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Austin City Council adopted a resolution to become carbon neutral as soon as feasible, but no later than 2050. This is one of the most ambitious goals set by a city in the world and we are going to help with the development of the framework how to get there, and write up sector plan on what energy, waste, transportation and manufacturing sectors have to offer to make this a reality.

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FEAT, the Faith based Energy Action Team is bringing together houses of worship to promote climate stewardship and advocacy at their facilities, with their members and other organizations around town. FEAT meets every second Monday of the month at 7pm. Look for the invites on the FEAT page.

Our mission: Climate Buddies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that wants to empower people to include climate change considerations into every decision they make. We focus on live interaction with groups of people, for-profits, spiritual groups, public and academia. We focus on people, inspiration, guidance and are result driven. Anyone who wants to start to integrate climate considerations in decision making is welcome to join us or invite us for collaboration.

Our invitation to you: meeting the global energy and climate challenges

  • If you could work on meeting the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced, would you?
  • Would it surprise you to know that the climate and oceanic systems have been so perturbed by the massive burning of fossil fuels that the very continuation of human civilization is threatened?
  • Do you yearn to be able to say to your grandchildren, and theirs – and everyone else’s – that you did your part to leave the earth in a healthier condition than when you were born into it?
  • Many suspect that the time left to return the earth to a healthy, resilient condition capable of sustaining human civilization is short. The climate recovery challenge is in fact an energy issue, a challenge to increase both the energy available to power essential services and to make affordable, renewable energy accessible to all.
  • We must and can increase the supply of energy available while reducing the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy generation to near-zero rates.

Understanding these premises, we must have the courage to yearn for a credible possibility that each of us, and billions of others like us from all over the world, will become true caretakers for the earth – our planet that has given life to our kind; the creation which protects and nourishes us even in its injured state.

We believe in a world where if we take care of the earth, we can take care of the people. The economy is facilitating in this, not the starting point, just the result.

Few climate change is real signs yesterday at the march. Today the wind is roaring and together with the sun and 25% of nuclear power, electricity in Austin is not just cheap but also over 90% carbon free. ... See MoreSee Less

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A bit more technical example for time-of-use rates: a flat rate doesn’t help us understand the best place to put solar, and at what scale. Flat volumetric rates don’t convey either of those things.

For example, in California, or Germany, where there’s a lot of solar already deployed, the value of production from solar panels in the middle of the day is getting quite low, lower every year. But it’s still pretty high in the afternoon at 3 or 4 or 5 pm.

So it might actually be more beneficial to put your panels facing west, so they produce more power in the afternoon, than to put them facing south, so they produce more kilowatt hours in total. But with flat volumetric rates, we have no way of knowing that, or incentive to do so.
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The case for a wel designed time-of-use rate, or even better dynamic pricing: There’s basically no incentive to have flexible AC and EV loads, or install a storage device when you are charged the same exact price every hour of the day and every day of the year. ... See MoreSee Less

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Annual Austin electricity consumption is 10,000 kWh; ours is less than 3,000 kWh. And yes, we use AC in the summer combined with a smart thermostat that senses when we are not home. We even use some supplemental electric heaters in the winter (which is extremely inefficient)! We do have a foot of insulation in the attic, that was cheap and fun putting in and has a tremendous impact on the reduction of heat coming in in the summer. All our lights are LEDs. They are so affordable these days! We turn off all things we do not use because conservation is the best way to reduce usage. We buy only efficient equipment like a washing machine because energy efficiency is the 2nd best way to reduce usage. And that is just what the average European does. Why do Americans have more than three times the consumption of energy?

Oh yeah, and we have solar that produces more than we use.

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Can we pull CO2 out of the atmosphere? Yes. Here is what is called an artificial tree, about to be tested at scale. It is envisioned that the produced CO2 can be stored underground. One artificial tree will capture as much CO2 as one real tree in the rain-forest captures in a year. ... See MoreSee Less

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Can we pull CO2 out of the atmosphere? Yes, here is one system that is about to get ready for scaling up. Since CO2 is in the air, these systems can be deployed anywhere. The use of the produced CO2 will define the siting of these technologies. ... See MoreSee Less

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Climate hero: California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered remarks Dec. 14, 2016, at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in San Francisco talking about his fight to deal with climate change. Uplifting. ... See MoreSee Less

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If climate change deals with warming, than why do we talk about emissions reductions most of the time? Warming is the result of much more than just emissions. Is it time to redefine most goals set by households, business and policy makers? ... See MoreSee Less

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