Some consider natural gas preferable to other fossil fuels “because it emits 50-60% less carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion.” But over the course of its’100-year lifespan natural gas’ primary component has “a radiative forcing greater than 30 times that of CO2.”1 According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Methane is responsible for 25% of already observed changes to Earth’s climate.” Two new studies find Canada’s methane emissions drastically underreported.
All 18 coal powered plants, currently supplying 55% of Alberta’s electricity will shut down by 2030. The percentage of wind and solar energy on the grid will rise from 9% to 30% during the same time period, “while natural gas generation will continue to provide firm base load reliability.” The province has set a cap on oil sands emissions, adopted a carbon tax and will reduce methane emissions 45% over the next decade. Few would have expected such policies prior to the NDP’s election and there are mixed responses to Alberta’s Climate Plan.
The recent announcement that Vista and San Marcos have passed resolutions to join the HERO Financing Program, and make the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program available to their property owners, is the most recent indication of this program’s progress within San Diego. Oceanside is also known to be interested and there said to be other communities looking at this program. Continue reading HERO Financing program expanding into San Diego→