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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Back in the saddle

Hey readers! I’m excited to let you know that this blog will be starting up again next Sunday after a summer hiatus. Since my last post, we’ve experienced...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 15, 2021
Last comment by Gail+Sredanovic, on Aug 19, 2021 at 10:21 am | 12 comments | 12034 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Palo Alto's bold proposal to jumpstart home electrification

Six years ago Palo Alto set a goal to reduce city emissions to 80%...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 25, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 3, 2022 at 8:39 pm | 28 comments | 11869 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Wrap-up on the Power Outages (and near outages)

==I This follows two other

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 20, 2020
Last comment by eileen , on Aug 22, 2020 at 10:14 am |
3 comments | 11537 Views

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Sugar? Emissions? Whaaaat?

==I Okay, so the last post was a little obscure, but I hope it got you thinking....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 7, 2020
There are no comments yet. 11477 Views

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Should we change how we think about change?

Happy New Year everyone! Or at least A Less Calamitous New Year. Good grief. I’ll let Colorado’s State Senate Majority Leader have the last word on 2021...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 2, 2022
Last comment by Native to the BAY, on Jan 5, 2022 at 11:54 am | 14 comments | 10928 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Will the power go out during this heat wave?

Our local power providers and our grid operator (CAISO) are asking us to conserve electricity over the next few days as record-breaking heat and heavy use of air...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 4, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Sep 12, 2022 at 1:27 pm | 34 comments | 10793 Views

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Why net metering is such incredibly bad policy

Are any of you getting sticker shock when shopping for holiday flights? Yeah, me too. It made me wonder what it would be like if California ran an airline the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 13, 2022
Last comment by PH, on Nov 20, 2022 at 11:07 am | 33 comments | 10617 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

We need stable, climate-forward land use policies

With the growing demand for renewable energy, domestic mineral supplies, new long-distance transmission lines, and subterranean repositories for captured CO2 and...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 15, 2022
Last comment by chris aoki, on May 18, 2022 at 1:07 pm | 4 comments | 10612 Views

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Grand pronouncements vs nuts and bolts

I was in a meeting recently where a staff member of a Bay Area city said they were looking to accelerate their carbon neutral goal from 2045 to 2030. It was all...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 21, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Nov 22, 2021 at 7:17 pm | 4 comments | 10367 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Residents of multi-family housing should have access to EV charging

“California is a leader on climate.” We hear this all the time, and it’s true. California has led the country on clean fuel standards, clean power...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 20, 2022
Last comment by Matt Passell, on Nov 22, 2022 at 11:26 am | 8 comments | 9849 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The curious case of the broken-not-broken gas meter

Every month I send Palo Alto Utilities a photo of my gas and electric meters and they bill me a few days later. (1) That has worked fine until this year. In...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 28, 2022
Last comment by SRB, on Aug 30, 2022 at 11:54 am | 8 comments | 9503 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The most effective donations to combat global warming

I am not able to post for the next few weeks, but I want to call your attention to Robinson Meyer's newsletter "The Weekly Planet" for The Atlantic, and in particular...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 15, 2021
Last comment by Annette, on Dec 20, 2021 at 2:11 pm | 5 comments | 9471 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Is housing bad for the environment?

I got an email recently from a resident expressing concern about the environmental impacts of building more housing. He writes: ==I “The construction of...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 30, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Nov 6, 2022 at 9:37 am | 21 comments | 9265 Views

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Yes, an app can charge your EV better than you can

About four years ago I was talking with Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper when she remarked that the electricity provider would like to manage the scheduling...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 11, 2022
Last comment by Ed8, on Dec 14, 2022 at 8:19 pm | 3 comments | 8841 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Chevron says "We are just meeting demand". So are they blameless?

One afternoon when I was about nine years old, I was standing in the front yard with my younger brother trying to blow bubbles. We didn’t have any store-bought...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 23, 2022
Last comment by Abe, on Nov 8, 2022 at 10:07 pm | 28 comments | 8701 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

We should not be operating our power grid via text alert, and other observations from the past few days

Well, that was an interesting few days. Our electric service should work quietly in the background. Instead it made headlines nearly every day. At times it appeared...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 9, 2022
Last comment by Westbrook, on Sep 21, 2022 at 10:34 pm | 19 comments | 7888 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The power of protest

On Wednesday and Thursday of this past week, I attended the 2022 Global Energy Forum at Stanford, a biennial gathering focused on the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 6, 2022
Last comment by Paly Grad, on Nov 13, 2022 at 8:14 pm | 8 comments | 7803 Views

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How we eat away at our open space, even in Palo Alto

Palo Alto has a long and distinguished history of identifying, protecting, and maintaining open space. The generosity and dedication of nature-loving residents...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 22, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jan 26, 2023 at 8:26 am | 5 comments | 7725 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Some of the best jobs around

I would love for my daughter to become an electrician or HVAC technician. There is a ton of work to be done, it is fulfilling work (especially if you care about...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 4, 2022
Last comment by biged, on Dec 7, 2022 at 2:35 pm | 5 comments | 7569 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

How are you coping with power outages?

Good grief. Is everyone staying dry? Staying sane? I actually made mozzarella yesterday, for the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 15, 2023
Last comment by Eric Muller, on Jan 22, 2023 at 2:48 pm | 20 comments | 6280 Views
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