic drilling leases, Ontario considers far-reaching climate plan, analysts plumb the factors behind Dubai’s 3-cent-per-kwh solar bid, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.

ClimateCast logo above photo of diver and coral reef

Oil credit tightens, clean power grows at record rate

21 nations grow GDP while cutting climate pollution, Renewable Portfolio Standards dubbed an inexpensive success, power prices in negative territory, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy. 

Cities Moving on Clean Energy

American cities are reducing climate pollution by investing in energy efficiency, renewables, grid innovations, and clean transportation. Energy Efficiency