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Behind the numbers of KXL and its uncertain future

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/22/17 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate, Clean air, Transportation

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change 2017 report looks behind the numbers on planetary carbon footprint, with a special focus on how the burning of fossil fuels affects human health.

Electric vehicle sales globally<br />GHGs by source globally<br />Mode share six cities<br />From top left, Berlin, London, Santiago, Sydney, Tokyo and VancouverParticulates global cities in WHO database<br />Renewable energy worldwide<br />Car ownership and NOx<br />
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Cuyahoga closes big renewables deals

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/17/17 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Nearly a decade ago GreenCityBlueLake conducted a carbon footprint analysis of seven counties in Northeast Ohio. All emissions from fossil fuel use in rank order by tonnage found that 50% of the 64 tons on average (2005) came from energy generation (mostly coal). Second was transportation at 28% or nearly 18 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per person, which is...

Waste to energy<br />A 4 megawatt solar farm like the one pictured here in New Jersey will be built over a landfill in Brooklyn, Ohio by Cuyahoga County. Image: PSE&G.

The Lake Erie wind farm: Ready for its close up

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/03/16 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

All of Northeast Ohio stands to benefit from a Lake Erie wind farm. It can have the legacy of belching yellow smokestacks and burning rivers remade.

<br />Lorry Wagner, President of LEEDCo, the high powered group building a wind farm for Northeast Ohio in the waters of Lake Erie.

Ready or not: Cleveland, Ohio and the push for renewable energy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/15/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

On May 27, after months of speculation, Cleveland-based LEEDCo, the group carting around a suitcase of plans to build wind turbines in the waters of Lake Erie, announced it won a coveted $40 million grant from the Department of Energy. It is expected to kickstart the wind farm, the first in a freshwater lake in the U.S. It also brings into...

<br />A wind park in a freshwater lake in Sweden.

Cleveland's energy burden on low-income households

David Beach  |  04/28/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Cleveland ranks among the worst 10 cities in the nation in the energy cost burden on low-income and minority households. Energy efficiency can help reduce this disproportionate burden and put more dollars into the local economy.

Energy burden<br />Cleveland ranks high in the energy burden on low-income and African-American households. (Source: Lifting the High Energy Burdens in America's Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low-Income and Underserved Communities, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, 2016)

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