California has successfully decoupled GHG emissions and economic growth (2000-2017)

While the year closed with a groundbreaking announcement from nine Northeastern states as part of the Transportation & Climate Initiative, we started the year with a sobering announcement of US emissions increasing in 2018, even as coal plants are closing. That speaks to the importance of action to get off of fossil fuels, particularly in the transportation and thermal sectors.

EAN’s Leveraging Change Speaker Series will continue this month on Thursday, January 17th. Read on for more details or click here to RSVP.

Total Energy News – January 2019
Your Update on Vermont and National Energy News
Greetings!
Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were restful, productive, fun, or whatever you wished them to be!
On the emissions side, while the year closed with a groundbreaking announcement from nine Northeastern states as part of the Transportation & Climate Initiative, we started the year with a sobering announcement of US emissions increasing in 2018, even as coal plants are closing. That speaks to the importance of action to get off of fossil fuels, particularly in the transportation and thermal sectors.
EAN’s Leveraging Change Speaker Series will continue this month on Thursday, January 17th. Read on for more details or
click here to RSVP.
Best,
The EAN Team
News from the World
Emissions & the Economy
An early estimate of US carbon emissions show they rose 3.4% in 2018, despite the retirement of a significant number of coal plants. An increase in transportation emissions was a key driver.
NY Times,
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Transportation and Climate Initiative
In December, nine Northeast states including Vermont issued a proposal to develop a plan to regulate emissions from the transportation sector by the end of 2019.
Boston Globe,
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Driving Electric
New research points to the decreasing value of gas fired cars, as the upfront and operations cost of electric vehicles rapidly decreases.
ThinkProgress,
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Data Download
Quebec has decoupled GHG emissions and economic growth (2000-2017)
Emissions in the US were reported to have risen by 3.4% this year, the largest increase in eight years. For years, it appeared that the U.S. had joined dozens of countries around the globe who had successfully decoupled emissions and economic growth. This year however, emissions increased from industry, planes, and freight. So what are examples of jurisdictions that have been successful at decoupling emissions and economic growth, and where does Vermont stand?
What’s Coming Up?
EAN’s third event in the
Leveraging Change Speaker Series is
Communicating Energy and Climate: A Conversation with Bob Perkowitz and Abby White.
Learn more and RSVP here.
When:
Thursday, January 17th, 4-6pm
Where:
Down Home Kitchen, 100 Main St, Montpelier, VT
Member Spotlight: Johanna Miller
Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network
Vermont Natural Resources Council
“Vermont’s town energy committees are at the forefront of leadership on clean energy and climate. Over 45 of them have received training and support on the Dashboard to help set priorities, advance projects, and track progress towards meeting Vermont’s important 90% by 2050 renewable energy goal.”
VECAN is the network of over 100 Vermont town energy committees and the organizations that support them. These committees are leading a powerful grassroots response to the pressing need to be more energy efficient and generate more in-state renewable energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Vermont Total Energy Ticker
Transportation and Climate Initiative
Vermont was one of the nine states to join the proposal to create a plan to regulate emissions from the transportation sector.
Energy Efficiency
A Brattleboro group is urging the town to take significant energy efficiency measures to reduce electric and thermal emissions from municipal buildings.
Renewable Electric
Vermonters are partnering with a group in Minnesota to build community solar projects that are accessible to low- and moderate-income Vermonters.
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