If You Could Power Your Entire Home With 60 Minutes Of Cycling, Would You Do It? By Alanna Ketler
Article by Alanna Ketler
Originally published by Collective Education
February 6, 2020
Looking for a New Year's Resolution that's good for you and the environment? Well look no further. If you could power your entire home with 60 minutes of cycling, would you do it?
Imagine if your morning workout could power your home for the entire day, all the way until your next morning workout. Well, you may not have to imagine, as this technology exists now. Manoj Bhargava has invented a new exercise bike that can power some homes for 24 hours after use for only sixty minutes per day.
This invention was a part of a new initiative to bring electricity to places that undergo frequent power outages or may only have access to power for a few hours during the day. In our modern age, going without electricity can really separate a person from the rest of the world. Bhargava’s mission is to bridge the gap for those who suffer from poverty and make it easier for them to access the same information as the rest of the world, potentially giving them more opportunities in life.
Cancer Alley, climate advocates hold out hope for Rep. Richmond but 'can't be patient forever By Halle Parker
Article by Halle Parker
Originally published on Nola.com
December 27, 2020
With climate change high on President-elect Joe Biden's agenda, one might think local environmentalists would have high hopes for U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond’s ascent to the role of key White House adviser.
But the leaders of local environmental and citizen groups have tempered expectations, saying Richmond has been largely absent from conversations between activists and industry in his own district during his decade in Congress. Still, they're ready to give him the benefit of the doubt, for the time being, at least.
In the coming weeks, Richmond is expected to step down from his congressional seat — which includes most of New Orleans, part of Baton Rouge and some of the areas in between — to lead the Biden administration’s Office of Public Engagement.
As the lone Democrat in Louisiana's eight-member delegation, he has worked with his Republican colleagues on legislation surrounding flood insurance and coastal restoration funding. But he hasn't highlighted concerns about pollution or environmental racism, issues that matter greatly to some of his constituents.
Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate
A Cost-Saving Two-fer: Efficiency Reduces Total Electricity Needs & Peak Demand By The Electricity Markets & Policy Department at Berkeley Lab
Study by Natalie Mims Frick, Sean Murphy, Chandler Miller, Greg Leventis, Kristina Hamachi LaCommare, Charles A Goldman, Lisa C Schwartz
Article originally published by the Electricity Markets & Policy Department at Berkeley Lab
December 16 2020
Read more to learn about the findings on how peak demand savings vary by region and sector (low-income, residential, commercial & industrial, cross cutting)
Months ago the New Orleans City Council unanimously approved a resolution committing the City to 100% Net-Zero emissions by 2040, followed by actual zero emissions by 2050. Then the Council sent stakeholders back to the table to work out the details.
Now the Council is expected to take up a final renewable resolution in January 2021. So, what does the rule on the Council’s desks look like, and does it meet those top four goals laid out by the Council earlier this year? Here is the breakdown.
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As the temperature drops and we cozy in with our heaters going, those electric bills are going back up, but how does your bill in Baton Rouge compare with those in Shreveport? Where does New Orleans rank? Well, look no further than this handy-dandy spreadsheet! The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) compiles monthly bills from just about every electric utility across the state based on kWh usage. This spreadsheet is updated monthly, using the tabs at the bottom, making it easy to track changes. Whether that’s a new power plant going online, or hurricane charges rolling off, you can see how it all adds up.
We’ve posted the spreadsheets from 2019, 2020, 2021 on our Bills & Economics page, and will continue to update those as the year goes on. AND, once we get a little free time on our hands, we plan to dive into some of those bill components! Why does Entergy have so many ‘riders’? What is a ROE, and why is Cleco’s so high? Stay tuned friends, in the meantime you can read up on Why Utility Rate Design is So Hot Right Now.
Residents waiting to testify at the Louisiana Public Service Commission meeting on Sept. 11, 2019. Image source: The Center Square
Net-metering is a credit that people with solar panels get from their utility company for producing clean energy and delivering it to the grid. In September of 2019 the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) voted to end net metering for Louisianans, outside of New Orleans, in favor of 2-channel billing. Changes went into effect January 1, 2020, with a 15 year grandfathering clause. Unfortunately, these policy changes will work in favor of utilities rather than Louisiana customers as they will significantly reduce "the amount of savings your solar system will provide you."
Learn more about what these changes mean for you, your utility bill, and the future of net metering in this interesting article by Catherine Lane, originally published on Solar Reviews!
On November 9, the Louisiana Climate Task Force met for the first time, to begin to address the existential crisis that threatens Louisiana’s future. But climate change is not a far-off potentiality, it is here now, lapping at our shores and changing the way we live.
This task force must work together and with the people of our state, to lean into our expertise and to look to proven policies and technologies to reduce emissions and protect our coast.
Most importantly, the task force must center the people who make Louisiana so great.