Day: March 23, 2021

A just energy transition in action: Developing 1G of wind power with tribes

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

For millenia, the ancestral homelands of the Oceti Sakowin or Lakota — the proper names for the people commonly known as the Sioux — spread across an area equivalent to 159 million acres. The territory included present day North and South Dakota, stretching into parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana.

After enduring the plights of colonial-settlerism, broken treaties, acts of genocide and mass disposition of land, the Oceti Sakowin ultimately were forced onto reservations specifically identified as resource-barren and unfit for farming or homesteading. They now steward a small fraction of what was originally theirs — 2 percent, or 3.2 million acres.

Today, tribal leader Lyle Jack, an Oglala Lakota Sioux member born and raised on the Pine Ridge reservation, laughs. “Little did they know that they would stick us in some of the windiest places on earth,” Jack muses.

It’s true: Present-day tribal lands in South Dakota are home to some of the best onshore wind resources in North America, positioning Jack and his people to become leaders in our collective effort to build a clean energy future. 

Dominion proposes ending its South Carolina coal generation by 2030

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

Dominion Energy South Carolina has filed its modified integrated resource plan (IRP), including a “preferred” scenario that would retire its coal generation fleet by 2030, and convert its Cope Station coal plant to natural gas. 

The majority of Dominion’s scenarios included large blocks of solar and solar-plus-battery-storage added between 2030 and 2048, with the potential to add 2,000 MW of solar from 2026 to 2048, up from the 973 MW of utility-scale solar already contracted, as well as 700 to 900 MW of battery storage.

Dominion submitted 14 different generation resource plans after regulators unanimously rejected its 2020 filing in December finding that the utility had misrepresented its fuel costs, and lacked demand side management resource options. The South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) specifically asked the utility to model an early retirement of its coal fleet, and three of Dominion’s plans assume that scenario.

In a Refinery’s Ashes, Hope for an End to Decades of Pollution

Read the full story at e360.

An old industrial site in Philadelphia is being converted into a vast e-commerce distribution center, a trend being seen in other U.S. cities. But the developers of these brownfields must confront a legacy of toxic pollution and neglect of surrounding communities of color.

New C2C Certified Product Standard Pushes Companies Beyond Compliance, Toward Leadership

Read the full story at Sustainable Brands.

The corporate sustainability landscape has become an increasingly complex one to navigate in recent years. Interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance has grown considerably — a trend compounded by rising stakeholder expectations around materiality, reporting, disclosure and accountability.

It is against this backdrop that the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has released Version 4.0 of its Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard. According to the Institute, Version 4.0 is the most ambitious yet in terms of helping companies and product designers find those touchpoints where they can make the most difference and drive meaningful action at scale.

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