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UK complete coal phase out
WASHINGTON, DC — The United Kingdom has announced that it will completely phase out coal throughout the country over the next decade, representing the permanent retirement of over 20 gigawatts of coal-fired electricity.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“The United Kingdom’s commitment to get off coal completely is historic, unprecedented, and provides a major boost of momentum and leadership toward an international climate agreement just weeks before the world meets in December. This watershed moment in the United Kingdom, the home of the industrial revolution, demonstrates that moving beyond coal completely in the United States, and around the world, is not just possible but is actually inevitable.
In the United States, Sierra Club is proud that we have successfully worked to help retire over 200 dirty coal plants in our quest to achieve a 100% clean energy economy powered clean, renewable energy including wind, solar and energy efficiency.
This historic progress in the UK and the U.S. is just part of the momentum that has been building ahead of a global agreement, and comes in the wake of strong advocacy for global climate action by Pope Francis and other religious leaders as well as scores of major multinational corporations. Even more importantly, over 160 countries, including over 100 developing countries, have already submitted plans for cutting carbon pollution and boosting the global clean energy economy.”
Nov 29 – Vigils for Paris Climate Talks Light Up the Night
Come to “Light Up the Night: A Vigil for the Paris Climate Talks” on November 29, 5:00 PM, at Grove Park on Charlotte Street across from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, as we unite our hearts and longings for a good outcome for the Paris Climate Talks. Join the Green Grannies in song as we hold candles and send our wishes to Paris in solidarity with events all over the world! Sponsored by 350Asheville and The Green Grannies.
Dec 2 – Sierra Club 6th Annual Holiday Party & Recognition Awards
Alert: I-26 Public Hearing Nov 16 & comment period Dec 16
Alert: Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Revision Plan public meeting on Monday, Nov 16; email the Forest Service to advocate Wilderness & Wild & Scenic Rivers by Dec 15, 2015.
Nov 6, 11 & 13: Bioneers Conference
Lenoir-Rhyne University Bioneers Conference
Solar tax credit extended to Jan 1, 2017 (with caveats)
Governor McCrory has extended the 35% state tax credit for existing solar projects that are at least 80 percent complete by January 1, 2017. This credit was set to expire on Dec 31, 2015, but Senate Bill 372 has pushed the expiration deadline back for small projects that are already underway by the end of this year. McCrory said that he will end incentives for the solar industry after that. This means you have five months left to sign a solar contract if you want to get 35% of the cost back from NC, as well as 30% back from the federal government. In order to use the extension, a $5,000 fee must be paid and the extension must be filed on or before October 1st of this year. In effect this makes the tax credit extension inconsequential for residential systems. Instead, the extension protects large developers like Duke Energy who are building at the utility scale. Read the full article here: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2015/04/30/nc-gov-mccrory-extend-tax-credits-renewable-energy.html
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