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New Series on Electric Vehicle Progress in the Central US – Part One: Utility Programs

November 7, 2018 in Transportation & Fuels Authors: Brendan Jordan, Charles Griffith, Nick Nigro

When we talk about the parts of the US that have most enthusiastically embraced electric vehicles (EVs), most experts will point to California, and for good reason. Nearly half of all the EVs on the road today are in California and nearly four out of every 100 cars that are sold in the state are EVs. Given the broad benefits of EVs, including lower emissions, lower fuel and maintenance costs, and a great consumer experience, it begs the question: Are there efforts to promote and expand EV adoption throughout the rest of the country? [hint: yes, as we’ll describe]   Continue reading »

Dedicated City Staff Crucial to Setting and Implementing Energy Goals

November 6, 2018 in Communities Author: Jenna Greene

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Sustainability issues such as energy, water quality, and climate mitigation and resiliency are becoming increasingly important to cities in Minnesota and across the country. At the same time, it is challenging for city staff to focus on improving citywide sustainability given the daily needs and priorities of government service delivery and operations.   Continue reading »

Best Public Affairs Campaign Award Goes to Carbon Capture Coalition and RENEWPR

October 29, 2018 in Carbon Management, News & Press Author: Gail Nosek

I am thrilled to share that the Carbon Capture Coalition, along with its communications partner RENEWPR, received the inaugural Best Public Affairs Campaign Award from the Cleanie Awards. The award recognizes the Coalition’s collaborative effort to garner support for the reform of the federal 45Q tax credit for carbon capture technology development and deployment, which was signed into law earlier this year.

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GreenStep Cities October Workshop: Climate Smart Municipalities

October 10, 2018 in Communities Author: Abby Finis

GreenStep Cities hosted a workshop on Climate Smart Municipalities with presenters from both Minnesota and Germany. For the past three years, five Minnesota GreenStep Cities communities have partnered with five communities from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia to advance climate action. At this October workshop, presenters discussed this partnership and innovative electric vehicle practices in both states.    Continue reading »

The USE IT Act: Advancing Innovative Carbon Capture Projects & Infrastructure

September 26, 2018 in Carbon Management Author: Jennifer Christensen

There’s growing global recognition that technologies which capture carbon, and in some cases remove it from the atmosphere, will be vital to achieving a decarbonized economy. There is also increasing interest in these technologies given their potential economic value since carbon can be used to develop products through beneficial use or conversion. Continue reading »

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